I’ll start with the good. The grounds are exceptional. That’s it. Now to the bad. On the 2nd day of our stay we went to breakfast, and I was wearing tailored shorts (it was a hot day, but this shouldn’t matter). I was then evicted from the breakfast room for violating their ‘dress code’. No shorts allowed. Strange, but I wasn’t prepared to make a fuss, or further embarrass the rest of my party. Until of course I spotted a group of women sitting having breakfast, all in their gym kit, and all wearing shorts. When I asked the manager if my eviction was solely based on my gender, he proceeded to laugh at me. On reminding him that sexual discrimination wasn’t a laughing matter, he proceeded to laugh again…. Dress codes in hotels are bad enough, but when my attire choice is only deemed inappropriate because of my perceived gender, it’s downright scandalous. Dare I say if a female had been told her attire was inappropriate, but deemed to be acceptable for male guests, the consequences would be significant. This one sided discriminatory dress code also wasn’t displayed anywhere. No warning was given, and therefore the embarrassment ensued.
The Suite we stayed in was also a joke. For £1000 per night we were packed off to the rafters on the 2nd floor where anyone under 5’11 would struggle to manoeuvre. The lifts were also broken for the entire stay, the shower had a leak above the roofline (next to the lights), and the shower tray flooded in seconds