We knew that there was no shower, but did not expect that the bath fixtures were a hot and cold faucet, no mixer. That meant I had to wash my hair in the kitchen sink. I was not planning on cooking, but if I had, the dormitory sized refrigerator would have presented a problem.
The cottage was roomy enough for two people.
We had fun.
A small and quite comfortable stay in an interesting location. We enjoyed our stay - with reservations. There were beds for 4 and we were only 2. Four adults would have filled the space rather too well! The owners have made every effort to make the place comfortable and is was well equipped except for the lack of a washing machine or shower. It is an old building so we anticipated that it would have limitations and we were happy to accept that! The steep staircase might be a problem to some people.
Visitors should be warned that access to the property is poor - and there is no on-site parking. Access is via a very narrow steep single track road with no turning space and access only at one end and that was made difficult by parked vehicles on the main road. It was almost impossible to turn the car around so you had to do a long reverse up a steep hill and out onto a narrow busy main road. Tricky! I damaged the car doing a 23 point turn when we arrived to unload the car - we were not warned about the narrowness of the road, so for the rest of the week we used a public car park about 400 yards away but space was hard to find each day and sometimes we had to park quite a distance from the house. Parking was free but limited to 72 hours.
It took some time to locate the cottage. It was called Artist Cottage but there was no name on the building. Most of the cottages were numbered but we hadn't been told the number and eventually found it by a process of elimination and some knocking on doors. This was not a good thing to have to deal with after a 4 hour drive.
There was a folder of information for the cottage but it had very little in it apart from tourist brochures. Information about appliances would have been helpful - for example, I had to go on line to find out how to work the central heating.
The letting agents (Red House) were only 100 yards away and were helpful. When we arrived, the small yard (shared with 2 other properties) was full of rubbish left by previous tenants (I assume). Some of it was food waste and recyclables and quite unpleasant but when I mentioned it to Red House the waste was removed within 24 hours. There was a note in the information folder asking tenants to take all of their rubbish home with them (which we did).
Plus points - the cottage was warm and the furnishing was in keeping with the age of the cottage. There is a small roof terrace with a bit of a sea view. it is accessed through a large bedroom window. The cool windy weather meant that we didn't use it but it would be nice in good weather. There is a well stocked co-op, an excellent chip shop and a lovely new café/art gallery all within 100 yards.
Overall, I felt that the cottage was intended for long term tenants rather than as a holiday let so the owners hadn't really geared themselves up to meet the needs of holidaymakers.
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