Our stay was...not as expected...and when we aired our concerns with the owners we were given a full refund. As such, I am not using this as a forum to vent about our experience, but more to inform and advise people on what they will actually get when they book here for we were dreadfully misinformed.
The Good Points:
- Beautiful surroundings
- Very clean
- Bright sunny room
- Parking available on the road outside
- Owners were friendly in helping us get to local pub
The Bad Points
- Extremely small room
- Minimal furnishings - a bedside table with some draws on top of which was the teas/coffees and kettle. Most pictures of furnishings on the website were of items in the lounge downstairs
- No tables or wardrobes etc - we just had to leave our clothes and wet towels on the floor
- The term 'cottage' was used a little casually
- Our "separate private bathroom" was shared with the two other rooms, amounting to ~8 people using one bathroom. The owner said later that this was unusual as they were over regular capacity
- Pillows were lumpy and I had a mattress spring in my back all night
- We were unable to obtain any formal accommodation receipt for our tax records. The receipt will have the name of the company that the owner works for, which is a glass company. As such, we would have been unable to claim the bill as accommodation as it would have stated that we spent the money purchasing items from the glass shop
- Breakfast was, well, ordinary. There was nothing wrong with it, it was just extremely basic, with a kind of 'one meal fits all' approach. Just don't expect much more than what the average 20 year old could put together for you
- Breakfast was elbow to elbow with other guests, hence forced awkward conversation with strangers. When we asked the family next to us how their stay was, a brief awkward silence was followed by, 'erm....well....it's not what we expected...'
When notes were compared, we both established that the reason that we had booked it was due to the multitude of glowing (if suspiciously repetitive) reviews on the booking website. Both my family and the lovely family we were sharing elbow space with had felt mislead by the reviews and information. But this is about my family's experience, so I won't dwell on how identical our concerns and misgivings seemed to be.
In summary, our experience was highly unpleasant only because our expectations and reality were so appallingly mismatched. However, if you are looking for a very basic, no frills stay of literally a bed and some breakfast then you will not be disappointed. Just be aware that you may be forced to get friendly with the other guests staying there, in case that is not your thing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful Bed and Breakfast cottage, in a quiet rural hamlet on the edge of the Cotswolds’, just 4.9 mile to Bath. Welcoming accommodation, with wifi. tea and coffee facilities. Breakfast is taken in the dining room. There is a lot of handmade glass around as Annette and Adrian own Bath Aqua Glass, free entry to glass blowing studio. Close to good pubs, Kingsdown golf course, Lacock (where Cranford and Harry Potter was filmed) Perfect for Walkers cyclists and dog owners and Bath visitors.Room rates.Double en-suite (bath and shower) £85 with full English.Triple £90 (three beds and separate private bath room shower and bath) WITH FULL ENGLISH.EVERYONE WELCOME. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Anas Bed And Breakfast
- Anas Hotel Wiltshire