Perhaps we were just there at the wrong time - we were a group of six C2Cers (half of our group were staying in another B&B) sharing this establishment at the same time as a larger group of people from the Sierra Club were there. Although the other group was there on a "rest day" and were getting a later start the next morning than we were, when we straggled in that afternoon we were told in no uncertain terms that our breakfast would be at 7AM as there was a larger group than us wanting breakfast at 7:30 and 8. Our host also insisted on knowing right then what our breakfast orders would be, even before we had a chance to drag our suitcases to our rooms. Although there was a very inviting common sitting area adjacent to the dining room, with WiFi available, we were told we could not be in that area beyond 9:30, as there were "walkers" in the house who needed their sleep! We were also walkers...and some of us had roommates who wanted to get to bed early, so using the internet in our rooms would disturb their sleep. By the time we got back from our evening meal it would be nearly 9:30, but we were told in no uncertain terms we could not sit quietly downstairs and use our laptops. Although we were all well past the age where we might be guilty of the "party hardy" mentality, we were treated as if we were unruly teens.
Two of us shared a very spacious room on the top floor, which was actually quite charming, with a large ensuite bath, but to get there we had to climb a staircase that was nearly as steep as a ladder, with stair treads as narrow as if it were a ladder. After walking 17 miles that day, dragging a suitcase up that staircase was very much a struggle - and quite dangerous. The proprietor never offered a hand with our luggage until the next morning, as I was on the next to the bottom step of the final flight!
Breakfast was fine, and Ralph (?) was actually quite pleasant, but when we came down from our rooms, it was about the same time as the other guests were moving about, and we were asked to please go outside to put on our boots (which of course we'd had to leave downstairs, as is customary). This might not have been a problem had there been room on the bench outside for the six of us....but of course there wasn't, so we ended up sitting on the doorstep or sidewalk.
After a week of hiking thru bogs and pastures, we well understood a proprietor's request that we not venture far into their establishments wearing our muddy boots. However, I was most unhappy also having to leave my expensive trekking poles down in the public lobby instead of being able to take them to my room. What was to prevent someone with lesser poles from deciding mine were better?
Our packed lunch was superb....maybe Ralph was trying to make up for treating us so rudely?
I would recommend this establishment if you are with the preferred group; however, if you're with the smaller group sharing space with a more "special" group....you might want to rethink your choice in accommodations. For sure, if youj're on the top floor, insist on help with your bags!!!
- Also Known As:
- Frenchgate Guest House Richmond, Yorkshire