My wife, kids and I stayed in this cottage in Feb of 2013, we have become fairly familiar with such properties as we've stayed in a fair few of them while I've been contracting. On this occasion however we were staying at the cottage while we were checking out the area and looking at more permanent houses.
Anyway we booked this one via the Sykes web site and to be honest it was our second choice because our first fell through due to a problem with the property at the last minute. As this property had no reviews we didn't know what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised.
Upon arrival at the cottage the owners met us and give us a quick overview of everything including the central heating. The owners were extremely friendly and when we explained that we were in the area looking for houses they told us that they'd left us a local paper and offered their advise on the local area and told us if there was anything they could do to help then they would be happy to help. They even offered to send us local newspapers after we'd gone. They were friendly and helpful in every way and we couldn't fault them at all.
The cottage itself was extremely clean and was clearly fairly new, the courtyard area would have been nice in summer but as it was extremely cold when we went we didn't get much of a chance to use it. The kitchen was a decent size for such a property and had all the usual amenities: dishwasher, microwave, cooker, hob, kettle, toaster, etc. The owners had left us milk in the fridge and a basket containing orange juice, cookies, what looked like home made bread and some oatcakes with instructions on how to cook them (a really nice touch we thought)
The living space was a decent size and had literally everything you could want. A sofa, sofa-bed, a decent sized television for the living space, a games machine (PSONE), digital TV (which had all channels available including Dave and UK TV Gold which are often not enabled in such properties) they also had a collection of books, games and DVD's. One night we ended up watching one of our favourites "V for Vendetta" which was in the collection they'd left. There were also a number of childrens DVD's which was great as it gave the kids something to watch and again we thought this was a nice touch as kids are often overlooked. Finally in the corner of the room were a load of board games which we didn't use personally but again we thought was a nice touch.
On the first floor was the shower room / toilet and the main bedroom. The bedroom was spacious and had plenty of room for our travel cot and some. In fact we were surprised that there wasn't a full king sized bed as the room was certainly big enough. again everything was quite modern. The shower in fact was some space age looking thing with built in radio etc.
On the top floor was the second bedroom, which was rather large and had three beds, the room was again rather spacious and had lots of nightlights etc so made a good kids bedroom. Our eldest (3 year old) ended up sleeping up here while the youngest (almost 2) ended up sleeping in his cot in our room.
My only two suggestions to improve the property further were inclusion of some form of WIFI service and maybe having some stair gates or something for the smaller kids.
I actually liked this property so much that I immediately went back to the Sykes website to try and book another 2 weeks in the middle of March to cover me while I was working in the area but waiting to move to our new property, unfortunately someone had beaten us to it!
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