Mrs Hawkes July 2018
I do not feel this property is at all suited to holiday lets. I was frankly, very disappointed by the property. The off-road parking was a complete nightmare on this street. It was almost impossible to park the car outside the house. You had to drive into a space that was more suited to reverse parking, but very difficult owing to the number of cars on both sides of the road. You had to bump up onto the pavement, risking damage to your car in order to ensure your car didn’t risk getting hit by other vehicles using the road. It was noisy at all times of the night and early hours of the morning because everyone was revving engines to get the purchase up onto the kerbs. I have no problem manoeuvring my estate car into the tightest of spaces and a less confident driver would really struggle here. I had to drive around the roads on several occasions trying to find parking.
The property had no air circulation downstairs at all. The front door and window do not open at all, so the lounge was very hot. The dining room window opens directly into a lean-to with plastic roof (which was dirty) which was exceptionally hot. The larger of the two kitchen windows also opens into the lean-to. Therefore, in the very hot week I was staying, the property was unbearably hot with no option to air it with any success owing to one tiny window in the kitchen opening to the outside itself. Although, the lean-to was useful for hanging washing.
The gardens, front and back, were both an overgrown and untidy mess. There was nowhere really nice to sit outside either. There is a bench, but it was surrounded by dead pots / overgrown plants and the steps up were shrowded by plants. Also, there was cat poo in the gravel under the bench which stank and was unpleasant. Removing the gravel would alleviate this particular problem.
The decor of the house was very nice throughout and a welcome relief after struggling to park. I do not recall seeing anything about the very steep staircases in the description, but I may have missed that. The staircase leading up to the lovely attic room was particularly precarious. I have issues with my pelvis and was very wary about going down these stairs in particular. The children wanted this room, but if they had slipped, off the bottom steps, they could potentially have fallen down the other set of stairs leading to the ground floor. There is a “cross bar” fitted, I assume as a precaution to avoid this, but it didn’t put my mind at ease enough to allow my 13 year olds up there.
The bedding in the attic room was extremely itchy and I could not use it. Luckily, I had taken a blanket with me which I used over the sheet and around myself in the night. I slept with a towel over the two pillows. I do not have sensitive skin at all, but the covers were made from a strange material and gave me a rash within 5 minutes. This is something that be easily rectified by buying new bedding, including the duvet itself
Reply from Classic Cottages
We're so sorry that you had problems with parking - the parking here is on the road so not a guaranteed space but there are some long stay car parks in Cowes (Brunswick Road, Mornington Road) if you prefer not to park on the road and a lot of the short stay car parks are free after 6pm. We've taken on board all your other comments and will see if we can include a photo of the stairs to the top bedroom. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and we're glad you liked the interior decor. Tanya, Customer Support
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