I have to say I wonder whether we were staying at the same accommodation as the other reviewers. Our stay was for one night.
First impressions were it looked quite quaint. It soon transpired that it is not possible to park without either blocking another guest in, or being blocked in. There is on-street parking, but it is minimal at all times, and prohibited during working hours.
Everything in the accommodation is quite dated - not that there is anything wrong with that - but it just seemed somewhat cluttered with bric-a-brac.
I think all of this could be forgiven if the room had been rather better. The outstanding No 1 problem was the bed. It was simply not possible to sleep on the right-hand side of the bed, it was lumpy, bumpy and a spring was trying to come through. Either it should have been consigned to the the tip years ago, or someone had been using it as a trampoline. In order to sleep, we both ended up squashed together on the left-hand side. It was, without a doubt, the worst bed I have ever slept on, and I have stayed at many, many B&B's.
The carpet is in nice condition, but covered with tatty rugs that trip you up in order to protect it. The drinking glasses were filthy. There were cobwebs on the ceiling. Quite bizarrely, the room had a fire extinguisher, but it was well hidden.
There was nowhere for a lady to put her make-up down while it was being applied (no flat surface in the room near a mirror).
In the en-suite, the bottom of the wooden seat was rotting. The towels were not bath sheets, on the small side, and quite hard. The shower was average.
I thought it was fair enough to charge extra for full English breakfast, but it was pretty average too.
OK, the plus points:
It's very near the city.
The bedding looked quite new and was clean.
It's not expensive accommodation.
Tea and coffee facilities, a radio/CD player (not tried), alarm clock and TV.
Room had two windows and was quite bright.
The host made us feel welcome. Pity she didn't ask how we found things when we left, otherwise I could have explained at the time.
We shan't be staying at Fern Cottage again. Sorry.
Don't take room at top of and left of stairs
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