Whilst the cottage is undisputedly lovely, the owner is just about the rudest, most horrible person I’ve ever met.
I had thought that if you pay to rent a cottage you can use it as you wish during this time (within reason and as long as you are respectful of the property of course), therefore I had invited a few people to join us for a picnic on the grounds. When Amanda told me that no more than eight people should be on the property due to it being a fire hazard, (whereas we had eight adults and one child) I was very apologetic and repeatedly apologised for not reading the terms and conditions on the website which stated this.
However, I admit that, after looking around the area and not being able to find anywhere to relocate to and not wanting to kick out my friends who had travelled a long way to spend time with me on my hen weekend, we stayed in the garden and finished our picnic. I feel this was a fairly minor transgression, and this was our only one.
I feel Amanda’s conduct towards us at this point was beyond unacceptable. She came over just before the day guests were due to leave and was incredibly aggressive with us, shouting and screaming ‘do you think I’m stupid?’ over and over again, not allowing us to speak. She would not listen, nor could you reason with her. None of us ever raised our voice back to her but she continued to shout and rant. My nine year old niece was in floods of tears (not being used to being around that sort of behaviour) and I asked her to please stop shouting as it was upsetting her, she just did not care and scoffed about it. She told us we all had to leave the property or she would call the police, which I feel was a huge overreaction to the situation. It was very low key event and we are clearly not rowdy or unreasonable people. When my friends returned the keys and were discussing with Amanda’s husband (who seemed much more reasonable) whether we could receive any refund for the nights we were not now allowed to use the cottage, Amanda came over and banged the door repeatedly against my friends’ foot.
In addition to her verbal and physical aggression, rather disturbingly, Amanda said that she had CCTV cameras on the grounds, and had spent the afternoon watching and listening to us. My sister later told me that when she walked to her car which was parked down the road to get something from it, Amanda and her husband had followed her there and back in their car. Clearly she has interpreted a small picnic with children and a baby as some sort of major threat. I feel sorry that we have upset her as this was of course never our intention. However I would feel very uneasy about staying in a cottage with someone who appears so paranoid living right next door; she could be watching you the whole time and maybe even following you.
She has totally ruined my hen do for both me and my friends and family. I am absolutely devastated and in shock.
Amanda clearly has anger issues, and the terms and conditions (which I have now read- too late!) state that she can ask you to leave the house at any time for any reason. This leaves you very vulnerable as Amanda seems so volatile; if you do or say anything that she doesn’t like then she could turn really nasty and kick you out like she did with us. The house is really expensive so you’ll lose out on a lot of money, and worse, have a horrible experience.
I find it sad that someone that clearly has so much can be so deeply unkind.
Don’t risk it. Stay somewhere else.
Dr. Ruth Macleod
Amanda was very patient with our payment as we had severe unforeseen banking issues to sort out, which all got sorted in the end, but she is a saint! Thank You! The old Granary lived up to the hype and was a very quaint place for a family of four to stay. My family got to experience the chickens and use the hot tub and really enjoyed the full Harry Potter DVD's that were available. You will need a car as they are out of the way, but you know that going into it. I would only recommend a better Wi-Fi router as the service could be spotty at times.
Just returned from a long weekend at The Old Granary. What a beautiful house, beautufully decorated with everything you need. Amanda and her husband were very attentive, even supplying us with onions as we had forgotten ours. A vert special place.
Pretty much everything you could want in a holiday cottage. We really enjoyed our short break and were made to feel very welcome. There are such lovely views out over the valley as well.
Just a suggestion which doesn't in anyway detract from how wonderful this cottage is. The view is such a feature of the cottage but, in inclement weather when it is still warm enough to sit outside, there is no undercover seating to be able to take advantage of this. Also without anywhere undercover, even if it has stopped raining the wooden chairs remain quite wet to sit on.
We had a wonderful time staying at the Old Granary. Having never been to the area Amanda was really helpful with information about the surrounding places to visit and she settled us in well. The hot tub was amazing, especially in the evenings overlooking the dales! A superb place to stay when you want to get away from it all and the local walks were fab, with stunning views!
Second visit here and definitely hope to return next year. Perfect place to enjoy a relaxing weekend with friends and the view from the hot tub is just amazing.
Fab time, Amanda so welcoming. We were looking for a quiet place to chill out and this definitely exceeded our expectations. Hot tub a bonus!!