At first impression, Mill Barn looked idyllic, set in beautiful surroundings nestling into the hillside. A ‘Hobbit house’ we first called it, however looks can be deceiving. You walk immediately into the kitchen then through to a lounge with the bedroom and bathroom downstairs. The immediate impression of the ‘first floor’ was very good; clean, tidy and pleasant. However going downstairs to the bathroom, we were extremely disappointed by the dreadful state of the shower cubicle; tiles that at one point had obviously been painted over, black mould/mildew around the sealant and a metal toiletry holder, hooked over the shower attachment, which was heavily corroded, as indeed was the shower drain cover. We are always happy to accept ‘basic’ but clean bathroom facilities, but felt this shower was well below the standard one would expect.
The bedroom looked ok at first, however we noticed a few damp marks on the wall and flaking paint. As we were on holiday and had been looking forward to this break for some time we tried to ignore these issues. However as the week progressed it was obvious that the damp problem was worse than originally anticipated. It does say in the welcome hand book that as the property is old "it doesn't handle moisture very well" and the advice is to have the windows permanently ajar. This we did but after a few days of getting into a damp bed it was clear the issue was considerably worse than suggested in the welcome book. We live in a converted barn ourselves and know the problems with an old building, damp can be one of them, but to try and disguise it as anything else doesn’t work. Any clothes left in the room overnight were unwearable the following morning.
The sofa was uncomfortable, a spring had gone on the one side, only bath towels were provided, and they were old and hard. And on the subject of linen the tea towels provided for the kitchen were very old, tatty and carried a strong unpleasant odour.
My husband suffers with asthma and sleeping in the damp atmosphere of the bedroom we believed was making his condition worse as the week went on, so we curtailed our holiday a day early. We tried to contact the owners on leaving to complain and explain our early departure; however they were out so our complaint was recorded by email on our return home.
On a positive note, Mill Barn is a great base for exploring South Devon.
|How easy was it to book the property?||How helpful were the directions to the property?|
|How easy was key pickup/access to the property?||Overall condition of the property|
|Bedding & mattresses||Kitchen & utensils|
|Bathroom cleanliness||Other facilities & amenities|