My partner and I have recently been having short breaks away and have stayed in many lovely places but had to move out of Coachmans after one very uncomfortable night.
The 'mezzanine ' floor is more of a shelf , is extremely uncomfortable and reached by a ladder which I, as a fit and able person felt was unsafe as it's treads have been so polished with years of use. The so called 'mezzanine' floor was so cramped my partner , who's 5' 3" had to continually stoop to avoid banging her head.
Note that a review in 2012 said the place was 'dated' and personally I would describe it as merely VERY basic 'bunkhouse' type accommodation DEFINITELY NOT a ' romantic , character cottage'.
The only clothes storage is a hanging space by the front door ,which is very inconvenient. We were kept awake through the night by the bathroom fan which kept switching itself off and then on again.The only way of keeping it quiet was to clamber down the ladder to remove the fuse from the fuseboard meaning there were then no lights!
The place is built hard up against the side of the valley, which when we were there was running with water which explains the damp and musty smell as having windows on just one side of the property means it is not possible to properly 'air' the place. Consequently , to clear the musty smell we had to open the front door in the morning to get some amount of fresh air into the place . Not ideal in October !!
We moved out having found a beautiful place with Classic Cottages who we would heartily recommend ..... Unlike Sykes Cottages, and the owner of this very poor accommodation , who are currently both refusing us any refund for the money we have wasted on our ruined holiday in Coachmans . Shameful !!
I have never taken the trouble to write a review before , but I really felt it was necessary to set the record straight about this place, and the poor service I feel we have received from the owner and Sykes Cottages , who it turns out do not inspect their properties ,which I would suggest can then lead to misleading descriptions such as 'Romantic ,Character Cottage' .... ' Coachmans ' is certainly NOT that in my view!!
Buyer Beware , of 'Coachmans' and Sykes Cottages!!