A review and a disappointment

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Mrs ShiftZZ and I decided that we should go away for a weekend, we posted on Fun for some suggestions of a pub overnighter.

    After some searching we found the following:
    http://www.tunnelhouse.com/

    “The Tunnel House is set in an idyllic rural location nestled between the Cotswold villages of Coates and Tarlton. It is close to the source of the River Thames and sits beside the Thames and Severn Canal.

    Inside, the bar has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Furnished with memorabilia from over the years, it has a unique character, guaranteed to enchant all those who visit. Roaring log fires provide comfort and warmth in the winter months, while the garden is a peaceful retreat in the summer.

    We welcome everyone to come and join us and enjoy the experience. Our children’s play area is great for the young ones to let off a bit of steam. Or try one of the spectacular walks in the surrounding area. And don't forget to bring the dog. Also, we now offer camping all year round in our stunning grounds!”

    Sounded perfect, I had looked it up on Google, nothing close by. Rang the hotel and they stated they were happy with camping the motorhome. They wanted to charge £9 per nights.
    We arrived; the approach was stunning, a long gravel road, and a nice country pub/hotel, next to the canal.
    First impressions were dashed when I realised that getting a level pitch would be hard if not impossible. I went into the pub to sort things out, the young lady behind the bar went off and I was ‘served’ loose term by a middle aged lady from the Orient.
    “We don’t allow motorhomes”, “Well we may do, but no parking on the grass”. That was the sum total of the cordial warm welcome, I went back, walked around but could not see anywhere where we could get any a sporting chance of getting level.
    Then it all became clear.
    The train went past at high speed, that made the decision simple.... we were on the road to the Anchor Inn, Tintern.
    Several pints of Butty Bach made the weekend one that was great.

    Would I go back to the Tunnel House Inn?
    No.

    ShiftZZ
     
  2. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Slightly confused by the last paragraph ...

    also ... the tunnel house site clearly states they take camper vans .. did you challenge then ?

     
  3. Reallyretired

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    5.5m is a bit short for most of us though, even if we took the 18ft which is a bit longer:Smile:
    Even Jim's new minivan is too long.
     
  4. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    Maybe that's why they state campervans and said “We don’t allow motorhomes”. Maybe they only want smaller vehicles.
     
  5. catspyjamas

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    I stayed at the Tunnel House last summer, and on the whole enjoyed the experience.

    It is in a spectacular location, and the walks are great in the Bathurst estate grounds or along the disused canal bank (the tunnel is a canal tunnel). Food in the pub restaurant was of a very high standard and my dog was allowed to sit under our table.

    It is very popular with the Hooray Henry types and apparently is one of the places where William and Kate used to go.

    Most of the campers are in tents and it was popular with families. I managed to pitch under a large tree but my motorhome is pretty small. The only other location I was offered was in an unattractive area at the back of the pub amongst the rubbish bins.

    The shower and toilet block was pretty primitive.

    Overall it's quite a bit better than some of the other pubs I've stayed at!!
     
  6. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    I did ask about the size of the Motorhome and they were happy with 5.85m...

    I was so dissapointed,
     
  7. haganap

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    Ah see, now we know why you didn't get the warm welcome.

    Next time introduce your self as Stanley Robertson-Smyth and your cordial will re-appear as a G&T. whilst your escorted by a man in a bow tie to your allocated residence for the evening.
     
  8. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Many a true word is spoken in jest !


    Peter
     
  9. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Oi Biggles...:lips:
     
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