out of 10
The cottage is semi detached and part of a barn conversion. It is comfortable, clean, well-furnished, and Julie met us very nicely on arrival. Our huge problem on this otherwise lovely 3 day break, was the fact the other part of the conversion, which has a "soundproofed" adjoining door, was rented out to a group of about 6 ladies having a reunion. Every single sound can be heard as the tasteful conversion, is unfortunately, like a box for noise. The party on the first night went on with music and conversation until 4 A.M., and was like we were all together in one large room. I've noticed many cottage rentals are saying NO PARTIES OR EVENTS. This needs to happen at Wagtail Cottage, unless the 2 adjoining properties are rented together. We would love to stay again, but we would want assurances that the neighbours were having a normal holiday and not holding an early hours party. The other problem we had was that the security sensors in the corners of the bedroom kept flashing white light if there was movement in the darkness. This could be caused by lifting an arm to pull over a duvet, getting up to go to the loo, or whatever. At first I thought it was a security light outside being disturbed by an animal, but then realised this was a flashing white light in the bedroom itself. The cottage was beautifully furnished, we had all we needed, but a hairdryer would be useful, I forgot to pack one. The washing machine was good, and our sons used this, but its in the "tower" part of the 2 cottages, not in the kitchen, however no problem for the boys. We had brought our own drying rack fortunately, the cottage didn't appear to have one. Small ironing board and iron was provided. Good quality fixtures and fittings, and decor very pleasing.