I booked a week in The Old Barn for our annual family holiday - there were 15 of us of various ages from 6 to 83. However, we quickly found the house unsuitable because of the layout of the downstairs and in particular the tiny dining room which is located away from the kitchen. We were able to move next door into the Mill House which was bigger and much more suited to a group of our size. The downstairs is well laid out, open plan and very well equipped for a self-catering holiday. Unfortunately, the bedrooms are tiny with nowhere to unpack and therefore very inconvenient for a weeks stay. The accommodation is also tired and in need of maintenance - there was mould growing inside the window of the bedroom I occupied. The bathrooms are dark and dingy and the light pulls so grimy it was preferable to leave the lights on rather than have to touch them. The brown water from the private water supply added to the unpleasantness of the stay - I couldn't wait to get home and have a shower in 'clean' water.
Outside, the garden furniture was shabby and mismatched (covered in bird droppings) and the plant tubs contained dead plants. The trampoline and hot tub were well used but it was disappointing to find that the swimming pool (24 degrees) was too cold for the kids to use.
The grounds, as with house, just felt untidy and uncared for with broken furniture and equipment littering the estate. The smelly compost heap (only a few metres from the house) added to this and attracted seagulls and who knows what else.
From reading the reviews of this property, it's obvious that the majority who give positive feedback are only staying for 1 or 2 nights. The property is ideal for house parties with lots of bedrooms intended to pack in as many people in as possible - 2 rooms are windowless cupboards with bunkbeds. However, it is unsuitable for any longer than a couple of nights as its detractions become more obvious the longer you stay.
The website led me to believe I was getting 'luxury' accommodation and, for the price I paid, I expected luxury. Over the years we have stayed in far superior properties for a similar price however this property sadly disappointed. Lesson learned, I will be more cautious in future and only book a property with an official tourist grading.
There was 21 of us here for the weekend and it was amazing! Could not have asked for a better place for the hen weekend to be.
Had a hen weekend at the house, was perfect for our large party! Hot tub, pool and sauna was also fab! Would definitely recommend to anyone considering going!
The whole experience was amazing! Out of this world! Would go back in a heartbeat x it's so peaceful and the house is spotless and very homely
Came here for a hen weekend - we had the best time. The house was amazing, very clean and the facilities were fab, everything we needed. Loved it!