Could have been lovely, but was damp and not very clean
Four of us spent a week?s holiday in this cottage in June. We liked the look of the cottage, it?s location next to the canal and the layout of the cottage itself which was a little quirky and interesting. The d?cor was pleasant and two bottles of white wine were left on the table for us, which we felt was a welcoming touch.
The lounge was spacious with two three-seater settees, a flat screen TV, DVD and side tables. The kitchen was a decent size, was well equipped and had a table and six chairs but strangely had a mop and bucket left sitting right next to the dining table.
A set of five steps with a handrail led up from the kitchen to a hallway off which was the back door, the bathroom, the lower double bedroom and the foot of the staircase that went up to the two upstairs bedrooms. These rooms were in the gabled roof; one twin and one double.
The staircase to the upstairs bedrooms was fully enclosed with painted wooden panelling. It bent sharply to the left and was very steep, which in itself wasn?t a problem, but it had no handrail at all. You just had to grab on to whatever you could, which we felt was dangerous.
At the top of this staircase was a low doorway, so you had to bend down to get in or out of these rooms ? which at the top of a very steep staircase with no handrail we, again, felt was dangerous particularly when exiting the room. A handrail would have made it much safer.
When we first entered the cottage there was no smell, but after it rained the following day the cottage smelled badly of damp and this got increasingly worse as the week went on. Canvas shoes that I left in the lounge overnight felt and smelled of damp in the morning. When returning at the end of each day we had to open both the front and back doors and all windows, for at least two hours, to cope with the smell and try to air the place.
The lower bedroom bedding felt slightly damp every night, causing our skin to feel clammy when we were in bed. The bed was uncomfortable with springs digging into our hips, so the mattress needed replacing. When we arrived, two of the four dark brown towels that were sat on the bed, had large stains that were clearly visible while they were ?displayed? on the bed. They looked most uninviting and we were glad we had brought our own.
When I wiped around the edges of the sink, after washing up, lots of brown muck came from under the edges where the sink unit fitted into the work top.
The first time we washed up and left the crockery to drain. When we came back in the evening the smell from it was foul. The water hadn't drained away, it had run the wrong way away from the sink, so everything was sitting in water - but to smell so bad in such short a time, it must have been pretty unclean when we arrived. We bought anti-bacterial cleaner, cleaned the draining board, re-washed everything, dried up straight away and left nothing to drain on it the rest of the holiday.
There were cobwebs hanging throughout the cottage, including the bathroom.
The shower was very good, but the bathroom was damp with one small fanlight window and no extractor fan. The shower curtain didn't go all the way round the bath and although we were careful we found that the toilet roll had got soaked the first morning. We had to remember to remove the toilet roll from its holder before anyone showered. The ceramic toothbrush holder cup on the bathroom windowsill had smelly thick clear yellowish sludge in the bottom, so had not been cleaned. The vertical window blind had quite a bit of black mould.
The upstairs beds were dry, comfortable and the rooms were spacious, although wardrobe space was limited. These rooms did get rather hot, though, as there was only one small fanlight window at the end of the far bedroom, but two large fans were provided which helped. We also found that having all the doors and windows open to reduce the smell of damp, helped to cool the upstairs bedrooms quite a bit.
There were no signs or reserved parking spaces in the pub car park next door.
Our overall feeling is that, for the price we paid for this cottage, it was very disappointing. Which is a shame, because with some care and attention it could be a lovely little place.
It was a great place to stay
The owners were very patient as we got seriously lost and mobile batteries on low. And very late as the Pub had shut. We were made very welcome by the owner and we had a very warm time in November. We hope to go there again very soon. Nothing to do with the Telford Inn literally next door where the Hosts were very friendly. Very relaxing place. And everything you need. The only traffic is the barges. Don't go sleepwalking as the canal is a few yards away from the front door.
Lovely location and you can take dogs, Owners lovely and just next door to lovely pub, been a couple of times and would love to go back soon.
The cottage, location and everything was just amazing, loved everything about it, the Telford Inn next door was so nice and the people could not have been more helpful, Food also fabulous. Quiet at nights and the Owners made the collection of keys so easy and was on hand if needed and so helpful.
Scoth Hall Cottage was everything we could have wished for, it was so lovely. The location was excellent and the people at the Telford Inn next door serving meals was amazing.
We would certainly love to go back and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.