The house is beautiful, and the rooms were cosy with everything we needed and within easy walking distance to town. David (the manager) was busy but still very helpful. This isn't five star accommodation, and doesn't have all the luxuries, but for the price it's fantastic value. The rooms are really pretty and comfortable and ours was equipped with DVD player, tea, coffee etc.
There were a number of nice touches too. One night we watched a DVD borrowed from David's small library, which was a lovely way to spend the evening after walking all day.
And while technically the kitchen isn't a 'share' kitchen, when David noticed us carrying a bag of cheese and other deli snacks, he offered to let us use the fridge and other kitchen utensils. The free internet (if you have a laptop) didn't go astray either.
The rooms could do with a little bit of spring cleaning/ upgrading but are still comfortable and you feel like your'e in a big house rather than a hotel. There's a lovely homey feel, though the mattress on the bed is about due to be replaced. It was soft, but sank a bit in the middle.
We stayed in the Lily of the Valley Deluxe room which was very quiet with a leafy view. The whole hotel was really peaceful. The Old Rose Spa Suite looked stunning, but was right next to reception so might be a bit noisy. I looked at a couple of the basic rooms too - they were a bit smaller and more basic than the deluxe rooms but looked nice. They're also upstairs so might be a bit more peaceful if noise is a concern.
Breakfast was a buffet of pancakes, toasts, cereals, delicious yogurt, fruit and home made jams. While the hotel breakfast looked tasty, we mostly went to a cafe nearby - Common Ground - they were unbelievably delicious. Overall a lovely stay if you want something a bit nicer than a hostel, very pretty and homey, but nothing overly fancy. I would stay again.