We had 3 nights at this hotel recently.
Bits of the building are part of an old priory and so the overall aspect is “historic”.
The grounds are quite large and extend down to a large private beach and encompass a 9 hole par 3 golf course, OK for a bit of practise, greens looked OK, fairways rough.
There were gardens and a swimming pool, but due to the time of year it was full of leaves, brown water didn't look nice.
There was a shortage of rooms when we booked and we took an oak panelled room (No 3). Overall the room was pleasantly furnished in a traditional/historic way. We were warned the room had dark walls, but it was really (really) dark, even in the day. There was insufficient light to see what was in your case. All it really needed were some decent lights set in the ceiling as in the bathroom. The other problem with the room was that only one small window opened, the other being screwed shut. Even in September this made the room stuffy and hot. They really need to fix this – get some new opening windows.
Although the hotel was furnished nicely, some of the carpets were threadbare on the stairs – I don’t expect to see this at £200per night.
One evening we eat in the Island Room restaurant (traditional). The food was OK, not brilliant and service was slow. Another dark gloomy room. We sat for ages waiting for someone to offer us some bread. Finally some arrived in the restaurant, but the waiter didn’t seem to want to hand it out until we asked, then everyone did – it was delicious however. The staff didn’t really seem to be trained. Before dinner we had gone for a drink in the bar. We were asked if we were dining, but no one then thought to offer us a menu and then they disappeared and didn’t come back. Overall the meal was OK but not worth the ca £120 bill (for 2).
Other evenings we ate in the Oyster Room restaurant (bistro/fish). The food here seemed better and cheaper and the service was friendly and good – we were happy with this one. Breakfast was excellent and service was good. Usual buffet, fruit, smoked salmon, cereals etc. followed by English breakfast or poached fish.
Overall I would only go back if I needed a hotel in the locality and couldn’t find an alternative, but never to Room 3.
I would never go there for a treat.
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We would love to put additional lighting in the Room, however, it is the only room in the hotel that contains the origional oak panelling and we are therefor not allowed to install additional lighting. We have carried out lots of general maintenance recently and have an ongoing plan in operation.
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Thank you for your comments though, they are all very helpful.
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