Stayed here for one Friday night with my partner. As mentioned, great location and looks lovely and charming from the front. Also, a nice welcome and impressed with the history of the place. However it falls somewhere between a restaurant, B and B and hotel and I did feel that they were mostly focused on the Indian restaurant side of the business as opposed to the accommodation side.
The room we stayed in (2) whilst spacious was a bit dusty and could of done with a good clean/ refurbishment. The mattress was also a bit hard on the double bed. On the plus Biscuits and decent coffee maker/ tea filter was a good touch. In the bathroom however the toilet bowl had some yellow staining and the windows looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a while. In general it was a bit shabby. As mentioned by others I could almost let this go for one night, however for 140 I expect a hell of a lot more, which is also why I'm nit picking a bit more than usual. If you're gonna charge those kind of prices you've got the be able to deliver top notch service.
The breakfast was pretty good although they didn't have any lemon to go with the Salmon dishes. (Again not the end of the world, but when a lot of there breakfast dishes are Salmon, Lemon is pretty important).
The foyet area is unfortunately like an oven as you are right by the kitchen and I couldn't get away from there sooner. Also the balcony area in the back was a bit neglected and didn't seem like it was ever used, with no flowers etc or had being cleaned in a while. Again, not somewhere I wanted to hang around and this is another problem with the place in that is there isn't really anywhere to hang around (no bar) other than your room, although with its great location this wasn't really a problem (But again for 140, I'd of liked the option).
Had dinner in the Indian restaurant on the Friday eve. Pretty good starters and all is reasonably priced. Pigeon dish I had was great and the white chocolate samosa was tremendous. On the downside, the duck my partner had was completely overpowered by its chocolate sauce. I'm all for experimental cooking and is great when it works, however the chocolate was far too bitter and murdered any flavour from the duck. My pork dish was pretty good though, if a bit small and the service in the restaurant was 1st rate, which again made me think that we were staying in a restaurant with rooms as opposed to a hotel with a restaurant.
Anyways, certainly not terrible and the owners seemed friendly but again for 140, I don't think I'd ever stay there again. If it was around the ninety mark, I'd of been be far happier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, the White Vine House's origins go back to the 13th century. We offer four double and two family rooms, each individually styled with meticulous attention to details. Flat panel TVs, Wi-Fi, fluffy towels and organic toiletries are only a few of the careful considerations. Come enjoy the friendly, relaxing atmosphere as can only be found at a family-run establishment. ... more less
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