An immense old house divided into rooms; I was nearly at the top, with only a skylight. The furnishings: Clean but... well, seventies, perhaps. That was the case with the access to electrical power-points too; the wiring clearly had been done when electricity was something immeasurably precious, to be doled out using an eye-dropper. Use the desk lamp and the laptop at the same time, or the bedside lamp and the laptop...? No. When appliances have to queue for their turn at the powerpoints, you know that the last renovation can be considered historic. The shower delivered hot water copiously, however, and the bathroom, although tiled in what-were-they-thinking? avocado, was entirely acceptable. Flow via the WiFi connection? Moderate, intermittent; in my room I found a spot at which I could sit and compose an e-mail response, then lift my laptop over my head and wave it about until the lights flickered and the SEND button worked again. Downstairs in the breakfast room, however, no problems at all. And the breakfast room was as spacious and pleasant as the breakfast offerings were copious -- absolutely delightful, with my own thermos flask of strong coffee!, and eggs, and sliced meats and tomatoes, and rolls and bread, and and and. Now to the staffing and the service: I arrived well beyond any reasonable hour, at 0130. The desk clerk clearly was happy to see me -- he'd been waiting to turn in till I got there! But he waited, cheerfully and helpfully. And the next morning's desk clerk couldn't have been more sympathetic or offered more assistance when I told her about the problems with my hired car that had made me so late, and asked how I might go about having those problems seen to. Summary: If you're internet-addicted, make sure that your room is no higher than the second storey, and you'll have a wonderful stay here.
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