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11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Gorgeous!

5
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Reviewed Sat 8th of December 2012

"We stayed in an appartment at this converted country-house come hotel. This included a spacious bedroom & kitchen/dining area and small terrace.

The location was ideal - close enough to main highway to allow easy access to most of the island - yet still situated in peaceful countryside. The views were of rolling countryside and noise only from goat bells!

The service was unobtrusive but friendly and welcoming.
The food was very good but not excellent - probably not up to the same high standard of rest of hotel. We ate there on 2 nights of our weeks stay - well priced & varied menu that included local specialities.

Would recommend a stay there."

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  • Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2007

A countryside paradise

5
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Reviewed Tue 25th of December 2012

"The first site of the hotel was just the start of all the wonderful things to come. This is Majorca as I always imagined it to be. Glorious Countryside, wonderful people and good food with beautiful architecture to boot. We were a group of 5 staying at the Monnaber Nou for a week in June 2007. The spa pools were beautiful and the genuine welcome was brilliant. The staff were so friendly and helpful yet unobtrusive. The grounds were exceptional. We played Tennis most mornings and there are bicycles to get around on if you don't fancy walking around the stunning surrounding countryside.The hotel building is a restored Spanish finca and it is lovely to look at. The views from the restaurant terrace are to die for. Wildlife abounds in the surrounding land, we saw owls, eagles, pigs, peacocks and strange looking birds that looked like a cross between a chicken and a turkey (as well as horses, sheep, goats and a hare).
We will definately be returning to the Monnaber Nou in the near future."

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  • Travel date: Fri 6th of July 2007

Idyllic retreat

5
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Reviewed Mon 17th of December 2012

"My family and i stayed at this hotel in May 2007 as a relative was getting married in the nearby church. The hotel was superb in all areas.
It is an away from it all hotel in an idyllic peaceful location were a car is an essential unless you want to pay for a taxi all of the time.
We were given an apartment which was spotlessly clean, 4 poster bed and on 2 levels.
Pool areas were great with ample sunbeds and cushions. All areas of the pool were kept clean and tidy.
The food was spot on even though it was a limited menu but if you asked for something that wans't on it, it was made for you especially at luncthimes. The service was usually spot on but you often had to wait a long while for your food but this didn't put us off.
The service of the staff was out of this world and nothing was too much trouble for them.

I would certainly reccomend this hotel as there was little or nothing wrong with it.
Go there and try it as it's worth the money."

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  • Travel date: Sun 3rd of June 2007

Brilliant

4
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Reviewed Thu 13th of December 2012

"We went on a wedding party and stayed at the Anex for 5 mights and 6 days [i think that is what it is called] it was like a large villa with about 20 rooms and a small pool and breakfast area, so the only people staying there belonged to the wedding party which was great. It was about 10 minutes walk to the main hotel which we went to everyday, because the pool was bigger and was pretty quiet with a lovely view it also had an indoor pool which was ideal for my 16 month old son. Very Clean. There was not many guests but that made it deal because we could turn up at the pool at anytime knowing that we could get a sunbed. I recommend a car if you want to travel everyday, the nearest supermarket is about 10 mins in the car and Alcudia is about 25 mins, we went out for one day and got a taxi to Alcudia which cost us 40 euros for two as there was 8 of us and other people got food and drink from the supermarket, if you are on your own or in a couple then you def need to hire a car.

Not many staff about at the anex were we stayed we just seen one person in the morning for a cold buffet breakfast, so we got our own drinks and put them in the fridge in their kitchen so it was ideal there for us as it was as if it was our own large villa.

We had a great holiday. Recommend for a quiet romantic getaway, if you are not frightened of driving over there."

