It is difficult to put into words all the wonderful things about John, Renate, and Pond Cottage. John and Renate treat you like welcome neighbors and not people just letting their cottage. The cottage is well provisioned and very comfortable. The farm is a joy. My children fell in love with Wooly the sheep, the ducks, and getting eggs out of the chicken coop in the morning. A wonderful family beach of Saunton Sands is nearby (1 hour drive) on the hot days and the pool awaits each day for a dip. The landscape is wonderful and the produce enlivens your body and soul. We are definitely going to come back!
What a beautiful place to go. Really is a peaceful retreat. The cottage is well equipped and the owners that live nearby are on hand to help with anything. We really had an incredible visit and was far better than we expected. Perfect. Would recommend totally.
Cottage was really spacious, clean and well equipped with all necessary tools in the kitchen to cook perfect dinner. Huge DVD collection would make you occupied if weather is not great outside. Perfect stay for nature lovers. Definitely recommend to visit it in summer!
I have no hesitation in entering a #5 review rating, in every respect, for Pond Cottage. I've stayed at many vacation accommodations worldwide and my recent stay at the cottage has to rate as one of the very best of them all.
The warm welcome extended by John and Renate was a lovely start to the week. And I thank them for their generosity and consideration in allowing me the freedom to roam the farm buildings area and fields with my camera. It was all a wonderful experience.
The area attractions and restaurants were varied and worthwhile and fairly easily accessed, but it was always nice to return to the cosy cottage and relax beside a wood stove fireplace on the cool September evenings.
I would definitely return if it were possible.
The last evening of our stay at the cottage, a fitting finale was a dark, clear night. Away from the lights of town or city the view of the stars with the Milky Way was magical... A real treat for those guests who may not normally have the opportunity to really see the stars!
One suggestion for those guests travelling by car without a navigational device: I think it would be wise to plan to arrive before dark on the arrival day. The narrow and winding roads could be confusing to those new to the area to try to find the cottage in the dark. (Although those same roads are part of the charm of the area and would certainly not be a deterrent to the opportunity to stay at the lovely Pond Cottage).
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We stayed at Pond Cottage for a week in August and found it delightful. The cottage itself is beautiful inside and out, the setting is amazing and it's owners are just the most wonderfully welcoming & kind hosts who are quite happy to let you wander about the farm as you please. They even allowed us to get involved in sheep herding which was a real treat, especially for our children.
The cottage was well equipped with everything you could need, including fresh eggs and jam left for us on arrival. John & Renate have put together a very useful folder of information about the area and things to do, including details of John's extensive arboretum. Ducks and geese roam the property and were always there to welcome us back from a day out. Both bedrooms are very comfortable and beautifully renovated with exposed beams, and both have en suite showers.
We had a wonderful experience at Pond Cottage and cannot fault it at all. We would not hesitate in recommending this property to anyone looking to escape to the country.
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We would like to say a massive thank you. We had a lovely time at pond cottage and our two girls loved it. You have a beautiful home and farm. We would definitely return. Many thanks Tom and Helen