Mrs Green, August 2019
I really wanted to like this property, the listing seemed just what we were looking for.. Sadly it didn't really meet expectations in a number of areas...
When we arrived there was no-one there to greet us, it was very much... 'door's open, in you go'. There was no follow up during the week to see if everything was ok or if there was anything we needed. The pictures on the website are rather outdated and the reality is a little different to what you see - not drastically but the layout in one of two of the rooms is different.
The finish of the decorating was rather lacking in places, over painting onto kitchen units, gaps in sealant around doors, plaster cracks, watermark on the ceiling and one of the bedroom doors wouldn't shut. I got the impression the property had been refurbished (hurriedly in places) in the last few years but was starting to look a bit tatty in some areas now; many double glazing panels had condensation between the panes (particularly in the conservatory and kitchen), the garden fencing was scruffy in the back garden, chicken wire fencing having holes blocked up by propped up old iron gates.
There were a few things of note which were missing and would have made the stay better, in particular a hairdryer! There are a few puzzles in the house but no board games for evenings in, not even a pack of cards. We had a light bulb blow in a table lamp but there were no replacement bulbs to be found and no-one to ask. There were numerous utensils but the kitchen had just one veg knife which was broken at the end and blunt, there was nothing by way of measuring a jug. I would also suggest that there were insufficient serving/cooking dishes of a suitable size for the house - numerous small casserole dishes/bowls but little that would feed more than two people. Some kind of inventory of the kitchen cookware and utensils would be a useful exercise, a toast rack is a poor substitute for a dish big enough to cook a family meal in.
On the plus side...
The kitchen was lovely - the sun came in through the main kitchen window in the morning and made the whole room feel fresh and summery. Having a table to sit at in the kitchen was really nice too.
The lounge area was comfortable with big comfy sofas and a coal fire.
There was a new washing up liquid, sponge and J-cloth ready for us to use and even a few dishwasher tablets - something that's much appreciated. A big tray of biscuits, milk and tea bags/coffee was waiting for us when we arrived - a cuppa after a long journey always goes down well.
There was plenty of crockery and cutlery all looked fairly new and were neatly stacked and easily accessible.
The property was well cleaned and smelled fresh when we walked in.
There is a little covered side way with a gate on it which was perfect for storing the bikes out of the elements for the week.
One other point to note is that there are 7 or 8 properties in the same location as this house, not something that was clear. It wasn't a problem, as there was no disruption and plenty of parking for all, it just wasn't what we were expecting from the listing. All in all, the house and area is nice, just missing a few things - it could be lovely with just a little more attention to detail.