Night 9 of our C2C trek, and imagine our delight at finding ourselves in what is a charming, sleepy little english village with a choice of pubs and restaurants.....looked like it was going to be a little slice of heaven, and then......
We checked in at Vane House. Packhorse had told us check-in was strictly not before 4.00 pm so we had lunch, wandered around, and then at 4.00 pm sharp, rang the door and met our host. From the start we drew the conclusion that this is a guy working under pressure - looks like he gives driving lessons as his real job - and that Vane House, or perhaps it's just the guests, are annoying distractions.
It's always tough making these calls because it is impossible to know what is going on in this guy's life. At the end of the day, however, you can only react to what you experienced. He showed us to our rooms, outlined a few of the "do's and don'ts", and was probably more quickly efficient than engaging. He seemed to want to get away. He did, however, win quite a few points recommending The White Lion for dinner. It was one of the best meals we had on the whole C2C, so I do thank him for that.
We didn't have any heat to dry things, and our boots joined those of fellow walkers lined up in the front hall. Breakfast was efficient but ordinary and hurried - again the feeling was that everything was being done around other commitments.
Our room was functional, comfortable, warm and clean but separate sheets on bed could suggest doona/duvet covers are not changed after every guest (gulp). Bathroom was small but functional - good grief, there's that word "functional" again. I guess that is my conclusion - the owner provides a service that is functional rather than an experience and there is nothing to make you want to go back. That was also the feedback from others we met on the track. Probably a 5 out of 10.
- Also Known As:
- Vane House Osmotherley, North Yorkshire