Having something to celebrate amoung friends-of-40-years, we stayed at this Bilderberg property, an old very cosy castle, had a dinner and breakfast.
It looked absolutely fabulousd and as we flew in, drove in and even cycled in from all corners of the world, this was going to be a great memorable outing. At arrival we were lodged in rooms, we shared : though not couples, we all received double beds, while the only person alone, had twin beds in the room. We were told that our dinner was served for us in a very cold looking, [nowhere in the brochures or on internet], (breakfast room) "bistro" which looked more like a company cantine. We asked if that could be changed to the other restaurant, which was in real manor style. "They would come back to us" (but never did). So we asked again before we took the aperitif outside. Later at drinks on teh terrace, we were informed our tabel was laid outside (but not asked if we would like that) . Now the Netherlands is not Nice or Rome, so sitting outside can be Chilly (and it was) but we all put on cardigans and dined outside. We only had 3 courses, but that took, longer then the average French Dinner : over 4 hrs (we were 5). When we were all so frozen, and had asked 3 times for the desert, more then an hour after the main course, it finally came (29 minutes after asking for the third time...) : melted ice cream, so a plate with cream dripping off it. It took another 12 minutes and twice requested to get 4 different spoons : a soup-, a serving- and two tea spoons, to be able to eat it, as cutlary seemed also not at hand.. Never any excuse, only : "we know, we know", what some poor girls, not looking like students uttered. We asked the Gentleman who looked like a manager, who had informed us about the table outside what was going on and he just said he was looking after HIS corner of the terrace ( 2 tables of 2) ....We went inside for second coffee's to warm up, but then were again not served, never found any staff so went to bed. Next morning we were served breakfast outside again, which was not bad, but when asking for coffee ; it came with more on the sauces then IN the cup, but that did not seem to bother the staff they just brougt it like that and left it like that without a wimp ( and left us with a giggle as it was becoming too much of a farce). We complained, when at check out, they asked us, if we enjoyed our stay, then the Receptionist, who was profesional gave us a bottel of wine and some discount, but our special outing, that should have been a very precious memory, was spoilt. This is a very beautiful property, it is such a waste it is not managed.
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