“Another great stay- shame they haven't dealt with probelsm from last year.”
This is a great place for a family reunion, with space, peace, character and good facilities so that people can do things together or on their own as they wish. Our family loved it ...
This is a great place for a family reunion, with space, peace, character and good facilities so that people can do things together or on their own as they wish. Our family loved it!
As you can see below, we used this house last year and everyone looked forward to coming again- this time to get the family together to celebrate my wife's 70th Birthday. It's well equipped and clean, with a great kitchen where 12 of us could eat together. We didn't bother using the very dark and rather "heavy" dining room! The (mostly) teenage kids loved playing the grand piano (carefully) and accompanying it with their guitars, while adults enjoyed some peace and quiet in the 2 lounges or went for walks down the neighbouring lanes.
The family also made good use of the play room and tennis courts- and especially enjoyed the croquet, where matches got very competitive! They also tackled a very complicated jigsaw puzzle until the (not so) early hours of the morning! What a nice change from smartphones and tablets.
The property is a bit run-down and needs a bit of TLC, but this has the advantage that you can be yourself without having to be over careful. However, it also meant some things fell short of our requirements.
We knew from last year that the windows were unacceptably dirty and asked for assurances that they would be cleaned- but they are still filthy. That spoils the vista, especially from the back bedrooms. The drawers in the bedrooms were lined with dirty paper or even newspapers. Again, we asked for assurances that these would be improved, but they weren't, so most of our guests left their clothes in their cases. Some wallpaper is falling off the walls and some ceilings have large cracks- and one passageway ceiling leaked in heavy rain. A couple of carbon monoxide alarms also weren't working properly, but we told the person in charge of maintenance and he has promised to correct this quickly.
We don't want to overplay the problems, as we felt privileged to be able to use this lovely historic house- and we would love to come again sometime! We just hope something can be done to make the place feel a little more loved.