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The Boship Lions Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lower Dicker
London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“All good...great staff...great deal...lovely grounds,give it a try”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

Having read previous bad reviews we almost cancelled our stay here,but decided to go anyway with plans to leave if we couldent take it…..so much for bad reviews and I think it needs a break and an honest review based on what it is... a 3 star farmhouse hotel.
I have deliberately given it an “very good” rating,as we really coulden't find anything to complain about,and we stayed for 2 nights on a ridiculously cheap deal from Groupon which included afternoon tea on arrival,dinner with a bottle of wine and breakfast on both days.You get what you pay for.Some of the complaints Ive read on here are speaking as if its a 5 star hotel they are reviewing!! But its not...its a 3 star converted farmhouse,that perhaps has become a little faded over time,but so has quite a few so-called "manor houses" and "stately homes" we’ve stayed in,who have a much higher star rating,and are far more expensive.
We stayed on 17th and 18th May....We have a small yorkshire terrier dog and were happy to find that the hotel is dog friendly. Lets get started:
On arrival the afternoon tea was served with warm scones,fresh whipped cream,and strawberry jam.My wife had coffee,and the tea is served with another pot of boiling water as well. Delicious after a long drive,and when I asked for more tea,it wasnt a problem and served by Alex with fresh pots and cups.
The room was spacious(number 44) and although the decor was dated,(Laura Ashley type matching curtains and wallpaper)it was clean and spacious and the bed was comfy with crisp white sheets.TV was tiny though,but we didnt go there to watch tv,or stay in the room other than for sleeping.Lovely view too,with bunnies hopping around that the dog was intrigued with.
Booked for our included 3 course meal and wine and met another couple who were on their second night and dining again at the restaurant.They told us they had no complaints either,hence their dining a second night.
My wife had the chicken and I had the steak served piping hot with lots of veg.
The wine was a decent bottle of Australian red and we enjoyed all courses which,by the way, were also served by Alex,a very mannerly young chap.Again,I will stress,this is not a Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver or any other famous restaurant,but I would describe the food and service as above average for what it was.(again I may say that I have recently sent my food back TWICE at a well known 5 star hotel and got food poisoning at another in the past) So all in all we were happy with what we got.Breakfast was very nice,with plenty of it,and our poached eggs were cooked just right..We didn’t spend much time in the hotel over the 2 days as we drove to Eastbourne for some lovely cliff walks and visited a nearby motor museum and wildfowl farm as there is quite a few thing to do in the area,but it rained a lot…
To summarise our stay:
All of the staff were very helpful and very friendly and eager to please.
Food was tasty and was served freshly cooked and hot for both breakfast and dinner.
The grounds are lovely and there is an outdoor swimming pool(wasn’t open while we were there) Pity it rained for the 2 days.
I agree there are parts of the hotel that could do with a makeover,but that is currently being done room by room as we could see.
If I had been sold a 5 star luxury break with gourmet dining and the finest of wines,I would be writing a bad review now….BUT I WASN’T
The service,the food,wine,accommodation were all way above what I expected,and I really don’t believe that some of the bad reviews here are justified considering the offer and the price!
As previously stated,I have stayed in musty damp 5 star stately homes with snooty staff and average food and paid 5 times the price...in fact I have spent more on dinner than this whole break cost for the 2 of us...come on people, get real.
Go there with an open mind and enjoy a break in a 3 star converted farmhouse with some original features….We will certainly go back.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 44 overlooking the tennis courts and a quick way down to the ground via the fire e...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Surrey
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2012 via mobile

One night stay bought for us by our son and daughter in law through Groupon. Cream tea turned out to be some sandwiches and a piece of very plain chocolate cake. was looking forward to a couple of nice scones! Room was very tired looking with torn curtains and a damp patch running down the wall right into a light fitting. Wanted to book dinner for eight o clock but was told by receptionist (very nice girl) that eight was all booked so settled for seven thirty only to find that nobody got eight o clock as the chef needed to get off early. Dinner was fine, except that they had run out of chicken ( only about a dozen people eating) and the lady on the next table had a big piece of cling film in her starter. The waiting staff were lovely but had lots to do including running the bar. I was really tired and slept well but my husband said the bed was smelly and it kept him awake. There was two spiders in our bed and the room looked as though it could do with a good clean. loads of fag ends outside. Went to breakfast and was told that they could only offer coffee and toast as the chef had not turned up and they were trying to find another one. there was yoghurt and cereal and the receptionist did come up with some croissants but no full English as promised. I believe a chef did turn up later. All the guests took the hotels shortcomings in true British style with jokes about Fawlty Towers etc. There did not appear to be a manager at the hotel. Maybe he was hiding! I don't think this hotel should remain open without a complete refurb. It's in a great setting and could be lovely.



remain open with out a good refurb. It is dated and dirty

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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51 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

