I could have been a contender!
The hotel is set in sumptious grounds , and the reception areas are all fantastic.
What let this place down was the small things
The room was tired, not the carpet or wall coverings , it was the wooden bathroom door was chipped, as was the wardrobe, and the area around the sink was worn. All things easy to rectify with some TLC.
The bed was horrendous. Lumpy, and squeaked at the slightest movement. Had been in Premier Inn 4 weeks ago and the bed was soooooo much more comfortable.
Saturdays evening meal was a bit hity missy. The waiting staff were all very young and inexperienced. They did not know what was on the menu, nor what it contained/was presented. We had the same starter twice on our table which was supposed to be crayfish, but was actually just prawns. We called a waiter over and he insisted that there were crayfish, but I know that there were none. The second time we it arrived the dish not only was it missing the crayfish but the advocardo was missing too. The tempura battered ice cream was nasty. The batter heavy and soggy.
Restaurant was Far too small for size of hotel. Many Had to wait ages for breakfast, fortunately we timed it just right.
It is really a wedding venue, and cannot cope with other guests not part of the wedding party.