On arrival we were greeted by our very excentric hostess Carole. Entry was through a very dingy conservatory that appeared not to have been cleaned for some time and I would say months rather than weeks, the floor was covered in black cat hair and was accompanied by the cat smell. We were offered afternoon tea in the conservatory which we accepted after our 4 hr journey. On waiting for the tea to arrive, it became apparent that the conservatory furniture had seen better days, and the amount of clutter scattered around the place made it resemble a charity shop. Tea was served in a very old dirty looking tea set, when I lifted the lid of the teapot to stir the tea, the inside of the pot was a badly stained example of what was supposed to be china.
We were shown to our room which was the Lindisfarne with ensuite. The double bed consisted of 2 singles pushed together and a dingy looking quilt that barely covered the bed although the sheets were clean. All the furniture in the room appeared to have come from a charity shop as it was a mish mash of all era's. With the very dated wallpaper, and I think pale blue carpet along with the grubby faded curtains complete with holes we were none the least impressed. The tea making facility consisted of a small table in a cupboard and the kettle on the floor. The ensuite pine clad 'bottle green' bathroom suite had seen better days (probably first installed around 30 years ago) all the gold had come off the taps, there was no plug for the bath and the toilet seat wasnt up to much either . The towels were a grey/yellow coloured with a musty smell. On top of all this, it was a very blustery weekend and the bathroom window would not close. Also the advertised WiFi connection was non existant. Cooked breakfast was obviously a bone of contention as it interferred with church on Sunday and too many people (6) wanted it at the same time on Saturday, cereals were obviously on the hostess's mind rather than cooked breakfasts. The long black hair which accompanied my breakfast would not be recommended. The cost of our 3 night stay was £290 which for 5 star accomodation was good . However, 5 star did not reflect in this establishment. The location of the B & B was superb and parking was ample. Carole had an MBE for tourism awarded to her in 2000. On arriving home, I checked this out on the internet only to find that Carole is a board member on the Northumbria Tourist Board and many other tourist attraction boards for the area. One could only presume that the 5 stars have been awarded as a token of gratitude for services and not for the accomodation its self. I would say the only thing missing from 'Beach Court' was 'Basil Fawlty'. This place is certainly in urgent need of an upgrade and a visit from the tourist board.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The choice is yours! Are your priorities warm hospitality, spacious accommodation, a unique location and unparalleled coastal views? If they are then Beach Court, our beloved honey-stone, turreted "castle on the beach" is waiting to welcome you. As our houseguests we offer you a friendly, relaxed, informal atmosphere where the tide laps gently under your snug (occasionally purring) window seats. Here we have a total absence of rigid restrictive rules and mix 'n' match mania. Our Aladdin's Cave awaits you! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beach Court Beadnell, Northumberland