Our stay at the Kings Head was much anticipated, and was built around a fishing course for one of us and a days shopping for the other. We paid a bit extra to stay in a courtyard room, and we were impressed by the quirky nature of the lay out, and facilities. I liked the mix of modern facilities and old furniture. I was concerned that we would be disturbed by the smokers sitting out at the back of the hotel, but the double glazing did the trick and we never heard a thing. I never worked out how to use the shower, but the roll top bath was a pleasant way to soak the cares of the working week away. It wasn't until bedtime that we realised that we had no way of turning off an extremely bright security light that was on the wall at the top of the stairs, right by the bed. I was able to read my book by its light in the middle of the night! It was so intrusive that it certainly disturbed our sleep. When I mentioned it on checkout though, the staff told us that it has only just been fitted and they had asked for it to be removed. We were pleased to get a discount - though we hadn't mentioned it just to get one - and hope this will be fixed for future guests. We enjoyed our breakfasts, though we had thought that they were included in the room price and were surprised on checkout to find that they weren't.
My overall impression is that this hotel has the potential to become a really special place, but it just doesn't quite achieve. A few corners are cut - clean pressed bed linen, but a stained valance sheet; grubby walls that look as if a quick coat of paint would help; curtains that are not well hung. I know these are only small things, but when you are charging your guests quite high prices the details are important. However, if you are thinking of booking I would recommend you go, and enjoy yourself!
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