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The Steppes Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Lugwardine B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
east kennett
2 reviews
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed at The Steppes during the week, and had a really nice stay. The rooms were well decorated, warm and spotless, and the tea and homemade cake was very welcoming after our long journey to get there. Lin and Martin were the perfect hosts. The B&B is tucked away nestling in an enclave of period properties, which makes it quite idyllic as a get-away. A fantastic breakfast with free range eggs and home made bread made it all the more welcoming. Definitely 'comfort in the country' and to be highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The double room we had is nicely appointed, fresh and very clean with a good range of attractive furniture, decorative lamp and cushions . There is a good size en suite shower room, again nicely appointed, modern and well supplied with towels and toiletries. Originally intended as a ‘granny annexe’ to a listed building, the 3 rooms externally are reminiscent of motel ‘pods’ tastefully clad with timber each room opening directly onto a path from the car park above the annexe.
Disappointingly, the accommodation is not in the beautiful thatched house shown on some reviews!!!!
Breakfast is accessed by walking along the path to a bright and cheerful tastefully appointed kitchen/dining room in a conservatory, but very chilly in winter.
There are several disappointing aspects to this bed and breakfast. Difficult to find (I advise the use of a sat nav) final access off a narrow country lane is up a very challenging track which is in need of maintenance, especially in the dark. Signposting to the B+B if there is not obvious. Once at the top there is a pea gravel car park, but beware approaching too quickly as there is a considerable drop to the lane below. We arrived late on a snowy, icy night. Without a powerful torch which we had in our car and following guests who stayed the previous night we could have been an accident waiting to happen. There are high steps down to the annexe, no handrail and the bulk head light does not come on until you are the bottom. The ice and snow had been cleared from the path and steps, but not the car park so access required crossing a very slippy patch at the top of the stairs. A scattering of salt would have been a good idea for an open all year venue.
The room doors open inwards straight into the bedroom off the path and outdoor shoes are not permitted. These have to be taken off on a very small indoor mat and deposited in a tray. The only way to manoeuvre to achieve this was to leave the door open and for the other occupant to stand outside and wait his turn. So by the time we deposited our shoes and stepped onto the pale cream carpet all the heat had left the room, so we sat and shivered till the room regained some heat. The simple purchase of a carpet runner from the door would have prevented this, though with the steps to manage it isn’t possible to take all your luggage in one go, so in cold weather the heat will disappear. This process has to be repeated each time you leave the room, including going for breakfast. I wear trainers or boots always so undoing the laces each time is tedious, so I admit giving up on the fifth occasion and broke the rules and walked over the carpet to the bathroom (which had a door which would not close fully without a hefty push). Seemingly, the heating goes off about 10.30 pm and a small electric fan heater is provided, but not really suitable for use all night, so we were very chilly overnight.
Breakfast was excellent, with a good range of fruits, yoghurt, cereals, home -made breads, jams, marmite and marmalade. The cooked food was piping hot and very good quality. Unfortunately there are a couple of pet feeding bowls on the floor in an otherwise immaculate room with very nice décor and furniture/furnishings. Doesn’t bother me too much but I know some people would be appalled.
The owners are very friendly and attentive during breakfast. The four of us had a good conversation during the meal with the owners, although I was a bit shocked by the ‘colourful’ language which slipped into the landlord’s chatter. An aged cat came into the room while we were eating, I like cats, but wasn’t so keen to hear about the ‘little accidents’ the poor beastie has as they are reluctant to have a litter tray in the breakfast room! Thankfully not, but with such a big property behind the annexe there is no need for wandering cats in the breakfast room. Needless to say I didn’t finish my meal after that.
I am not a fan of dogs, but when walking along the path to meet my daughter just avoided a collision with a dog which hurtled down the garden, so if you aren’t keen on animals or want to avoid falls and trips this place is not for you. There is a ramp down from the car park, but the snow and ice had not been cleared, it is very steep and one of the owners’ cars was parked across the entrance, so it would be wise to check out accessibility in advance of booking. It isn’t easy to wipe water and mud off a wheelchair so getting into the rooms could pose a problem.
I think the bed and breakfast accomodation is ideal and delightful, with lovely gardens in a very rural location, especially if the weather is good. In a very cold winter or wet spells like 2012-13, I think the owners need to think more carefully about the suitability for being ‘open all year round’ or be more attentive to details including the possibility of accidents just getting to your room or soiling on the carpet. Perhaps there is complacency setting in following the acquisition of their excellent status.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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HerefordSam, Owner at The Steppes Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Many thanks for your review. We have noted the comments you have made and would like to wish you well with your new found past time in TA reviewing. Kind regards.
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Ilminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at The Steppes for a weekend break. Lin and Martin were wonderful hosts and could not have made us feel more welcome. They were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in the twin, which they made up as a super king for us. It was well appointed, with a lovely en-suite, warm and comfortable and really cosy. The breakfast both mornings was fantastic and they gave us tips and ideas on what to do, where to visit and places to eat. All of the information they gave us was really good and we had one really good meal out at The Trumpet, recommended by Martin. I can't give a better recommendation than to say thank you so much to both of them for their superb hospitality and we will definitely be using The Steppes again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a very stylish B and B. Our room had everything we needed; was attractively decorated; had a very comfortable bed; excellent shower and nice extras like the basket of local magazines. Lin and Martin couldn't have been nicer and Lin's breakfasts were a treat. I'd absolutely recommend this to anyone planning to stay in the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

