When we were shown around Keeper's Cottage we couldn't believe our luck - the interior design feels very luxurious and we loved the sleepy and historical setting (Charles Darwin was married in the parish church over the road) - very relaxing!
There were six adults and two children in our party and there was ample space, and privacy, for all of us. The children had a small room with bunk beds, which probably wouldn't suit older children but our five and two year old both loved it.
We stayed over new year and we were provided with a very generous welcome package of mince pies, wine, biscuits, chocolates and other treats. There was also fresh milk in the fridge.
There are lovely walks in the gardens and towards the lake, with a great view of Maer Hall.
There is a charming 'craft village' about a mile or so away with a cafe and lovely boutique-style and artisan shops. The nearby Swan with Two Necks is a great gastro pub with brilliant staff.
There is also a lovely traditional pub on the road heading towards Maer, the Mainwaring I think, which is really cosy with open fires and different snugs to hunker down in!
The area and the cottage itself really lent themselves to a festive break - we would definitely love to return.