Self Catering in Herefordshire - Pembridge
Pembridge Travel and Heritage Information
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This semi-detached cottage in the owners' grounds is less than three miles from Pembridge and sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
Broxwood Barn is a semi-detached cottage set in the owners' grounds, less than three miles from the pretty village of Pembridge in Herefordshire. The cottage has a king-size double room and a double room, a shower room, ground floor cloakroom and open plan living area with doors to the garden. Outside is a shared hot tub room for the ultimate in relaxation, and shared use of the owners' grounds including a fire pit.
There is off road parking for two cars. Broxwood Barn is ideally placed for enjoying all Herefordshire has to offer, from walking and cycling to historic buildings and charming towns and villages. Note: Water is from a private borehole.
Note: Hot tub is shared with the owners and with the next-door holiday cottage.
RECENT CUSTOMER REVIEWS
arrival and discovered rather a lot of debris and dust that hadnt been vacuumed up from the kitchen floor prior to our arrival and there were quite a few cobwebs in door surrounds which could've easily been removed with basic cleaning.
The outdoor facilities were poor and inadequate. The field hosting the childs play area was an overgrown field, unlevelled and uneven so be careful how you tread, it's not suitable for sports or exercise.
The play equipment was old and tired and the trampoline looked dangerously uneven and rusted.
There are two cottages which sleep four persons in each yet there was only one picnic table and one fire pit in the field suitable only for the use of one cottage at a time and no shelter if it rained which is highly likely in Herefordshire.
There was also only one old charcoal bar b q and one hot tub which became a bit of a nuisance in the end rather than a pleasure as the owner kept fussing about it. We were allowed sole access due to Covid but our cottage was furthest from the hot tub room so we had to bypass the other cottage to access it which made it less private and it was obvious that the three other bookings who stayed in cottage 2 during our 10 day booking were disappointed that they were unable to use it. We imagined the first come first served use under normal circumstances would have been problematic and the place really needs two of everything to fairly accommodate everyone when both cottages are full.
The safety grip handle inside the tub was broken and after about six days the water in the tub looked cloudy and unclean. We discovered later that the filter was blocked with hair and other debris so didnt use it after that. We were disappointed that this hadnt been maintained particularly so soon after covid scare.
The owner reluctantly gave us the hot tub key on arrival advising to keep it safe as she didnt have a spare? We were later informed that the other key was kept by her son who lived miles away who she had had to call to bring the spare key so she could access the room to turn off something we had allegedly left running? Not our problem! We had turned everything off as per the instructions provided and left the area tidy. As the owner lives next door to the cottages it's no hardship to pop in daily and ensure guests have turned off the lights etc. We didnt appreciate being told off and the owner made a point of waiting for us to come back after a lovely day out to tell us that she'd had to call in her son from miles away with the key. No idea why spares are not kept on site? Ridiculous and petty.
We took the fire pit from the field to light a nice fire on our patio and the following night the owner had given it to cottage 2 to use as she didnt have a second which was a bit annoying.
If we had all wanted a bar b q at the same time this would also be problematic.
We think that the very old boiler in the kitchen area serviced both cottages as it kept igniting even when we weren't running the water or heating. This was noisy and intrusive.
We had no hot water about three days into our stay and left a note for the owner as they had nipped out. This was rectified quickly by the owners son who happened to be visiting thankfully and we were told a fuse had blown and had now been replaced, panic over.
The insulation was very poor and I'm afraid we could hear people in cottage 2 taking a wee, also conversation, laughter, music etc so be prepared if you are visiting at peak times it will be noisy on occasions.
The CD player on the windowsill in living area was broken but we were able to use the DVD player via the TV remote. There was an old vhs video player in situ which we thought was odd as obviously very dated.
Minor stuff that is all relatively cheap to replace or dispose of but annoying when you have paid a lot of money for promised facilities that dont exist, are broken or lacking in number. Attention to detail not good.
Lots of uneccessarily clutter where a decent fridge/freezer would've been more convenient than going to an outhouse in the dark to get ice for your drinks.
The fridge in kitchen took ages to get cold and wasnt really large enough to accommodate food and drinks for four adults over a ten day period. It was placed next to the dodgy constantly hot boiler which didnt help.
Our freezer was full of the owners food? Luckily the other residents didnt require much use of the other freezer so there was space on this occasion. We heard residents in cottage 2 complaining as there was only a two sliced toaster in their cottage for four people. The batteries in their remote control had run out.
A beautiful area and you expect insects in the middle of a field but flies were a huge problem from day four of our holiday, partly due to the farmer grazing two horses right next to our patio fence, water trough and all and partly due to the mass of overgrown shrubbery outside all the rear windows.
We couldn't close the windows without trapping trailing plant life.
The window cleaner turned up unannounced as we were sat half naked having our morning coffee...could've been more embarrassing than it was, but some warning would've been nice.
On day 9 we went to take a shower and had no hot water for a second time?! We were fed up by now and so decided to leave early, packed our stuff and were gone by 10am, 24 hours early to a nice hotel in Ross on Wye.
We left a long list of faults for the owner with the keys and text her to say why we had left early and asked her to refund us for one nights stay and our deposit.
We got a kurt message back saying that she was mortified by our comments and where had we left the hot tub key? We still await an apology, which says it all really.....
Dont stay here if you want exclusivity and total seclusion as being in a field four miles from the nearest village still doesnt guarantee it!
As we would like to end on a positive note, the beds were comfortable and the linen was clean and fresh.
Beautiful area but literally no taxis so a car is a must and every attraction is about a 30 minute drive from the cottages.
Pembridge is a good few miles. Pubs ok but limited food is being served at present. Friendly villagers.
Fabulous food being served by Stuart at Ye Olde Salutation Inn at Woebly and a well stocked grocery store and butchers also in this village.
We were impressed with the cleanliness of the property. The owners were very approachable and friendly without being intrusive. The outside space was ample for our dogs to run and we LOVED the hot tub room.
A homely, cosy cottage; beds were extremely comfortable; the shower was lovely; the hot tub was great. Furnishings and decor were tasteful and of good quality.
Made to feel really welcome. Very peaceful spot right out in the countryside but a good base for the surrounding sites.
Excellent accommodation which was warm and cosy. The little touches like the delicious cream cake provided by our hosts. A very quiet location but not too far from the local shop, tearoom and pubs. Lots of interesting places to visit in the area.
Oil underfloor heating
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge
Freezer, washing machine in shared utility
TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Travel cot and highchair
Off road parking for 2 cars
Large external hot tub room at a £50 supplement payable directly to owner
Large shared garden with furniture, BBQ and fire pit
Two well-behaved dogs welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop and pub less than 3 miles
Note: Water is from a private borehole
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