We rented Old Bothy for one week through Rural Retreats. A very professional company; excellent communication; well-maintained website. We selected Old Bothy as we had specific places/areas to visit: Stratford-Upon-Avon; the towns in the Cotswold; Blenheim Palace; Bletchley Park; Oxford City, Halford is a tiny village; quiet and private. We met a couple of residents; very friendly. We never did meet our immediate neighbors, The cottage is wonderful; just the right size for us. Living room with a comfy leather sofa, gas stove in the corner, Sat-TV. There is an older iPod dock, but we brought our own bluetooth speakers, so we didn't try it out. Small kitchen with all the amenities (Euro washer/dryer, electric stove/oven, cafe table with seating for two, full size refrigerator). There is a door which leads to a narrow L-shaped terrace; wrapping to the far wall of the bedroom. There is a table outside for al-fresco dining. The bedroom has a double bed (i.e., queen-size) with a closet (a bit small, as some cleaning equipment was stored there); luckily our suitcases fit underneath the bed. A large window which opened out to the terrace as well as a skylight provided lots of natural light. The bathroom is en-suite, very nice size with heated towel-rack and shower/tub combination. White Company toiletries were provided. The entire cottage was renovated very tastefully and keeping the original stone walls just added to the character of the building. The cottage was impeccably clean and welcoming. Parking for one car is off the street to the right of the front door.
There is no general store in Halford and Rural Retreats had an incredible welcome package for us; very helpful as we arrived late. Eggs, cheese, milk, juice, tea and coffee, granola/muesli, shepherd's bread and a delicious sponge cake. There were also flowers on the cafe table; very nice touch!
If I had any quibbles, very minor--WiFi can be spotty (next to the kitchen door provided the strongest signal!); no directions for working the washer/dryer (YouTube is the answer); the remote for the gas stove needed new batteries (we brought extra AAAs). This is very minor--I highly recommend this haven!
|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|