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  • Travel date: Thu 31st of May 2007

Mixed feelings about the Monnaber Nou

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Reviewed Thu 13th of December 2012

"We are just back from Mallorca where we stayed 3 nights at the Monnaber Nou. Our trip was a last mn decision and I have to say the place wasn't our first choice as it is not on the sea side and also because of some of the negative reviews I read here. However, we were looking for something nice, with an indoor pool we could use and
amongst the options we had, 2 days before the departure, it seemed the best one. So we went, kind of expecting the worst as far as the service is concerned...Of course, things didn't exactly happened like
that. To summarize I'd say the service was above expectation (but remember where we came from!) while the room was a bit behind. We found the property with no difficulties as there are sign posts at all strategic points in the surroundings. It is something like 3-4 km
away from the center of Campanet which has it's own highway exit. We arrived at the front desk a bit before 3 PM and I have to say it wasn't at all the bad experience we were prepared for (Basil and Sybil F. must have been off duty...). To the contrary, we had a friendly welcome. Our check-in was even interrupted as we inquired for restaurant opening hours: we were advised to take a table without
delay to have time for lunch before the kitchen would close and the receptionist came to our table to finish the formalities. That lunch was probably the best we had during our short 4 days stay on the island. The food was delicately prepared. Good combination of flavors, inventive cooking, discrete and efficient service, we had a particularly good time. And the price was within the range of similar
places so, no bad surprises here.

The premices: The main building is beautiful, well restored and nicely decorated, the dining room has a nice athmosphere so are the lounges around the central patio with fireplaces that were lit afternoons and evenings during our stay. From the dining room terrace
there is a nice and relaxing view over the countryside and hills around the property (the montains are further behind). There are several buildings, all very close from each other so that you don't have to walk for too long. The pool area is separated from the rest so that people shouldn't suffer too much from the noise. All terraces
area from all appartments are connected to each other wich restricts a bit your privacy and expose to some noise from the neighbours but on the other hand they are quite large as well. The in-door pool was a bit disappointing as too small for any swimming as soon as 1 or 2 children are playing in it. We endeed up not using it and this is due to the opening hours (9.30-20.00). It should be extended (e.g. 7.30 22.00) to allow for all types of users to enjoy it. The outdoor pool seemed rather nice and large with different areas connected together. However it was closed and emptied for maintenance and repair. Ask for it's availability if you plan to go in early summer this year as there was some building work ongoing that might not be over very soon.

The appartment. We were in one of their 3 persons appartments. I had asked for something with a terrace that could be used even in case of light rain and indeed we had a nice corner place with a nice outside sitting area equipped with sun beds, a table and chairs and covered with bamboo. It had a living room/kitchen and a separated bedroom. It was large with nice stone walls on one side and a pleasant bathroom with a window and good quality towels and bathrobe.
The heating was on and worked very efficiently. On the negative side the decoration was definitely not up to the claimed standard of the place (4 stars) with some tacky details like the plastic flower in the vase, the neon light in the kitchen area (where it would be so easy to replace with halogen like ceiling fixture) or the very annoying plastic mattress cover that had to be removed. Back to the quality of service though, we had a little issue in the room as it had quite a lot of small biting flies, aggressive enough to disturb sleep. We called reception in the afternoon to get someone to come and spray the rooms, the answer was "of course, immediately sir" but nobody came within the next 20 mn. We had to leave shortly after but when coming back that evening, sure enough, the flies had survived! so we used the spray we had bought in the meantime...

The breakfast: very disappointing for a 4 stars. Amongst the things that shouldn't have been there: tasteless fruits, butter and (basic industrial) jam in these little plastic individual servings with an aluminium foil, basic white bread, artificially flavored juices. On the positive side, the cheese was good and one day that we came late and stayed the last a waiter came and kindly asked if we were done before clearing the breakfast buffet tables.

