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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Bishops Castle, Shropshire, England

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tpb25
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“disapointed”
Reviewed September 6, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

On first arriving the first thing we noticed was the state of the windows, I know the property is on a main road but its not a busy road and no excuse for a rental property, the dirt looked like it had been there for months. First impressions inside were excellent all the rooms are very welcoming and quirky, however after closer inspection in became apparent that a duster hadn't been used for a while, especially on higher areas, light fittings in the kitchen and top of the fridge which also didn't work properly and you couldn't change the temperature because it was broken. Also again referring back to windows, you could hardly see through the dining room window (this also had ivy growing in through the window from outside) or one of the lounge windows for the dirt.
Other things became more annoying as the week went on, ie the shower had a broken switch and needed descaling as although it had an impressive shower head the water came out in one big drip, certainly not ideal. Also the washing machine was so high off the ground we had to drag a chair from the dining room to stand on so that we could put the detergent in the draw.
We were all very excited to go into the hot tub as it was the main reason we chose the property in the first place, when we lifted the lid the water had obviously not been either cleaned or refilled as it was full of other peoples hair, the water was also very cloudy and had a strange smell about it. We found out that there were chemicals and instructions under the sink, we did the best we could as none of us have ever had to clean a hot tub before (not something you want to do when you are on holiday) I have stayed in many cottages with hot tubs and have had some one visiting every day to check the PH levels and adding the relevant chemicals, I'm not one to complain usually but after spending almost £1000 on a week in this place I didn't expect to want to come home to my own comforts after a few days. All in all the house itself it lovely and in an excellent position, however its the little things that count, and the little things in this case were not up to standard at all.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Katie1998...
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Lovely Cottage ............Not ideal really for people with dogs”
Reviewed August 19, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

We stayed here in June 2017 and were surprised to see that the cottage wasn't in the middle of nowhere as the picture can look, it is directly on the high street with houses all round it. Excellent photography skills at Sykes.

Here's our review...

Positives;
• Located opposite the Three Tuns Brewery which is a lovely pub, the brewed ales and food are fantastic. This gets full quickly so I recommend booking – even on a week night !
• The cottage itself is really lovely inside, the décor is unusual and surprising at first but it really grows on you. The kitchen / dining area is lovely and great for big groups, we had family with us for some of the days and sitting round the large table eating or playing cards was great.
• The hot tub is fantastic, very clean, warm and relaxing. Don’t forget your towels for this.
• There are hundreds of books and games provided for use during your stay which I think is a lovely touch.
• The heating works great, when we got cold the house warmed up really fast.
• On road parking outside the cottage is readily available
• When contacting the owners they appeared very pleasant

Negatives / Minor Issues;
• There is no garden or outdoor area for dogs. This unfortunately was a major issue for us and spoilt our holiday .
The advert might say garden/patio ….. there is no garden or land to our knowledge except upstairs terrace by the hot tub.

• None of the doors downstairs shut i.e. stay closed. Not ideal for people with dogs when you are trying to keep them downstairs at night. Perhaps take stair gates with you.

• The fridge is broken and destroyed all our fresh food, a note states this will happen if you overfill the fridge. We did not overfill it. This is noted in another review. I really think this is something the owners should look at given the fact this is self-catering a fridge is such an important aspect.

As you can see not many negatives and I think for adults booking a week away together with no dogs I’d say this accommodation is probably absolutely perfect !!!

P.s We booked through Skyes, we dont personally recommend them, their service was poor after full payment was received.

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woodywork
Penrhyndeudraeth, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice place, shame about the state”
Reviewed March 15, 2017 for a stay in March 2017
5
people found this review helpful

Large old house, well-situated, with great pub and shops nearby. Parking is no problem. Furniture and beds fine.

Cooker failed to reach temperature; fridge froze our food; heating not working in bathroom; shower partially blocked and with faulty on/off switch.
CO alarms, chopping boards (for meat, veg) all absent.

Communication from owner was not great.

Owner seems to deny there is a problem with any of the above, though has now apparently installed one CO detector, however there are two fires in separate rooms.

Beware the slippery decking. Be prepared for a hernia when trying to close the front door.

The one TV that receives live channels is interrupted approx every two minutes, so watching TV is not a pleasant experience.

Mucky on some high parts (e.g. tops of window frames, fridge etc.). Empty bottle under a bed; previous guest's trunks behind a radiator.

The pool table is in an unheated garage and only one cue is usable.

I am not an habitual complainer, nor do I lie or exaggerate.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Travelers are raving about these Bishops Castle hotels

Issack
London
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent weekend break”
Reviewed December 11, 2016 for a stay in December 2016

We booked the house for a Christmas weekend away and it's such a lovely place to stay.

Clean and cosy! It's a great place to relax and enjoy with friends on cold winter nights. The location is brilliant and close to the village centre and pubs.

Great amenities and clean rooms throughout. This time of year feels really festive and the hot tub is an added bonus.

No matter which month of the year, This property will be amazing.

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mr-blodwi...
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Tired and in need of a good clean”
Reviewed November 7, 2016 for a stay in November 2016
2
people found this review helpful

Great location
Hot tub fantastic clean and hot
But looking very tired inside and in urgent need of a good clean and airing

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Liked best: Location and hot tub
Liked least: It was tired and dirty
Traveling group: Friends
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TK0109
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Quirky ”
Reviewed March 9, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Absolutely lovely. The owners have great taste and the decor is great. Very spacious, pool table and hot tub.
Five minutes from all of the pubs and restaurants and a very friendly market town.

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Management Response
Mar 11, 2016
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at The Old Manse, it sounds like there was plenty to keep you entertained at the property and in the local area, which always makes for a great holiday! We certainly hope that you return again very soon.
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EanDanger
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic, spacious and quirky cottage in lovely village location”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 for a stay in November 2013
3
people found this review helpful

Rented this cottage for a week to celebrate a family birthday and comfortably accommodates three couples, two young children and two dogs.

The decor is very ecclectic, with dozens of themes varying from room to room and often from wall to wall, making this a very original and interesting property to stay and explore. Very well appointed in all areas, with hundreds of books, good selection of games, media and kitchen/dining ware.

The hot tub on the balcony is excellent, large enough for four, properly hot and bubbly, with views out across the town and hills. The beds are luxurious and soft, all rooms are very spacious, clean and well furnished and everything was in good working order, including the wifi. Liked the fact that there were two large living rooms and a large open plan kitchen and dining room where 8 people can eat together comforatbly. Also a utility room with pool table, upstairs bathroom and downstairs shower room

Parking for one vehicle off road and additional on-street parking immediately outside. No garden, but fields just behind the property were suitable to exercise the dogs. The only area for owners to improve would be the media on the hard drives in the lounges, which are in the process of being converted, but we found many were not yet playable.

Location was great for us, with some terrific and dog-friendly pubs, serving locally brewed ales just a minute from the door. As well as the usual convenience stores, pubs, etc, The village also has a nice church and quite a few interesting independant craft/boutique stores and plenty of interesting wallks for the dogs in close proximity

Would definitely recommend this property, ideal for a 4-7 adults + dogs and/or kids, for a week exploring the country and the local pubs!

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Liked best: Hot Tub
Liked least: Media on lounge TV hard drives not yet working
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children People with pets
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