Don't judge a book by its cover
Posted May 10, 2016
Having booked in advance for a superior double and, bouyed by the photos online, we hoped for the utmost in luxury. The hotel, its setting, approach, aspect and grandeur ticked all the boxes. The staff were polite and helpful. The room was right up in the eves - it had been a warm couple of days so it felt stuffy. The first thing we did was to open the windows which were garret style, not the large windows in the photos. The room, however, was spacious; enough room for a king (6ft) sized headboard, a queen (5ft) bed base and a double (4ft 6in) mattress. Quite what the chambermaids had been up to when they cobbled together the odds and ends left over for Mansion Room 1 (there are 16 in all, take note) is anyones guess as, when queried, the person in charge was on leave. The hotel facilities boast a fitness suite and pool but, since these were 200 yards from the main house, we passed. The restaurant was down at basement level so did not command those excellent views from the state rooms which can be booked for weddings, conferences, etc. I suppose it makes sense to be near the kitchens but a compromise could be reached as there was plenty of space in the state rooms described to contain a popup kitchen. Food was good but not spectacular, and the breakfasts - which you could have specially made if you forego traditional English - whilst copious, were institutionally prepared and left to bake in their hotplates.