The cottage looks idyllic in the brochure and we had a fantastic holiday here about 10 years ago. So we booked again even though it is a five hour drive from our home in the North of England. This cottage is expensive to rent but we thought it was worth it if our last holiday was anything to go by.
When we arrived we found that not much had changed in 10 years. We expected the property to have been refurbished but alas it hadn't. The brimming log store for the cosy log burner we remembered was nearly empty, the cottage smelt damp and musty and all the radiators were off. Not a good start.
The food hamper and wine was as nice as ever as were the freshly cut flowers in the kitchen, but there was loo paper packed under the table legs to stop it wobbling on the slate floor of the kitchen.
The owners knocked on the door to welcome us which was nice and we were invited to let them know if we needed anything. Paying this amount of money for a rental we expected 5 star standards, I purchased an oven glove and pastry brush because these kitchen basics were missing. The mugs didn't match and the ramekins were those glass jars you get expensive puds in from the supermarket! Not 5 star?
I looked forward to a quiet hour reading my book with a hot drink using the comfy armchair on the landing. The chair was the same one I remembered but it was oddly uncomfortable. Only when I lifted the seat cushion did I find a botched repair, two thick planks screwed to the frame where once there were supportive springs, not good.
You get the impression the cottage is isolated, it isn't. It is on a public footpath with passing joggers and walkers. On one occasion during our stay my wife came into the lounge to find two nosey walkers having a look inside the cottage. Not good.
The cottage was is generally clean and tidy. The downstairs shower room was so damp water ran onto the floor and the whole cottage smells very musty. For the money we paid there are far nicer places to stay in this location.
Unless things change we will not be returning to this cottage even though the area is lovely.