I can see how this might work out as a really nice stay for some, particularly, say, people with children and those who maybe value character over comfort in B&B, but it didn't really completely work for me. A few things were a bit irritatingly inefficient. The decor was quite fancy (Laura Ashley apparently), but I definitely prefer it for things to be well maintained and sensibly arranged, which they weren't always (eg the lights and fan in the bathroom did not work; the mirror wasn't fixed on securely and rattled every time you turned the light on - not great when the bathroom was not en suite and you feel a little self-conscious in going to the toilet in the night). There was a tap-attached shower fixture in the bathroom which gave a decent pressure, but no shower glass and the tiling only went part way up the wall so you couldn't have a stand up shower without getting water everywhere (the wallpaper, meanwhile, was pealing off where people had tried anyway). The television in the bedroom was an old-style cathode ray with a really tiny display, which was a bit silly for what was a large bedroom (I mean, really, even the £30/night places have flat screens these days - I would taken a better telly over designer wallpaper personally).
Owners were generally nice and helpful, although the guy did ask whether my pannier bags were 'clean enough' to take in the house itself (which he determined they were, in fairness), which I was a little bit put out by. Those pannier bags are my luggage and you wouldn't suggest that a guest's suitcase that had (say) been dropped in mud should be emptied out before they entered their room (you might offer to clean it down or provide an extra towel to rest it on or whatever) - in other words, a sure-fire way to offend cyclists is to treat them as second-class citizens! Wasn't the best initial welcome, but I was otherwise fine with the service.
- Also Known As:
- Rhododendron House B&B Lyme Regis, Dorset