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Accommodation Details Bull Hotel
Main Street , Sedbergh CumbriaLA10 5BL
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Bull Hotel in Sedbergh on The Dales Way
The Bull is still being improved - our room was needing redecorating but not the horror stories of previous feedback. The plumbing was interesting in the bathroom but the bed was new and comfy. My wife had to borrow a hairdrier from a member of staff as there are none in the rooms and none at reception which seemed at bit odd but after another wet day we did get our clothes dried in the boiler room.Downstairs is a mixture of traditional with a hint of
John & Anne Mumford, left on 29 April 2012
The hotel is in the middle of being refurbished, the downstairs is very smart so we were slightly disappointed with our room which is still on the 'to do' list!! However, after a days walking it was very welcome, large family room on the top floor, very comfy beds, shower very feeble, very basic tioletries but the cheapest stay on the route so far so the standard was reflected in the price, fab meal in the restaurant, would recommend chicken fajitas, good breakfast.
Helen and Leanne, left on 25 August 2011
Stayed in one of the refurbished rooms and wow what a room it was.
Huge huge bed and equally sized bath and bathroom. Great facilities in the room and the breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs was wonderful. Another place to return to
Andrew & Michelle, left on 29 July 2011
stopped there a month ago ,renovations must have been done as was best place we stayed on route ,would certainly re visit .
I Atkinson, left on 17 July 2011
This hotel has certainly seen better days. The renovations which I was told were in the offing when I booked last December still had not been made. It was the cheapest place on our walk, and quite rightly so!
Anne Fishburn and friends from Bavaria, left on 16 June 2010
On the plus side, we were given a family room, which are in short supply in Sedbergh. Also the shower was OK, if you allowed for the shower door not closing. also the price per room has come down to 50. The young staff were helpful. The hotel will, howver, live long in the memory - it has certainly seen better days. Shocking beds, heating potentially dangerous. The light fitting in the lounge summed it up - one working light bulb, two dead, and 5 fittings with no bulb! I fear it will close as a hotel at some stage. Couldn't bear to eat here, but the Cafe Duo down the road, run by two charming young women, is very good
julian roberts, left on 31 May 2009
Stop recommending this place to stay in! It is a dump! As bad as the Dalesway in Ilkley.

Our room was at the top of the building: pokey and dirty with a broken shower in a dirty shower cabinet. There was a biscuit wrapper on the floor and crumbs on the carpet, so no vacuuming had been done. Again the worst bed imagineable, you could feel the springs and NO mattress pad, so we were lying on an ancient, dirty mattress separated by a thin cheap sheet - possible not a clean one if the floor was anythying to go by.

There was one receptionist, booking in customers, waiting tables and working the bar, she was very sweet, but so overworked we knew complaints were wasted on her.

I hated this place, it was depressing, unsanitary and outrageous that a place this broken down and dirty could be included as a choice of accomodation.
Tessa Arlen, left on 22 September 2008
We felt that this hotel had seen rather better days, although it still had a certain faded charm. It sufficed as a place to spend the night in the middle of a long distance walk, but we would probably have felt unhappy using this hotel as a base for a longer holiday. We were given a spacious room with a comfortable bed and somewhere to sit. However, the heating didn't seem to be working, and we relied on a portable heater provided by the staff on reception. No food was available in the restaurant or bar on the night we spent at the Bull Hotel, but this wasn't a real problem as there were other places to eat in the town. The beer on offer was decent, and we did get our free pint as promised when booked with Sherpa, even though the man behind the bar knew nothing about this when we asked.
Rachel and Phil, left on 20 September 2008
Room 1 was fine, clean & comfy (and huge). The staff were very friendly and let us dry all our wet kit in the heated cellar. Evening meal was great especially the Howgill Lamb and there was a good wine list whilst the waitress was dippy but endearing. Breakfast was a disappointment though and arrived only after a long wait - 22 people all arriving at the same time left them unable to cope. Packed lunch was adequate but you'd probobly be better off sorting your own at the bread shop and Spa opposite.
Hank & Melissa, left on 14 September 2008
We can fully sympathise with Mike's comments below. The accommodation was appalling. I have never stayed in such a dirty place. The mattress had springs jumping out everywhere - we even had to turn the mattress over but it wasn't much better. We had to hold the shower over our heads because the holder was broken. The breakfast was ok but the poor chef had to also wait on and act as receptionist. Would recommend not to stay at this hotel. I am in process of sending a complaint to them.
Anne & Paul Langhorn, left on 08 September 2008
Stayed in Room 12 on this leg of the Dales Way.Friday 15/08/08.
Frankly this was the worst nights sleep I've had in a very long time.The mattress was 'lumpier' than a sack of ' tatties' with every spring making it's prescence felt on my very tired spine.If the floor had been cleaner we would have slept on that as an alternative.The room was cold with an inadequate electric radiator for heating.The shower wasn't much 'cop' either with the water taking ages to heat up dribbling out at the last minute.
The food offered in the bar was over priced and somewhat unimaginative veggie choice.However the breakfast was ok and packed lunch adequate.
We didn't enjoy staying here and would not reccomend or return .
mike white, left on 22 August 2008
Room comfortable, large shower good. Pub not to our taste due to regular clientele so ate down road at Dalesman. Single room was dingy and had a bad smell.
Jude, Phil & Lorraine, left on 02 August 2008
The Bull Inn was comfortable and we had no complaint about room 16. The staff were helpful and one of them printed out a multimap showing us the location of our B & B in Kendall. The Inn has been the target of a succession of take-over bids but none of them, including the one supposed to have been completed on the morning of our departure, actually occurred. This had an unsettling effect on the staff but we benefited from the selling off of their stock of suplus wine at a lower than usual price.
Stephen and Anne Wright, left on 30 June 2008
We arrived here at the end of our walk as we had no time to do the final leg. The staff were very friendly and had previously agreed that we could park our car there for 4 days and have our bags delivered even though we weren't staying. Lovely lunch with very hospitable staff.
Marianne Taylor, left on 11 May 2008
Had a lovely nights stay at The Bull, best of the walk, very comfortable and clean room and the staff were lovely.
Would stay again whether walking or not.

