Stayed one night at Church Farm Lodge due to the convenient, if somewhat remote, location as part of a two destination business trip. The heart of Northamptonshire seemed a suitable central point between Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire and was selected mainly for this reason. We arrived and departed under cover of darkness so this review will not include any opinions about the local suroundings or indeed the general arrangement of the property itself.
On arrival we were faced with a locked door to reception which is not manned 24 hours. Ringing a bell resulted in the timely arrival of the proprietor and we were shown to our rooms. Note the reception area is also where breakfast is served. We had been allocated Rooms 11 and 12 which were located in what is essentially a barn conversion. The barn looked like it contained 2 more rooms besides ours. The entrance to our 2 rooms was through a single door which led to a small hallway and our individual room doors. You are issued a key for both the outer door and obviously your room door. A nice little bit of extra security.
On entering my room (12) there was an immediate WOW factor.The room was very spacious with a double and a single bed and was beautifully lit by main lights and some carefully positioned spotlights. As you would expect in a barn conversion the ceiling is high with exposed beams. The overall decor is neutral as is the norm these days, giving the room a very clean and smart appearance. The high ceiling contains 2 velux style windows and there is a long pole in one corner enabling you to shut the blinds. This was not necessary at this time of year. There is a comfortable armchair in the room, a dresser and a small bedside cabinet between the beds. There is no phone in the room but the wi-fi is free with no password required. The flat screen TV is wall mounted and comes with free-view plus SKY SPORTS 1,2 and 3. The supply of tea, coffee, milk and sugar is excellent with a good range of speciality teas and also drinking chocolate. Strangely no biscuits are supplied but there are complimentary bottles of water. The double bed was extremely comfortable with ample pillows and bedding supplied with extras in the wardrobe which was positiond adjacent to the bathroom door. The bathroom itself was of adequate size and included a large shower enclosure, a full sized pedestal and large sink enclosed in a vanity unit. Combined shampoo and shower gel was supplied in the shower and also soap by the sink. The toilet paper was of average quality. What I appreciated most is the space around the pedestal and it hadn't, as I so often find, been shoved into a too small recess or alcove making use difficult for a big chap like me. The water pressure provided by the elctric shower was just adequate and the temperature was good. Back in the bedroom the temperature can be controlled by way of a thermostat mounted on the wall just inside the door. As no food is available on-site we made our way across the road to the excellent Tollemach Arms which probably deserves a review in it's own right. The selection of beers, ciders and lagers was good and included several guest ales including one from a local micro-brewer, the affectionately titled 'Old Barsteward'. Very good it was too. There is a choice of menus available in either the bar area or the restaurant along with a selection of snacky dishes and light bites. We opted for the bar menu and very good it was too. For 2 starters, 2 mains and 3 pints of beer each the total was £47. A great price for great food and beer.
A good night's sleep followed and it was soon time for breakfast and what turned out to be another good experience. As I stated breakfast is served in the building which also houses the reception area and service starts at 7am. An excellent selection of cereals, juices, fresh fruits, yoghurts and tea nad coffee are on offer. A toaster is available to make your own toast and an urn provides the hot water for brewing. Orders are taken for eggs and the rest of the hot food items are served buffet style from, believe it or not, a heated hostess trolley. A real 70's flashback. There are sausages, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes available and all are well cooked and of good quality.
A quick packing session and settling of the bill saw us on our way, well rested, well fed and well satisfied with our choice of accomodation. The price of £67-50 for single occupancy of a double room seemed an absolute bargain and considering the whole thing was on 'expenses' it seemed even better. Happy days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique, luxury barn style accommodation set in the peaceful rural village of Harrington. Located 2 miles from J2 or J3 off A14, with Kettering and Market Harborough 10 minutes away. Bed and breakfast with single, double, family, suites and kitchenette rooms. Ample free parking, free internet, sky sports and full English or continental breakfast. ... more less
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