The views from the gardens, restaurant, lounge and rooms were great. Even the rooms at the back have a pleasant outlook although the view from room 112 where my mother stayed was stunning.
Make sure you explore all of the gardens, the lawn at the front where you can sit with a beer or coffee is nice but the gardens at the bottom are fascinating. You can follow terraces along the cliff edge or sit on a bench in the sheltered garden area. From the end of the terrace you get a great view of the beach where numerous seals haul out. A path leads from the bottom garden across the golf course to the beach although access is a little difficult.
The dinner menu was fine but a little bland. Breakfast was good with a choice of hot and cold buffet or the opportunity to order other items such as kippers or porridge. One small complaint was that hot chocolate incurred an extra charge, rather unfair on those of us who do not like tea or coffee or are travelling with children.
Staff were pleasant and helpful. The swimming pool is small but a good extra. Some bits of the hotel are a little tired but this does not matter in a place with so much history in a wonderful location. Take a walk and read about the alum works and enjoy being surrounded by nature.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking