We turned up fairly late on a wet afternoon and after a slight misunderstanding about availability (we were met by the owner's Mother who lives in the same building - the owners being unavoidably delayed in another town) we said we'd stay, left our packs upstairs and went into the village for dinner. On our return we went to our room, assuming that we would meet our hosts the following morning. As it turned out we heard them, at a considerable volume, later that night. Our room was situated directly above what I imagine must be their kitchen/living area, and while I understand that this is their home first and foremost, they could perhaps give some thought and be more aware of the disturbance caused to their paying guests. I have to say the noise wasn't anything like amplified music, simply a family talking over the day's events but it was very loud and was clear enough for us to hear every word of the conversation.
It was a bit surprising to find that there was no tea or coffee making option in the room. In fairness, the owner told us the following day that they had stopped providing an in room option due to damage and that tea and coffee would normally be provided downstairs on arrival. Since they weren't on the premises when we arrived they obviously couldn't do anything about that omission. Apparently tea and coffee making facilities are available downstairs (although this wasn't mentioned when we arrived) but I still prefer the in room option, particularly when a trip downstairs in the middle of the night would have involved steep stairs and little lighting) Be that as it may, that's the choice the owners have made. There was no soap or shower gel in the bathroom which was again a little surprising. Fortunately we travel prepared for most eventualities but it could be a problem for others. There were other guests that night and while they didn't disturb us I just hope that our snores weren't too audible through the very thin walls. The view of the coast line from the bedroom window was very lovely and we enjoyed meeting the owner's very enthusiastic Border Collie and the donkey. Was it ok? yes, in a slightly impersonal fashion, but it left us with the impression that we were slightly in the way (and yes, I'm aware that this is a working farm with busy owners) so on balance, I don't think it would be a must-stay for us on any subsequent trip. Having said that, it's clear from other comments on this site that there are many who've stayed and enjoyed themselves greatly. That's the nature of travel and one of the benefits of a site like this one is that you get to read both sides of the story and then make up your own mind. My husband enjoyed his chat with Mr Sweeney and was interested to hear how he has set up a walking tour to help promote the region. Apart from the view, the best part of our stay would have to have been the local and exceptionally tasty sausages served up at breakfast.
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