Ms Abraham September 2021
lovely friendly cottage. very well appointed with excellent wifi and media choice on the TV. nice size garden to sit for coffee. the roll top bath and the separate shower room were welcome at the end of a long day touring around the lovely but challenging country roads.
Mr Bowler September 2021
The village of Skilgate is about 5 miles from Bampton and a little further to Dulverton, which both have a good selection of pubs and shops, and both delightful in different ways. If exploring this Somerset/Decon border country, be prepared for a lot of very narrow lanes and make sure you have satnav (although ignore TomTom’s instructions to Tarr Steps, it took us to the wrong side of the Steps so we either turned back through a roller coaster of narrow lanes or risked the 8” deep crossing, over stones. We gambled and succeeded, and became a visitor attraction in the process.
In short, a lovely place if you want to get away from it all, Haddon Hill is just up the road, lovely views to Wimbleball Reservoir and Exmoor.
Mrs Johns September 2021
This is a lovely cottage in a very quiet and peaceful place.
Mr Clement August 2021
Cottage extremely comfortable we were very happy living there.A months booking very enjoyable.Local town Dulverton pleasure to visit.Would visit again but rather a long Journey as we live in Portugal!!
Mrs Green July 2021
Lovely cottage full of character in a peaceful location. Ideal for exploring Exmoor attractions - we particularly enjoyed exploring the National Trust's Holnicote Estate and the famous Tarr Steps. Dulverton well worth visiting, lots of interesting shops (a wonderful fruit and veg shop) , Heritage Centre and National Park Information.
Mrs Jeffries June 2021
The cottage was beautiful in every respect. We recieved a curtesy call from the housekeeper, Shirley, before arrival, she was so welcoming and friendly, nothing was too much trouble for her to make our holiday special. The cottage location was rural, in beautiful countryside on the edge of the village. Excellent amenities in the cottage.
Ms Carter May 2021
A wonderful place to have a holiday, a lovely cottage in a quiet, rural situation.
Re walks: there is an excellent walk:- from Skilgate continue round Wimeball Lake/reservoir & also visit the derelict church of St John.
Mrs Ellison October 2020
Cleveland Cottage was a great little place to stay for our family of four. The kids loved running around in the garden, which was very safe and we all loved sitting cosied up by the fire and watching telly together in the evenings. There was lots to see nearby and plenty for the kids to do, even in the winter. We visited the stunning Knightshayes National Trust property that was surrounded by woodlands for the kids to run around in, then took the wooded path from the clapper bridge at Tarr Steps all the way back around to the Tarr Hotel where we had cream teas overlooking rolling hills full of autumn colours. We even managed to squeeze in a visit to Minehead on our last day and had a bracing run around on the wide open beach. My only regret is that we didn't see Dunster Castle, which looked very beautiful from a distance.
Mrs Austin September 2020
Cleveland Cottage is in a lovely location with very attractive views from the garden. Although it is not really remote there are a confusing number of lanes leading to Skilgate. It is essential, therefore,to follow the directions given. These are perfect and Post Lane becomes the route of choice from the village. We were very impressed by the cleanliness of the cottage. Shirley,the housekeeper (who is a delight by the way) had been meticulous in ensuring that everything was absolutely spotless.
Although we were well aware from the description of the cottage that there are steps up from the lane we felt that a clearer indication should begin that some people would find these very difficult, if not impossible, to manage,particularly when wet and slippery. Likewise the staircase down from the bedrooms is not easy to manage especially at night if visiting the toilet is necessary.
It should also be noted that there is very poor mobile phone coverage - just about possible at the far end of the garden but not in the cottage. The description indicated that there was a landline phone available. There wasn't. A note in the cottage guide book referred to using "wi-fi calling". This is misleading. "Wi-fi calling" is only possible with certain of the latest mobile phones and not with all providers/phone contracts. The landline handset needs to be replaced. Without it an emergency could become a tragedy.
It was unfortunate that the flush mechanism in the bathroom toilet tank was broken. It worked for our first three days and then failed completely making this toilet unusable. Shirley and her husband endeavoured to get it repaired but could not obtain parts. This meant that only the shower room toilet was available.
This was inconvenient and unsatisfactory especially at night.
