Wiltshire Self Catering cottage, 167 The Common, Trowbridge, sleeps 8

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167 The Common

167 The Common, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
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Sykes Cottages

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Sleeps a maximum of: 8

Pricing From: £596.00 - 1460.00

This stone-built terraced cottage is in the village of Holt near Trowbridge and sleeps eight people in four bedrooms.

167 The Common is a stone-built terraced cottage in the village of Holt near Trowbridge. The cottage sleeps eight people in four bedrooms, consisting of three doubles and one king-size double with en-suite bathroom. There is also a ground floor bathroom with a roll-top bath, a kitchen, a dining room and a sitting room with a woodburning stove. Outside there is off road parking for two cars and an enclosed terraced patio with furniture and a barbecue. 167 The Common is a superb retreat in a great holiday location within easy reach of a variety of activities.


Where do I start? This is by far the worst accommodation we have ever stayed in. Eight of us stayed here in October: 4 adults and 4 children aged 10-14. When we first entered the property, we quickly realised that it was filthy. Everything was filthy, from the floors to the bathrooms - even the fridge was disgusting (that included a selection of out of date/half used items, even eggs with a date stamp of august...). Everything was covered in a layer of dirt and dust, therefore we spent the first 3 hours cleaning . And by 3 hours, I mean 12 really because there were 4 of us adults who cleaned for 3 hours each. The hoover however 'blew' more than it 'sucked' so this therefore took even longer. The towels were disgusting - we quickly realised we wouldn't be able to use them in such a state so put them in the washing machine - another chore to be done. The bed sheets were bobbly. Our children layed on their dressing gowns every night. The first night we had chosen to cook a meal in. This was possibly the worst equipped kitchen ever! Supposedly accommodates 8, there were only 2 dinner plates and 2 wine glasses to give you an idea. And a filthy oven. No large saucepans or baking trays. We then went to sit down round the table in the dining room and realised that there were only 4 chairs (this accommodates 8 remember? No picture of the dining room on the Sykes Cottages website...). So we got 4 chairs in from the garden - more cleaning as clearly hadn't been used for a while, covered in insects, dirt etc. And also they were completely the wrong height for the table and didn't fit properly around it. The off road parking was a joke. The cottage details claim that 2 cars can park in front of the property. Well we did park there but our cars overhang onto the footpath and every time we parked, the under carriage of our cars scraped on the kerb. On our fifth day of doing this, part of the car's under carriage fell off. The cottage claims to have a computer; at no point did we ever see this. There were, however, used hair clippers in the bedroom - yuck!!! And plenty of out of date food in the cupboards too. For example, coffee was left for us - this was rock hard in the bottom of the storage pot. The heating was a joke. At no point did it ever come on when it was supposed to. The timer NEVER worked, we always had to do it manually - and then not all the radiators worked consistently. They had no smoke alarm upstairs - completely illegal. I could go on. Why did we stay here and not demand somewhere else? (Most people would have) . We carefully chose this cottage due to its' location - close to pub, shop, attractions etc - so we didn't want to be somewhere else. Also - are all of Sykes cottages like this anyway? (Our first experience of this particular company). We soon found out that this cottage was new on the market with them (explained a lot). Did they come out and do a check? No. And I think that was probably the cherry on the top for us. At no point did the owner accept any responsibility for the state or upkeep of the property. He was supposed to meet us on our arrival. We were 30 minutes later than planned due to traffic - he was already 2 and a half hours away! He rudely claimed that it had been cleaned and was offended by our comments. A Very unapproachable owner. Over the week, we spent a large part of our holiday contacting Sykes cottages. They were exasperated with the owner too and claimed that they couldn't do anything. It was all a bit of a disaster really. We definitely won't be booking with them again.
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Services / Facilities:

Gas central heating with woodburning stove. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 5 x Smart TVs with Freeview, Blu-ray, digital multi-platform sound system, CD player, Xbox with games, use of a computer, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars. Use of bicycle at owner's own risk. Enclosed terraced patio with furniture and BBQ. Use of free weights, multi-use gym equipment, carp and match fishing equipment. Two well-behaved pets welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 5 mins walk. Note: There are two steps on the patio. Note: Stairs to first floor are open tread. Note: Some road noise maybe heard from the house.

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

The Courts Garden - 0.3 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Great Chalfield, All Saints Church - 0.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Great Chalfield Manor - 0.7 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Bradford-on-Avon, St Laurence Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn - 2.8 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Westwood, St Mary's Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Westwood Manor - 3.8 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Steeple Ashton Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Peto Garden at Iford Manor - 4.4 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Farleigh Hungerford Castle - 4.8 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Nearest Alternative Cottages

Details of facilities are believed correct at time of publication, but may be subject to change by the cottage proprietor. Up-to-the-minute facility listings will be always presented during the booking process for your approval.

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