Pleasantly located a fair old drive along a road leading from the town centre, Vine is unusually situated at the end of the a cul-de-sac. Got myself parked and headed towards reception to find it unmanned. Fair enough, as it was around 9.30pm on a Friday night. I poked my head around a couple of corners, and after about 5 minutes a barman appeared, who told me he'd just be a moment. He wasn't, and I didn't see him again. After another 3-4 minutes, another member of staff turned up, making a vague apology. As she was signing me in, I politely asked about the times for breakfast, to which she bleated, "Yes, I'm just getting to that in a minute."
So, a fairly cold welcome - almost as cold as the bathroom in my room, which was absolutely freezing. It reminded me of my Grandmother's council terrace in the 1970s. The single room was tight but comfortable enough aside from the temperature issue.
On check-out, I waited a couple of minutes at 8am, which I assume is normally a fairly busy check-out time. Again, no-one showed, so I placed the keys on the reception and left, wondering if it was something I'd said.... less