Large house ideal for family gathering. The location is a short drive to the centre of Dronfield with a wide range of pubs, restaurants and shopping but there is a a local pub/restaurant within walking distance which serves great food. The house has everything you would need for a short or long stay and has recently had some up-dates but, there are a few minor repairs that would be beneficial for anyone renting the propert in the future. However, we all enjoyed our stay there and would return.
Upon arriving at our holiday house, along with the smell of musty damp, we were greeted by a small mouse in the lounge eagerly awaiting our arrival. It didn’t take long to find the entry/exit place of the mouse as it was shining daylight through the wall.
There was also a fist mark in the lounge wall!!!!
The landlord attended quickly with some mousetraps which he just happened to have in his possession, ironically our game of mousetrap sat on the coffee table providing no effectiveness.
When we entered the bathroom, the light fixture was hanging from the ceiling and didn’t work. The landlord attended again as we told him it wasn’t safe and we had children staying here. He decided it was a good idea to remove the light bulb from the children’s bedroom to place it in the bathroom.
Approaching tea time we thought we should get some tea ready, the cutlery wasn’t clean enough to let a dog eat from it. As it got darker we then found that only 1 out of the 6 spotlights worked in the kitchen/dining room, so lowered romantic lighting for 10 people was on the cards, sadly with no music to entertain us as the stereo didn’t work either.
During dinner one of the mums went upstairs to attend to their child and within 2 minutes had sent an SOS text message downstairs to say she was stuck in the bedroom. When we got up there and let her out, we found there was not a door handle on the inside of her bedroom so she could not get out.
As the evening approached we decided to sit in the lounge (accompanied by the mouse) to watch the TV, to find that only one of the two electric sockets worked!! After a pretty dire start, we decided to lock up and go to bed but Alas, the door to the lean to didn’t reach the lock and the back door wouldn’t lock either. None of the doors were aligned and therefore couldn’t be secured which is a good selling point to people with children and in fact any personal possessions. Luckily the landlord had clearly thought about this as he had left 2 metal golf clubs laying downstairs, either for us to use for protection, or for the children to play with when they got bored.
When exiting the back of the property there is a delightful garden/overgrown jungle for the children to have fun in, whilst putting them in definite harm’s way. The grass was shin length and a bit of a jungle – this is maybe where the mouse had enough of the overgrowth and decided to opt for the lounge. The back wall of the house looked like it had a grenade thrown at it. Half of the wall was missing and it was certainly a delight on the eyes along with the drainpipe which was hanging like a branch in mid-air to catch the rain! All of this could be seen from the 2 smashed sky light windows in one of the bedrooms!
We decided to vacate the filth of the kitchen the following day and have a BBQ in the jungle. One of the children sat on the steep steps down to the grass and the entire concrete block which was loose came off the steps, causing them to fall. Luckily they were saved by the overgrowth of the jungle.
Following this, the children were then able to go and play in the lovely sandpit feature which was present in the lean to of the house. This sandpit was effectively created by the non-existent paving slabs. This really was a disgrace, a tripping hazard and a complete mess. Each time when passing, there was no choice but to stand in the mess where these paving slabs should have been.
All in all, it was an experience; One which none of our party want to relive. We paid over £800 for this property for 2 nights and for this amount, it would have been nice to have carpets which actually fit, lights which worked, door handles on doors, a garden which looked like someone had been in it within the last 2 years, doors which locked, golf clubs put away, broken items removed from the property rather than left lying about, keys in the locks for the windows, clean utensils and glasses, clean carpets (which were also a disgrace) and even a can opener which actually worked! It’s always good to have cans of baked beans and no functional can opener.
The landlord did inform us, when he came with mouse trap reinforcements, that the cleaner had been, prior to our arrival. We can only assume they went to the wrong address!!
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