We recently stayed two nights in The Barn and were disappointed with the overall standard of this 'Luxury B&B'. I've stayed in a number of B&Bs which truly live up to their luxury status and the Castle Cottage Barn didn't exactly fit the bill!
The Barn could have done with a thorough all-over clean, everything looked a little tired and dusty, cupboards in the bedroom were filled with the owners clothes and coats, elsewhere there are piles of old magazines and the tv stand was stuffed with trinkets and family photos! The downstairs loo is used as a drying room for sheets, all of which didn't really seem to be appropriate as guest accommodation, especially for the prices charged. There are few toiletries provided, just a pair of hand soaps and a well used bottle of bubble bath, which again, doesn't seem all that luxe for the price. It was cold and rainy, but we still had to ask for the heating to be turned on and later found out from other guests that they'd arrived in their freezing cold room as the heat hadn't been put on prior to their arrival. Even with all the radiators turned up to the max, we still struggled to get warm.
Our biggest problem was with the bed, which sported a (presumably elderly) Tempur-type mattress. Both my partner and I had trouble getting comfortable and staying asleep, and the next morning's resulting back and neck pain meant a trip to Petworth to buy some Deep Heat and ibuprofen! Not the cosy, relaxing rest you're after on a romantic weekend break!
The breakfasts in the conservatory were fine, if a little lacklustre.
Overall, the accommodation needs a freshen up and the Barn in particular needs to be made suitable for paying guests (we had a look at the other rooms with the guests that were staying and they had similar problems but didn't seem to be full of the owners' stuff!). It doesn't seem fair to charge over the odds for the rooms and it feels like they're being sold on the novelty of the treehouse and on the strength of old photos. I would not visit again.
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