I was going to ring up Lakelovers in the morning to book a cottage for a week over new year (we like to plan well in advance so we can cherry pick the good places!). I thought I'd just search the company name, though, as we haven't dealt with them before, and I'm a bit alarmed at all the negative reviews of their service - that the properties are not what was expected, not clean, takes ages to get any reponse from the company etc. I thought we'd found a really nice place - a lodge in Hawkshead that would cost £825 for this time of year. I'm a bit concerned now whether to go ahead with the booking or not. What do you think - should we live and learn, or avoid and look for something else?
If you do think we should look for something else, are there any cottages / lodges you would recommend? It needs to be detached, 4 or 5 star, modern/contemporary decor, rural / edge of village location, but not too rural and not on a single track road - in case it's snowing / the roads are icy at the time. You can see why we book so far in advance, we're far too picky, but the research and ticklist usually result in good holidays!
Any thoughts or advice on either of these matters would be much appreciated. Thanks, Jaynie