Overall,however, we enjoyed our stay and in spite of the 1970s style heating/hot water system the cottage was warm and comfortable.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you so much for taking the time to give such a helpful review. The cottage's location in the beautiful Exmoor countryside does mean that the local roads are very rural and generally unclassified, so we'd always recommend using the tried and tested route provided in your arrival details, as you found.
We do draw attention to the steps from the parking area and the traditional turning staircase in the cottage for the reasons you mention - they really do add to the period charm of this lovely spot.
We're so glad that Shirley the housekeeper did her best to help you when one of the loos broke - although the parts weren't available immediately, we were relieved that you could use the other loo.
We'll check with the owner regarding the phone in the cottage and if there are any changes, we'll update our description.
We're delighted that you had a great stay overall. Tanya, Customer Support
Mr Corbett September 2020
On arrival the cottage was clean and tidy. The garden was well maintained. The kitchen was well equipped and the lounge and bedroom spacious and comfortable. Although the accommodation was for four people, it was refreshing to discover that because we were only two there was a reduction in the cost.
Mr Smith August 2020
Ideal for a quiet and relaxing stay. Only a minor point but the cottage is sited down some narrow lanes and we didn't find too many open spaces for children to play apart from the garden."
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your review. Set in the heart of Exmoor National Park, there are miles of beautiful footpaths and trails to explore down the network of little country lanes, but if the children are looking to enjoy a game of football or tag, the completely private cottage garden offers ample space to do so. Bryony, Customer Support
Mrs Garton October 2019
Absolutely wonderful holiday spent in this gorgeous cottage so peaceful log burner and roll top bath make it very romantic lots of quirky bits like original stairs hidden in the wall and low beams watch your head ! Will be back soon we hope well done to the fantastic housekeeper such a welcoming lady thanks for making our stay so special !
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks so much for reviewing Cleveland Cottage - it's wonderful to hear you had such a great time overall. As a very traditional country cottage it's retained some really lovely original features as you found which just add to the charm and cosiness. We hope to see you again very soon. Bryony, Customer Support
Mr Clarke September 2019
I found the cottage very warm, cosy and comfortable with a lovely fire-place. All the furnishings are practical and in excellent condition.
Mrs Taylor September 2019
Could not fault the cottage. It was very clean, comfortable and very well equipped.
Mr Melvin May 2019
Very comfortable and well equipped cottage. Would happily return and recommend. Access via steps so not ideal for people with limited mobility.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks for reviewing Cleveland Cottage and we're so pleased you had a lovely holiday overall. The cottage is accessed by a flight of stone steps from the parking-area to the garden as mentioned in the description, but there is also a smaller flight of steps up to the front door, a few yards further up the lane. Bryony, Customer Support
Mr Pope December 2018
Our stay at Cleveland Cottage over new year was absolutely lovely. The cottage was exceptionally clean and felt luxurious and cosy. We enjoyed some fabulous daytrips to nearby National Trust places and the seaside and we also loved Wimbleball Lake. Would definitely recommend. And thanks for a lovely welcome!
Mrs Sibley October 2018
Wonderful week in the most comfy and clean cottage with home from home facilities
Mr Cox June 2018
Lovely home from home cottage, very clean and we loved sitting in the pretty garden. If you want peace & quiet on your holiday this is the place to go. Dulverton which is a 4.5 miles drive is a lovely village to visit and has a couple of nice pubs for lunch and also some quaint little shops. Clare - Bristol.
Mrs Mead February 2018
An immaculately presented, characterful home in a perfect location with a stunning garden area. Very well equipped, warm, private & tranquil. Not sure about previous comments regarding difficulty navigating narrow lanes & lack of proximity to food supplies- this is rural Britain so what can you expect?! It’s not in the wilderness! We really appreciated the extremely comfortable large bed as well as being unsuitable for dogs. We have stayed in so many cottages that are dog- friendly and, quite frankly, there are some of us out there who don’t want doggy smells! Cleveland Cottage was perfect for us in many ways and we would certainly consider booking again with other family members. Thank you for a superb short winter break & for four days of cold but wall to wall blue skies- perfect walking weather!
Reply from Classic Cottages
It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much - the rural position is certainly part of this cottage's charm and we're delighted that it worked so well for your holiday. Tanya, Customer Support
Mr Cleary November 2017
A very romantic and secluded setting.
Mrs McCarthy October 2017
Lovely cottage, lovely location excellent value for money. We had a most enjoyable holiday with so many places to explore.
