Booked an overnight stay (via a last minute type website - so the price was OK) in what was called by Kitley a 'State Room' described thus on their website: 'There are 4 deluxe State Rooms on the First Floor. These rooms are large mini suites in a variety of individual colour schemes and layouts. The State Rooms in particular feature large full height panoramic windows and each has a lounge area. The beds are mostly kingsize with options for Double or Twin occupancy. The rooms are particularly suitable for families of 2 or more children.'
This, as it turned out, is pure marketing rubbish. The room was not particularly large - it was slightly larger than your average hotel double room. It was not a 'mini suite': one room with a bathroom is not a suite, mini or otherwise, in any hotel. There was a full height bay window which added about 3 feet by 6 feet to the floor space. This tiny additional area, it turned out, was the 'lounge area' which was filled with two small chairs and a little table with the tea/coffee stuff on it. We had a child with us so we assumed that, since the room was 'particularly suitable for families of 2 or more children' there would be plenty of space for extra 'z-bed' arangements. They had put in one extra bed, as requested, (which, by the way, was very uncomfortable and resulted in it being abandoned and the thin mattress being laid on the floor) but that left virtually no spare floor space. 2 extra beds would have been impossible.
The room was all a bit shabby, as was the whole building. There was only one small recessed ceiling light for the room (to get enough light the two bedside lights had to be used). One of the power sockets wouldn't work. There was a most peculiar smell in the wardrobe. The bathroom was fine and the shower was powerful. The hotel's attention to detail was poor: they knew we were a party of three (the extra bed) but they didn't supply extra cups, glasses or tea/coffe stuff - we had to ask for them.
The dinner, however, was very good. I do however, always baulk at the British practice of charging for veg: it's mean spirited. The food was great and the service was very good, cheerful and efficient (Thank you Nathan).
The hotel grounds are pretty but a good, hard working, gardener would be a bonus.
All-in-all, don't expect this hotel to be up there with the great British tradition of Country House Hotels. It's a long, long way from being that despite the friendliness of the staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Kitley Hotel Yealmpton
- Kitley House Hotel Yealmpton, Devon