Orestone Manor

Star Travel Rating

3/5

Review type

Accommodation

Location

Orestone Manor

Date of travel

July, 2016

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with

Husband

Reasons for trip

Relaxation

Following on from the previous contributor for this excellent hideaway I would like to advise a word of caution to two of its accommodations now available. For they now have available two lovely brand new suites converted from garages, which no doubt, were originally stables for this old manor house that has previously been detailed.

Most beautifully designed, equipped with lovely furnishings and accessories it consists of two floors entered by its own front door with a ramp and its own parking space immediately outside. On the ground floor is the double bedroom and the bathroom with a walk-in shower, loo and his and hers sinks. This leads to a balcony with a Jacuzzi. It must be said that if you have limited mobility getting into this could be difficult with the steps provided to climb into it and they do get hot when the strong sun shines onto them. We solved this by laying a towel over them.

Climbing the rather steep, but beautifully carpeted stairs, with wrought iron railings, obviously complementing the history of this property, to the first floor, brings you into a gorgeous large, bright room, extending the length of the ground floor below, with the carpeting carried on through this. A huge television screen covers one wall, providing SKY if it is required, a roll-top bath sits against the opposite wall and a comfortable double settee looks out over another balcony that has folding patio doors. Unfortunately this takes in the car park, which can be noisy at times with lorry deliveries, turning vehicles and car movements, especially if the weather is warm and windows need to be opened. But it does also give a glimpse of the sea just beyond and over the tree-tops. This floor includes a fridge, (filled with ice cubes – thoughtful) a sink, coffee making machine and other tea and coffee makig ingredients. On a hot day, attempting to open a window over a high shelf, I had to drag a bean bag over to it, climb on to the ledge and kneeling down lean across to open it. No mean feat if you are only 4′ 11″ or not even 6′ tall.

Due consideration I think has not been given to thoughts such as these and would have the capacity to spoil the accomodation. While expense has not been spared it is not quite the peaceful setting expected.

All in a couple of discreet and impressive hideaways, with matching price tags. But they come without due consideration to the disabled, as if you are unable to climb the stairs without any discomfort you will not be able to appreciate the all the facilities being offered here. For the young romantics or the younger mature person only we would suggest.

Val Bucknole

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