out of 10
The cottage itself was exactly right for us, unpretentious, roomy, and, once the central heating had kicked in, really warm. The rooms downstairs were large and uncluttered, the kitchen big enough to fit all of us around the table for Christmas dinner without problem, and, upstairs, plenty of room in each of the bedrooms. There were a few niggles - the log fire was very hard to light and keep going (it was more decorative than functional, though the wood for it was on a "help yourself" basis), one light had no bulb in when we arrived, and we were given a bayonet instead of an Edison screw, but perhaps the main difficulty we had was the lack of mobile phone reception, which, coupled with the lack of internet provision, made it very hard to keep in touch with the outside world. A member of the stable staff confirmed that there was indeed no such provision! There was no television reception - at all - either, making it quite a challenge to keep a two-year-old amused! There were definite plusses - we read a lot in the evenings, played board games, and went for long ( and frequently very muddy) walks, all of which were very pleasant. The surrounding area is beautiful, with Ludlow, Leominster and Tenbury a stone's throw away, though beware the very narrow roads - if you get caught by a lorry coming the other way, you may have to reverse a long way! And the natives (the horses) were very friendly, as were the staff and the owners. We would go again, without any doubt, but in the new knowledge that communication with the outside world would be something of a challenge!