ApplebyPark proved to be an excellent overnight stop for our coach party. The rooms were comfortable and fairly well appointed although our bathroom door was difficult to open. However, we had been warned in advance that it was essential to keep the door tight shut to avoid steam from showering setting off the fire alarms. There was also a cautionary note to this effect glued onto the door as well.
Despite this, someone managed to set off the alarm at 07.00 so eliminating the need for an alarm call. Unbeknown to everyone, this also shuts down the kitchen gas, etc causing considerable inconvenience to kitchen staff.
Given the pre-warning and the need for notes on doors, it would appear that the sensitivity or location of the alarms needs consideration, albeit a rare event when they do sound off.
We had all pre booked our evening meals and these were served quickly and efficiently by an extremely friendly and helpful team of servers. It would be churlish to grumble but the portions were substantial, add to this the bountiful dishes of new potatoes and vegetables and we struggled to manage the desserts. As we retired, we wondered whether we we would be able to mange breakfast.
No such problem as there was plenty of choice ranging from fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and, for the trenchermen amongst us, Full English.
With only the slightest grumble about the fire alarms, this would be a most suitable overnight stopping off point if in the area as it is within a few 100 metres from the motorway network. Don't worry, the double glazing ensured a peaceful nights sleep.
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