There is no doubt - the building itself is stunning and the location (apart from the infernal static caravans everywhere) is remarkable. The long, winding drive up from the main road and complete silence are also truly remarkable.
The problems with Mellington Hall occur when it starts being a hotel - It feels like its been starved of any decent investment for a long time. Our room which was sold on the phone as being a "suite" was actually an averaged sized room with a 20 year old settee in the middle of it. The bathroom was freezing and consequently everything dripped with condensation when the shower was used. The television was so ugly and old it was a masterful show of self control that stopped me hurling it out of the beautiful stone mullioned window.
The food was again very average. I'm no big "foodie" but even I could tell the chef was not at the top of his game. The ice cream that accompanied my desert was little better than Asda "smart price" - maybe it was?
The staff are nice enough, like the rest of the hotel experience they are fairly un- remarkable. They certainly aren't false, if anything they all seem rather tired of the whole place.
The roaring open fire is a big plus, as is the nice bar which does actually have local ale on tap.
This place needs some cash injected into it. And there lies the problem - not a good enough hotel so people won't return therefore no cash.
Give it a go - you'll probably feel the same as me when you've left though. At least you will have helped pay the chef's wages for another week.
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