Upon arriving, it appeared to be a wonderful B&B from the long driveway leading to the house. We were greeted with a note to make ourselves at home as the owners had stepped out. We gathered the keys and headed up to our room which was just as described on the website so no complaints there, other than the noisy air conditioner which was only a problem later when I kept awaking to the loud noises it made when automatically switching on and off. I'm a light sleeper, so light sleepers beware...
We took a walk around the property and were greeted as the website suggested by horses, hens, a righteous rooster, several ducks and a friendly cat name Tiffany. We enjoyed feeding the horses apples and pears from the fruit trees on the property. Things needed some tiddying up but it's a large property so I didn't pay too much attention. We enjoyed sitting on the tree swing and listening to the animals talk while enjoying the breeze.
About an hour after we arrived, a car pulled up but the women who got out neither greeted us or seemed to even care we were there. It wasn't until we were sitting on the porch about 30 minutes later that the owners daughter greeted us and sat down for a few minutes. She had two of the dogs with her who were very friendly. She chatted with us about breakfast, boasting how her mother would be making a big, traditional English breakfast so we were looking forward to that. Her parents were on their way home from a vacation which explained why no one greeted us on our arrival and why the place needed some cleaning.
I have to say that the property is beautiful and the house is full of history which is always fun to investigate, at least for me. The bathroom we used however, was a shared bathroom and the toilet and tiny shower were up on a platform behind the door. Because I am short, I had to literally slide off the toilet because there is no room on the platform to stand which was awkward to say the least. There is no light in the shower so it's very dark...you definitely will be challenged taking a shower at night. We managed but I definitely would choose to stay in a room with a private bathroom if you mind those conditions.
The breakfast the next morning was a huge disappointment. We were served cheese omelets and over-toasted bagels w/cream cheese. I'm a cheese snob and don't care for American cheese since it's completely processed...that's what we were served so I was very unhappy. Apparently the big English breakfast is something they only do when they are up to it, I'm not sure, but it's a Bed AND Breakfast so we were expecting MUCH MORE quality as well as quantity. No fruit, no bacon or sausage...and I noticed that the other couple who ate shortly after we did were given more of a variety so I was also unhappy with that as well. =(
I was saddened actually because the property is magnificent and it was clear to me from reading the guest book that many others had enjoyed a wonderful stay. I'm not sure if it was because they had just come back from vacation and weren't prepared or that they just aren't doing what they once did for their guests. I certainly didn't feel that we were treated as well others have been in the past.
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