Reviews

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“Walking Peddars Way in brilliant October sunshine. We stayed at Alison’s lovely and so characterful house. Very comfortable and enjoyed the healthiest breakfast of our trip by a long way! which has set us up for our 16 mile trip today. Many thanks, and we hope to stay again in the future.”
Nigel and Juliet, Berkhampsted (2015)

“This has been the most inspiring, fulfilling and enjoyable three days of our four months travelling. You are a beautiful spirit Alison and we have been privileged to be able to spend such a great time with you, sharing meals, sharing wine, and sharing ideas. We have loved it all… Thank you so much for sharing your life with us and wealth of knowledge and wisdom. We are going home with so much enthusiasm to start yoga and remain vital and sharp and engaged in life. xxxx”
Vicki and Pete, Victoria, Australia (2015)

“Thank you very much, Alison, for your great hospitality during my way around the world by foot. I very appreciate it, and I wish you all best through your life and also success for your yoga club!”
Petr Majer from Czech Republic

“I enjoy your house with all interesting details and pieces of art”
Padmachitta, Stockholm, Sweden

“Thank you – a REAL experience!” 
Sandy B., Grenada, West Indies

“From the camels on the windowsill to the flowers in the bathroom and the hollyhocks in the garden, it tells a story of practical, comfortable aesthetics. Beautifully done, Alison, may it bring you, your friends and guests continuing pleasure.”
David P., South Africa

“Remembering the Old Red Lion, I will think of a very unusual breakfast where I watched a yoga class while I had my coffee.” 
Ralph B, Germany

“Thank you very much for your hospitality. We really enjoyed being your guests and preparing our voluntary service at your house. 
We also enjoyed the great, peaceful surroundings with the wonderful castle. It will be difficult to get used to my new home town in Coventry.” 
Jens E, Action and Reconciliation Service for Peace Group, Poland and Germany

“Thank you, Alison, for a lovely stay. My first stay here was in 1984, when walking the Peddars Way, and again in 1988. It is a place where you can enjoy a quiet holiday away from the stress of everyday life.” (13 years on)
David H., West Midlands

“Arrived here, quite by chance, and loved the tranquil, serene atmosphere of the place. A very warm, exciting place to stop and be for a while. Thank you for your hospitality and wonderful REAL food. If ever you’re in Ireland call and see us! Lots of love” 
Sean and Kathy

“This has been the first time I come here. My husband had talked to me about this pleasant place with great admiration. He told me the truth. The atmosphere, the house, the colour of the house, our breakfast, your bread and you… thank you.”
Constanza, Chile

“Roger and I have really enjoyed staying in your lovely home. It’s been an encouragement towards all the good and valuable things of life.” 
Kirsty F.

“Once again, the Old Red Lion proved to be an excellent for the Theatre of Now workshop. Thanks, Alison, for all your cooking and kind generosity for caring for us in your home for three weeks.” 
Juliette, Theatre of Now

“Cycled my first one hundred miles! The journey was good, but what a wonderful place to finish. Very comfortable accommodation, great food and a wonderful host. Thank you very much, Alison.” 
Des McC, London Cycling Campaign Weekend Away

“I’m sure that you are not a (Red) Lion any more, you became a child long time ago. I would like very much a chance to know you better. Perhaps in another time, another place. Thank you for your hospitality.” 
Jose Pedro R., Portugal

“Alison – je suis tres heureux d’avoir fait votre connaissance. Le Vieux Lion Rouge est une oasis pour les voyageurs du temps et de l’esprit. Sincerement” 
Henri B., France

“The Old Red Lion was perfect for holding our meeting, it encouraged the participants to feel they were in a place that really welcomed them and made them feel at home from the moment they found a wonderful lunch waiting for them as they arrived.
As most of the participants were from other European countries the quality of the food and the warmth of the welcome were particularly important. The meeting room itself is ideal for groups of up to 20, and the lack of ‘equipment’ such as faxes, photocopiers can be positive, as sometimes just speaking and writing helps you to be more practical and focused on what you’re doing.
The accommodation is ideal for groups. All in all, if you want a place to calmly and constructively discuss and arrive at conclusions then the Old Red Lion and Alison will help you to achieve your aims.” 