Mr Stewart September 2017
A quaint cottage with a nice mixture of traditional features and some modern comforts. Would definitely return.
Ms Shand June 2017
We loved our week at Cleveland Cottage. It was very peaceful, the countryside around was beautiful. We would go back.
It is in a small village. The approach is down the usual narrow country lanes you would expect in this part of the country, but there were enough passing places. The cottage has a lot of character, the doorways are quite low (which you might want to know if you are a tall person). I was relieved that there were no noisy or aggressive dogs nearby. There were lovely views from the cottage.
Miss Greenfield June 2017
This was a fantastic cottage for our family when my partner was completing the iron man in Exmoor. It's lovely and cosy, in a beautiful location and feels really homely.
Mr Burke June 2017
Would recommend this cottage, beautiful setting and plenty to do if you like walking and relaxing. Lots of NT places nearby and not far from the coast. Great holiday helped out by the weather
Mr Nicholls April 2017
Cleveland Cottage was amazing, so clean and well looked after. We found the owners had been very thoughtful in the way they had equipped the cottage and we had everything we needed. A beautiful countryside location with lots of opportunities for walking and enjoying the outdoors. Will consider visiting again.
Mrs Clark November 2016
Would definitely recommend if you want a quite place to stay, with lots of walks around the area.
Miss Newman May 2016
This is a spacious, carefully thought about cottage with bright rooms, quality decor and furnishings and extremely comfortable. Full of character whilst offering all mod cons. The garden and outlook are very special and although there are many roads in and out of Skilgate, you get the hang of it in the end and the hedgerows in May/June are wonderful.
Mrs Webb March 2016
Had a wonderful very relaxing holiday in this beautiful cottage, had everything you would ever need in the way of equipment. And although the roads around the area are very narrow and winding there are some wonderful views and within short distance of some lovely places to visit. Our favourite place being Watersmeet at Lynmouth.
Mrs Gray October 2015
The garden was superb on warm sunny days. Totally private with a beautiful outlook. And silence except for the birds! Even our own visiting bunny rabbit.) We would highly recomment this cottage. It is so oldie world, yet all the 'mod cons' to make it so comforable and relaxing. The area is one our most favourite for walks and scenery.
Mrs Grice April 2015
This is a very comfortable and cosy cottage. It is very well equipped and the decoration is pleasant. It is a lovely quiet, get away from it all and relax cottage!
Mr Petrie April 2015
From booking to checking in everything was perfect. Would definitely recommend Classic Cottages to others and would use the service again.
Mrs Hayward December 2014
A lovely clean comfortable cottage. The beds are super comfy and the fire is a real treat. We had a very peaceful, restful Christmas break especially as Tesco delivered our Christmas shopping! Just be prepared, roads and stairs are steep and winding. Lots of basics already at the cottage such as toilet paper, washing up liquid, salt and pepper and we were left a lovely welcome pack including mince pies, chocolate coins and a cheerful poinsettia. We really did not want to leave. Many thanks, the very happy Haywards.
Mr Edgington October 2014
A very comfortable, very cosy, very very quiet cottage in a peaceful secluded setting.
Mrs Roberts September 2014
Booked late on the spur of the moment we found a lovely cottage very well equipped and perfectly placed for everwhere we wanted to go. What a great holiday!!
Mrs Biddle September 2014
An extremely clean and comfortable cottage in a beautiful peaceful location. Very good indeed.
Mrs Butler March 2014
A truly beautiful cottage and perfect location to completely unwind. Excellent holiday.
Mrs Pike September 2013
Cleveland cottage is lovely. It is spacious, very well equipped and furnished. It was warm with plenty of hot water and lovely bathrooms. The beds were comfortable with superior bedding. The kitchen provided everything required with nice utensils and crockery. There was a welcome basket with tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits. Note: take milk for first day as nearest shop isn't close! The cottage was immaculate with lots of nice touches i.e. hand soap, thick towels. The furniture is nice with large flat screen TV with Freeview, cd and DVD players. The best cottage we've stayed in. The cottage is very remote and accessed by very narrow, windy roads. Dulverton, a lovely village with all amenities, is 6 miles away.
Mr Ekert June 2013
It was really good. There was fresh flowers on the table, roses! We enjoyed it very much!
Mrs Haydon March 2013
We had a lovely time, the cottage was brilliant, lovely and clean and so cosy. Thank you very much.
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