I stayed for one night with my partner and this would probably be as much as I would be willing to stay. The owners were lovely and friendly, both very helpful and welcoming despite the fact we were their only guests and business was very quiet. It's often easy for a hotel owner to not be as attentive when they have few or no other guests.
The breakfast seems to be something people rave about, but it was honestly nothing special. Portion sizes were pretty average to small, and the sludgy tinned tomato was vile. Perhaps it is better when it's tourist season and they're more keen to impress?
As for the room itself, we were given a slightly larger superior double rather than the standard double without being charged any extra. This was a lovely gesture upon arrival, and the room initially seemed more than worth the small price. However, there seemed to be a bit of an insect issue as there were little dozens and dozens of tiny dead flies on the inside window sill, as well as in the shower basin and toilet. I only caught one or two alive ones but there has obviously been more than that in the past. Me and my partner found it strange that this had been missed, because there was evidence that they had made a clear effort to clean the room before we stayed in it, i.e. the sink was sparkling clean and there were streaks where cleaning fluid had been used on various other surfaces.
I thought the bed was comfy enough but my partner said he thought it was in need of replacement as he woke up with aches and pains in his back. And the noise is a bit of an issue from the busy street outside, I'm surprised they don't have double glazed windows like most other hotels on that road. It seems to be a common complain and double glazing would at least dull the noise a little bit.
Overall, the couple who run the hotel are very friendly and the hotel in January is probably not an accurate reflection of what it is like normally. Having said that, just because it's not the busy season doesn't mean they should give a lower quality service, otherwise they'll be even quieter next year. I might be happy to stay again but only when it's not the middle of winter.
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