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“Very nice accommodation, less than warm welcome”

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Frenchgate Guest House
Ranked #22 of 51 Richmond B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Limerick, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very nice accommodation, less than warm welcome”
Reviewed 1 November 2011

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!!!

Room Tip: Don't take a room on the top floor if you're carrying more than a toothbrush.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

While at the top of the hill for tired coast to coasters - the views were superb and worth the effort. Our only disappointment was that we were only here for one night. We had a superb room(s) with huge amounts of space and a separate bathroom and the tea tray and chocolates awaiting us were very much appreciated. The views from the breakfast room were stunning, although there was confusion around orders. The accommodation with an early breakfast was very much appreciated. The helpfulness of the owner in getting things dry and doing our washing (a little expensive compared to elsewhere) was also a great help.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

Been back again just for the friendly warm welcome from Ralph. Our room was fantastic with views over the Dales. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided in the room. Nothing was too much trouble and great advice on where to visit etc. This guesthouse is very near the market place and central to everything Richmond has to offer, with the added bonus of free parking outside.

We went to Bowes museum, only a 15 min drive away, well worth a visit you can park your car there and walk to Barnard Castle.

Also visited the Bronte Parsonage in Keighley a good hours drive away but via the most beautiful, rugged scenery - a must.

We stayed for 4 nights from the 22nd September, breakfast is plentiful and we met some great guests.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

Having stayed at many B&Bs we found the standard of cleaning poor and the decor a little tired and old fashioned. Breakfast scored 7/10 and there was poor attention to detail, for instance, the sugar bowl was not replenished and the table cloth had crumbs on it from previous diners! Dirty glasses were not cleaned when the room was tidied and the bed linen looked crumpled and had not been ironed. Having said this, the welcome was friendly and Ralph was helpful and polite. As I said, though, we have stayed in many B&Bs, paid a lot less and received more.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

This place is lovely. 3 of us stayed for 2 nights and the owner couldn't do enough for us, recommending places to see and offering to store our bikes safely for us too.
The room was lovely, with a large bathroom and comfie beds. Breakfast was excellent quality with lots of choice and great service.

We couldn't fault it. Worth every penny.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Frenchgate Guest House

Property: Frenchgate Guest House
Address: 66 Frenchgate, Richmond DL10 7AG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Richmond
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Richmond
Price range (per night): $106 - $114
Hotel Class:4 star — Frenchgate Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Frenchgate Guest House Richmond, Yorkshire

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