When we arrived at the barn we had been informed that it would be unlocked and we could let ourselves in.
Once inside, at first glance the place seemed spotless. However, as we went to the 4 rooms we saw that there were huge spiders webs above the beds and in the bathrooms. To be honest, you would expect these to have been removed and there was far too many webs for them to have only appeared on the day of our arrival. In the living room there was also a number of webs but this we could understand as the ceilings were high.
We had done out research so knew that if we used the towels provided here we would have to pay ?1 for every towel that was used. With the amount we had paid to stay the 2 nights you'd expect towels to be included. As well as this, in the 3 bathrooms there was only 1 toilet roll left in each, there was 9 of us staying there! Again, the amount we had paid, you'd expect this to be supplied.
There is a simple instruction folder left with instructions on how to use the oven and microwave, as well as information about the heating being on time and to contact the owner (who lives next door) should you need extra heat etc. There is an extra charge for this also.
In many places we have stayed in like this in the past, the very basics have been provided such as a small carton of milk, some tea bags and sugar. Here nothing is provided- something we haven't really come across before.
The living area is open plan and can just fit in 7 adults and 2 children as the kids were happy to sit on the floor etc.
The kitchen has a few pots, pans and cutlery as well as a dishwasher. No instructions were provided for this so we did have to play around with it a bit.
The best bit about this accommodation has to be the absolutely stunning views. The main bedrooms are down stairs and the living area is upstairs which enables you to really appreciate the views.
We did a fair bit of walking during our weekend and everywhere we turned there was just the most beautiful scenery. When we had booked, we had read that there were waterfalls nearby but we never managed to find them and struggled to find anyone to ask. The owners leave you to it, which was appreciated however, maybe a small folder on the local area etc. left with the instructions folder would be helpful.
Plan ahead for meal times if you are planning to eat out as the nearest pub, The Fat Lamb was very busy and is also a B&B. We waited over 5mins to be told they couldn't accomodate 9 people. We did however, find a lovely pub in Ravenstonedale called Kings Head where the food was delicious and the staff were wonderful. I have done a separate review for here.
Over all, our stay at Ash Pot Barn was memorable and the actual barn itself is of a good standard, decor is minimal and rustic, the fire is a lovely feature. However, it was the lack of attention to detail that made us rate it as 3 stars.
Great location, lovely lay out of the property with plenty of space for all friends and family. The owner was very welcoming and hospitable. Very warm and cosy place to relax and have a fun New Year break.
Good potential but let down by avoidable faults
Great setting, House was warm and plenty of hot water but owners went for maximising the number of beds and didn't equip the property for a potential nine residents. for example the sitting room only had two settee's. Two of the four bedrooms lacked bedside tables and bedside lights. The dishwasher was poor and we had to frequently rinse plates. Dishwasher safe cutlery was not provided so had to be washed seperately. . There were only three items of 'oven to table' ware. We were a party of 4 so just about managed with this but it would be problematic with a larger group. We normally find stock food items [ sauces, oil, etc] left by previous visitors but not here. No tumble dryer, no airer, no clothes line. Fortunately we had good weather. We knew there was no DVD player so brought our own but we normally expect that as standard. We knew there would be no WiFi but strongly suspect that this could be wired from the owners property next door.
All in all a disappointing rental from a party with a significant amount of experience of renting houses in the UK.
We had a fantastic time away as a large family group. Loved the views, garden and situation of the property. All age groups of our family party loved it! Thanks to the owner and family for being so helpful.
We love walking and hiking and visiting small towns so Ash Pot Barn was perfect - enough space for 9 of us and close to the things we wanted to do. The cottage was great - big open kitchen and living room, enough bathrooms, and warm rustic d?cor. My girls loved the old spinning wheel.