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6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Stoodleigh, Tiverton, Devon, England

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Vikki W
Wotton-under-Edge, England, United Kingdom
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“Fairly Averagae”
Reviewed 8 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Stayed in the two combined cottages for a weekend with 7 friends. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the cottages, they are clean and tidy and as described, but compared to a number of others I have stayed in, its decidedly average.

If you hire both cottages they are two identical layouts, connected between the lounge of one and the kitchen of the other, but the kitchen in one is far larger. The twin and bunkrooms are tiny - barely enough room to move and get around or between the beds, and no floor space for bags etc.

Kitchens are nice, good ovens etc. Slightly randomly equipped - not enough crockery or cutlery for the number of beds in each cottage, unless you wash everything up as soon as you use it, and not enough glasses even then. They didn't provide any basics like salt and pepper, oil or milk. Most of the utensils provided were ok but some pans were knackered.

Bathrooms were largely ok although one or two could do with a new coat of paint.

Lounges are long and narrow so difficult to be sociable in. If you hire both for a large group or family you'll struggle to accommodate everyone at either end at once. The photos are not recent as there are marks and rips on some of the sofas.

You get charged an extra £70 for fuel for a weekend, which seems extortionate. Especially as we were out walking all day most of the time we were there. On arrival the heating was on full blast at 25 degrees so we had to turn all the radiators off and open the windows to be cool enough to sleep! So we paid for fuel we didn't use or want to use!

The people are very friendly, but we didn't see much of them, which is fine. You are allowed dogs but there is a cat, ducks and geese so they have to be on a lead outside, as well as the owners own dogs, which bark a lot of they hear your dogs moving around.

The local area is very pretty, Tiverton and Bampton are both nice and the Exeter Inn down the road is a great pub.

Not that easy to find - small sign low down, wood with black writing so very hard to read in the dark. The driveway meanders all around the buildings before you find the actual cottages.

Weak and temperamental wi-fi available.

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18 Oct 2015
The two houses both have kitchens one kitchen being slightly larger and more a main kitchen,occasionally people do move bits around in between the two kitchens,both of these were checked after this review and found to be satisfactory.Regarding the heating there are two thermostats on the walls so these can be altered to suit your needs.Dogs are not allowed to run outside of the properties on their own,but they may be allowed to run in the fields to the rear of the site.Any issues or problems we do ask to be bought to our attention during your stay,we do tell everyone this on their arrival and we are on site living,so we do try to rectify any issues straight away.The property does get wear and tear over time and we do update and renovate in between lettings.
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