‘Downclose Piggeries’ is hardly an attractive name for a holiday cottage – ‘Hideaway’ might be more appropriate, as it is down a track and tucked away behind the main farmhouse, next to the chickens – six fresh eggs were provided. One could certainly make a pig of one's self given the more than ample supplies available on arrival. Not only was there a freshly baked loaf and scones, but a basket full of goodies such as breakfast cereal, jam, teabags and coffee. Nor did it stop there, opening the refrigerator revealed not just the usual bottle of milk but clotted cream, butter, apples, plums and two different sorts of cheese.
The cottage was clean, and is well furnished. The owners have made the most of the limited accommodation available. However, this has inevitably led to compromises. There is no ensuite facility to either bedroom and, although there is a very modern shower unit, there is no bath. The dining table is small and placed adjacent to the kitchen units; this means that it is only really suitable for two people sitting side-by-side. The two settees are comfortable but, while positioned ideally for conversation, they are not ideal when watching television.
Parking for one vehicle is provided but it is far from easy to position a medium-sized car so that it does not cause problems for farm vehicles using the track. Reversing and other parking skills are likely to be tested!
The WiFi signal is excellent throughout the cottage and the broadband speed is adequate for streaming video from BBC iPlayer. Throughout the cottage there are a plenty of spare sockets which can be used for charging one's electronic devices. The mobile signal in the cottage is adequate.
We enjoyed our stay at Downclose Piggeries, particularly the scones, and would recommend it. I had great difficulty deciding between four and five stars; I wanted to give it 9/10.
|How easy was it to book the property?||How helpful were the directions to the property?|
|How easy was key pickup/access to the property?||Overall condition of the property|
|Bedding & mattresses||Kitchen & utensils|
|Bathroom cleanliness||Other facilities & amenities|
|Friends getaway||People with disabilities|