Disappointing Stay at a Characterful Property
Posted Mar 6, 2017
We have stayed at Oakley Court many times before. This time for a rescheduled romantic break. We purchased a "character room" via Expedia — it turned out to be a standard room in the West Wing. The room was large & well appointed, but had flaws. Our biggest gripe was that the shower did not supply hot water. Probably because the plumbing is old .... but would you put up with this fault at a Premier Inn? I don't think so. We reported it to reception. It's also worth mentioning that the walls are thin in the West Wing. In fact, so thin that you can hear neighbors snoring. When we arrived at our room on the first day we noticed that an ice bucket and stack of unslightly glasses & crockery was piled outside our door (they were not ours, I hasten to add.) These unsightly things were not cleared away by staff. Other small irritations include: The overpriced restaurant had only one menu. Repeated every night + there's no a la carte alternative. This limited bill-de-fayre is weighed heavily towards their home-grown vegetables. Fortunately, there's a Harvester down the road - that's where Oakley residents can be found on their second and subsequent nights. Also, on our first morning, we attempted to find a quiet place to read books & soak up the ambience. But the piped "muzak" in every room of the bar was so noisy that it interfered with our reading time.