We stayed overnight as my friend was married here, and over all, it is a lovely place. The building is beautiful, and the staff exceedingly helpful, especially with the wedding preparations, and the ... more
We stayed overnight as my friend was married here, and over all, it is a lovely place. The building is beautiful, and the staff exceedingly helpful, especially with the wedding preparations, and the bar staff had a great sense of humour. The food at the wedding was beautiful, it didn't take an excessive amount of time to serve everyone, and came out piping hot. We were fortunate to be able to check in to our room early, which was a good size double (room 19), with plenty of space for the extra bed requested for our son. However, when we came back to our room early as our son was dead on his feet, the noise coming from another wedding in the function room below was unbelievable. The furniture and bed were vibrating with the music (really good band but would have preferred not to hear them in our room!), and made it impossible to have a conversation never mind sleep! It ended at 12.40, and only then was I able to try to sleep. The sound issues really do need looking at, as other guests in the party had other issues with noise too. The bed wasn't the comfiest as we seemed to roll together into the middle.
Another niggle was that, although the wedding venue itself was lovely, the entrance to the Laceby Suite had logs with a blue tarpaulin over them, scaffold boards & a push bike to greet the guests with, & made the place look unkempt.
Breakfast was really good, with a fair selection and again, hot & tasty food. The toast machine however was a pain, as bread had to go through twice to have any colour at all, and was situated after you had queued to get your hot food - this could perhaps do with a re-think. The hotel was fully booked, and when other friends came down for breakfast, there was a large queue for hot food, and there was a wait for some items to be replenished.
Overall, this was a good place to stay, but, if you're looking for a restful night away, make sure that either they've had a full refit of sound proofing, or that there aren't any functions on the night of your stay. less