Peak District Self Catering cottage, The Barn at Smalldale Hall, Bradwell, sleeps 8
Areas: Peak District
Bradwell Travel and Heritage Information
The Barn at Smalldale Hall
Sleeps a maximum of:
Pricing From: £670.00
This barn conversion is situated in the village of Bradwell near Castleton and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
The Barn at Smalldale Hall is a wonderful cottage located in the village of Bradwell in the Peak District National Park. Hosting three bedrooms; a family room with double, single, and pull-out bed, as well as a mezzanine double and a mezzanine twin, all with en-suite bathrooms, this property can sleep up to six people. Inside you will also find a cloakroom, and an open-plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with breakfast bar.
To the outside is off road parking for three cars and a lawned garden with patio, furniture and a barbecue. A delightful cottage with much to offer, in a pleasant part of England.
RECENT CUSTOMER REVIEWS
What a great place, clean,tidy and great facilities nothing to fault about this property at all.
Came with 4 adults and 2 children which gave us masses of space.
Nice, but some things to be aware of
Other than the concern about showers, below, we think this holiday home is lovely. Stylish, modern decor and furnishing; well equipped; comfy beds. Other than bathrooms, spacious. The managers were very friendly and helpful.
The bathrooms and kitchen were spotless. When I looked really carefully in hard-to-reach high corners, I did spot one or two cobwebs, but being a barn with lots of beams, there's always going to be some cobwebs.
The broadband was better than I expected for a relatively rural location. Good enough to stream TV. I ran a speed test and got 4.8Mbps downstream. The over-the-air TV signal is poor though, so it is good that the very modern TV can handle iPlayer, Netflix, etc.
There are a few areas where we would find fault, hence our rating, although overall I would say the plus points outweigh the negatives and we would stay there again if we returned to the area.
The biggest downside is that the showers are close to unusable, though baths are fine. This is partly due to weak pressure and unstable temperature (though there was always plenty of hot water). But the main problem is poor headroom. The two upstairs ensuites are in the eves, so they have restricted headroom and the over-the-bath showers are particularly restricted by a roof beam. If you are under 5 ft 5 high, you should be fine, but anyone higher will find there's a roof beam where their head needs to be, unless they stand within 18 inches of the wall the shower head is fixed to, which is too close (imagine trying to use a cubicle 18 inches wide). One is constantly at risk of bashing one's head on the beam. The beam also means the shower curtain can only extend 18 inches, which is just not enough to keep the floor dry.
The ground floor shower has even less headroom and the shower head only fixes to the wall about 2 feet up. Otherwise, it is hand held, so only any use if you are showering a young child.
It would be nice to have some rails to hang up bath towels.
The downstairs toilet seat was broken when we arrived and was not fixed during our week stay. It was very loose and fell off a few times. I don't know how long it has been broken, but even if this happened during the stay of the last guests and they did not report it, the need for a repair must have been apparent when the toilet was cleaned on changeover day, so there was ample time to get it repaired before our week's stay ended.
Contrary to the listing, there is no DVD, CD/radio, or iPod dock, though this did not bother us.
The garden is fairly wild, but in the rural/farm location, this did not feel inappropriate. We were visited a few times by three sheep, who would no doubt destroy flower beds! But it is a shame not to have better garden furniture. The wooden picnic table is rotten in parts and feels like it might break soon. The plastic chairs are covered in grime.
The kitchen rubbish bin is built into the sink unit. To use this you lift a circular cut-out in the wooden top panel, but the handle of the cover for the hole seems to be missing a knob that fingers can hold, so you are left prising it up with your fingers.
Exciting property in super location. Layout of house is great and worked for our teenage/adult children. Let down unfortunately by absolutely no info provided to guests about property facilities- WiFi, oven, bins, heating, local area... Although granted not stated in listings- no hairdryer, iron, drying rack and cutlery tray, bathroom cleaner? Bathrooms could have been much cleaner. Needs greater attention to guest interest and their safety and a deep clean.
Gas underfloor central heating
Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 1 x large LCD 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
Cot and highchair
Off road parking for 2 cars
Lawned garden with patio, furniture
Sorry no smoking
One well-behaved pet welcome
Shop 10 mins and pub 5 mins walk
Note: Due to the mezzanine landing and mezzanine bedrooms, children must be supervised at all times
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