I stayed in The Steppes for 4 weeks in Jan/Feb and was very happy at the high standards of accommodation, food, and overall service that Lin and Martin provided. A lovely location - only a 5 minute drive from the centre of Hereford, yet in a quiet and secluded location - very nice well-kept rooms, and fantastic breakfasts all contributed to make it a highly recommended B&B.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Dave P
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Friendly owners Lin and Martin gave us a very warm welcome. Excellent freshly cooked breakfasts - fresh local produce,especially fresh laid eggs !! Comfortable room sited in a very peaceful setting. We would highly recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank nursetessh
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HerefordSam, Owner at The Steppes Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Very many thanks for your lovely review. We sincerely hope to see you again soon, when the fresh eggs and bread will keep on coming!
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Villepot
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

In a quiet lane, this delightful thatched house has been sympathetically extended to provide excellent b&b accommodation. This has been thoughtfully planned and would be ideal for anyone with limited mobility. Ramps in the garden make for easy access and wide doors in the room allow wheelchairs users to move freely.

Our room, overlooking a corner of the garden was comfortably furnished and decorated in restful colours. The bed was comfortable and a hot water bottle was available for the chillier nights.

A built in wardrobe had a mirror inside the door and a chest of drawers - with another mirror - gave ample storage. Along with tea and coffee makingthere was a 'fridge, with fresh milk and a toaster. A bedside cabinet and a couple of whicker chairs completed the furnishings. There were plenty of other thoughtful touches; an extra radiator, magazines, a little torch on the room keyring, a hairdryer and wifi access.

The bathroom, although smallish, was very well equipped with a shower and a range of toiletries.

The owners are a friendly couple and on arrival we were given tea and cake and made to feel very welcome. A local pub, a short drive away was suggested as somewhere to obtain an evening meal. In the morning, a superb cooked breakfast saw us on our way with the feeling that we had received very good value for money. We would certainly hope to stay when next in the area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Steppes Bed & Breakfast
Address: The Steppes Off Lumber Lane | Lugwardine, Lugwardine, Hereford HR1 4AL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Hereford > Lugwardine
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Lugwardine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Steppes Bed & Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside yet only minutes from Hereford City centre, The Steppes is an AA 4* establishment with a breakfast award thus keeping you in the luxury you would expect from a top rate bed and breakfast establishment all year round. All rooms have an en suite shower room, Freeview TV, WiFi, refridgerator with tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms also have their own front door so you can come and go as you please. ... more   less 
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