Having had a quick look through past reviews it seems nothing has improved at the place for years even after repeated complaints & the owners being aware about major problems.
We stayed in one of the cottages, and though at first everything seemed fine, over time there were a lot of things that made things unpleasant. The cottage was fairly clean, beds comfortable and the kitchen well equipped.
Outside there was play equipment for kids and a table to sit at in front of each cottage.
The bus stop into Maidenhead is quite close too.
BUT: The main thing that was really annoying was that the shower as mentioned by several people is impossible to use comfortably or even safely. It just switches from boiling hot to freezing cold. I ended up washing my hair in the kitchen sink, which is not exactly what you expect when you pay good money! The tap in the kitchen is also dangerous for children, as there is too much pressure on it, and when you turned it on on hot boiling water could easily scald you. I am amazed this place is allowed to run things like this and not get shut down by health and safety!
Re safety there were also some loose stones and lots of holes in the garden, which could be dangerous too,, esp. at night. The area guests walk through to the cottages is also the run of the owner's (I presume..) dogs... They were always jumping up at you as well as trying to come into the cottage and nick your things. More funny than anything to us, but not ideal if someone is afraid of dogs or actually wears clothes which don't go with muddy paw prints.
The other slight nuisance was that there was no door (or at least curtain) between the living room and kitchen, which meant if you slept in the living room/sofabed you woke up as soon as it got light. The other problem was that due to the lack of a door/curtain the fire alarm went off as soon as you were frying anything in the kitchen (and I mean frying, not burning..).
The internet also was not accessible from the cottage, according to the booklet in the cottage access was variable and best in the lounge in the manor house itself. To me this is quite misleading, as I am sure it was advertised as having internet access in the cottages.
Also there were an awful lot of bugs in the cottage itself, including a whole swarm of moth in the bedroom which came out from behind the furniture every night.
All this would have not been so bad, if the owners of the place would have been more helpful or available, it just seemed like they either get so many complaints that they choose and run away as soon as they spot a guest from the corner of their eye (which was actually what it seemed like!), or they are so busy with whatever else they do, but running the guest house definitely does not seem to rank very high on the list of their priorities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Sheephouse Manor, we offer a friendly and warm welcome to all our guests. In 2013 ,the whole property underwent extensive renovations and now we proudly offer our guests a lovely warm "Home from Home"experience in our cosy renovated and updated cottages and in the three bedrooms in the West Wing. Our 6 cottages can sleep from 2-6 people and are available to let for a week or more. The West Wing comprises 3 double /twin bedrooms with en-suite or private bathrooms and sleep a total of 6 people. In The West Wing there is a private entrance, and use of own kitchen/dining room on a self catering basis, with flat screen TV in the dining area. To our B&B guests we offer a healthy and nutritious continental breakfast. We accept pets for a small extra fee in the cottages. Dogs must be kept on leads within the property at all times. There is a dog run. We have flexible check in days. Any length of stay over 1 week is welcome. There is plenty of off street parking, and complimentary wi fi. We have a children's play area, and free roaming chickens. Local to us are some fabulous foodie favourites, including the famous Waterside Inn, and The Fat Duck in Bray Village. We are close to public transport: the local bus runs to Maidenhead train station,from where a train to central London is 30 minutes. Sheephouse Manor is a few minutes walk from the Thames Path.Famous local attractions including Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington, and Windsor Castle, Ascot, Eton Dorney - 2012 Olympic rowing venue, and Henley are 15 minutes drive. We are easily accessable from M4, M 40, and M25. Off peak and long let deals are available. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more less
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