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“Great place to stay when going to Alton towers.”
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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Farley, Staffordshire, England

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Katherine...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful location for visiting Alton Towers with children”
Reviewed 3 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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We stayed at The Old Barn for a weekend to celebrate a very important birthday as a family, stretching over three generations, and it worked very well. The property is located nearly at the entrance of Alton Towers and you really would not know it. The bedrooms worked really well between the adults and children, clean and very comfortable. Everyone had good nights sleep and had more than enough room for 9 of us. We enjoyed the comfortable living room with space for all of us to enjoy, even the children on a very wet afternoon. A highlight for them was watching a tractor come out of the drive opposite!

However, the kitchen was a disappointment. I had to give it a clean before using the surfaces, the table was very wobbly and the fridges had seen better days, one of them barely chilling the food, the other freezing the salad. With limited time there it wasn't practicable to work out the nuances of the apparatus. I know it was the height of the season, but for the amount we paid I would have expected superior equipment.

Overall, we had a lovely time and would have loved longer to enjoy the rest of the area which looked lovely. On that basis I would recommend it to a friend, but warn about the kitchen.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Lynn N
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place to stay when going to Alton towers.”
Reviewed 21 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We first chose this house because of it's closeness to Alton Towers, but it was so much more than that. It is a home from home. It has everything you could possible need for a 3 night stay or longer.
All the rooms are a good size and plenty big enough for the 3 generations that were in our party.
The kitchen is fully equipped, The pots and pans are big enough to be able to cook for a large number of people. A big farmhouse style table that was great for all to sit round and enjoy meals and chats. Plenty of crockery and glasses, (bit like being at home and made up with a couple of different sets),
The lounge was large with loads of seating. The brown leather sofa's and chair were not only welcoming at the end of a day in the park, but when you sat in them they gave you a big hug,
5 roomy bedroom and 3 bathrooms made life so easy.
Would and have recommended this home to friends and family, and have already made enquiries about going for longer next year.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Lesley546
Hull
2 reviews
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“Definately not 'luxury' basic at best!”
Reviewed 31 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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We stayed at The Old Barn from 14th to 21st June 2013, I completed the feedack form and emailed Sykes Cottages with our complaints, although they acknowledged reciept, the advertising remains the same, I would hate others to be as disappointed as we were, so here goes. The Old Barn was advertised as being 'luxury' and 'stylish' and '4 Star' I would describe this as BASIC - VERY!
Here are just SOME of the issues we had with The Old Barn:-
First impressions, drive and garden overgrown and neglected.
Doors and entrances filthy, walls, paintwork etc in need painting and a good clean.
Had to vacuum through, kitchen table 'sticky' all surfaces had to be washed
down, all crockery and glasses needed washing, the roasting pans had to be
scrubbed.
Basic, cheap mattresses and old bedding, all well worn and washed out, old,
worn and bleach stained towels and only ONE each for a full weeks stay.
Bathroom and shower room both just filthy and grotty! Note no photo's on web site of bathroom and shower room.
Kitchen bin discusting and stank.
Tablemats made us feel sick, couldn't face washing or using them.
Highchair discusting! had to wash and bleach it before use, the second one
was as bad, we did not use that one.
No matching dinner plates, in fact all crockery mismatched.
BBQ was a rusty chiminea which had been used as an ashtray, unusable.
No 'welcome pack' !
We did complain to the owner on arrival as for a weeks stay we had been left
4 dishwasher tablets and 2 loo rolls - for 11 of us and about the BBQ area,
the owner did bring another garden table and benches and more loo rolls and dishwasher tabs, she said she didn't leave more as 'people steal things'! As I had had to provide a returnable £100 for good housekeeping I had felt
reassured that the property would have been of a very high standard, how
wrong was I!
Despite there being no cleaning materials we purchased some and we left the property much cleaner than when we arrived. We have taken many photo's as proof- both the bad and how we left it!

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Liked best: location
Liked least: bathrooms
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Reviewed 19 July 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: Walking distance to Alton Towers and the large, comfortable sitting room.
Liked least: Poor quality showers and lack of good quality garden furniture
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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