I booked the treehouse over a year ago as a surprise for my partner. I had originally heard about the treehouse from Sawdays website which I have always found very reliable and was a bit horrified when the recommendation disappeared from that site soon after I had booked.
I read a number of reviews before we travelled, good and bad, and have to say all of them have at least an element of truth. Unfortunately I think it unlikely that the owners Ron and Alison bother to read these reviews. Why would they? They are booked up for months in advance and have visitors' books full of glowing testimonials.
The good- we both slept soundly, the bed was comfortable and the room cosy and we enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the wind and the creaking of the trees. We were warned of the limited capacity of the hot water tank but there was plenty for us both to shower. Breakfast was fine, the full English you would expect and veggie sausages provided for my partner. A highlight was the homemade marmalade. Personally though, I'm not a fan of the communal breakfast table.
The not-so-good - the whole Africa theme is looking a little tired. It's as though, having found furnishings to fit in with their theme the owners are determined to keep using them until they fall apart! The 'soft fluffy towels' referred to on the website were two small bathtowels and one handtowel between us with a leopard print. Atlhough clean they were obviously well washed and had seen better days as had the fake fur bedspread. The hideous fluffy cushions were put in the cupboard and remained there for the rest of our stay.
TV reception was almost non-existent but to be honest you do not stay somewhere like this to watch TV.
The only toiletries provided were two tiny guest soaps. I had arrived without shampoo, confidently expecting some to be provided for £150 per night and ended up using shower gel which was still in my bag from a previous trip. On the plus side a hairdryer was provided.
I for one could have done without the rather motheaten tiger skin positioned to peer at you through the branches on the verandah.
All in all were a bit disappointed. The experience was not a bad one but was not one we will be rushing to repeat. The owners clearly continue to trade on the novelty value of the treehouse and charge and inflated price for B&B. However there are now far more luxurious treehouses available and they will have to look to their laurels if they want to compete. The sad thing was it would not have taken a lot to have made this so much better - a few nice toiletries and some fresher and less tired-looking linens would have helped enormously.
- Also Known As:
- Castle Cottage Bed And Breakfast
- Castle Cottage Hotel Fittleworth
- Castle Cottage B&B Fittleworth, West Sussex