The location. We anticipated that being away from the coast would be an issue but in fact it was rather a positive aspect (provided that you are looking for a quiet place) and the Monnaber is rather close from all interesting spots of the Nord, west and East coasts of the island. In particular, you are 20-30 mn away from Alcudia or beautiful Pollenca (very nice places if you like old stones)

In summary:
Negative: appartment not to 4 stars standards and therefore a bit pricey (by the way the soap wrapping in the bathroom still says 3 stars!!!) Breakfast, definitely a weak point indoor pool too small and having too restricted opening hours Service (the bugs story)
Can't go there without a car

Positive: a quiet retreat with large rooms (at least ours was) ideal for relaxing and not too far away from island points of interest (plus it is 40 mn away from airport car rental parking) Restaurant quality of food and nice atmosphere Hotel common areas decoration and atmosphere Views from the dining room terrace and outside terrace on the other corner Service (the check-in story)

So our experience was a mixture of positive and negative aspects. To me the place is rather a good 3 stars than a real 4 stars and therefore a bit too expensive for what it currently offers. But on the other hand it is a great place with a lot of character for genuine relaxation over a week-end or a week. Would we go back? It is not excluded at all but there are quite a few other nice places to
discover as well. So maybe not next time."

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  • Travel date: Sun 8th of April 2007

Fawlty Towers Lives On !

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Reviewed Mon 17th of December 2012

"We arrived at this very impressive looking hotel, having driven through glorious countryside to reach it, really looking forward to our mini break .. then we reached reception. A very surly receptionist barked 'Yes' at us, I informed him we had a reservation, no response. Some minutes later he came out from behind his desk picked up our bags, told us to follow him and led us to our suite, he then plonked the bags in the middle of the room, gave us our key and informed us that this was our room. We were so stunned by his rudeness we found ourselves laughing. Anyway, the suite was OK, nice views, decor was a bit hit and miss, lots of dark reproduction antique furnishings but looked pretty comfortable. The bathroom was in need of some TLC, not least the plumbing, hot water was in short supply ! Oh and the TV system with 'International' channels were only in german. First impressions were pretty terrible. The pool and fitness area were poorly designed and the fitness room was in particular very small.
The following morning, we went down to breakfast which is served on a wide terrace with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, appreciating the views the magic moment was quickly spoilt by a very surly old waiter who told me to move my chair back to it's original position. I explained I'd moved it slightly as the sun was in my eyes, he then grabbed the back of the chair and tried to move it back and then picked up my very expensive Mulberry handbag and practically threw it on the floor ! Up the road is a hotel called Son Brull which is everything Monnaber Nou could be and should be. It's a shame such potential is ruined by such poor service."

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  • Travel date: Fri 2nd of March 2007

Overrated

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Reviewed Mon 26th of November 2012

"A four star hotel with 2 star service. This place is not worth the price. We stayed in a 2 room suite for a week and the best we can say is that the view from the breakfast table is wonderfull. Forget about the rest. The staff is obnoxious - either not knowing german or english or french or not willing to speak one of those languages. Our room hadn't seen a vacuum cleaner for weeks or even months, the fitness room was a clear disaster and even dangerous to those who wanted to exercise, the food was either cold and raw or solid like a rock (breakfast rolls)."

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  • Travel date: Wed 28th of February 2007

Cold comfort from the Monnaber Nous

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Reviewed Tue 25th of December 2012

