The whole purpose of our one night stay was just for a respite break. We arrived at the hotel and very quickly were checked in by very helpful, friendly staff. We were shown to our room which had an adjoining conservatory. This would have been wonderful if the rooms had previously been heated up but there was no heating on in either rooms when we arrived and it was snowing outside. We decided to go straight down for some lunch to leave time for the rooms to heat up. The lunch menu was quite nice and we had no problem choosing. The food that arrived was very tasty and we sat for a good while as the view was amazing and there was a large roaring fire. A wedding party had also arrived so we sat and watched them all getting photos etc outside.
After a few hours we decided to go back up to the room and relax a while but both rooms were still freezing and we also noted that the bathroom had no heating! The décor in the bathroom was also very dated and tired and could definitely do with an upgrade!
Later we went down for dinner and was given exactly the same menu which we had been offered for lunch which did feel a little disappointing. My food was quite nice again but my partner had a steak, which he left more than half as it was chewy and gristly. When they asked if everything was ok with the meal we said we had left such a large piece of steak as it was chewy but nothing more was said....
We stayed down in the lounge for some drinks, it was quite busy as there was a wedding dance on and after a few hours we went up to retire in our room. The music from the band was extremely noisy in our room which was very frustrating but perhaps we should have asked if there were any functions before booking a respite break! Fortunately the large bed was very comfortable so if there had been no loud music I`m sure the break would have been very relaxing.
Breakfast in the morning was a combination of cereals, fresh fruit etc, which was self service and we were also offered a selection of hot foods from the kitchen. It was all very yummy!
Check out staff were very friendly but we did feel the need to say that the music had been very loud which she apologised profusely for.
Overall I feel the hotel is a little dated but it has a charm about it and the location is beautiful and relaxing.... Just a pity we chose the wrong day.
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