My husband and I stayed for 7 nights during the latter part of August 2020 with our two dogs. The location is amazing with stunning views and direct access down to the beach. The large garden is secure and private although the garden furniture is looking a little shabby.
Sadly, we encountered a number of issues with this rental during our stay. It took several phone calls to finally get a gate code hours before we were due to arrive. The property itself was dirty - the toilet stained, the floors needed a vacuum and mop, the oven was filthy, the kitchen cupboard fronts and fridge were stained. It was most definitely not up to COVID cleaning standards. In addition, the outside bins were completely full of previous occupants' rubbish. It was fortunate that we had brought our own cleaning products as there were virtually none on site (most nearly empty). I certainly did not expect to spend the first few hours of my holiday cleaning!
The property needs some attention in terms of decor and up-dating - the photos do not accurately represent the property as it is today. It could be amazing with a little TLC and imagination. It was interesting to read previous guests' comments in the Visitor Book which echoed the above but clearly no-one was reading or heeding these. Such a shame. Finally, we would like to say that our experience with rental of properties through Sykes has always been efficient and helpful and they have been made aware of our comments so they can address the situation with Bournemouth Council who are the owners/operators of this property. We would not hesitate to use Sykes Cottages in the future.
In the current state, we would not recommend this property - sadly, the location and views do not out-weigh the dirty and tired accommodation.