From a distance the building looked as beautiful as the website photograph, but this was very misleading. The paint on the wood cladding needs renewing, and some of the wood is rotting. But the worst is inside - terrible bedrooms and shocking service.
Our room was the "Herb Garden View". The view did not justify the title - an unkempt little patch with an untidy woodpile and double garage in the background. The room was dimly lit (though four of the five bulbs in the ceiling chandelier did work), with no mirror and only one bedside light. The mirror and an additional lamp were provided on request, but it was left to us to find a place for the mirror (we removed a picture from a wall and hung the mirror there) and to plug in the ancient lamp. The venetian blind on one window was only half length so at night we covered the lower half of the window with a warped board apparently left there for the purpose. The curtains on the other windows were unmatched and grubby. The window sills were filthy. There were wall pegs for clothes but too few hangers for them - a mixed set was provided on request. The entrance door was not lockable but could be bolted from the inside. A door to the back deck was behind another curtain and appeared to be locked. Within a dark, unlit alcove was a further door, which didn't quite fill its frame and led to the kitchen; this door also appeared to be locked. The alcove also contained a locked cupboard and an unlit, dusty set of shelves. The bedroom had a further, locked cupboard.
The bathroom was worse. The entrance was via an alcove (with yet another locked cupboard), one wall of which was covered in dirty, cracked plaster. The bathroom ceiling light was designed for five light bulbs but two were missing and of the three (naked) bulbs only was lit. Only one of the two wall lamps above the sink was working. The ceramic soap dish was badly cracked - it seemed to have been broken and glued back together - and the same for the toothbrush rack. The bath/shower taps were mislabelled, the hot as cold and vice versa. The shower did not keep a constant temperature, unpredictably changing to cold or (much more dangerously) very hot. The bathroom sink had no plug and the owners were unable to provide one so we were unable to do any personal washing.
We had no control over the heating. We arrived on a chill evening and found the windows open and the room cold. The owner rather begrudgingly switched on the hot-air heating but we could subsequently find no way to turn it down or off and spent an uncomfortably warm night. (The owners were not around, seemingly occupying a separate building in the grounds.)
Our cousins were with also staying there and had the "Mountain View" room. Paper was hanging loose from the ceiling. Under the bathroom sink was grime and what seemed to be old building materials. The drawers of the cabinet contained miscellaneous boxes and objects, including packs and bottles of pharmaceuticals.
Service overall was almost absent. Our room was unserviced during our 3-night stay. The bed was not remade, the bathroom waste bin was not emptied, the towels were not renewed. We were given a WiFi code but the WiFi was usually switched off so whenever we wanted to use it we had to seek out the owner and ask for it to be switched back on.
Breakfast was dreadful. The owner claimed to have been a chef but the eggs and pancakes that he prepared looked so awful (and those who had ordered them failed to finish eating them) that we stuck to cereal and yoghurt. On the 2nd morning - a Sunday - when there were six guests he kept forgetting what had been ordered. The owner was unwilling to let us see his kitchen and one guest who attempted to enter it was immediately ushered out.
Finally, when we departed the owners were nowhere to be seen. I advise avoiding this place.
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