Stayed here end of April via a groupon voucher. The service was good, all the staff were really very helpful and pleasant dispite what they have to work with! Was staying with my mum, after originally buying for mum and dad but dad couldn't make it, so a double room was booked, they were kind enough to change to a double room without any hassle. Room was in the newer extension part, was a twin room, large and spacious, but had a really strong damp smell, but as we had already changed rooms did not want to go back and change again, but looking back we should have as woke up feeling snuffly. My mums bed was really comfy, mine was terrible, when you sat on it the mattress sank straught to the base, although the sheets where crisp and clean. Very very tiny telly, pointless even putting it in to be honest when its that small! Bathroom was very old and grotty, at first there was no shower hose connecting shower head to taps, just a shower head lying in teh bath! staff quickly found one though but not what you expect when you go to have a shower! The grounds are pretty, but from the groupon advert and website i really thought it would be possible to walk around more of it, there is barbed wire fence which limits walking around teh grounds to about about 5 minutes. Very pretty outlook with bunnies and pheasants though, very watership down! The dinner was pleasant enough, large portions, and very good polite service but food quite 1980's. Breakfast, again good service but horrible breakfast!! It really wouldn't take much effort to make a tasty and good quality full english. The sausages and bacon were cheap and nasty - all in all pretty gross. We did not stay the second night due to teh strong mould smell and the damp. Plus there was a large mould bloom flourishing on teh carpet between bedrrom and bathroom. However I can not fault the staff, it is just a pity that this place has not fulfilled its potential and could really do with bringing up to date.

Room Tip: Do not stay in the new extension part overlooking tennis courts as teh whole building is very damp.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travelfair101
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for one night for business, had to take a £25 charge on my card as a guarantee, despite being booked and paid via a hotel booking agent.

Externally the hotel looks very nice, based in an old farmhouse.

The room was awful, peeling wallpaper, huge black marks on the ceiling, the window didn't close properly so there was a 2cm gap with the wind whistling through. The bathroom was grubby and the shower did not work properly, after a lot of time trying to get water to come through the shower head I eventually managed to have water come through both the taps and the shower at the same time.

The food at dinner was decidedly sub average, and very overpriced, taking a very long time to eventually arrive.

Breakfast had no issues

Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Essex
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2012

Stayed 27th 28th May it was a present. The room 28 was damp smelly and dirty the wallpaper was hanging off of the wall and there was a gap in the back wall underneath the skirting board, the carpet in the bathroom was disgusting and could do with a good clean ,the bed linen was clean although the quilt was too small for the bed. There were light shades missing so just the bare bulb, the light in the bathroom over the mirror did not work, the hotel over all was very dirty cobwebs all over the place the ladies toilets were dreadful again wallpaper missing and not at all cared for.
What a joke the cream tea we got between two people 5 triangles of sandwichs 3 cheese, 1 tuna and 1 egg no scones and 4 small pieces of stale chocolate cake with one strawberrie. 2 rasberrys and 5 blackberries on the plate.
we booked dinner for 8pm w were phoned to ask would we mind coming earlier because the chef had some important business to attend. There were approx 20 people dinning,
We had to wait ages to be served we were not offered any bread rolls we had to ask ( then they were stale I found a large piece of cling film in with my starter, the veg was not cooked . The breakfast the next morning the chef had left anf they were waiting for a replacement, They had no pastries no fruit and only 1 piece of toast each all we got was bacon egg and beans,
The next morning the service was a lot quicker and they did manage a full english but they ran out of orange juice and again no fruit or pastries. I did feel sorry for the staff they seemed to be trying to do their best but with limited training

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lilian W
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a three night break. The room was spacious but could do with a bit of a spruce up, the cleaner must live in a round house with no spiders. The bathroom door and radiators had not been cleaned for months and the unit behind the washbasin had been wiped but the corners were missed, also the tiles around the bath were in a bad state of repair. Inside the wardrobe had never been cleaned and the rooms cobwebs were thick, there were dead flies in the light fitting. The breakfast was adequate but the service was slow and the tea and toast was cold when it did arrive. The rooms were very noisy you could hear the people above using the toilet. It is a shame as it was a quaint hotel, but we would not use it again

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank geoffllanelli
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Ammanford, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

We booked a Legacy Hotels wine & dine spring offer for the two nights of 5th & 6th of May 2012 at the Boship Farm Hotel having booked with Legay before & received very good value including two full english breakfasts, two really good evening meals & a very acceptable bottle of Aussie Shiraz in the room ( 44 ) - we have no major complaints.

Yes - the room was getting ready for a refurb', the T.V. was something out of the 70's ! & we aren't in favour of carpeted en-suites but the room was large, very clean, airy & with pleasant views over the pond at the rear of the complex.

Our only cause of irritaton was the excessive price of alcohol in the bar ( over £8 for a lager & glass of wine ) & the price of wine in the restaurant. We did find a local pub only 10 minutes stroll away with reasonable prices.

The health suite was closed for some reason - but not a problem to us.

All in all a good value stay & we would return again.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Boship Lions Hotel
Address: A22 | Hailsham, Lower Dicker BN27 4AT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Lower Dicker
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lower Dicker
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Boship Lions Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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