After being led astray by our sat nav, spending ages driving up and down the road and with limited response from local pedestrians, we found the entrance with the help of instructions in broken English via our mobile phone.
We found hauling our luggage up an iron circular staircase to the attic family room quite a challenge late in the evening. The room had seen better times and old bedding was crammed into the cot which smelt damp and of questionable cleanliness so our 7 month old slept with mother and three year old with father in separate beds. Were the sheets fresh?? we couldn't tell for sure but the overall impression was that they had been there some time before our visit. The bathroom fittings were mouldy, the loo handle faulty and a layer of dust hung over the skirting boards in the main room. This room may have looked presentable once, but the plain wood bathroom door had not weathered well, bearing a large split that could have negated any privacy if we had been bothered. At daylight we looked out onto a balcony with potted plants that had shrivelled up and died through lack of attention - typifying our overall impression of this place.
The decor was functional and dull. When put together I doubt whether it had ever had the benefit of any female touch - indeed whilst we were there we did not see one woman. Nevertheless we had been politely invited in and shown our rooms, politely ushered into the adequate dining room and politely shown the way out. The cooked breakfast was quite adequate for the price and there was plenty to fill us before a days travel across the world.
On our return we were dropped off by our taxi at the guest house. Although we had phoned on arrival at Gatwick we stll had to wait outside under two umbrellas in the pouring rain for 25 minutes for our car keys to be returned to us - and the car had obviously been kept under a tree (perhaps in someone's personal garden??) as it had collected piles of bird guana on its roof.
Value for money? Well, it was cheap for the parking and the family room, so we should not have expected too much and at least the breakfast was filling!
Will we be going there again? I'm happy to rough anything, but if my wife has her way (and she is always right!) we most definately will not visit the Gatwick Grove ever again.
- Also Known As:
- Gatwick Grove Guest House Hotel West Sussex
- Gatwick Grove Guest House Copthorne, West Sussex