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“Great fun break with the kids”

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Country House Hideout at Chesters
Ranked #9 of 17 Jedburgh B&B and Inns
York, England, United Kingdom
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“Great fun break with the kids”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

Host John was very considerate and helpful. Location great. Accommodation great fun and cosy and rather a novelty too, boys loved the cupboard bed. The hot tub was great fun, takes 3-4 hours to heat but so do many electric ones and not half as much of a novelty for the kids! We sat in it and looked out on the fields and clouds, great fun. We pushed our kit over the 10 mins (max, i timed it) walk while the boys pushed each other in their own barrow. The kids discovery tent was much loved by our boys, 9 and 6 yrs old, bugs were being examined in the name of scientific discovery and paintings were being worked on during the day. We woke and snuggled by the wood burner waiting for breakfast, we walked by the gorgeous river, we had fun making our own outdoor camp BBQ too and we enjoyed (Daddy mainly!) John's great beer, brewed on the estate. The hand pumped shower is hilarious and surprisingly good. We sat and ate BBQ on the porch in the sun, we spotted an Otter too! A great family fun break. We've stayed in some of the most ridiculously overpriced hotels in the world and no it's not like that, it's posh camping, it can rain and it gets cold, it's rustic and it's great fun, you have to get stuck in, we loved it and would consider going again with friends too!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Everything about our stay with Country House Hideouts at Chesters was fantastic. The room and beds were extremely comfortable and as a mother staying with two children, the area felt very safe. The grounds are stunning and our days were spent watching tadpoles, paddling in the stream, collecting supplies from the bothy and sunbathing in the wheelbarrows used originally for transporting our luggage.

Cooking was fun and we managed to make some of the best pancakes ever using the hob on the wood stove. If you bring snacks then I would suggest putting them into a sealed container on arrival. Using the hot tub requires an early start and some patience but is well worth the wait... we added some mint leaves from the walled garden to the hot water and found it hard to leave! The whole experience makes you slow down and enjoy all the things we come to take for granted, it was the perfect break from living in the city and we left with some very beautiful memories.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

finding country house hideouts it looked like a great compromise on luxury and camping. Lovely welcome from the host and everything explained about whats there and how things work, all straight forward enough and the setting is beautiful, the 20/25 minute walk with wheel barrows to take your luggage to the tent is a bit of a shock, we knew this is what you did but with 2 small kids in tow and rain (obviously not something you can help) its difficult.
But after settling in found the tent had plenty of room and the kids loved the cupboard bed a real novelty, was a bit surprised at single duvets on the double bed, every time you turn over it comes off. And again weather can't be guaranteed but it was cold when we were there and probably a little naive but thought the wood stove wood keep the tent warmish, it doesn't. And its a bit on the small side so have to keep a close eye and keep refuelling. 
What was disappointing was the state of the things in the kitchen felt everything need to be cleaned before it was used, i can understand a real fire gives off smoke ash etc, but still things like the coffee bean grinder was unusable full of cobwebs and thick of dust and general grime, i know it seems a small point but its part of the whole package and was one of the little things we were looking forward to. Again you are in the wilds but the cobwebs hanging from the pan racks and the pans with burnt on food are not what you expect when you consider the cost. The rustic table may look great but practically when its so full of holes that are filled underneath with ply board and full of old food its not great. 
Silly little things like no plug for the kitchen sink, microscope in the discovery tent not working dried up paints in the discovery tent, when you go and are telling the kids about all these great things you expect them to work. To be honest we didn't complain at the time and thats probably our own fault but again for the amount you are paying the guest should not be pointing these things out.
The outside shower is really good and easy to use, the hot tub takes a bit to get going but when it does its fab.
Boiling water takes about an hour to get a cuppa in the morning so would suggest taking a gas stoke if you like a cup first thing had read this somewhere and forgot ours!
Found cooking no problem both inside and out, had some great food always better when you have had plenty fresh air.
Had a bit of a mouse issue, knew there would be wild life around and made sure all our food was stored in the storage box, but mice took a fancy to one of our bags and had a good old nibble, fine bag nibbled, it was what we found when we stripped the beds on leaving bits of the bag in the bed along with a lot of mouse droppings, still makes me shiver to think we shared a bed with god knows how many mice! Some humane pest control is desperately needed.
Before we went we told everyone to have a look at it but now we have done it i don't feel i would recommend it mainly due to the reasons above.

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Property: Country House Hideout at Chesters
Address: Jedburgh TD8 6UL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Borders > Jedburgh
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Jedburgh
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is what you'll find at your Country House Hideout:Tented luxury - A plumbed-in loo, luxurious bed and a hot-tub to call your own, all form part of your personal encampment.Bags of space - With room for up to eight, why not invite your best friends or favourite family?Discover nature - Your family will be off exploring the flora and fauna to get a closer look with the scientific instruments in the discovery tentCarbon neutral - Save fossil fuels, pedal a bike to power up the lights in your tent.Have you ever dreamt of discovering your own secret garden? Fantasy becomes reality at Chesters as you camp out in woods sandwiched between the River Teviot and a beautiful two acre walled garden with its own croquet lawn and vegetables that are yours to pick.If your hosts John and Ellie seem familiar, it is quite probably because you have seen them on Channel 4's 'Country House Rescue'. There the redoutable presenter Ruth Watson pooh-poohed their dream of making their own beer from the fruits of their land. Well, the Scottish Borders Brewery is now a reality, just the other side of the river from your tent, using barley from the field before you to make their real ale. The whole estate is a playground, full of delightful nooks and crannies, home to sheep, roe deer, pheasants, partridges and of course a run of salmon and trout you can hire a rod for. ... more   less 
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