We booked the Apartment on the basis of previous reviews and either our expectations are exceptionally high or the standard accepted by others is particularly low. The room faced the road and we were pleased to see that we had a patio door and a large terrace, unfortunately on the right had side were four wheelie waste bins used by the entire complex and had people continually walking back and forth in front of our patio. To the front, as a convenient place to lock their bikes to, we had a bike park, again continually accessed by all and sundry. To crown it all on the left hand side we had the cigarette ash box screwed to the wall which meant for the best part of the day there were several people standing there smoking and talking and therefore the Terrace was unusable as were the patio doors so we were left with a room with little ventilation in which to cook and live.
A problem also arose with traffic and noise. Facing the road we had the continual traffic for what can only be described as a 'rat run' on top of which on several occasions up to 4.30am we had the delights of the drunks, the singing and throwing about of the wheelie bins.
The sales literature makes little play or in fact or provides any help with regard to parking, we realised this late into the booking and managed to get parking at an additional charge for most of the holiday outside the apartments, what they do not tell you is that there are only four slots for eleven apartments and that the nearest public car park is a quarter of a mile away, no parking is allowed in the street so even loading and unloading is difficult.
The specification of the internal layout and finishes is particularly poor, the kitchen in the corner of the small lounge comprised of a sink, cooker, fridge and wall cupboard. The utensils clearly came from a local jumble sale and the glasses ranged from one pint mug to a couple of 'give away' glasses and a number of odd wine glasses. We had to by our own. Incidentally, the cooker only half worked and saucepan handles were falling off.
The apartment comprised of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/lounge so if four people occupied the apartment using the sofa bed in the lounge/kitchen to sit down in the evening and watch television, two of the guests would have to sit on dining chairs or the floor.
As you can see I would not recommend this property.
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