We booked the Hawk and Buckle through a Living Social deal for two nights. The first night included dinner and the second night was a free bottle of house wine per room if dining in the restaurant.
Quite fun to find through all the windy roads, and really rather in the middle of nowehere which is great if you want to get away from it all.
We arrived at 2pm on Friday, to be very rudely greeted by the cleaner who told us to be careful as she had just cleaned the floors and that she didn't know where the landlady was to check us in. She then left us in the pub. The landlady arrived and she was totally different, very pleasant and chatty. The rooms were not ready until 3pm (though we had been advised check in was at 2pm) however, even though the pub was not officially open, she did serve us a drink while we waited.
At 3pm we were shown to our room. I paid the extra weekend supplement, and also the supplement for a jacuzzi bath room. The cleanliness of the room left a hell of a lot to be desired. I am not one of these people that runs their finger on the picture rails to check for dust, but I did not need to in order to see it. The kettle was covered in a sticky film so we did not use it for our time there. The bathroom was not clean, with thick dust in nooks and crannies and even marks on the bath itself. The shower was great and powerful and the jacuzzi bath was a huge double one. Mis-matched towels, but again this is not something that truly bothers me, I was not expecting 5*.
The hot water was not working on the second night, but this was fixed within 20-30 minutes of us making this known.
The mirror in the bedroom is not above the dressing table and the light is very poor to do make up, so I moved it onto the windowsill and applied make up there. Maybe this is a pedantic point, but it is important to me.
The mirror in the bathroom was just plain dirty with water and greasy finger marks.
The room itself looked as though it had been recently decorated but again, it was clear that it just was not clean enough. I don't know why the cleaning lady had such an attitude, she certainly wasn't putting her heart and soul into cleaning.
We ventured out and had a big lunch in an Italian in Denby, which meant that we were not too hungry for the food in the evening, but chose to have it as it was part of the package. They were flexible enough to accommodate me with an increased choice off the normal menu rather than the set menu as I said that I would only have two starters. We ate there the second night also, and both times it was average. Nothing great, but nothing to complain about.
The breakfasts were average. We had a full cooked breakfast, the only thing that I really did not like at all was the sausage as it tasted extremely fatty to me, but this may just be personal preference. There was a jug of orange juice and one of apple juice on the side, but when these ran out they were not re-filled.
The cleanliness standards - or lack thereof - were such throughout the whole place, so much so that as we were leaving, we spotted a cat poo under a wooden bench on the landing... Clearly the cleaning lady does not move things to hoover.
The whole place is very mis matched in terms of decorations.
When we checked out, the young man, which I assume was the son of the owners, was very chatty, telling us about his adventures, however did not ask at any point how the stay was.
The best thing about the stay were the views from the room.
The worst things about the stay were the staff attitude (the cleaning lady and I also found the owner -older gentleman- to be very sarcastic, almost to the point of rude, though this could have just been his sense of humour?!) and most certainly the cleanliness of the room which left a lot to be desired.
Would I return? No. Would I recommend it... Hmmm... Not really. At the price of the deal, I am sure there are better places with better locations.
We stayed in room 3. This was a small room with a king size bed and lovely views. Bathroom was hug...
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