Jury's out on this one. If we had turned up as a walk in, we would have walked out straight away. The main entrance area is very tired and worn and was, frankly, dirty.Similarly, the owner's clothes looked distinctly dirty, more like those of a mechanic than a B&B owner. As mentioned by another guest, the furniture in the lounge has seen better days, with the sofa feeling distinctly sticky.
However, the place wove its charm! It is what it is, a family run old house. The breakfasts were great, there was always free coffee and home made cake and it was lovely sitting in front of the fire with the old dog at our feet. No tv in the bedrooms if you stay in the old part of the house, neither was there a coffee maker. As a result, guests are almost forced into each other's company in the main lounge. The owner, Randy, likes to join guests for a chat, so If this isn't for you, then don't go.
Breakfasts are open to the public, which sometimes meant a long wait, but the food is fresh and well prepared with vegetarians well catered for.
A small investment in sofa covers and new rugs would make a huge difference to the feel of the place. Don't expect The Ritz and you'll enjoy your stay!
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