Deserves to be a success
We stayed one night here in August 2012. We were both disappointed with the style and decor which we found old fashioned, gloomy and a bit depressing. It's all very well wanting to recall a bygone age but this has to be done really well and throughout to pull it off. This just looked tired, dark and adams familyish to us. But I guess this is down to personal preference. The new owners (three of whom we understand are American) of 8 months clearly like the 'olde worlde' style and are set to keep this. So if you like that sort of thing.... The room we had was on the road side with view out toward the lake (but you cannot see the lake) it was clean but very dated in style. Not dated as in edwardian or classical just totally out of keeping with the rest of the hotel. New TV and new curtains but really scruffy painted wardrobe with chipped paint. Bed not great either. Bathroom felt small & institutional - especially compared to the three previous B&B's we'd just stayed in. The road was quite noisy at times.
That all said, the owners derserve to make a success of this as they were very friendly, dedicated and trying very hard. Tea in the garden was lovely with homemade viennese cakes and dinner was very good. We would say perhaps the menu was TOO complicated and a bit fussy- the combinations a bit over the top. Our red wine was brought and a huge glass poured immediately without the chance to try - little things like that let the 'fine dining' pretensions down. Breakfast was good but I'm not convinced by the paranoia over gluten-free everything! I'd rather see homemade bread than gluten-free rice krispies. All in all, I think if willingnes and hard work count for anything they may succeed, but a building like this surely needs huge amounts of cash injected into it to bring it up to todays standards and expectations.
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Amenities at Ravenstone Hotel
- Free Parking
- Bar / Lounge
- Free High Speed Internet
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