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★★★☆☆

“Lovely location .Very tatty.Needs a good clean”

Written on: 01/09/2016 by genie2 (2 reviews written)

Homestead Barn,Barford St Michael(E5466). Rented this cottage 26-29 August with my 2 dogs.The owners are very friendly which is just as well as its in their garden just feet from their back door.The outlook for us wasn't great,looking straight onto an overflowing skip.The cottage is ample size for the 3 of us & the dogs.The fields at the back was great for the dogs.The cottage garden is quite sweet but the patio a bit of a hazard with massive broken slab.Also the garden isn't secure as there is a gap big enough for the dogs to escape through.Not really sure why the fence doesn't go right to the wall!!.
The cottage itself is in need of a good clean.We had to hoover before we did anything,massive thick cobwebs all over the walls especially above the bed.The sofa bed has loads of stains on it and the dust when you pull out the bed yuk.The curtains are dirty & shabby,really thin and don't quite cover the whole of the widows and the one over th door is really ridiculous.The pole falls down every time you alter the curtain.The bedding is in dire need of replacing,really thin and cheep & the quilt cover was too small for the quilt.The pillows were horrendous and feather to boot.Not great for dust mite allergy sufferers like me.Both the main bed and sofa bed are really uncomfortable.Even the crockery is cheap and nasty.Everything feels sort of " make do and mend" really.As if they think "well it's only the holiday cottage,it'll do".Also we paid an extra £50 for the dogs but there is nothing for them at all,not even a mat for the bowls. You're even asked to make sure you clean up any dog hairs before you leave so not quite sure what the £50 was for.All in all quite expensive at £420 for 3 nights & 2 days.( you can't get in till 4 pm and have to be out be 10 am).Also it doesn't matter if you have insurance,if you get burgled you won't be covered.There is a second bedroom which you can't use as the owners us it as a junk room.It has French doors to the outside which aren't locked.So even if you lock both the doors you have access to, the property still isn't secure.

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