From outside, The Windmill seams a beautiful old country inn and you imagine yourself on a cold night being seating inside with a glass of something in a comfy seat near a roaring fire... well the dream stops at the side door entrance to the hotel. The area where reception should be is ugly (see photo) there is broken and dusty furniture stored in every nook and cranny. The large fireplaces and log burners are not in use, with plug in electric heaters favoured instead. Not sure if the place is under refurbishment or always like this as the bar area seemed half finished and the restaurant (the only place with comfy seats) not in use. Service was friendly but very slow to the point we thought we'd been forgotten about several times although the food was good once it arrived.
The 'Badby' room initially looked nice but on closer inspection was very poor. Filthy skirting boards and tops of plug sockets, ? mud splatters over electric heater, puddle on bathroom floor. There was no headboard on the bed and only one thin pillow provided each, meaning if you are sitting in bed you have to lean against the cold external wall. I had to ask three times for extra pillows as it seems once the bar is open there is no one on duty for the hotel and you are ignored. The room was also very noisy as it is above the gents toilets.The mattress on the bed was the worse I have ever experienced in a hotel and so old we couldn't get comfortable with the metal springs digging in. We were so close to just checking out at 3am and driving home but eventually did get a few hours sleep waking up aching and feeling bruised. Breakfast was okay and served very quicky in the morning so obviously all pre-cooked but unfortunately this included the toast. How hard can it be to cook toast fresh to order for your guests and it makes all the difference...
On check out the young girl seemed disinterested in our issues. She said she'd speak to management but no-one bothered to contact us - hence this review
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