It's always a great disappointment to book somewhere to stay on the basis of glowing reviews on here and to find that your own experience fails to live up to the hype. Reading the wall to wall glowing reviews in the hotel's guests comments book only served to make me feel further unloved & unwanted here.
We arrived pre-booked around 8.30pm on a Saturday evening only to be left waiting for over 5 minutes at reception as various young male staff came to & fro past us without stopping to enquire whether we needed any attention. We eventually accosted one and managed to get escorted to our room (Room 5)
All those who claim that the bedrooms are a good size either had the luxury of staying in the more expensive "superior rooms" at the back of the property (Rooms 1 & 2) or must have been too small in stature not to suffer from constantly bumping their heads on the ceiling beams of the rooms, on one side of the bed, and in the bathroom. The hotel description makes no mention of the restricted height issues, of course - and neither does it's website menu include any hint at the typical prices of food either....
Most main courses are between £12 and £15 a go, even for bog standard steak pie ("locally sourced meat", of course, so it must be worth that money..Very surprisingly, the bar and dining area were packed, so some folk are certainly convinced that £25 for a 3-course meal in a pub is good value for money.
Breakfast is served in a rather quaint, rustic upstairs annex, complete with traditional dark wood furniture with the walls festooned with pitch forks, wood saws and.....dried hops. Only one person was serving and so guests were dealt with in a strictly consecutive fashion and so, 10-15 minutes after sitting down, we were eventually asked if we'd like tea or coffee. Breakfast was a pleasant enough spread and included full English or smoked salmon with scrambled egg as an option. However, once we had had the advertised menu items, we didn't see the waitress again - even though being offered more toast & tea would have been a welcome courtesy. Do be aware also that breakfast is served only between 8.30 - 9am - and check out is at 10am - so don't get too settled here enjoying your pleasant weekend away on that final Sunday morning.
The inn is situated about 2.5 miles off the main A590 road from the M6 to Barrow and is certainly "off the beaten track". However, those coming here expecting to find an "idyllic rural setting" may be surprised to find that there are probably many good reasons why Bouth has stayed off the beaten track as far as many discerning tourists are concerned. I'm afraid that personally speaking, Bouth would probably not feature in the top 100 sites I'd choose to stay in Lakeland. It is a fairly drab village with little obvious character based in a rather featureless and, for the Lake District, strangely flat rural environment. In fairness, the inn is probably the most attractive building in Bouth.
Overall, then, I'd need far more convincing that this was a good place to spend a precious few days on holiday with my wife away from the kids. No mobile signal or wifi may be a good thing if you're addicted to answering work e-mails & phone calls when you're on holiday but it's not much good for keeping in touch with those who are looking after your children whilst you're away. It appeared to us that the warm welcome experienced by others was sadly "out of stock" on this occasion and I doubt whether the staff would even remember our faces, such was the anonymity of the whole experience. Rather disappointing then on this occasion, I'm afraid.
(p.s. I wonder if they've replaced the leaky sink plug in room 5 yet?)
Rooms 3 and 5 have annoying height restrictions caused by a sloping roof and ceiling beams. Rooms 1...
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Thank you for your feedback. At the time of your visit we were extremely short staffed so could not give you the attention you deserved.
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Regarding your comments on the food prices we provide home cooked meals using local produce. Fresh vegetables and potatoes are included in the price and not charged for as extras and by the time you take VAT, credit card commission, energy prices etc etc I feel they are good value for money as is borne out by the volume of trade we are achieving.
We are also 1.5 miles from the A590 not 2.5 miles! As for Bouth being surrounded by flat landscape, valley bottoms are normally flat. Just a 10 min walk from the pub over Colton fell provides specatcular views of Coniston Old Man and the Lakeland Fells.
Wi Fi has been considered but the connection is so unreliable and intermittent that it would cause more problems than it would solve. I will ask the mobile companies to erect a mast in the village not only will our signal be stronger it may make it less drab!! Thought mentioning on our website Velux windows and pictures of our rooms with said low beams was enough. Obviously we cannot satisfy everybody's expectations however we do try!!!
PS the plug has been fixed!!
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