Well. Where do I begin? Having stayed in the hotel before a few years ago, my expectations weren't great to begin with. However as we couldn't get into any other hotel in the area and needed somewhere closeby for a family event we booked the Boship and reserved the last two available rooms (7 & 9).
It was immediately apparent that there had been a substantial amount spent on the car park, gardens and grounds. Indeed upon entering the building I thought maybe there might have been investment inside too. I was wrong. It is true to say the grubby carpet had been replaced with a very cheap laminate in some of the public areas. It is also true that the bar area has been redesigned. Now instead of comfy chairs there are solid wood benches the length of the room and the chairs changed for conference type furniture.
The bedroom was incredibly poor to say the least. It reminded me of a grubby B and B in Blackpool. The peeling wallpaper was stained where the roof had leaked. You couldn't use the wardrobe because of the smell in it. We didn't use the tv, kettle, trouser press or telephone for fear of being electrocuted. There were no pat tests on anything.
And then there was the en suite bathroom. Whoever for one minute ever thought aquamarine sanitary ware matched pink wall tiles must have had eyesight difficulties. Even 40 or 50 years ago when the bathroom suite was fitted the colours must have clashed! The extractor was filthy but I've no idea why as it didn't work anyway. The floor was dirty as there was a leak from the toilet.
Need I go on? Oh yes the door to the room didn't shut properly, and you could hear everyone coming up and down the creaking stairs!
Breakfast was ok.
As we left we had a look at the animal statues in the grounds. Strange to say the least!!
I wonder if anyone can explain why the bronze stag in the centre of the car park has had the honour of having his tackle painted gold!?? Bizarre!
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- Also Known As:
- Boship Farm Lower Dicker