Even though I arrived late and in the rain and they were very welcoming, showed me to my room and the facilities and left me to it. Just what I wanted on a wet night. The bed was very comfortable and the linen of a good quality.
The hotel is set in a gorgeous setting on the East Dark River. Breakfast is in the conservatory over looking all this with a lovely hot meal served with a spread of cereal, yogurt and fruit.
After breakfast I had a lovely walk out past the gardens and along the river.
The pub itself was what you would expect from a traditional English pub. The food was very average, the chips which are difficult to get wrong were hard. The food was bought in microwaved food, which is only ever going to be average at best. Saying that we asked what home-made puddings they had - apple pie and that was lovely. Instead of micro food, they should have less choice but home made quality food and they would be full all year around. The breakfast was good, the rooms were just ok. The accommodation did what it said on the tin, but for the same price The Hilton in Bristol was in a different league. Maybe not to compare the two. The food is the main obstacle to a better experience. There was only one choice of red and white wine, surely not in a pub. Think of the mark up on bottle of decent wine?
The is a beautiful tradional manor house set in a working farm with riding stables. Just to have the opportunity to stay in such a lovely place was an experience. The staff were really friendly and the breakfast was of good quality. A world away from the usual mass produced hotel room.
We (2 adults 2 children) stayed for 3 nights in the family room which is a converted loft. In reality it is a small 2 bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom. The views from the skylight windows over the countryside are amazing and the decor/furniture in this light and very clean place was top notch. The kids had a sofa bed each which they found comfy as did we in our double bed. The bathroom and shower were excellent (good water pressure) and amenities (shower gels, teas, coffee and water) are replaced on a daily basis.
The Inn itself is tucked away on a country lane and has a great atmosphere. The cooked breakfast was fresh and local produce. Don't be shy about asking for different eggs etc the staff couldn't be more helpful. The lunch and evening menus were great, in particular Tuesday steak nights!
The kids took advantage of the free WiFi by taking themselves upstairs to relax after dinner while we enjoyed the real ales and excellent selection of wine. As I say in the title perfect for families and couples.
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