"Monnaber Nous is one of Majorca’s growing throng of country house hotels – agroturismo, in local parlance - that offer an escape-from-it-all alternative to the concrete pillars of the island’s more popular tourist resorts.
Situated in an enchanting valley on the outskirts of the rustic town of Campanet and about a six miles from Pollenca, in Majorca’s north east corner, its owners do not stint on hyperbole…exclusive, elegant, tranquil, finest accommodation, friendly, original character with modern facilities – name it and they’ve probably said it.
Unarguably, the Monnaber Nous’ location in the majestic foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains and its 500 acres of rolling, rocky pastureland and impressive, 13th Century manor house, are manifest attractions.
In summer the expansive, cobbled terrace and outside swimming pool area are idyllic; come winter, it poses a perfect base for walkers and mountain climbers, with the added attraction of the Caves of Campanet near by.
We were persuaded to take a mini winter break there by friends who had tried it in the mellow heat of October and found it a cool oasis of tranquillity, with the added dimension of a spa, offering a range of relaxing massage therapies.
The food, they warned, was average and, in common with many of Majorca’s country house hotels, expensive.
We weren' there long enough to find out. We survived just four hours at the Monnaber Nou – two of which were spent exploring the delights of old Pollenca Town and lunching on an impressive menu del dia in a small eatery in Pollenca Port, a couple of miles further up the road.
We’d checked in to the hotel around mid-day, probably the first of the Monnaber Nous’ guests to arrive, judging by the empty car park.
Signage wasn’t good, but we eventually found the reception desk off the internal courtyard. Staffed by one individual, he was busy on the computer and it took several hmmms and arrrhs and as many minutes before he acknowledged our presence.
His English was good, but he wasn’t much of a conversationalist and, after form filling, he took our bag, led us outside and up a couple of flights of steps, towards an annex at the back of the building. For annex read barracks.
The suite we were shown consisted of a sparsely fitted kitchen, en suite bathroom and a double bedroom that was drab even by monastic standards. The small, narrow balcony overlooked the hotel kitchen, which is fine if you enjoy the smell of stewing cabbage.
A small and ageing TV crackled disagreeable when switched on and you needed to be a 2-metre tall German to hang anything in the wardrobe, without recourse to employing a chair.
Clearly, our accommodation was somewhat – to say the least – at a divergence with the Monnaber Nous’ website claim that In each room intimacy and warmth reign supreme: colourful decor, soft lighting and fine furniture contribute to the feeling of luxury. This refined atmosphere is complemented by modern comforts ensuite bathrooms with hair-dryer, air conditioning, international television channels, minibar, direct dial telephone, private safe and Wiffi internet connection.
What was more to the point, the central heating – it was February – wasn’t functioning and the hot water was running cold.
We brought the matter to the attention of the chagrined receptionist.
It’ll all be on in 10 minutes – they’re fixing the solar panelling, he said, unapologetically.
Two hours later, when we returned from our short trip, both water and heating were still absent and the temperature was dipping alarmingly.
By then the hotel had filled up with other weekend guests, so the opportunity to switch rooms was fading.
We made another visit to reception and re-reported the fault.
It should be fixed by now, said the gruff employee.
It’s not, I replied.
I’ll look into it. The only other room I have left is in the main building, but it doesn’t have a good view because it’s at the back
The hotel director, Cisco, who we’d seen earlier herding sheep, was ambling around outside and we cornered him.
I’ll get the maintenance man, he volunteered.
But you’ve had two hours to do that, said my wife.
I’ll get him now, Cisco said.
We’d go for a swim in the hotel’s small indoor pool while you’re fixing the problem, I volunteered. We did. Changing-room accommodation was rudimentary and I opted out, though my wife took the plunge.
A half-hour later we were back in the room. Nothing was working, but there were raised voices and a clattering din going on next door. Presumably Cisco and the maintenance man were having no luck.
I cornered Cisco again.
It’s a puzzle why it’s no working, he said, scratching his head.
We’re leaving I replied, having already taken the initiative and packed in preparation to either quit or move to a room with properly functioning facilities.
Cisco shrugged and said, Sorry, it’s one of those things.
No offer of any recompense – a bottle of wine or an invitation to stay to dinner, perhaps – just complete indifference.
Clearly PR and customer relations don't figure highly on the Monnaber Nous' management agenda."

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  • Travel date: Thu 15th of February 2007

Monnaber Nou, Majorca 26th May to 2nd Ju...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Mon 12th of June 2006

"Monnaber Nou, Majorca
26th May to 2nd June 2006

Our holiday was booked with Thomson Small and Friendly.

Monnaber Nou is a superb small hotel (24 bedrooms in all) offering lots of old fashioned charm. The public rooms are extremely well decorated and elegant There are three lounges (excluding the reception area) with lots of comfy sofas and chairs. The décor is tasteful with tapestries and artwork on the walls. Two of the lounges have windows and French doors opening onto the internal courtyard which is charming. The third lounge opens onto the main Terrace at the front of the hotel which overlooks the hotel grounds and farmland beyond. It’s a lovely place to have a drink early evening. There is a bar area in the main lounge with waiter service (albeit slow). Having said this staff overall were helpful and couldn’t do enough for you. Reception was especially helpful.

