Hi dog pals,
When we arrived we got an exceptionally friendly welcome from Karen who knew who we were and made a HUGE fuss of me. Excellent service from the start that continued throughout our stay.
Karen showed me all the areas that were dog friendly – the tiled areas downstairs where we would have dinner and the conservatory for breakfast – lovely rooms. There was also a nice seating area in front of a fire near the entrance to the pub.
Our room was one of the 6 Signature Rooms in the old part of The Vicarage. It was a lovely big spacious room and Hum loved the décor!
I was pleased to see there were 2 dog bowls provided (lots of places only give you 1). I also found a note with a goodie bag and blankie waiting for me on the bed! The bag contained a welcome note, treats, poo bags and a map! Karen had already shown us where to go for a walk but I showed Hum the map in case she forgot and got us lost.
I enjoyed my treat while Hum unpacked and settled us in.
Now for the Human folk – the good stuff is as follows:
- Coffee machine and kettle
- Boxes containing Tea; Coffee bags; milk; sugar; biscuits and they also sent up some fresh milk for Hum
- The bed was enormous with 6 fluffy pillows and crisp linen which Hum loved
- There was a good sized wardrobe with a full length mirror
- The bathroom was large and had both bath and huge rainshower (another thing Hum loves).
- There was a HUGE mirror in the bathroom for Hum to do make-up and stuff.
Now for the things that could do with improvement as far as Hum was concerned:
- There were toiletries but no bars of soap in that lovely bathroom and Hum does like a bar of soap.
- There were also no face flannels provided
- The lights above the big bathroom mirror weren’t working and although Hum mentioned it, they weren’t fixed
Hum decided the room itself may have been designed by a man as there was a lovely dressing table and stool but no mirror on it or above it – instead there was a BIG TV. And there were no power points anywhere near any mirror that did exist in the room.
What with that and the lights not working in the bathroom mirror, I did worry about what Hum would look like – I mean she needs all the help she can get with make-up and hair styling! She found a solution however. She is very innovative and took the shaving mirror into the room and put it on the dressing table. Problem solved!
We went for our walk – the one on my map – that took us along the river to Dane Meadow. The rain had stopped, the sun was out and it was just lovely. Happy Hum with a walk by the water and happy me running through the meadow which was super tall!
Back at The Vicarage and we noted that there were no dog towels for us doggies to wipe our muddy paws on so we wouldn’t mess up our nice room. It really would be useful to have some by the door to save all the carpets. I mean I is only a little dog with little paws but imagine the mess a big dog would make!
Back in the room and Hum also noted there was no pen or paper in the room for me to start to write my Dog Blog review but fortunately she has some with her.
Hum decided to try the bathroom before dinner and soaked in a bubbly bath while I continued to enjoy my treats.
Something The Vicarage gets absolutely perfect is the food! Our dinner was simply A-Maz-Ing!!!! Hum chose for us to share as always. We started with Smoked Duck, followed by Lamb Rump, followed by cheese. Lots of local products of extremely high standard.
Hum said the Smoked Duck was one of the best starters she had had; the Lamb was beautifully cooked and the Cheese was at perfect ripeness. Hum isn’t a fan of Blue Cheese but I am – take note Hum, you need to be more sophisticated in your tastes 😉
After dinner, a quick walk and then it was back to the room for a good night’s sleep.
Hum didn’t want to get out of her big comfy bed but eventually she got up and tested the shower. The rainshower was good, the towels were lovely and fluffy sand Hum liked the coffee so a good start to the day.
However the hairdryer didn’t work and she had forgotten hers so we nearly had a ‘moment’ but housekeeping quickly brought a replacement. Phew!
Breakfast is served in the conservatory which is bright and airy and shabby chic décor-wise. Hum really liked it.
I was asked if I’d like a Doggy Breakfast which of course I said ‘yes’ to. That is a good touch – serving breakfast to us four-legs – means for once Hum didn’t have to share her food!
My breakfast was a delicious sausage and Hum enjoyed poached egg and bacon and tried one of the local sausages too. Excellent food all round. It was seriously yummy. Oh and the service was exemplary – we could not have asked for more.
SO dog pals – overall The Vicarage is an absolutely lovely and extremely dog friendly place to stay with fabulous staff; a great atmosphere and excellent food.
There are those minor little improvements that would make it a super high 5 but for now I give The Vicarage a big fat 4.