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The Cowshed
Cowshed living, dining and kitchen area taken from upstairs
Cowshed living and kitchen area
Cowhsed dining area and stairs to upstairs bedroom
Sea views from The Cowshed
Cowshed downstairs master bedroom
Cowshed bathroom and over bath shower
Cowshed upstairs bedroom
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Whitby, Scarborough District, North Yorkshire, England

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“Lovely cottage despite dodgy bath!”
Reviewed 27 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017
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This is a very quirky cottage. A renovated cowshed, lots of the fixtures and fittings are reclaimed farmyard paraphernalia. These include lamps.....that were probably PAT tested by the postman, not the electrician! That said, they did the job although some of the spotlamps need replacing (and dusting). The bed is exceptionally comfortable with crisp and clean linen. Fresh fluffy towels too and hot water bottles were a nice touch. The lounge furniture is comfortable too although it seems to have been switched about compared to the official photos as it's now difficult to watch TV as the clock is the focal point of the sofa.....very odd! On the subject of TV.....take some DVDs as the TV has very poor reception, losing signal constantly ( there are a few DVDs in the box but limited choice) we were cold and had to ask the owner to turn the heating up.....it was on 14. He asked us not to leave it on constant for fear the gas ran out....despite the beautiful weather for late March, the Cowshed is draughty and we needed heating and log burner (temperamental). We took our dog and although advertised as dog friendly, we had to be careful in case he escaped. There is a field you can access for exercise but the area immediately outside including car parking and patio is not secure and as the Cowshed backs onto the busy A171 we were concerned. There is also a sign in the grass immediately outside stating no dogs. There is also a note inside that dogs must not be left alone in the cottage....so our plans for an evening drive out for dinner were scuppered. The biggest downside for me was the bathroom....it's dreadful. I know taste is subjective but really? Recycling is one thing but the bath looks like a horse trough.....it's concrete and stone, painted green....with a mat that is presumably meant to make ablutions a little more comfy.....I could only think of other people's bottoms that had sat on it....eeeeuuuuuuggghhhhh. Unusual, yes.....but narrow and uncomfortable. The basin was the same concrete, green paint. It really didn't work. The shower is fine though.....just avoid the bath! There are slippers inside the front door ...not new ones like you get in hotels.....used slippers. Robes too, which are useful. My husband put slippers on over socks.....I couldn't! You will need a vehicle, the road is too dangerous with no footpath to walk to the nearest pub which is a mile away. All this said, we had a lovely weekend and had some fabulous walking.....I had downloaded and printed walks before we arrived that were useful but there is a whopper visitors book which probably had more ideas. I won't recommend because of the bathroom and the unsecured patio area which is a shame because the Cowshed is really different and could be amazing!

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Management Response
27 Feb 2018
Hello there and thank you for your review and helpful comments. I am sorry for my late reply but I don't look at Tripadvisor and rely on the feedback from Sykes who let the property for us and really appreciate all feedback as we want people to have the best holiday possible. I am that you didn't like the bathroom. You are right, the bath is indeed an animal trough which was dragged in from the field but cleaned and sealed. The Cowshed is based on recycling and up-cycling and I appreciate different and not to everyone's taste. However Sykes have ensured that their photos show it accurately so people do know what they are getting. I am sorry you didn't like the slippers. They are of course optional and to reassure you they are washed after every booking whether worn or not as are the White Company dressing gowns and mats. I am obsessive about cleanliness and cleaning. The accommodation and the heating and lighting has all been officially approved which we can prove. The thermostat is left in the property for people to do as they wish with and to have on what temperature and the length of time they wish. We want our guests to be cosy and comfortable. The sofa has been moved since the official photos as we thought it was better and made more sense to have the dining table in the window and the sofa near the fire. We assumed that people wouldn't want to just watch TV as they can do that at home and we assume that people use the WIFI to stream movies etc these days for which we provide excellent wifi. I appreciate that not everyone does that so we have provided videos. The house is remote which a lot of people like to get away from it all and we cannot help the poor reception despite paying for several aerial companies to come out and try. The rates charged aren't hotel prices and as you say we are not a hotel but I don't think many people go to the lengths we do to ensure our visitors have a lovely stay with the luxury White Company bedding, dressing gowns, throws, cushions and towels, official 'Cowshed' hand soaps and creams and we try to combine luxury with quirky to offer people something different. The grass directly outside the Cowshed is for people to sit on and if dogs urinate on it and poo on it and stain the grass it makes it not pleasant or safe for anyone other than them. The property has an acre field for dogs to use and run in. It's up to the owners to control them and keep them off a road. Most places are near some kind of road these days. It is Sykes's policy that no dogs be left alone in their properties and guests sign a contract agreeing to that when they book. We are totally happy if pets are left in a cage but we have had a lot of damage done by pets left alone in the property. Once again thank you for your review and do not worry about recommending us as we are fully booked as it is. Helen and Mark
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