Norm and Lisa, left on 15 September 2007
This was the worst place we stayed on our walk - in fact the worst place I have stayed for a long time. We were in room 11 on the top floor. The beds were uncomfortable with cheap lumpy pillows. The shower screen came off its rails and the toilet was held together with duck tape. Worst of all was the worrying state of the electrics and the poor lock on the door. All in all it felt very unsafe and we were glad to leave.
Jan and Joe, August 2007 , left on 25 August 2007
Excellent stay. Room 1 is massive and fantastic views of the fell. food brill and staff very caring
tara green, left on 08 July 2007
Very basic room, with a very tired mattress, not good for a comfortable nights sleep. Efficient drying facilities and tasty breakfast. Forget the packed lunch, 5 for basic standard is not good, head over to the Spar for a good choice and cheaper prices. Would definately recommend staying somewhere other than this. It has the look of a good hotel from the outside but inside leaves a lot to be desired - also the noise from the pub doesn't really allow for an early night. When booking via Sherpa Van the website advertises a free pint, however on arrival the bar man didn't have a clue what we were talking about and told us to go and speak to the landlord, we did this and eventually we got our pint - shame we had to ask for this, don't let the offer sway you to stay here! Go to the Indian for dinner - very good.
Wetwalkers, left on 05 July 2007
Dont book into room 16 on the top floor it smelt like bad drains in the bathroom. Two windows were open when we arrived and a large bowl of po pourri on the table summed it up nicely. The staff were very friendly and the beer good. Food ok there was a jazz band on when we stayed.
Dave and Linda May2007, left on 25 May 2007
Well, we weren't shown to our rooms, but in every other respect the staff were most helpful. I think it must have been done up since some previous comments were made as we used altogether 4 rooms and the only problem was a shower in one of them. The evening meal was excellent but don't go there with a long car - the entrance to the car park is a trifle challenging and you may mow down a few pedestrians as you drive in!
Della Russell, left on 15 May 2007
arrived soaked cold and in need of some hearty food and a beer.was booked in by a very friendly young girl who showed me to my room which was more than adequate for what we were needing. ate in the hotel which was a superb choice as it was easily the best food i have tasted on the whole walk and also best value! good selection of real ales and great staff! definitely reccommend to everybody
steve&sandra merto, left on 10 January 2007
Had a lovely stay at the Bull, arrived very wet and tired, the staff arranged for my clothes to be dried and made coffe for us. Room was very comfy and spacious with a lovely hot bath.
Food was wonderful and reasonably priced. All in all a great place to rest up.
Would recommend
Shaw, left on 29 November 2006
The staff were unfriendly and unhelpful, even though they had messed our booking up. The room was dirty, and the bathroom mouldy. Could smell smoke from the bar in our room three floors up.
If small b+bs can put so much effort into their business ventures, why can't a hotel?
Would not recommend a stay here.
anon, left on 18 July 2006
Booked by phone and paid 20 deposit by cheque a month before setting off. No confirmation was received so had to ring back to confirm 'fortunately' a room was available.
On arrival was told 'it's at the top' and left to get on with it. It was the dirtiest, most uncomfortable, worst decorated room of the entire journey. Asked to change rooms and was told 'they are all the same' she was right the next room was as bad (dead flies everywhere).
Ate out that night as we did not want to eat in The Bull or drink in the VERY smoky bar.
Breakfast next day was poor, others were complaining as we checked out. Cost 60 for 1 night go somewhere else if you can.
Pete and Ros, left on 23 May 2006
I had booked at the Bull by telephone three weeks before my arrival and paid a deposit of 20 by debit card. When I turned up, there was no record of my reservation. Fortunately (for them), a room was available and it was excellent in every way. They were very apologetic. With one exception, the staff - all young women, that I saw - were foreign and sometimes had difficulty understanding me, although I speak clearly. Having said that, they gave very good service and I thought the food and beer was good. At 30 for one night, very reasonably priced. I would stay there again.
Alan Quigley, left on 15 May 2006
Voted with my feet on 12th April after very poor service and no hot water on second floor - uncaring management knew the problem. Electric showers would sort it! Last resort
Phil and Ravi, left on 16 April 2006
Firendly and amenable staff. Evening meal was good but breakfast was sadly not up to the same standard. Rooms were basic to the extent of one of ours having neither a window nor working central heating - although there was a half glazed fire door with a security light outside which kept going on intermittently. OK for a night's stay and handy for the DW. Good walking shop up the road.
The Nicols, left on 15 April 2006
This unpretentious, comfortable establishment was very welcoming to walkers and dogs - even though we arrived drenched from heavy showers. Generous lunchpacks.
Mary and Capell Aris, left on 18 June 2005
This place needs a good clean up.
Frank Kirchhoff, left on 04 August 2004
We would highly recomend the Bull for a nights say.
The decore in the newly upgraded rooms will not be to everyones taste, but they are clean and very comfortable.
The food was some of the best we have tried, in such establishments, excellent value and of the highest quality.
The new owners are really trying hard to make the Bull a great hotel/pub.
Andy Limbert, left on 18 September 2003


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