Booked this place on Booking.com as the Inn's website photos looked as if it was a great place - BIG mistake! We were greeted by Wendy, the owner, to be told that we were in the cottage next door. We had an early suspicion of what was to come as the entrance corridor had flaking plaster and smelt of refuse from the wheelie bins at the end of the corridor. Through the first door where we were faced with a flight of dirty stairs at the bottom of which was an odd slipper, an item of clothing and two fire extinguishers hidden away under the stairs. The room was something else!!! The light switch was behind the door only visible when the door was closed! One of the two dimmer switches operated four of the eight ceiling lights, the other switch did not work but there were only two bulbs out of four fitted. There were two bedside lamps on one side, both without bulbs and one with a dusty lampshade. One lamp was plugged in to the wall socket and switched on but we were unable to reach in and switch it off as it was jammed by a wedged in unit. Reach out in the night and touch the live lamp and dread the result. The dust behind the bed must have been there months as had the cobweb on the ceiling. The glasses on the tea tray were dirty. The bathroom sash window was propped open with a toilet roll and above the mirror were bare electrical wires wound together and held together with green and yellow insulation tape - IN A BATHROOM!!!! If by then you had not electrocuted yourself you ran the risk of the full length, frameless mirror leant against the wall in the bedroom falling and shattering. The windows were filthy with flaking paint. We declined an invitation to dine in their restaurant having seen the cleanliness of the bedroom. We did however have breakfast, we had paid for it and their web site said no cancellation etc. That was good, plenty and well cooked. The dead spider on the window sill did not add to the ambience of their lovely restaurant.
The location is great almost on the beach with great views if you are lucky enough not to have our room that overlooked a bomb site of rubbish. The ONLY good thing was the clean comfy bed.
When we pointed this out to Wendy prior to leaving she said she could not move the bed as she had broken her arm and blamed the dangerous bathroom wiring on the builder. She was getting upset and told me to stop going on. We paid the £75.00 and left, never to return.
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