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... to appreciate the view. In the afternoon in particular, the wind must have been gusting up to 50 or even 60 miles an hour, as at times we were struggling to stay on our feet, never alone walk! We had started the day walking cross country on roads, as we did not have the time to follow the SWCP all the way round Hartland. So we headed due southwest from Clovelly to rejoin the path about 2 miles north of Welcome Mouth. The view of the cliffs ...
I awake according to my custom before 5am:
Seagulls circling early,
"Come join us".
It's a rest day and we take the time to farewell Ed onto the London train and focus on preparing ourselves for the next stage of this adventure.
... said it was an 'aphrodisiac'. Ha, it certainly is not.
So in between all of that we are just enjoying our time living the moment. The 'moment' can be confronting at times.
So here we are at the 3/4 mark of our holiday and we are missing our 4 leggeds.
Did I mention that we have been visited by those annoying Noddy & Big Ears? They gate crashed our time here and they commandeered Bron's big red van. That was such bad form. They also decided ...
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We start with a taxi ride with our full packs back to Tregony and I am immediately frustrated, struggling with our SatNav. I have taken so much time to plot the route and yet I can't bring it up on the screen now I need it. The frustration is combined with the annoyance of my still itchy bites from the horseflies six days ago, and coping with the still heaviest pack yet of at least 23kgs while being buffeted by the tail end of the fierce ...
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my stay at Camelot Castle hotel, was like stepping back into my childhood, when hotels were quiet and gracious, no television in the drawing room, (thank goodness,) just lovely big comfortable knowle sofas, peace and quiet and beautiful views. I can understand that many people prefer the brash clinical effeciency of a modern motel or the 'refurfished' hotels created by people ,who from the lack of taste ,can have no knowledge or experience of gracious living themselves, resulting in pale tacky imitations.At Camelot you have the real thing, you sense the ghosts of guests from a different era gliding down the staircase in dinner jackets and gowns, beaded handbags and long elegant cigarette holders, while Noel Coward played whimsically on the piano.As for the shower facillities they and the bedrooms were perfectly clean and adequate and if the people who complained had bothered to walk along the corridor to the bathrooms, they would have been transported again to a different age, luxuriating in a bath big enough for even a less than slender lady to lie in ,with my arms at my sides and still room to spare! original and magnificent. The staff were dlightful , quiet ,effecient , courteous, friendly and helpful. The meals were delicious and beautifully cooked, how many choices do people expect in a country hotel for goodness sake?Breakfast was far more than I could eat with an enormous choice of everything you could wish for and repeated offers of more and all for only £39 a night (and joy of joys damask tablecloths and soup spoons!). Is it just me or are people becoming more greedy and demanding ? It was an absolute pleasure to share this lovely building for a few days ,only possible for me because it was so reasonably priced.As for the art work,I bought the most fabulous painting for far less than it must be worth due to the generousity and kindness of the artist Ted Stouton. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting him as he was away travelling,but speaking to him on the telephone, I found him the most fascinating, interesting man, obviously no one likes all art but his styles are diverse and exuberant and I'm sure that anyone who bothered to look round all his works would find many things there that either bring a smile to their face or evoke some emotion, and most people would find something they would love to take home with them as I did. I will defenitely be staying again and have recommended it to like minded friends, a real pleasure. Jenny in Wales UK :-)
This hotel is almost indescribable. The rooms are appalling, the shower facilities some sort of plastic pod, there were no menus for breakfast, the table staff were hostile and nowhere escapes the terrifying 'artwork' throughout. Go there at your peril.
King Arthur must be turning in his grave
We were looking forward to a restful luxurious weekend following several weeks of working on the Tsunami response. Instead we found one unfortunate (very friendly) young man running the reception, sorting out the rooms and serving in the bar - with inevitable results!
The rooms were awful. Our "double bed" was a three quarters bed, made up with single bed linen so we got the worst night's sleep in weeks. A different room had such rotten windows that the rain and wind came directly in and soaked the sills and dressing table.
Breakfast was a version of do it yourself; after 15 minutes of waiting for milk to go with the morning tea, the guests had taken to grabbing someone else's remainders of other tables. Dinner - which we never dared risk - had only two choices on the menu.
The management may be artistic, but they're also cheap and exploititative - of both their staff and guests.
Definitely do not bother!
Smallest bathroom in the world!!!!
four poster room at £150 per night had the smallest shower room in the world!! Basic facilities in room. Definitely not worth the money!
Warning: Do not stay here!
We recently visited this hotel for our wedding anniversary and have experienced one of the worst hotels ever.
First of all, the view is amazing. But this is where it ends.
Whats wrong with it ?
1. The majority of staff can speak very little English. Simple questions, could not be answered.
2. It costs £75 (pounds) per person (ie this cost us £150 for the night) in what was advertised as being a luxury four poster bedroom. It was anything but luxurious. A budget hotel is 100 times better. The bathroom was exactly like one found in a very small caravan (plastic and very very small). The windows were dirty, so you had to open them to see the amazing views. The towels were all dirty upon arrival. It smelt of 10 year old mothballs. The TV was 30 years old. The balcony was covered in cigarette butts. The decor was very unappealing The facilities were absolutely appalling!!!
