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“Greatly overpriced but OK” 2 of 5 stars
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The Dog & Partridge Country Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   Town End Lane, Swinscoe DE6 2HS, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Swinscoe B&B and Inns
Birmingham
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Greatly overpriced but OK”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2006

My partner & I were desperate for a few nights escapism and booked a last minute break - two nights (Fri & Sat) at the Dog & Partridge.

Unfortunately I read the reviews of this hotel after I had booked, we were tempted to cancel, but as I had paid a £40.00 deposit on booking we decided to risk it anyway.

On arrival at the hotel (motel is more accurate) the outside of the inn seemed nice & exactly like the country retreat it is described as on the website.

I entered the reception with some trepidation as I was already expecting the worst. The small reception area was cosy but verging on cluttered, with a large lady seated on the sofa who appeared to be on the telephone. I explained that we had come to check in & she asked me to wait at the cluttered reception desk. She then proceeded to call around the hotel for someone to assist me(I was left waiting for nearly 5 mins whilst she sat idly on the sofa). Eventually, a pleasant South African man came to help, our details were taken, we were advised on meal times and then escorted to our room.

The rooms around back look, on first appearance, like 1970's chalets with small windows and slated wooden cladding. The woodwork is rotting in places, dirt & cobwebs abound, and generally needs overhauling. Our room had a shared carport with another room (most rooms had a carport each) . The inside of the room was spacious & clean with a nice bathroom but again reminded me of an cheap holiday chalet. We had a double bed & bunk bed (ideal for a small family), coffee making facilities, tv & hairdryer. On the downside, the decor was dated & there was a very tatty futon which should have been thrown out years ago. The lack of a shower was inconvenient although the bath taps had a integrated shower attachment which was useful for washing hair. The dog was allowed in the room with us which was a big plus point.

We had a wander around the hotel, there is a nice grassed area for children to play, with pet rabbits, however the patio area has several loose slabs & the rendering is peeling off the walls both of which could be dangerous.

The hotel is very dog friendly and allowed us to take our dog into the bar - this influenced our decision to try the evening meals on offer. The restaurant seemed busy, despite the very expensive prices (steak diane £21.95, scampi £12.50) and the food that we ordered (oatcake £10 & mixed grill £15) was good although overpriced. The bar was cosy and comfortable & the service was acceptable. We were allowed to charge the bar & restaurant bill to our room which was convenient.

On returning to our room, we were kept awake for a while by noise from an adjoining room as the walls seemed to be paperthin.

The next morning, we were pleasantly surprised by the breakfast buffet on offer, there were plenty of cereals, fruit, yoghurts & juices & a hot breakfast menu to select from. We went for the oatcakes (again) which were good with nice quality bacon & mushrooms. We again took breakfast in the bar to allow the dog to join us (another plus point).

On the Saturday night, we decided not to pay the excorbitant restaurant prices & went to the Ye Olde Oak hotel a few miles up the road, where we enjoyed a lovely meal (at around £6.00 per head) with the dog & a very warm welcome (sadly lacking at the D & P),

When it came to checking out, the bill was pre-prepared and correct so was very quick & efficient.

In conclusion, at £85.00 per night, this hotel is vastly overpriced (£50 pn would be reasonable) and has clearly seen better days. The owners seem to care little that the reputation and condition of the hotel are sliding downhill rapidly, which is a great shame for an inn with such potential.

  • Liked — Very dog friendly
  • Disliked — Prices - food & accommodation vastly overpriced
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't stay there unless you want to pay a lot for a little
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire, England
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2006

We hoped for a pleasant stay for two nights in a family room, however the hotels web site mis lead us completely. The inn looks pleasant enough from the road, but the accommodation is nothing more than a trailer park at the back consisting of prefab bulidings. We were housed in a brick building that had no lights in the entrance corridor. Our room consisted of a small double pull down bed with a duvet on top which had written in indelible pen "Dog & Partridge" to prevent us from stealing it, I think (no fear of that) there was also a filthy kitchenette in the corner of the room. The childrens "room" was just bunk beds placed in the hall way, one of which reiked of vomit. The bed sheets were dirty on both the childrens beds. The whole place needed decorating as it was very run down, there was dust everywhere & a musty smell lingered through out. The bed was really uncomfortable & not much more than a camp bed.
The restaurant provided us with extremly expensive food which was not good value at all. There was only one other couple in the whole place & very pushy waiting staff.
Breakfast wasn't great either, there was a lot of uncovered food on the buffet & loads of opened jars of jam that looked like they'd been there some time.
We decided that we couldn't stay another night so checked out. We did complain to the receptionist who couldn't understand why we weren't happy as they never have complaints!!!!!!
We went down the road to Dannah Farm & had a fabulous night in a 2 bed room suite for only £25 more!!
Avoid the duck & partridge its wrotten & you'll come away feeling grubby & ripped off.

  • Liked — checking out
  • Disliked — cleanliness & the bed
  • Tips/Secrets — avoid the place
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2006

Originally booked the Charles Cotton Hotel but they messed up the booking and recommended their 'sister' hotel the D&P. I was asked to pay in full in advance, and soon learned why. Externally a cosy looking pub, but there are clearly problems lurking here. Everything is looking a little run-down, from the loose paving stones on the outside steps, to the uninhabited rabbit hutches. The room we had, supposed to be a suite, was a foldaway double bed plus a bunk bed in the corridor for the children. To use the loo at night meant waking them up with the incredible noise from the extractor fan which was reminiscent of the Queen Mary leaving port. The shower was a mean trickle. The decoration was gloomy and stuck in the 70's. And so expensive!
The restaurant: don't even think about it. £20 odd for a very average main course and comically incompetent service. The saving grace was the S African chap who brought us some decent Rioja. But the woman is truly unaccommodating and very skilled at making you feel unwelcome.

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2006

We stayed for one night over the Bank Holiday weekend. The room was overpriced £145 for double room with kitchen facilities, small hall with bunk beds and separate bathroom. The furnishings were dated and worn, very dreary. We expected something warm cosy and quite smart - we were very wrong!

The absolute worst was the food - pricing was equal to that of a top notch restaurant - the food would have been unaceptable in a greasy spoon cafe, truly in edible. Even the full English breakfast was full of grease. We can only assume the place survives on passing traffic rather than regular trade.

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Additional Information about The Dog & Partridge Country Inn

Address: Town End Lane, Swinscoe DE6 2HS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Swinscoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Swinscoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Dog & Partridge Country Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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Also Known As:
The Dog And Partridge Country Inn
The Dog & Partridge Country Hotel Swinscoe
Country Inn Swinscoe
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