Clive P, East Anglia Food Link

“Wonderful atmosphere! Very special surroundings indeed. Keep it going – we all need a place like this.” 
Archie C.

“My body is rested, my mind is clear and my soul is calm. This is the effect of this lovely persons and this lovely place. Thanks you for all for all I have learn here. Hope I see you again.” 
Bernard P, Holland

“I almost forgot how being/eating vegan looks like. I’ve been a vegan for a few years, but that must have been 15 years ago. I then visited the vegetarians camp in Loughborough! Are you always so busy? Thank you.”
Minke K, Groningen, The Netherlands

“Here as part of a group working on a European Commission project called LEADER. The project aims to support local rural community activity. What a wonderful place to stay.
Castle Acre is enchanting and the Old Red Lion just the calm, bright, stimulating place to put me in the best frame of mind. I will be back – perhaps to walk in this lovely countryside! Thanks, Alison, for your warm hospitality. Diolch!” 

Liz B, Brecon, Wales

“I’ve been working at the Priory using the architecture as a stimulus for music making with local schoolchildren. Thoroughly enjoyed the week in this oasis – I appreciated the bread and birdsong!” 
Peter C.

“The stay was as wonderful as nine years ago: three boys loved the bunk beds and freedom and felt completely at home. They want to live here!”

“Never eaten breakfast in an exhibition room before, presented with wonderful colours, shapes, feeling of space, yet peace. To be let alone to enjoy it all is appreciated. This hostel is a haven from the tourism that goes on elsewhere within this village – all this has come from your very hard work.” 
Lee M, Cambridge

“Good visual arts – it’s nice to feel inspired, such a change from normal local galleries.”
Mike and Brenda, Stourport on Severn

“This place shows just what can be made reality with the right ideas in mind. I am so amazed about the details which show that you care about this place. The bed was comfy, the facilities up to a very high standard and your wonderful food just excellent. I do hope that this spirit will spread – for people from the ‘ordinary’ youth hostels (like me!), it’s an example of what one can do. Thank you so much.” 
Christine

“A very restful stay in a lovely village.” 
Richard and Geoffrey B., Eagle River, Alaska

“Four generations came to celebrate a 65th birthday – 23 people between the ages of 89 and 6 months – and had a WONDERFUL TIME thanks to Alison and her friends.” 
The Spencers and the Durrants

“Thank you for providing an excellent venue for our christening party.” 
The Mallotts and Matessons

em>”An oasis on the Peddars Way. Thanks for the good company and very tuned in outlook.”
Rick and George, Norwich

“Castle Acre is a very nice peaceful place and I enjoyed very much the two days I stayed at the Old Red Lion. I thank you, Alison, very much for sharing your home with us and also for your warm hospitality. I hope to see you again.” 
Lidia C, Bariloche, Patagonia

“It was wonderful to enjoy this quiet and peaceful place. This ‘simple’ way of accommodation was so nice that we decided to stay one day longer than planned. Sometimes ‘simple’ is much more than simple.” 
Susanna J., Linz, Austria

“Last night I dreamt of a new colour. Thank you for your peaceful hospitality.” 
CJ, Anglia TV

“Even the compost smells good! Thanks, Alison.” 
The Penzance Cyclists

“Thank you for a restful and invigorating holiday, notwithstanding the weather. Daoism: like principles and common aims.” 
Liao Hong Ying

“Absolutely superb overnight stay at the Old Red Lion. I love the medieval-type lounge and the celtic paintings. A very quiet and relaxing stay. Thank you.” 
Adam, Solihull

“Thank you very much for the opportunity to visit your house and to drink English tea. It’s wonderful.”
Best wishes from the Soviet tourists: Leningrad, Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi, Terevan, Tallin, Vladimir.

“The best B & B in all of our trips to the UK! The room was very nice. The food was Awesome! It’s a long way from California, but we’ll try to come back again.” 
Best Wishes and Blessings. Carl & Sammy


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