3. The restaurant was a hilarious experience. If we hadn't of laughed we would have cried. It was run by a cranky old lady, whose staff were all lacking in training and the English language. When we went to sit at the table with the best view for breakfast, we were told we can't sit there, as she had already set that table for dinner (this was at 8.30 in the morning).
4. The same thing happened in the evening, only this time we were told the table we wanted was set for breakfast. The cranky old lady got mad at the staff in front of the guests (just because the staff member did in fact let us sit at the table we requested).
Half way through our meal, the cranky old lady rudely took the spare cutlery fromour table for another couple simply because she was too lazy to ruin the table settings on the other unused tables (which must have been set up for breakfast already!).
We both ordered garlic mushrooms for starters. We queried the waitress if they were battered, and were told that they were. However, what we received was a plate of unbattered fried mushrooms and onions. The mains were ok, but I would never eat there again (or stay there obviously!).
Unfortunately, it is not the fault of the staff that the service was so bad. We actually felt sorry for them. It is the fault of the two owners who are obviously very cheap & stingy, and hire cheap foreign labour and give them minimal (if any) training.
This hotel was terrible and expensive. Obvious comparison is Fawlty Towers, and believe us at times we thought we were actually in the show.
oh yeah...the view is amazing.
£39??? I wouldn't pay 39 pence!
We drove into Tintagel and were impressed by the views, however thats where out enjoyment of this trip ended!!!
In order to save time and space we will just list what is wrong with the place
1. No-one to be seen on arrival, when girl eventually arrived her english was lacking and her manner unfriendly at best! She flung us our keys and gave no direction to the rooms
2. Musty smell, filthy windows, at this point I turned to my boyfriend and said it reminded me of Fawlty Towers, how wrong I was, Fawlty Towers would have been fantastic by comparison.
3. On finding our rooms, we really wished we headn't. They stunk of smoke, the windows were broken and the bathroom resembled an aeroplance toilet. I could have been to the loo, had a shower and used the sink all at the same time
After using the lift and only just living to tell the tale and finding the toilet in the lounge to be blocked and over flowing a short family meeting ensued where all were in agreement. Run for your lives, which we did. I would not recommend this place to anyone!!!!! The hotel also seemed to be trying to develop a no alcohol policy, which is bad for them because in my opinion to force anyone to stay they would have to be too drunk to drive away.
Only saving grace were the views
In search of a special place to spend 2 nights in Cornwall I came across the web site for Camelot Castle Hotel and thought wow!! This looks fantastic, as it was a special occasion I slected to go for the Four Poster room to live like royalty for the weekend as my wife has just finished a stressfull period of studies for her degree, Fantastic, £75 each per night was abit high BUT on contacting the Hotel they willingly dropped it to £50 Each, Excellent. So off we go to Tintagel and on arrival were met by john Mappin which was nice and then we went to our Luxury Four poster room...... How on earth they managed to get the bed in I have no idea, this was a nightmare. We did not make a fuss as there was a large American wedding going on at the hotel, the room was terrible like something out of Faulty towers, mismatch of furniture the bed was a four poster but was falling apart and to add romantic feel they had stuck a small strip light into the middle of the headboard yuck. The en-suit was like something out of a caravan, small and plastic the bed was not comfortable. The View out across to King arthurs Castle was excellent and thats what saved the day, so off we went to explore Tintagel and get some food, we went to a nice little restaurant, which also catered for B&B at only £40 per room with Sea views, theWaitress asked where we were staying so we told her and her sentiment said it all ' Poor dears, we have a spare room if you would like?' enjoy your meal. We got back to the Hotel and the Bar staff who double up as reception were not very nice or helpfull on asking what time breakfast was they could not tell, they thought 07:30 so up we got for this to find the Hotel deserted and no sign of breakfast. so we went back to bed for an hour. this was NOT living life like royalty or even luxury.
We feel that the owners of Faulty towers should be named and shamed and made to meet the standard they are advertising at the very least.
we stayed at Camelot castle in June 2003. It is the most fascinating Hotel I have ever stayed in. Resident artist Ted Stourton gave us the four poster room which was huge and had a beautiful view of Tintagel. The furniture was very 1930's but well in keeping with the building. For those who appreciate culture and history,it is an experience worth having. It cost £39 per night each and half price for our daughter. To be able to stay in this lovely abode for that price, one can put up with a rather basic dinner and dated furniture. Ted was most obliging and showed us his studio in the basement and made us feel most welcome. I am currently planning our next visit.
Only redeeming factor was the view
Me and my fella went to this hotel back in 2001 and it was really the worst hotel I have stayed in. It sounded brilliant on the internet and I thought for £45 each per night it would be glamourous and memorable....it was memorable for the wrong reasons however. The room we had been given was not clean. It seemed like nothing had been done to the beds or the decor since the 1940's. There was (cigarette) ash on the window sill and the beds were really soft and lumpy. The bathroom was a plastic fitting that was self contained and put in the room in one of the corners. This had hair still on the walls when we got there. The artist in residence there said that had been his room and it was the best room in the hotel!!!! It may well have been refurbished in the last 2 years but at this time it was THE WORST hotel!
We spent a murder mystery weekend at Camelot Castle and it was absolutely fantastic. The views are breathtaking and the service was excellent. We will be back next year