When we drove in to be greeted by Angie we knew we were in the place of memories and luxury. After last year who would think you could beat it, but we did, because this time we stayed for 2 weeks and I have to say the cottage and all its facilities are as good as ever, if not better, with one or two little additions making it an ongoing pleasure to be there. Being a Crook lad and visiting numerous relatives it is easy to get around and after a long day the most quiet and restful place to relax with a glass of wine in the courtyard. We have booked for next year and must say can't wait to get back.
The superlatives for this cottage are difficult to come by such is its excellence! And by that, I include the whole experience- the booking formalities, the correspondence, the information, the cottage itself and in particular the insurpassable hosting skills and attention of Ang herself.
We have rented many many cottages but without doubt this one was by a long chalk the best one for the overall experience, and one that when you left, you had a feeling of sadness of departure, but with a warm inner glow of having not only had a wonderful stay, but having been treated like Royalty when you were there. That Ang really really CARES about you while you are there is something we have not encountered before and it was a very uplifting and cosy feeling I must say.
She has been doing this for 3 years almost to the day now- and its to her huge credit that she is clearly as attentive and scrupulous as the first day she opened it for us lucky customers. The cleanliness was immaculate, the quality of all fixtures and fittings was superb-but the attention to fine detail was just awesome.
To include the dog so highly on the list of importance and priorities was just touching and to provide safety collar tags is unique...but to go to the lengths of baking her own safe ingredient dog treats as well..?? who goes to those lengths??
There is for example an outside box with a dog shower..so handy ...but even that was heated (to tepid) water so as to not shock the dog. Wow.
The Welcome pack was so well thought out and presented, and even on top of this there were other lovely touches such as fragrance gift for my wife. Little subtle touches of class throughout exist as for me (being an ex- Potteries person), quality china crockery...a wooden hangers in the wardrobe instead of those plastic things...
I could just go on and on about all the great things in this cottage, the host, and the area. Most of it has already been covered in her 100% 5 star reviews by others...But take it from me- you just NEED to come here and experience it!
Thanks again Ang for such a memorable week. XX
The cottage was absolutely perfect so clean and comfortable. A great location and in a lovely spot. There was everything you could possibly need in the cottage and more. Ang the owner had thought of everything. We had a really enjoyable week and would thoroughly recommend Bracken Hill Cottage.
Very quiet location close to some lovely walks. Extensive information available in the cottage with a very friendly, helpful owner. The most dog friendly cottage we have stayed at. Extremely clean, well maintained cottage with an enclosed garden. We will most certainly visit again.
On arrival we were welcomed by the owner Ang. She showed us round her beautiful recently renovated cattle barn. What a fantastic job they made of it! An absolutely stunning transformation - beautifully decorated to a really high standard. It had everything that we needed - a proper home from home. Not only was there a welcome pack for us - milk, cheese, butter, bread, eggs, biscuits, tea, coffee and a bottle of bubbly - but also some locally hand made treats for our dog - a really lovely touch.
The cottage is ideally situated for walking and there are many attractions easily accessible by car. We visited Beamish museum (a definite must for insight into days gone by) and also did part of the North coastal path walk at Seaham (the marina development is well worth a visit). The Durham dales are only about half an hour away and make for great walks.
Overall this was one of the loveliest cottages that we have stayed at, and is highly recommended.
Fantastic, well equipped cottage in a tranquil location. The cottage was immaculate on our arrival, and we were greeted by Ang the owner who is extremely pleasant and accommodating
Lovely walks from the doorstep, but within easy reach of local attractions.