Beautiful accommodation in lovely, quiet surroundings.
We booked from 14th - 17th October and had a wonderful, relaxing time. We travelled as a family (2 adults and 2 children aged 8 and 11 years).
Firstly, we found the accommodation with no problem at all thanks to the clear instruction given upon booking. Upon arrival, we phoned the owner, Steve, who was not available but his wife came straight over and gave us a brief rundown of how to turn on the fans in the hot tub. Otherwise, we were left to it and settled very well into the house. It was clean, warm and inviting. Little touches like the milk and bottle of wine were gratefully received and the kitchen cupboards were well stocked with every piece of equipment you could possibly need to make meals during your stay.
There is no WiFi, which I had thought might be an issue, particularly for the children, but there were plenty of DVDs and some games, we had also brought some of our own, so we were never bored. There is a Wii too but the controls batteries needed replaced so we were unable to use it. There are also a lot of books, if you feel like putting your feet up and have a read.
The hot tub was the main reason I had booked and we spent a lot of time in it, it was fantastic!! The only issue I had is that one afternoon the temperature had reached 40 degrees which was a little uncomfortable, so we tried to turn it down using the temp control button. The next day, when we went to use the hot tub, it was at only 34 degrees and, despite trying to turn it back up, the temp did not increase. I contacted the owner who came over straight away and was extremely annoyed that we had touched the temp control button. We had not been advised not to do so and there were no instructions on the use of the hot tub in the accommodation (other than health and safety advice). If we had been advised not to touch the controls, we would not have, and so it might be a good idea to actually provide these, or at least advise visitors on arrival. Anyway, the issue was fixed and we didn?t allow this to mar our stay.
A couple of things we had noted from previous comments....no pets are permitted but there are 2 dogs and 3 cats on the grounds which belong to the owner. Not a big deal for us really, but you can?t leave any door/window open unless you want the cats in. Not ideal if you have an issue with cats and probably should be mentioned in the description. My kids loved stroking the cats though so it wasn?t a problem for us. Also, it should be noted this is a converted barn next to a farm so expect some wildlife. My husband forgot to pay heed to a previous comment by another visitor and left the bathroom window open so we were paid a visit by a frog. Cue lots of hilarity as we tried to remove it from the bathroom
All in all, a beautiful place in a lovely location and the perfect, relaxing break. We would recommend and return.
We just returned from a fab 2 weeks in this beautiful barn, wonderful location, very clean and comfortable. Lovely hot tub! Lots of things to do and enjoy around the area especially if you into walking! We wanted to stay! And we will definitely return!
Half term family break
When we arrived at the cottage, we were pleasantly surprised by the space and how lovely this cottage is. It is very well equipped with everything you need. The beds are extremely comfortable. It's nicely decorated throughout, and is one of the nicest accommodations we have stayed in. The hot tub is fabulous, only one recommendation is they could do with a toilet upstairs as currently you have to walk downstairs to use the toilet whilst in the hot tub. I was extremely conscious of putting water throughout the accommodation. You could walk down the side steps to the front door, but this is very dark at night and not really an option with children.
I would certainly recommend this accommodation and will look to book again.
One tip, keep the bathroom windows shut during the day and nights unless you want some visitors in the forms of frogs! Also the smoke alarm is situated right above the wood burning stove so if you have damp wood which gives off smoke, it then sets it off.
Amazing week in amazing accommodation.
Me my partner and two friends stayed for five days whilst we eloped! The barn had an almost instant at home feel with everything you could need. Beautiful location (although we only had one clear day to see the wonderful views properly) only niggle we had is the beds being to short, the tallest of us being 6ft7" ! But would 100% return to stay here!
Where can I start, it was fantastic and just what we needed at this particular time. The cottage was beautiful, the views were stunning, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
I've never used Sykes before, but I would definitely use them again. Good experience from as early as booking the holiday, Sykes team were superb.