Looking for a weekend of luxury with my wife in the Kent area while my daughter was away (a rare occasion which warranted a rare escape), I found Poppinghole Farm on the internet and thought it would fit the bill. While the website looked pretty impressive, as always, I checked out the reviews on Trip Advisor, and as they were mostly really good reviews, I thought I’d book us in. Unfortunately, they were almost fully booked (very reassuring, I suppose) and all that was left was “Lovers’ Retreat”. Despite one of the comments on Trip Advisor, I decided to ‘risk’ it.
I need not have been concerned. “Lovers’ Retreat” was exactly that, a quiet, cosy cottage with an amazing spec and beautifully decorated throughout (somebody has a great feel for design). Perfectly proportioned for two people for a short stay (I’d feel pretty comfortable being there for a week), we were more than impressed with the facilities; plenty of room to cook (but I can definitely recommend the Bull at Beneden – thanks to the owners for helping us out on that when we couldn’t find a table at many other pubs in the area), every utensil and gadget imaginable, a television with Freesat in each room (international rugby in HD – result!), iPod player (but no One Direction-mad daughter, so not required – also a result!). All in all, a really comfortable and relaxing living area.
The bedroom was equally impressive with a huge bed to sink into, plenty of storage space (again, no problem for a week) and a great contemporary en-suite wet room with all mod cons (luxury toiletries and bathrobes included!). It was the décor here that impressed us, with impressive mirrors and wall sculptures – absolutely no expense spared. We had an excellent night’s sleep – I had noted beforehand that one of the reviewers had noted a concern about the party walls (without anyone being next door?!?), but I can reassure the reviewer that the cottages were fully occupied and we didn’t hear a sound through those walls. No heat loss either as the whole cottage was pretty toasty – obviously an eye for the environment too!
And as for the pool, it definitely fitted the bill for a relaxing weekend, enough for the better half to swim her lengths, then to join me in the not insubstantial Jacuzzi. We declined the offer of massages/spa treatments as we wanted to make the most of a visit out to some of the many places of interest which surround Poppinghole Farm –maybe next time.
All in all, I really enjoyed “Lovers’ Retreat”, and it did prove to me that all too often in the internet age with easy access to reviews, we focus too much on the one negative review and pay too little attention the many positives ones (I must stop that on Amazon or I’ll never buy anything!). That’s what prompted me to post my first ever review. I’m glad we didn’t make that mistake with Poppinghole Farm. “Lovers’ Retreat” is exactly what it is.
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- Poppinghole Farm Cottages Robertsbridge, East Sussex