Loved being in the Newstead Abbey grounds and lots of places nearby to walk the dog and eat out. We did a trip to Cresswell Crags with the cave tour which was very worthwhile and also to the Dinosaur exhibit in Wollaston Hall. Mainly we were here to spend time with the Midland branch of the family. Our only small criticism is that being tall people we found the beds with the solid foot boards too short and consequently didn't sleep too well at first. The children loved the giant baths and the dog coped OK with being shut up at night.
We stayed for 3 nights, a party of 4 adults and 2 young children. The accommodation was spotless on arrival, and is in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. The owners are located next door, were very friendly and knew on hand if needed but not at all intrusive. Thank you for the delicious homemade cream cakes on arrival, much appreciated! The bedrooms and bathrooms were a great size and layout, each having its own en suite was a great bonus and so convenient! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely look to book again in the summer when we next visit family in the area.
I found this property by googling 'pet friendly' and then saw lots of positive reviews so I enquired. However, after the owner sent me the policy on dogs I decided not to take my collie and that proved to be the right decision because the house isn't really appropriate. There is not a garden, only a shared courtyard for parked cars, and to reach the grassy off-lead areas it is a one mile walk, along a narrow road shared with cars, to the grassed areas surrounding the Abbey.
The grounds around the Abbey are stunning. The Granary is part of a renovated steading type area at one end of the park. The other properties in this shared area seem to be privately owned; indeed one owner was upset with me and 'holiday-makers' for using the wrong re-cycling bin and shining car headlights into his windows; neither done purposely.
The Granary is nicely appointed with beams and wooden doors. It's quite dark downstairs with only a small window in the lounge. The kitchen window has been covered with an opaque sticky film so you cannot see outside. The lounge is a fair size with comfortable sofas. The pine dining table is only big enough for four adults and the galley kitchen is very small and dark. A vacuum cleaner sits under the stairs but it failed to 'pick-up' when I tried to use it and it left an unpleasant odour.
An open-plan staircase leads from the lounge to the twin room and the blue room. Both of the bedrooms are tastefully decorated with large bathrooms.
The green bedroom is via a staircase on the other side of the lounge and sits directly above the owner's kitchen, therefore you hear their activities every morning between 7-8. Also, the heating to the green bedroom seems to be controlled from the owners house and therefore comes on with their heating which wasn't always convenient to our time in the bedroom, therefore the room was often cold on going to bed and getting up.
My main issue with the property was the green bedroom; the mattress was awful. Very uncomfortable with springs going and a thick plastic mattress protector not aiding any comfort. The duvet and pillows were thick wads of man-made fabric; not nurturing in the least. There are no bedside lamps in the green room. Lighting is supplied by nine bright overhead lights which were not conducive to bedtime reading.
I have seen this property marketed as 'five star' and 'luxurious'. It is not. It is mid-range. Clearly many visitors have enjoyed their stay at The Granary but, unfortunately, it didn't do it for me.
Wonderful - this was our second time staying in this amazing accommodation - our third time to be in March 2017 and I very highly recommend it
Steve and Carol are fabulous hosts - the cottage was decorated beautifully for Christmas and the homemade Christmas cake waiting for us lovely welcome
The accommodation, 3 beds all with en-suite baths are perfect for families and groups and all accommodation to a very high standard
Location within grounds of Newstead Abbey is perfect - walking, duck feeding, cafe all there to do
I cannot recommend this property highly enough
Thank you Steve and Carol
My husband, son and I arrived to this stunning property, ready for the arrival of my friends who would be driving for 16 hours from Rotenburg AF Germany for my husbands birthday. The Granary is stunning in a fantastic location within the grounds of Newstead Abbey. A home made birthday cake and birthday banners greeted us on arrival, along with tea and coffee. Everything was fantastic; you could fit at least 4 people in the bath if you so desired. Highly recommended.
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We enjoyed our fifth visit to The Granary at the end of the October Half Term. For the first time, though, we had use of the third bedroom as friends of ours were joining us and it was all as lovely as the rest of the cottage.
As time was limited, we opted to cook a meal in the cottage for our friends and it was so brilliant to have the homemade blackberry and apple pie for dessert which Carol had made to leave for us on our arrival. The measure of the owners' thoughtfulness is that they also left two sachets of custard to go with the pie - now that's what I call service!
Our dogs, as always, loved their mini stay with fabulous walks through autumnal tree lined avenues down to the grandeur of Newstead Abbey.
We will, I'm sure, be back for our sixth visit in the new year. This place is a real gem.
Our son was getting married in the area, we found this place through a friend. We are all very happy of this place. On arrival we had an apple pie, our daughter in-law said it was very reminiscent of The Railway children and she thought it was a cute touch. We have various family members coming and going. We hope to return and visit more of the general area.