My husband & I stayed in Hawes about 10 years ago but couldn't remember what the place was called. So we looked to Trip Advisor for some reviews before booking. After seeing 'The Old Board Inn' on the site, reading the reviews & looking through the pics we thought we were in for a lovely Easter weekend.
We arrived late in the afternoon after a bit of a disaster on the way there, to be greeted by a heaving pub of rowdy people, all clearly enjoying themselves!!!
We were shown to our room, by a lovely, helpful young lady, which was very clean. But had a rather strange, underlying smell. We couldn't put our finger on it. But after my husband had used half a can of my deodorant to try & get rid of the smell. It was still there.
I had noticed, immediately on entering the room that there was a patch on the wall (I don't mean a Small square. It was probably a 30cm square patch) which was bubbly & mouldy. I then noticed that around the seals of the bedroom window were also very mouldy. And once I went into the bathroom, which I will add, was also very clean. There was a window with an recess of about 30cm all the way around it was covered in thick black mould. Maybe that was where the smell was coming from???
The next morning was equally as disappointing, when we went down for breakfast. We were asked the night before to put in our requests for breakfast. Which we did. I am a Vegetarian. There was little choice for me, other than beans or toast. But anyway. I ordered beans on toast. My husband ordered a full English. We ordered breakfast for 8.30am.
Once in the dining room we were asked several times when we wanted our breakfast. We asked for it in a few minutes as we were having some cereals & toast.
We knew why when our hot breakfast came. It had clearly been sat under a heat lamp for some time. My beans were devoid of any juice & the toast had almost turned to fried bread. It was indelible.
My husband's wasn't much better. He did try, managing to eat some toast, egg & cardboard bacon. I'm sure it's difficult to get the timings right when cooking for guests at different times. But we would have waited the time for a fresh cooked breakfast.
On check out we were asked if everything was ok. I commented about the issue of mould in our room. To be told the owners had only just taken over. Which is ok. But surely they must have seen the mould, or at least smelt it. The owner was very apologetic & said he would get his cleaner to look at it. But they are renting these rooms for the going rate & mould is a health hazard. Rooms shouldn't be rented with any amount of mould EVER.
The walls in the rooms were very thin, so privacy was an issue, that & the huge gap under our door. At one point in the night there were some very rowdy people returning to their room, well. I think they were staying here. But not sure. Because after lots of commotion on the staircase it then all went quiet. But they could have just been guests in the pub. Because the door to the rooms was open access to the general public in the pub. We're they just inebriated pub users???
But on a lighter note. Both the owners were very welcoming & even helped us find secure, personal parking for our beloved car. Thank you guys.
I do feel mean writing this, but feel others need to be aware that there is an issue with mould in this place. Although, I can only speak for the room we stayed in. Which was very clean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a traditional, family run pub located in Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. We offer a relaxed service that will make you feel like part of the family while you unwind and explore the local area. Don't worry, we understand that dogs are part of many families too. Our comfortable accommodation is designed to suit everyone's needs. You don't need to take our word for it; there are pictures of all rooms on this site. While you're with us it's worth taking the time to enjoy one of our Cask Marque ales or a meal, freshly prepared from the best ingredients Wensleydale has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Board Inn Hawes, Yorkshire