When we arrived it was pouring with rain and the owner (Rod) was in the pub - only found this out after we had wandered around Colchester for 45 minutes in the rain as no answer at the door, although could hear a dog barking. We had said what time we were going to arrive, between 4-5 and we arrived at 4.30. OK, maybe just a bad start. When we finally came back he saw us hanging around outside from the pub down the road (why didn't he put a note on the door?) and seemed OK but I was pretty tired by now.
Anyway, the owner showed us upstairs to our room with a washbasin. My heart sank as we were going up the stairs to the rooms; this place is pretty depressing and well needs a makeover. The dog was cute (I love dogs thankfully) but kept headbutting the door all evening or barking at the room door as he was lonely and when I went to get something from my car he was sitting on a placemat on the breakfast table which was laid out for breakfast. Obv. didn't sit at this table for breakfast. Just wanted to leave by that point.
Other problems included a window that wouldn't stay open, a TV remote control that had flat batteries, a TV that hadn't been used in so long it needed to be re-tuned to digital and (by now I do realise I'm getting petty) a room that was so dreary and dark that the middle light had to be left on at all times as the side lights were rubbish. Oh also, no hairdryer.
4*? And also be classed as "excellent"? I'm not sure. However, to be positive, the bed was comfortable and Rod did seem nice enough although, in my opinion, not interested in the actual running of his b&b.
- Also Known As:
- Greenview House Colchester, Essex