reservation cancelled on me
Reviewed 4 August, 2019
I rang from New Zealand and booked direct with the manager Iris, who made a reservation for me and then sent me an email and confirmed it. I spoke to her again just before I left NZ to confirm again. the day before I was due to go to Glastonbury, I rang to tell the manager what time I would arrive the next day, and once again was told everything was fine. I arrived at lunchtime only to be told that the owner Valerye had cancelled my reservation nearly a week early. she did this for no reason, and did not consult her manager or tell her she was doing this. she booked the room at the same time for someone else. obviously she took a booking, was full, cancelled mine to make room for a couple, which means more money for her. I was told that Iris had gone to India, and the poor young woman who was now managing the place was left to inform me at the door. there I was on the other side of the world with no where to go and everywhere was full as there was a huge festival taking place that evening. the young woman was embarrassed and I was very angry. In the end the young woman gave me her own room that she lived in which had an ensuite and hosted me personally and said under the circumstances she could not possibly charge me. she took full responsibility for what the owner had done and said she should have checked the diary. the place is run down and shabby; Valerye is rarely there as she travels most of the time, and no longer cares about the retreat. so the ad for the place which states healing, readings, reiki etc etc etc is rubbish. I am a medium myself and there is absolutely no energy there whatsover. the back yard is scrubby and untidy and there is insufficient parking. there is no signage to show someone they have found the place, but there is a little sign saying camelot again the building on the ground. for Valerye to make out she is a spiritualist is a joke. if she wants someone to manage her guesthouse, she needs to let her do her job and communicate properly with her if she makes changes to the bookings. when Valerye cancelled my booking she didn't even let me know and she could have emailed me. apparently I am not the first person she had done this too. booking.com cannot be blamed for this as I never used them but made the booking direct with Iris who was the manager at the time. I WARN EVERYONE NOT TO STAY HERE AS YOUR BOOKING WILL NEVER BE SECURE NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE TOLD
Location can’t be faulted
Reviewed 3 July, 2019
The only reason I couldn’t give 5/5 review was because of the parking situation at the b&b. There are two carpark spots actually at the place which seemed to be permanently full except first thing in the morning however as the b&b is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac you can park a little bit away however if you have a big car eg 4x4 you may have a bit of an issue.
The only other thing to know beforehand is that your are asked to leave your shoes at the door and not to wear shoes throughout the house. Not an issue to us but some people may be funny about this.
We were welcomed immediately and shown to our room which had a first class view of the Tor and we knew it was shared bathroom facilities (one downstairs and one upstairs) and the whole place was clean and room comfortable. The room has a kettle and hairdryer in it and no tv which was refreshing and relaxing. Wifi code is written on the back of the door.
I had mentioned a few dietary requests at time of booking and was pleasantly surprised that not only had she remembered that, that she had bought breakfast supplies specifically for me. Very touched and would not have got that in any of the big chain hotels.
You can use the kitchen at any time you want to cook and all that is asked is that you wash up the dishes when finished.
The meditation room is filled with amazing crystals and have a lovely energy and can go in whenever you want.
Was made to feel very welcome and would recommend to anyone who wants a stay with a more independent boutique feel and who don’t mind sharing a bathroom.
Thank you for a lovely stay.
Reviewed 10 May, 2019
We stayed last night as we were stopping one night in Glastonbury .
Lovely room , view of the garden and not the Tor , but within walking distance to the chalice well & the Tor
Quiet area and lovely surroundings, owner is very kind and let us use his house and kitchen as often as needed , also the meditation room .
Very reasonable price for 2 especially Glastonbury is known for its pricey accommodation .
A prison, not a retreat
Reviewed 3 September, 2018
I took my group of 12 to Glastonbury, 8 stayed at Camelot, 4 in B & B. However, owner kept on complaining about place crowded with 8 and got upset so many times. Was told to be silent in the kitchen as she is in the next room, was told to be quiet all the time as neighbors not happy her place being B & B. That was not our concern. If neighbours have problem, then don't run B & B. Garden shown as attraction but in reality, the owner every day was sunbathing and hence we could not use the garden at all.
Quite racist as first thing she said to us was that she did not know we were all Indians...and that she knows how much we talk and raise our voices and that she did not want any of that in her centre.
She claimed for the place to be Sai baba Aasharam. But the way she treated us, Sai Baba would never treat people that way. She has pictures with Sai Baba, with Dalai Lama and other spiritual souls on earth, but her actions did not reflect any of their teachings, especially compassion.
Place was old and not much has been invested in there. The conservatory turned into a bedroom was not nice when the it rained as it was very cold and noise of rain was extremely disturbing.
The owner was always focused on what is comfortable for her but couple of times, at night, during our meditations, she did not stop making noise in the kitchen. Found her extremely selfish and the whole retreat was more like living in a prison. Only thing missing was a whip in her hand.
May Sai Baba and other spiritual guru(s) show her the light.
Glastonbury Retreat 2018
Reviewed 3 September, 2018
Unfortunately for our group of 12 we couldn’t all stay together - from what I gather the four that stayed somewhere else were more welcomed than ourselves!
From the moment we were “welcomed” due to the nature of our group we were told to do Silent Meditation whenever we were in the kitchen and a day later another “rule” sprung upon us we were unable to be in the kitchen between certain hours of the day. Our host was using our kitchen as well as the one she had in her conversion on the side and believe me, the shared kitchen arrangements did not work.
I also see from the description above the garden was supposed to be made available to us, being a feature. Unfortunately when we arrived the grass was nearly 1ft high and not suitable for us to go on. Also the host was outside sunbathing a lot of the time we were around. Bit of a surprise when the gardener came on our last complete day and cut the grass, etc. Our host was even seen putting fairy lights out! Quite sad she didn’t feel we were worth that.
Very 70’s decor inside, the only rooms to be updated are the bathrooms. Even the towels and bedding are 70s!
Do not sleep in the conservatory room if rain is forecast! The plastic corrugated roof amplified the sound and I had to go and sleep with some of the others.