We found this cottage through another site, directly advertised by the owner. For a start, the cottage and boathouse are separate properties and the price is for the cottage only, the boathouse is extra. The photos are misleading - one picture of a very nice living area isn't in the property at all; the view of a lovely garden with views to the river is actually taken in next door's garden. The cottage is semi-detached, 3 bedrooms, one bathroom.
The property was not clean - the owner who met us said his normal cleaner had not been able to come and we had turned up too early. We were about an hour early, but there is no way an hour's cleaning would have made much difference. The bathroom, which is downstairs, was very old and basic, nowhere to hang the shower head and no shower curtain.
There was hardly any storage furniture in the bedrooms, just one chest of drawers and some hooks.
The kitchen is not well-equipped. The AGA was turned off for the summer and the only cooking facilities were 2 ancient electric rings (a bit like a camping stove), a microwave and a small halogen oven. I don't know how you would cook a meal for 4 people unless you lived off pasta. The fridge was filthy, work tops sticky.
The windows were dirty inside and out, windowsills dirty and with dead bugs, there were lots of cobwebs. The garden was unkempt, there was no fence between the 2 gardens and no garden gate so it was unsuitable for small children or dogs. The track to the cottage was OK in dry weather, but might be difficult in wet or wintry weather.
The location is lovely and this cottage could be really nice with some TLC and a bit of money spending on it. Rustic is fine; rundown is not.
We negotiated a discount for the lack of cleaning but the owner could see we still weren't happy and himself suggested we try somewhere else. He seemed quite laid-back about the whole thing, and not really bothered whether we stayed or not. He was perfectly polite and affable, but didn't seem to really get that the property is not up to scratch. We hadn't paid anything upfront and were fortunate enough to find somewhere about 30 minutes away so we didn't even stay one night at Orwell Cottage.
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