I was looking forward to staying here as the pictures on the website looked lovely. We were staying in the area for a wedding. Check in is not until 5pm and although this is quite late for check in, it was fine for our needs.
The room itself was very nice, very cosy and clean. The breakfast was ok, nothing special but nice. The b & b is situated just off the A595, down a lane. It is basically in the middle of nowhere, so you definately need a car.
The problem with this b & b is the fact that there are "terms and conditions" (which are not highlighted to you at the point of booking) which state that you must leave the b&b between 11am and 5pm each day (even if you are staying there the next night)!!! The owner effectively "locks up" and boots you out of the house between these times. This was not convenient for us at all, as we had been at a wedding the whole day before and were looking forward to a lie in, so we were not best pleased when the owner banged on the door at 10.45 and told us to get out!!
The room is £60 per night and it is not acceptable that you are told to leave during the whole day. This is not normal for b & b's.The only indication of this rule is on a sign on the wall of the room, Had I been told of this rule at the point of booking I would have gone elsewhere. The owner (Ian Maycock) was also very very rude to me when he chucked us out in the pouring rain at 11am, (our car was at the wedding hotel from the previous day) and said "this is a b&b and not a hotel". Regardless, if you are paying £60 a night, you should be able to lie in for as long as you want (when you are staying for a further night!).
Other bad points are that your bed is not made every day and your towels are not changed (unless you ask for this). I have stayed at many b &b's and this is very unusual. There were also quite a lot of flys in the bathroom and I also saw 2 woodlouse in the bathroom (not sure where they were coming from), which was not nice at all.
Due to the behaviour of the owner, we left and did not stay for the third night as planned. I will be writing to the Cumbria tourist board to complain. DO NOT go here. There are other places in the area which look just as nice (e.g. the Sun Inn, Red Dial) which will probably give you far less hassle.
Overall- very, very disappointed with the way we were treated.
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