We have used Sykes many times and had some great holidays, but Burford Cottage was one of the best properties yet.. We had everything we needed for a week away. (Children aged 1 and 2), right down to plastic crockery for the kids. We couldn’t fault a thing. The place was spotlessly clean and had all the little ‘extras’ which make a huge difference, such as plenty of tea towels, hand soap, cleaning products, dishwasher tablets -and a fully stocked tassimo machine. We contacted the owners via text a couple of times and they responded promptly and were really friendly and helpful.
Location-wise it was great. We had a ‘free’ week by visiting 12 National trust properties - with the longest drive we had being 40 minutes and the closest about 5 minutes - and having our usual weekly Ocado shop delivered on the first day. So lots of picnics for lunches.
We took an extra high chair (there is one there). We didn’t need to take a travel cot, as there is one there- but we did need to take our own bedding for this. Out of courtesy we took a piece of plastic to protect the carpet during mealtimes - which was lucky as the dining table is on carpet.
There isn’t a stair gate but the stairs twist after the first 3 at the top. We took a plug in night light which was handy for the landing area during the night - and advisable if you have little ones, as it’s quite dark once all the main lights are off.
The cottage is off the main road on a well-kept development. There were gardeners working there during the week, mowing the grass etc. The parking space for the cottage is at the back, a short walk from the property, but there is space to load and unload closer by. It was so good we’ll probably book again.