Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New Forest Frolics

We'd booked a great looking B&B ( http://careyscottages.co.uk ). Dogs always welcome they said.
And the picture on their website looks great...

The reality looks like this...

we went away for the weekend, Saturday afternoon to Monday Afternoon so I could practice some photography and get a bit of walking in too.

The woman sounded sort of French on the phone and sort of a nice lady so we booked (£26 pp/pn) no charge for the dogs. WOW what a bargain we thought.

After a bit of looking around we found the place tucked away in a corner of, wait for it...

The name of the place should have sent us scurrying for the nearest hotel but no we decided to park the car and I went up to the gate. I was a little alarmed at the large black dog barking at the from the other side of the front gate teeth showing and drooling. The dog that is not me.

Wendy, who's always braver than I am just opened the gate and walked in past the dog and up to the front door. No probel, although the dog is still growling at me for some reason.

The woman comes out and takes the dog in and welcomes us, then shows us to our room.
A small room up the stairs and at the front of the house. We manage to overcome the awful smell of rotting dog sweat and squeeze past the four used horse saddles hanging over the banister rail to get to our room. There are 2 beds, a double and a childs single.

"Will the dogs sleep on the bed" she asks. Erm, well they might but we have dog beds with us.

"I'll need to change the bed spread then..."

Well, I'm so surprised that she's thinking about cleanliness and hygiene I speechless.

We get settled in a bit and decide to go to the local pub for a drink and a meal. Marcelle, the landlady of the B&B, directs us to a "... nice little place on the high street... the Rose and Crown. Good food and cheap."

The high street is about 10 minutes walk away and after and hour walking and trying to find the place we decide to go to the Forest Park Hotel and see what its like.

To our surprise its NCDL DOG FRIENDLY so we go in for a drink, well deserved by this time and while we're having those Wendy decides that this would be a far better place to stay so we drink up and check out of the B&B by making up some random excuse that we'd met some people we were here to see and that they had booked and paid for accommodation already. It worked and we were away, almost skipping with joy at our achievement of finding such a great place to stay at short notice.

The Forest Park has not seen the last of us. We're already planning to go back in the summer for a long weekend of walking and photos.

I'll be uploading pictures in the next couple of days.


Blogger alex said...

LOL. Good lord. That sounds like hell. Thankgod you got out of there.

11:38 pm  

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