I had qualms about reserving the Hotel for our joint Birthday celebration (five old schoolfriends, plus partners, plus some teens) but was extremely pleasantly surprised by absolutely everything we encountered in using the Hotel.
The restaurant had good service, the food was really fantastic value - superbly cooked, excellent portions, with a menu which showed they understand flavours and was not overfussy or complicated. The menu choices were diverse enough for Vegetarians and non-Vegetarians, and they honoured a request for a more simple dish for one of our children, and adapted the menu for another. At £15 for three courses it was absolutely brilliant value!! - I highly commend them on this, plus for serving us all at the same time, and the food being hot and of a very fresh quality, and high standard.
We had brought our own celebratory cake, and the bar staff sliced it and provided plates, for us, which was helpful and very attentive considering they were not going to make a profit on this.
The breakfast was pretty good, excellent quality, very tasty, and the coffee was some of the best I've ever come across in a Hotel.
Their only problem was a plague of wasps, which prevented us from enjoying the upstairs outdoor bar extension during the afternoon, but to be fair they did warn us and had done their best to attract the wasps to a sweet diversion, which kept their numbers down somewhat.
QUALITY OF ACCOMMODATION
The rooms were light and spacious, clean, nice bathrooms, good products, and had plenty of storage, and the flatscreen wall-mounted TVs had plenty of channels and were of the best quality I've EVER encountered in any rating of Hotel!! What a treat!!
The spa facilities were excellent, according to my teens - lovely pool, hot jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, spacious changing facilities, and large floats for children/teens to play with, which they loved.
OBSERVATIONS ON THE GOLF COURSE
The golf course didn't have a footpath for walkers, unfortunately, but was very well-kept and busy while we were there. It was nice to see the golf course from the bar and restaurant, and access everywhere was excellent.
I would say that this Hotel is often underrated, given what I've read on this Website, but they really did us proud with our celebrations and I would like to rectify the balance more in their favour.
I can see how it might attract criticism for noisy rooms (as golfers can walk past the rooms easily enough, as can other residents, though rooms have a blind which prevents anyone seeing in) but at the price we paid for our rooms - doubles, twins all £49 each - and the price of the meals at £15 per head - we felt we had really done well and obtained excellent value for money.
It would be fair to say that our party are considering meeting up here again in the future because everything combined to make our stay such a success, and it was such excellent value that I think what a few people find to be annoyances and foibles can be overlooked because it makes up for this in many other ways.
There were a few large parties that night, and we could have had access to their private room if we had liked, which we might take up on another occasion, and all this at no extra cost to ourselves. This is pretty amazing, as we were being quoted £80 for function rooms elsewhere, only a few miles down the road, and therefore this is also worth bearing in mind if you are thinking of booking an event there.
I would highly recommend the Hotel overall. They were extremely helpful, the service was good, and the facilities excellent. But if I were to save the praise for one element, it would be the value for money - I think it's fair to say you can't beat these prices, you don't feel overcharged but rather spoilt, and that's what it's all about when selecting somewhere to stay and spend down-time.
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