From Tropical Malaysians, we wanted an English Cottage Experience and Ivy Cottage provided us with that lovely experience. It had all the necessary modern amenities with the nice English Cottage touch. Waking up in the morning, it was pleasant to have breakfast whilst watching cows in the pastures just next door. Being 20-25 min from Bath, where we spent most of the day, Ivy Cottage provided a good home base to return to, through a pleasant country drive without the hassle to look for parking. I believed, the cottage is irregularly used and provided the only downside where daddy long legs were plentiful on the ceilings and accumulated dust in the sofa cushions induced an asthma attack to my dust sensitive daughter. We sorted that out with the vacuum cleaner provided. All-in-all, we had a lovely experience and stay.
Very close to the A36 but nevertheless quiet and tranquil, it is twenty minutes or so drive from Bath. Having been decorated for Christmas, it was an ideal setting for a seventieh birthday celebration. A wood-burning stove adds to the atmosphere.
It is well equipped and it was clean throughout. Much of the furniture has seen better days but that adds somehow to the ambiance.
We loved our time there.
Stayed at Ivy Cottage Bath, thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The hosts were very considerate and accommodating, despite a slight problem with the en suite bathroom sink which had caused a leak, we weren't bothered by this. The house was fully equipped and comfortable. Would def stay again.
I booked Ivy Cottage for a week at the end of September to celebrate my birthday with my husband and our mums.
To start on a positive note, the views and setting of the property were lovely, & ideally situated if you plan to explore Bath but don’t want to stay in the main city. The main lounge/dining area were upstairs and the bedrooms were downstairs. The lounge/dining area was spacious and charming in an olde worlde way with lots of character.
However, the whole property was shabby and many parts were in a state of disrepair. Most importantly, it was not as described on TripAdvisor. Instead of the 3 double bedrooms advertised, there were 2 double rooms & a very basic, gloomy, single room with a bunk bed in it. (The advert was changed after we reported it).
I informed the owner & she said she was surprised that there was ‘still a bunk bed’ in the room…..When pressed, she offered the option of taking out the top bunk. I searched for an alternative rental property in the area but could not find anything suitable at such short notice. One of our mums agreed to take the room, & the owner issued a partial refund.
We reluctantly accepted this compromise as the alternative would have been to go home, which would have been very disappointing for our mums (both in their eighties) who had been really looking forward to this holiday.
However, another problem arose in that the baths and hand-basins in both the en suite and main bathroom, became unusable. There was water on the floor of the en-suite when we arrived & the problem got worse. Water was backing up in both baths & leaking onto the floor. We contacted the owner about the problem but she said she could not get her usual plumber until the following morning. In fact, the plumber arrived over 30 hours after we reported the issue. The owner said that she had been unable to get an emergency plumber out sooner.
Our mothers were so distressed at not being able to wash I felt that we had no choice but to leave – so we went home two days early.
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