We decided to stay here to see if it came up to expectations - it did. I guess when you look at the rate you could argue 'too much' - but I think it is about value not price. We were nervous it may be over promising but that wasn't the case.
From the moment we arrived the service was unobtrusive but impeccable. We were made so welcome by the reception staff who served us bubbles while they explained everything. Whisked to our coast room in the Lexus and everything unloaded for us with the minimum of fuss - then THAT view...
The upper coast room had a wonderful aspect and it was helped by a cloudless day. We pretty much spent half our time sat on that deck thereafter - at all hours - marvelling as the forest creatures passed quietly by, all of them in families of various sizes - deer, turkeys, partridges, rabbits, chipmunks, humming birds, eagles, etc etc...
The room service we ordered was perfect - everything arrived quickly and just as we ordered it (I'm fussy what goes on my burger..). Very comfortable on our deck, it meant we didn't have to leave the view.
The room was extremely comfortable - I particularly liked all the little touches like binoculars and easy to light firewood. The toiletries are wonderful. I have never in my life actually bought more of the shower gel - until now! The scent of it takes me back there.
I'd recommend an early start to make the most of it - we were rewarded by being above the clouds one morning as they rolled back off the cliffs you sit on top of - just stunning.
Breakfast was a delight - first there we had the pick of tables, inside or out the views are all fantastic. The selection of home made mini cakes got my waistline in real trouble, but it was all delicious, sweet and savoury.
Our first full day we explored - what a peaceful charming place. The woodland and meadow trails take you to some really pretty places, and the backdrop of the mountains behind is always a treat waiting through the gaps. The infinity pools - with waiter service IN the pool - are a delight. A real slice of paradise after a good walk.
Our highlight was dinner in the restaurant - we are lucky enough to have tried a few places and the restaurant here is right up with the very best. We thought the service was absolutely excellent - friendly, efficient and timely. The sommelier made a great choice for us - we gave him a budget and he didn't even get near it, but it was perfect. The tasting menu is very generous - go hungry and you will not be disappointed. A very memorable meal In a wonderful setting.
While we were setting off for dinner we spied the housekeeping staff who must have been aware of our booking and were quietly waiting for us to go to dinner to service our room. The same thing happened at breakfast - when we came back the room had been serviced - beautifully. A lovely touch and so relaxing compared to the usual knock and enter when you are stepping out the shower!
Another evening I ate at the bar alone while my girlfriend caught an early night. Out on the terrace I was able to use their massive telescope - under expert supervision - I've never seen the rings of Jupiter for real before! I'm glad I stayed up!
We thought every aspect of our stay was wonderful - even checking out - which we HATED doing - was effortless. Our car was waiting and our luggage placed in it while we settled up without us even noticing.
This is one of the very best places we have ever stayed and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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