We recently decided to visit a random coast and chose this establishment as they accepted dogs and our local kennels were full. We were given a caravan which was nothing fantastic but thought a night is a night. The lady on arrival decided to give us some cock and bull story about if we would kindly pay them in advance because of bla bla bla which I found very unprofessional, uncomfortable and desperate to say the least. There were 2 dogs owned by the proprietors roaming their garden and recommend staying clear of them as one lunged at my 5 year old daughter and later the larger dog scared our friend when it snapped at her.
That evening on arrival after putting our daughter to sleep, we stayed outside to enjoy a bottle of wine while our daughter fell asleep in the caravan. We logically were quiet not to disturb our daughter and the lady stormed out and 'bitterly' told us to keep the noise down and shot off? We were left with no choice but to finish our drink in the van to keep the peace. I got the impression that were only used the older clientele at this point.
The following morning we were placed on a table outside to have our breakfast which was lovely but bizarrely there is a bird feeder directly next to and above the table and with the place already being almost a pigeon sanctuary, did not make the experience pleasant or hygienic with pigeons constantly flapping above our food. There was a dog pooh near the caravan (there was quiet a few around anyway) but the lady identified this particular dog mess with our dog and made us pick it up as if we were at school.
My patience was wearing out and when the time came to leave, our battery on our car was flat due to leaving an interior light on over night. The lady's husband was very helpful and extremely pleasant and tried to help us. The woman was in a rush for us to leave making comments and giving us bad looks. She was actually going into the caravan while we were still there trying pack up ?? After a kind neighbour came to assist us unsuccessfully with a jumper pack, she stormed to her husband that was attempting to help us, as any gentleman would, and told him, 'They've paid and should clear off, its not your problem and if they're stuck they should join the AA. They've overstayed their welcome'. I could not believe what I was hearing from this individual.
We waited 1 and a half hours 'with our child' sat in their dog faeces infested garden (they throw their own dogs mess in their bushes which adds a lovely aroma to the summers breeze) and at no point were we even offered a glass of water or a juice for our daughter or ask if we wanted to wait inside in the shade and even shut their front doors leaving us there sat on their grass. I found this absolutely incredible and downright disgusting. We finally had the car jump started by a recovery company and left. Later that evening my wife was left a voicemail with this woman saying that we were not welcome there ever again because my daughter accidentally spilled some wine on one of their cheap tacky duvet covers from their mouldy pigeon dropping deposit called a caravan in their garden next to a chicken farm.
This is a place I will not be going to again as I can afford to choose not to. I do not need to beg for money and quite frankly will never need too. I have no idea why we were treated in such a fashion and she obviously had no idea of who I was.
Synopsis: You are limited to choice of accommodation in this little town, so do your research 1st and don't be fooled by websites. Cash and no receipt in this day and age? I guess there must be VAT loophole with the caravan hey ?. If you are not used to B&B's, do not have a pace maker or hearing aid look further.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jim & Annette Parkinson (Rolo & Summer) would like to welcome you to their home set in the heart of the small seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea, in Norfolk England. Manor Farmhouse is a late Georgian period house set in spacious gardens with ample parking and offers luxurious accommodation at affordable prices. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manor Farm Guesthouse Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk