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Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages
Bristol
1 review
“What a lovely place”
Reviewed 28 May 2009

We have just returned from a week at Higher Bowden and I can't fault it. There are so many things on site to entertain my toddler that is saves me from constantly driving out to find amusements for her. The indoor playroom is especially useful with the patchy weather you might get in Britain! It was our third trip and I am sure we will be returning in the future.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Thank MaggieBristol
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

We have stayed at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages five times, but we will not be returning again. The cotages are in a beautiful location, a short drive from Dartmouth. The complex has several cottages, an indoor swimming pool, and a games room. It is well-maintained.
The attitude of the owner on our recent holiday was far from good, making unfounded accusations, which we found very upsetting. One example was that he accused our children, aged 13 and 11 of leaving chewing gum on the floor of the games room. We explained to him that the children did not have any gum, so could not have done this, but he just said he would review the CCTV footage and find the culprit. There is extensive CCTV around the complex, with messages to guests saying that the footage may be kept for litigation purposes. The owner also told us, as we were getting ready to leave after our recent stay, that we had not cleaned the cottage adequately following our previous stay two years ago. We strongly dispute this, and felt his manner was bizarre and rude. He told us that he expects his guests to clean the cottage before leaving at 10am. This requirement is not written on the website, and we were not aware of it before the end of our stay. We did leave the cottage clean, but his manner really upset us. We have never had any complaints about us on any other holiday, and felt they really were unfounded.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — Rude attitude of owner to customer relations
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2008

We have just returned from a week's holiday at the lovely Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages. This was our seventh such holiday at Higher Bowden in the last twelve years and the standard of the accommodation has been consistently good over the years. The cottages are created from two 17th century farms and are full of character. They are not high luxury but are very comfortable and well equipped, with good kitchen appliances (large fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven & hob), a 26" plasma flat-screen TV, DVD player, wood-burning stove in the fireplace (wood cost us £10 for the week - good value). The background heating is by night storage heaters which work OK, with the wood-burning stove topping up when the weather is very cold. Good, comfortable leather furniture. Power showers. Everything is well maintained and the location is just stunning.

We went on holiday with friends and had a really relaxing, enjoyable week. However, what marred it for us was the attitude of the owners. There are officious notices everywhere you look and an attitude that suggests that the customer is usually wrong and cannot be trusted. Our holiday ended with two members of our party in tears at the way we had been treated by the owners over cleaning up at the end of our stay. We and our friends had kept our cottages clean and tidy throughout our stay and left them very much as we found them, other than needing to be routinely cleaned, ready for the next arrivals. There was no justification at all for any confrontation on the part of the owners and we are still baffled by what happened. We will not be visiting again, which is really disappointing given our long history of great holidays at Higher Bowden.

  • Liked — Stunning location
  • Disliked — Attitude of owners
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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7 Thank delligill
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Additional Information about Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages

Property: Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages
Address: Higher Bowden, Dartmouth TQ6 0LH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmouth
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Dartmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages Dartmouth, Devon

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