Well the cottage appears idyllic and I have to be honest location wise it is.. We really wanted it to be perfect which the pictures show it as, but it does have a few drawbacks that really have to be mentioned and it sounds like "Sykes" could be largely to blame for as they had apparently advised the owners against making changes.
A picture of the forward facing view should be included in the advert as we did not realise the cottage was facing the main building - this was also off putting as ourselves and the owners had no privacy.
We had trouble using the heaters, silly really as we tried and tried to get any of them working, we found the instructions which were in the kitchen drawer, but even following the instructions, we could not get them to work. We had not realised that the owners wife was home - as most reviews we read - it stated that they said hello but then left you to get on with your holiday - so that could easily have been sorted, but we had a cold night - which is understandable given the solid construction of the cottage, so really not great.
The owners keep the place very clean we couldn't fault that at all and the treats on arrival were really appreciated, however .........we had to abort our holiday after just one night instead of five, my wife are above average height and the double bed is crammed in, my feet were touching the wall all night making it very uncomfortable, the blinds are not blackout and where the bed is located just off the living room - it was "very" bright at 5am.
Being a small apex building the rooms naturally slope towards the sides. Where the shower is located in the alcove its something like 4 foot off the ground, I had to hold the shower head to make any use of it, that combined with a tiny electric heater meant a very low flow for hot water, less than adequate. Therefore the combination of lack of sleep, no hot water for the shower and feeling cold - we could not accept this for a second night.
The toilet took a while to fill and I have a horrible feeling the entire water supply to the cottage is via an external hose pipe which most certainly wouldn't pass building regulations .
So overall it could be really good with change, but as it currently is, it falls well short of what we would expect from a holiday let and is certainly below what we have previously experienced.