a traveler United Kingdom
This is a pleasant, if somewhat isolated retreat, but clearly it is doing something right as it was very busy. Friendly reception after easy parking in a new building clearly designed to compliment the other members of the site, some of which date back, we were told, 900 years. The a trip across a courtyard to our room which with British weather may occasionally have issues, but I don't see how this could have been avoided. The refurbishment of these old buildings give the impression of a labor of love. Our room was large, airy and comfortable with well thought out fittings. A number of chairs (two easy chairs and a couple of more upright affairs), plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, bedside tables, well stocked tea-tray, hairdryer, flat-screen TV and easy to access Wi-Fi.
The en-suite shower room was large with good quality fittings in general; the shower head was a bit variable depending on the setting one selected. Towels were large and fluffy. The bed was generous in width and comfortable, but it lacked a little in length. On the floor below was an honesty bar with a comfortable lounge area beside a inglenook fireplace. Breakfast was good. I liked the use of local produce in the full English breakfast... the Eckington Sausage was a jumbo affair packed with sausage meat but possibly a bit too much pepper for my taste, but pleasant all the same. Except for helping oneself to cereal and juice the rest was table service. Coffee was served from a jug; it might work better if each person was given a pot so one could decide when you wanted it poured and help oneself to any refills.
Check out was efficient with the same very pleasant and professional approach. I liked this place not so much because I was wowed by everything but more by the fact that they are really making an effort here, using local produce, making their own and investing in their product. It shows in everything from the house cider to the decor, none of it looks cheap but all of it looks considered. I'm likely to make the effort to get here again!
Annabelle H United Kingdom
As a last minute idea we called to see if we could stay for one night en route to somewhere else. It was the last room they had and we booked b&b and a meal which had to be at 08:45 because they were busy until then. The Reception lady was delightful and made us feel very welcome. The room was quite small with skylights so no view but compensated for by the most exquisite "wallpaper" of painted and part embroidered silk. The bathroom was very well appointed with an excellent walk in shower.
You don't have to stay in your room; there is a whole house to explore and in which to relax with an honesty bar! The meal was a delight - we felt honored to be cooked for by the 2015 Masterchef! The beetroot risotto was full of exciting flavors and my husband said the rhubarb dessert was divine! If I wanted to quibble the service was a bit slow but we had said we didn't mind as it was so late and it was better than being rushed.
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