Mr Newman July 2022
Don't really want to leave a negative review to put people off. The location of The Bear is excellent and it is a comfortable place to say in.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you so much for discussing your feedback with me which we will of course pass on to the owners for consideration. It's great to hear you thought the location was excellent and the gardens beautiful. We'd love to welcome you back to any of our properties in the future. Kelsey, Customer Support
Mr Fuller June 2022
The Bear was hugely disappointing. The property is very tired and in need of significant maintenance. Whilst it is marketed as being light and airy the rooms are, in general dark and dingy and in some places damp. The property does not appear to have been decorated in many years and is in need of a significant refurb.
The WIFI is inadequate and it is not possible to access the heating and hot water controls to enable the heating to come on when needed or to provide enough hot water for the 8 occupants to have showers and / or baths.
Overall we found the property deeply disappointing and not good value for money.
Reply from Classic Cottages
We were so sorry to see that you were unhappy with the cottage to such a degree. It is an historic 16th Century property and as such the layout and room orientation is reflective of the age. The cottage is redecorated each winter and its furnishings are in keeping with the comfortable farmhouse style - we can only apologise if this wasn't clear from the website photos.
The wifi ordinarily works well, but this is a more remote rural property so will not mirror the speeds of more urban areas, and may struggle a little if a full house of eight guests are all using different devices at the same time - this is purely down to the location and the broadband speeds available in Devon generally.
The hot water is set to constant provision, but the owner will check this - she'd have been happy to help during your stay if we'd known you were having some problems.
We regret that the property wasn't quite right for you, but hope that you enjoyed your time in the area overall. Tanya, Customer Support
Mrs Windsor-MacKenzie June 2022
Beautiful cottage, just perfect for our family. The garden was sunny and we ate breakfast there. The wood burner was very cosy. The bedrooms beautiful. We loved the proximity to the coast and Harland/ Harland Abbey. Fully recommended. Mr and Mrs Windsor MacKenzie Edinburgh
Mr Cochrane April 2022
I love using your website, it usually gives me every thing we need when booking a property.
Mr Lewis July 2021
Not twee - no thatch, for example - but very well maintained, so that it's possible to keep the cottage spotlessly clean (which is how we found it). Well equipped, with all the important mod cons: w/m, t/d, d/w, reasonably sized fridge freezer. That's not to say the cottage lacks interesting quirks - you should bring three or four drawing pins. An excellent centre for walkers, especially those who enjoy the Coast Path. For restful interludes Hartland Abbey, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are all worth a visit. The entrance hall, kitchen and utility room have tiled floors and so are dog-friendly in that respect. The garden is also dog-friendly although an adventurous middle-sized or large dog could escape and so would need supervision.
Mrs Farthing October 2020
A beautiful cosy cottage which served as a great base for our walking holiday. Thank you
Mrs WORTHINGTON August 2020
The Bear is ideally situated with access to lovely walks and dramatic coastal scenery. There are so many things to do without having to travel too far out of the area. Certainly a favourite place to come back to and explore even more.
Mrs Leyfield December 2019
Warm, comfortable and quirky. Ideal cottage for families.
Mr Wilcox May 2019
The wonderful local scenery and walks to Hartland Quay were a real bonus. This part of Devon should be visited and the Bear provides excellent access to picturesque coastal walks nearby.
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