The first thing to say is that if you want a holiday in the middle of nowhere, with stunning scenery, a lawn for gin and tonics in the sunshine, a definitely-good-enough-pub with food and an ok restau... more
The first thing to say is that if you want a holiday in the middle of nowhere, with stunning scenery, a lawn for gin and tonics in the sunshine, a definitely-good-enough-pub with food and an ok restaurant all on site, then this is a great location. (I on the other hand, stay for business in the area every few weeks.)
Let's deal with the quirks first. The rooms. Some rooms are massive and come with a little living area too; some rooms are teeny tiny. Some bathrooms are huge and luxurious (and possibly bigger than some of the bedrooms to which they're attached) and others are less impressive and small enough to feel pokey rather than cosy. Everything is clean and neat and well presented, but you want one of the bigger rooms. The best ones are those that look out towards the lake and a house on the opposite side of the road. The smallest seem to be the ones that look out over the lawn. We always pay the same rate but have been in numerous rooms, so I can only suggest you call and ask for one of the bigger rooms. The staff are really nice and I can't imagine they won't help you.
Second, this place gets really busy with coach parties in the summer. Being the rural location that it is, it's actually rather lovely people on these tours, but it's worth being aware and asking what time they've booked for breakfast and dinner, and then go slightly earlier or much later than them, to make sure you don't end up waiting a very long time to eat.
I've been to a few Best Westerns and this is definitely one of the better ones. The staff are unfailingly friendly and happy to help. The place is spotlessly clean. It's got a really nice games room with all sorts of things in it, and a pool. There's decent free parking, and there's lots and lots of scenery. There are some very decent pubs and restaurants in the area, but you'll need a taxi if you don't want to drive as all but those in the village (which is about a 10m walk away) need transport.
Finally, this isn't the place for you if you want easy access to a city or town; you'll have to drive around 30 minutes to get to civilisation. However, do note that my colleagues and I chose to stay here and drive to our business rather than stay closer to the business, as this is the nicest place around. less