Sheffield, United Kingdom
April 16, 2006
Our accommodation for the week was a one-bedroom apartment in a timeshare resort situated behind the Olympic open-air swimming pool. Although only one bedroom, the unit was very large and could sleep eight comfortably. The bedroom had a king-size bed, bunk beds, and en suite bathroom. The window overlooked the public swimming pool, but the view was blocked by a large fir tree. The lounge had two sofa beds, which could sleep two people each, but as there were only two of us to share these we had one each. The bathroom was compact but adequate. Our balcony was directly over the car park, with the hot tub and river a few yards away and a view of distant mountains.
Access to the river is not available at the resort. The kitchen was equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, and dishwasher. There was also a table and chairs. There is a large lawn area with picnic tables, and lots of birds and squirrels visit the feeders replenished by the staff. There is a laundry adjacent to reception. The resort seems to be a converted motel, and although small with no facilities, the staff were very friendly and we were quite happy there – except for the train!!! This train passed the resort every hour, on the hour, 24-hours a day, every day for the 7 days we were there; every time it passed it blew the horn, not once but four or five times. Apparently, there are quite a few crossings in the area, and it is law that every time a train approaches a crossing it has to blow the horn. One day it missed the 4am journey, but in the morning we realised we had all woken at 4am in anticipation. This was a lovely resort, but I cannot recommend it due to this train – unless you are a VERY heavy sleeper.
From journal Sleepless in Lava Hot Springs