Tredethy House is a soulless, pebble-dashed B&B with 11 rooms where you’ll be charged £3.50 extra if you want a cooked breakfast.
And if you do, there is only one ‘special’ from which to choose. So forget a full English fry-up.
The Grade-II listed manor house near Bodmin, in Cornwall, was once owned by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Thailand, but is now run by an Italian who doesn’t believe in small talk and refuses to smile.
The Inspector gave Tredethy House (pictured) a one out of five star rating based in part on its outdated decor and disappointing breakfast
When I ask him what year the house was built, he says, without looking up: ‘Hundreds of years ago,’ and leaves it at that. Sorry I asked.
On our way to Room 1, the biggest and best on offer, we spot a ‘LOVE’ sign in the hall, which strikes us as strange, since it’s obvious the whole place is crying out for a bit of TLC.
Room 1, which cost £90, is spacious, but doesn’t feel as if it’s been occupied since the Eighties when, presumably, the plastic flowers, ill-fitting curtains, filthy loo brush, stained armchair and wonky TV were first installed.
Outside, there are seven acres of largely unkempt grounds, although there are some good views to the south.
The Grade-II listed manor house was once owned by a Thai Prince but is now run by an Italian who doesn’t believe in small talk and refuses to smile, according to the Inspector
Breakfast is served only between 8.30am and 9.30am. We opt for the £3.50 supplement and in return get some undercooked bacon and scrambled egg sitting on soggy bread.
The coffee is like black paint, but manages to taste worse than it looks.
We like the elderly English waitress and hope the Italian is kind to her.
It dawns on us that we should offer to take her away and find somewhere more congenial for her to work.
Tredethy Country House
Helland Bridge, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL30 4QS
01208 841707, tredethyhouse.co.uk
Doubles from £70