Nanford Guest House

Our first aid course was in Oxford and we stayed in a charming B&B called Nanford Guest House.

We did a quick search online to find the address on our way there, and upon seeing some reviews for the first time we realised our fatal error – the Nanford guest house has been voted the dirtiest hotel in Britain.  Having stayed there I can say the review was quite kind, as you could probably extend the geographic region to include the rest of Europe.  It will also be the benchmark on our trip and I imagine we could extend that further to include Africa.

As well as being dirty and smelly, with mould and various other things growing on the walls, it was incredibly noisy with lots of banging going on – both doors and people.  The mattress had lost what spring it might have had 30 years ago and after a bit more research we found some more reviews claiming that it is also brothel, so if you are an avid collector of fungal diseases, athlete’s foot is just one of the many you can pop into your scrapbook.

Here are some reviews for you to peruse at your leisure:

Brain Fart #2

The first time we (Chris) left the lights on was when we went to get groceries from Tesco. No problem.

The second time we went on a 4 hour walk through Welsh countryside. Fortunately we managed to find somebody with jump leads. I imagine a callout to the middle of nowhere on a bank holiday weekend could be expensive.

Lessons learned include possibly having a checklist like pilots and surgeons to prevent this sort of thing from happening in future.

Included would be things like keys, lights, going through the checklist.

Brain Fart #1

Having owned our car for less than a month, I thought it would be fun to reverse straight into another car in our parking lot. A tiny spec of paint came off our bumper, but the other car was not so lucky.

After putting several notes on the car we eventually spoke to the owner, who said he would give me a call once he had gone to the panel beaters. Turns out it will be about £250 to get fixed. “No problem, send me the receipt and I’ll pop the money into your account”. Several months on and the car still hasn’t been repaired and he hasn’t called us. Odd.