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Echallon Guest House
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Echallon Guest House
Ranked #11 of 19 Crawley B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 July 2007

We stayed overnight in this guesthouse prior to taking our flight from Gatwick, and foolishly had pre-booked it upon our return. Upon our arrival at the guesthouse, I caught sight of the owner through the window, but after practically hammering the door down for several minutes he refused to answer the door, even though he had seen us arrive. He finally answered the door as I was ringing his phone number, with a surprised look on his face, as if he hadn't heard the doorbell.

Our room was a twin bedded, with shabby old furniture, non-matching and looking like it had come from a local house clearance. The TV had to be connected by me, as nothing was plugged in.

Once we were settled in our room, the owner knocked on our door with spurious questions on four separate occasions, even when we went out for a quick stroll, he pulled up alongside us in his car.

When we drew the curtains there was an iron-shaped burn in them.

Breakfast was billed as "full" but came on a tray to our room, which had no table or chairs, and we had to sit on our beds to eat it. It consisted of toast, and cornflakes with a jug of milk complete with floating black hair in it. Transfer to the airport was satisfactory.

Upon our return, the owner had arranged transfer from the airport for us, and he arrived at the agreed time of 2am to collect us in a Ford Mondeo. He admitted that the car wasn't his and I doubt very much that he had insurance to drive it. My friend had to share the back seat with a bicycle, she sat sideways with her feet on the seat in order to get in. I sat in the front, but had to hold a pair of large wine glasses that had been left on the seat.

When we arrived at our room that night, we asked if we could make some tea and was told that it would be ok. So I made a cup of tea, and at 3am there was a knock on the door - the owner marched in, wearing his pyjamas and dressing gown with a cup of tea for us. He came to tell us that he would not be getting up next morning and we were to make our own breakfast. Needless to say, we didn't bother.

Payment was only accepted in cash, he would not take debit/credit cards or cheques.

If you need overnight accommodation, don't even consider this one.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with friends
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Address: 16 Tushmore Lane, Crawley RH10 8JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Crawley
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Ranked #11 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Crawley
Number of rooms: 12

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