Turned up at the hotel and was instantly impressed by the beautiful setting, I was sure this was going to be a lovely place to stay and well worth the long drive. I trundled into the reception and was kept waiting for a while to check in as the person behind the desk was on the phone, although I did get an apology and was promptly given a form to sign and a key, with what seemed to be half a tree attached to it (I wasn't going to loose that in a hurry). Quickly went up to the standard double room to dump mine and my +1's cases, didn't pay much attention at first to the room but it was very compact and off I went to join my friends for a bite to eat. Opted for the bar menu which was rather limited and a bit on the pricey side, decided to opt for a warm sandwich, the pork and apple sounded good with a side of chips. Service was very slow but then the waitress arrived with no food but an apology as the 'pork' was a misprint, it should have stated 'beef???' Hmmmm beef and apple...... never heard of that before so I opted for a chicken wrap! Food arrived eventually and it looked beautiful but we were all very disappointed in the quality (seems to be a pattern with this hotel) the bar was also very limited, anyway it was late so off to unpack and sleep. On returning to the room i noticed how tired and grubby it was, the carpet had not been cleaned very well, there was stains on the throw and the chair and what looked like dead flies in the light fitting, there was also a hidden surprise, a tissue in the bed which was an unusual touch! In addition the room that I stayed in seemed to be situated directly over the kitchen, as I was woken up early every morning by banging, clashing and an electric whisk. On the plus side breakfast was ok, on the first morning the service was a little slow and there were no mushrooms but the food was nice and the second morning the waitress was lovely and yes there were mushrooms. This hotel 'could be' really special, the location is beautiful but that seems to be what you are paying a premium for, as the rest is like a cheap B&B that I would expect to pay a fraction of the price for.
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