There are four locations for bedrooms; in the main hotel, beneath the dining room/terrace, in the self catering block behind the main building and above the pool/leisure facilities block. We initially had a room above the leisure block but it was too small for a week’s stay so we transferred to a room beneath the dining room/dining terrace area. All the rooms have a traditional decorated look and are very comfortable. Rooms also have good views of the estate. The bedrooms have a fridge (mini bar), TV, and air conditioning. The bathroom was well decorated and clean. White toweling robes were provided along with soap and bath gel.

At the back of the hotel there were new terraces being built but it was not clear whether the hotel was intending to expand with further rooms at the rear.

The main dining room is lovely but not used in summer as it’s quite dark. The dining terrace overlooks the estate and is a wonderful setting for meals. Food in the hotel was very good; breakfast consisted of both hot and cold choices and included fresh fruit Yogurts and a selection of pastries and cake.

The evening a la carte menu was also very good, but repetitive if you ate in the hotel every night as it did not change the whole week we were there. There was only one vegetarian option but I’m sure the Chef could cook something up if required.

There are ample leisure facilities at the hotel. The leisure block contains an indoor pool with lounger’s, a Jacuzzi, steam room and two saunas. The main outside pool is split into three parts rather than one large pool; there is a Jacuzzi and a shallow area for children. There are ample sun lounger’s, tables, and chairs and the pool bar is open all day serving drinks and snacks. The fresh grilled prawn and salad is especially good.

There is no day or evening entertainment in the hotel so you don’t have to suffer pool volleyball and loud music during the day, or bad evening entertainment. The hotel is really suited to couples or families with children who can entertain themselves. Boredom may be a problem for some children.

The hotel is situated in its own estate of which a large proportion of it is farmland containing sheep and goats. Due to its location you have splendid views of the mountains and you can see right across the island to the south. I couldn’t even attempt to describe it but suffice to say you will not be disappointed. It is a very quiet holiday due to its location, which was a blessing and just what we wanted. When I say it was quiet that is apart from the sheep and birds - some of which continue to sing through the night!

The hotel does offer walking, tennis, horse riding, walks, and hiking for a fee. Bikes are available but I’m not sure if they are free or charge a rental. The hotel also offers beauty treatments and beauty packages.

The nearest village is Campanet (5 minutes drive away). Otherwise there is nothing much around. The next nearest town is Pollensa. We had a car for the week so could take ourselves off to visit various villages and attractions. A car really is essential at this hotel.

The Caves of Campanet (10 minutes from the hotel) are well worth seeing. They are 3 million years old and have some impressive stalactites. The tour takes about 40 minutes. Entry fee is €9.

We had a lovely visit to the village of Fornalutx which is off the beaten track in the mountains but very picturesque, and had a good lunch at a restaurant called Es Turo.

Arta, to the South, is also worth a visit. Climb up to Sant Salvador, a church which towers over the village. Then have a drink or a meal in the restaurant Parisien in the main street (which is full of art and craft shops). The food is excellent, and they have a wonderful secluded garden out the back.

All in all the Monnaber Nou is a great base for a relaxing, rural holiday. We had a fabulous time and would certainly consider going back. Now we have discovered Finca’s they are the only type of places we would want to stay."

