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... Slowly but surely it has to start working again. That or Dan may strangle me. Wahhh! It also didn't help that Thursday night we stayed in a hostel where a bunch of rowdy idiots came in at 2am with no consideration of anyone else sleeping. I was so angry that after ten minutes i screamed at them to shut up. Tired me may have grown a pair because I literally was behind a pair. When they finally shut up I realiZed ...
... for a pint or two (seems the norm here) then finally back to pack.... Running a bit late to get to Manchester airport, but we make it on time. Checked baggage was fine, boarding passes are fine, security......took forever! Had to take off everything, take everything out of your carry on....omg, please...mind you....no customs to go through... Boarded our Emirates Boeing 777 with 10 mins to spare and we are off to ...
... Finally the breakaway group reached us and the crowd went wild, a few support cars then eventually the peloton. At least another 100 cars last afterwards....it's just massive! After that we made our way back to the spectator Hun in Hebden and watched the last 50km on the big screen with about 3000 others. With the race done, we went back to the house, whipped up some dinner before heading back for a few drinks at the fox and goose. A great day and totally well worth the ...
... following it's every instruction.
Rolling out the hotel driveway the GPS said we had 30kms to go which seemed about right from memory looking at Google Maps the night before. So he we are motoring along through the Yorkshire Dales, up and down, knocking the kms off until we get to Barnsley.
Barnsley....I don't remember Barnsley on the map.....what are we doing here? Anyway we only had 1.5 kms to reach our destination so we persisted ...
... brother, my nephew Ashley and his girlfriend Amy-Lou. Not often am I the shortest person in a group but I think it's on this occasion. Good food and a nice waitress from Winnipeg. Things have definitely changed for the better. Back home to watch the end of Stage 2 on TV at my brother's house. He tells me it is a measure of Tour mania that this was the first time he has watched a ...
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Very disappointing. We went as a family group for my father's 75th bday but would certainly NOT go again! Having travelled up from London on a rainy Friday night, we checked into a tired, small room (supposedly one of the more expensive L-shaped rooms). Our pre-booked babysitter didn't show up, and the reception staff were not bothered. In fact, they were supercilious and rude. The bed was queen size ... for £250 per night!! Food in main restaurant good. Next door brasserie staff rude ... moaned when we wanted to book a table for lunch. Splash pool 300 yards across the road was a joke!! Bottom line, if this place was in the Home Counties, it would go out of business. PS Do the Guardian journalists get year-round 'friends and family' discounts?!?
I picked this hotel for one of my wife's significant birthdays as she is from Yorkshire and this is suppoed to be a luxury hotel. The first disappointment was the size of the rooms - at about £250 per night I think you are entitled to a room where it is possible to swing a cat. The second disappointment was the standard of service; the waiters were supercilious (and poorly trained in making their guests feel at home), and when I returned a corked bottle of wine in the very expensive restaurant, the waiter refused to serve me another bottle from the same vineyard, thereby implying that I didn't know what I was talking about. Four people at the table (one a wine a wine expert) had agreed that the wine was corked. The third disappointment was the bistro restaurant attached to the hotel which was crowded, noisy and far from relaxing. The final straw was the bill - extortionate!!
Paying £230 for a standard room 1 night B&B we expected something a little special, instead we got something so far into it's own self that, in fact it was a little embarassing. Check in was good and speedy. The room was tatty, and very shabby. Paint coming off the walls. The bathroom was dirty, and not to mention the brown water that seemed to come out of the tap - needless to say the hotel staff were uninterested with this. The cocktail lounge was littered with dirty cups and teapots, we sat at a table for 45 mins with various staff and management pass us, none bothered to clear up - oh and you better like dogs, the hotels dogs sit at your heals as you enjoy afternoon tea.
I booked to stay for one night at the Devonshire Arms. Our room was lovely, four poster bed, lovely views and plenty of space for our one year old baby. The service was fabulous. The staff really couldn't do enough, and were so friendly. It felt as if they were so proud of their hotel, that they wanted to make sure we had a fantastic time.
The hotel itself is pretty - the decor of the main rooms is warm and inviting, and you get a real sense of "home" hear.
We had high hopes for this hotel, but were disappointed. On the plus side, it is in a lovely spot, with fabulous walks from the door, although with more passing traffic than you might expect. We didn't find the interior very attractive and our bathroom wasn't brilliant. We found the staff quite friendly, but a little "in your face". The manager rushed up to the table to shake hands right in the middle of a course, which was odd. The worst part was the Michelin starred food, which we found very unappealing. It seems weird for the sake of it. Discussing it in a polite way with the restaurant manager (after the usual "was everything ok for you?") he as good as suggested that we've never eaten out before. All in all, not in the same league as Sharrow Bay for food, comfort or service. Very small portions and no biscuits with the cheese. Modish, perhaps, but daft! Wouldn't go back. We ate in the Bistro on the second night, which was much more enjoyable.
My husband and I have just come back from a most wonderful stay at this hotel.
Satyed at the hotel in April 2004 for our anniversary. This has got to be one of the friendliest luxury hotels I have ver stayed in. Staff are excellent, very attentive and not at all snooty as you would expect from an establishment like this. The resurant is out of this world - completely deserves it's michilin star. The candle lite conservatory is the best part of the dinning room.
If you have the chance to visit the Dales, this is the place to stay. I have stayed her 6 times. The location beautiful year round. Each room is individually decorated and features little touches like fresh fruit and coffee/tea/hot chocolate fixings. There are two restaurant options -a casual bistro and a more formal dining room - both offer good atmosphere and food. The fitness center and spa are located in the old converted stable. Sounds strange but you will be surprised how nice it is! There are plenty of activities nearby and the staff is there to help. Of course, it is also lovely to sit in front of one of the many fires and sip a cocktail or cup of tea and read a book. You can't help but feel at home here!
A Hidden Jewel!
I have stayed in the Devonshire Arms twice - first in the summer of 1999, and then again on a Christmas package in 2002. Both times my family was welcomed by name like old friends! The staff was warm and enthusiastic. The rooms were comfortable and beautifully decorated. The restuarant food and service was always excellent!
There is plenty to do within walking distance or a short drive. Great health club!
We felt more like we were guests in a private home than in a hotel. The Devonshire Arms is a place to be savored and enjoyed for a minimum of several days!