The location of this property is absolutely stunning. The building itself is beautiful.
There is a small seating area at the door of East Wing which overlooks the parking area. Unfortunately there is not a formal seating area overlapping the stunning grounds and that would be a wonderful addition. There are a couple of picnic tables on the grass but that isn't quite the same. There is a lovely seating area but we believed it was for the Garden Apartment.
Inside the property there is quite a staircase to the landing, the landing itself is very nicely presented, but the staircase is rather austere with a very dated handrail. some softening of this area would have a big impact.
Inside the apartment it is quite wonderful. The kitchen is a good size, with dining area. it is well stocked with plates, cutlery, mugs and cooking dishes. A couple of bigger pans would be helpful, there were only four of us so the pans were fine in size but we love to cook and if there had been 8 of us we would really would have had to buy pans. There is a lovely dining table and very good solid chairs. It would be cramped in that room with 8 people though with the table pulled out to seat everyone. The fridge is small, but there is a fridge freezer in the utility room. Unfortunately that is also small. If I had been cooking for 8 people for a week that would have been a real struggle, and we love to cook even on holiday.
I loved having a dishwasher for the time, as we don't have one at home it was a treat!
The living room is very comfy and has extra touches like binoculars to see the deer! It is a shame that it doesn't have the big windows overlooking the splendid grounds though.
The bedrooms are extremely comfortable, spacious and have lovely thick, quality bedding and towels, the lovely toiletries to be used. The bathroom in the master bedroom is very dark, too dark to shave and the bathroom door does not shut which is not ideal.
The grounds are beautiful, but sadly are very restricted with 'private' signs stopping us. It left us very unsure where we could walk and where we couldn't, even with the description in the visitors folder. However the views over the garden are beautiful.
Overall it is an absolutely wonderful property in a magnificent setting. The owner is also extremely pleasant and helpful. With a few touches it would certainly get the full five stars from us.