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  • Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006

Fantastic rural holiday

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Sat 8th of December 2012

"Monnaber Nou, Majorca
26th May to 2nd June 2006

Monnaber Nou is a superb small hotel (24 bedrooms in all) offering lots of old fashioned charm. The public rooms are extremely well decorated and elegant. There are three lounges (excluding the reception area) with lots of comfy sofas and chairs. The décor is tasteful with tapestries and artwork on the walls. Two of the lounges have windows and French doors opening onto the internal courtyard which is charming. The third lounge opens onto the main Terrace at the front of the hotel which overlooks the hotel grounds and farmland beyond. It’s a lovely place to have a drink early evening. There is a bar area in the main lounge with waiter service (albeit slow)

There are four locations for bedrooms; in the main hotel, beneath the dining room/terrace, in the self catering block behind the main building and above the pool/leisure facilities block. We initially had a room above the leisure block but it was too small for a week’s stay so we transferred to a room beneath the dining room/dining terrace area. All the rooms have a traditional decorated look and are very comfortable. Rooms also have good views of the estate. The bedrooms have a fridge (mini bar), TV, and air conditioning. The bathroom was well decorated and clean. White towelling robes were provided along with soap and bath gel.

At the back of the hotel there were new terraces being built but it was not clear whether the hotel was intending to expand with further rooms at the rear.

The main dining room is lovely but not used in summer as it’s quite dark. The dining terrace overlooks the estate and is a wonderful setting for meals. Food in the hotel was very good; breakfast consisted of both hot and cold choices and included fresh fruit Yogurts and a selection of pastries and cake.

The evening a la carte menu was also very good, but repetitive if you ate in the hotel every night as it did not change the whole week we were there. There was only one vegetarian option but I’m sure the Chef could cook something up if required.

There are ample leisure facilities at the hotel. The leisure block contains an indoor pool with lounger’s, a Jacuzzi, steam room and two saunas. The main outside pool is split into three parts rather than one large pool; there is a Jacuzzi and a shallow area for children. There are ample sun lounger’s, tables, and chairs and the pool bar is open all day serving drinks and snacks. The fresh grilled prawn and salad is especially good.

There is no day or evening entertainment in the hotel so you don’t have to suffer pool volleyball and loud music during the day, or bad evening entertainment. The hotel is really suited to couples or families with children who can entertain themselves. Boredom may be a problem for some children.

The hotel is situated in its own estate of which a large proportion of it is farmland containing sheep and goats. Due to its location you have splendid views of the mountains and you can see right across the island to the south. I couldn’t even attempt to describe it but suffice to say you will not be disappointed. It is a very quiet holiday due to its location, which was a blessing and just what we wanted. When I say it was quiet that is apart from the sheep and birds - some of which continue to sing through the night!

The hotel does offer walking, tennis, horse riding, walks, and hiking for a fee. Bikes are available but I’m not sure if they are free or charge a rental. The hotel also offers beauty treatments and beauty packages.

The nearest village is Campanet (5 minutes drive away). Otherwise there is nothing much around. The next nearest town is Pollença. We had a car for the week so could take ourselves off to visit various villages and attractions. A car really is essential at this hotel.

The Caves of Campanet (10 minutes from the hotel) are well worth seeing. They are 3 million years old and have some impressive stalactites. The tour takes about 40 minutes. Entry fee is €9.

We had a lovely visit to the village of Fornalutx which is off the beaten track in the mountains but very picturesque, and had a good lunch at a restaurant called Es Turo.

Arta, to the South, is also worth a visit. Climb up to Sant Salvador, a church which towers over the village. Then have a drink or a meal in the restaurant Parisien in the main street (which is full of art and craft shops). The food is excellent, and they have a wonderful secluded garden out the back.

All in all the Monnaber Nou is a great base for a relaxing, rural holiday. We had a fabulous time and would certainly consider going back. Now we have discovered Finca’s they are the only type of places we would want to stay."

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  • Travel date: Wed 7th of June 2006

monnaber nou...could do better

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Reviewed Mon 26th of November 2012

"Lovely setting on a working farm.Attractive buildings and pool area.Comfortable rooms with good country views. Slightly isolated,although a good base for walking/cycling.
Reception poor but restaurant has wonderful views across the countryside,however both areas could improve their customer service...not very welcoming for a hotel of this quality! The set evening meal offered poor value for money,but breakfast was excellent.Also the pool area bothered by flies,during our stay.

Overall could do better!!"

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  • Travel date: Thu 29th of September 2005

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