The half stabled front door of Bakers Cottage opens directly into the living room. The following rooms are on the ground floor: Living room: A beautiful room, which exudes traditional character, including an exposed Cotswold stone wall, wooden floor, stone mullion window and wood burning stove. There is comfy seating for four and a Freeview TV with DVD player; Kitchen/dining room: Looking out to the back garden, the kitchen contains an electric oven, four ring electric hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, kettle and toaster. There is a wooden dining table, which can seat two/three when set up in the kitchen. If the table if set up in the living room, it can seat four, with two people sitting on the window seat; Utility room: Contains a washing machine and a tumble dryer.Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms: Bedroom 2: A characterful room, with a lovely window seat and wooden beams, which contains a double bed; Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.A further set of stairs leads up from the first floor, opening directly into the master bedroom: Master bedroom: A beautiful room, in the eaves of the cottage (with a low beam as you enter the room), which contains a king size bed.Bakers Cottage's enclosed garden is accessed from the kitchen and consists of two areas: a small courtyard area immediately outside the back door, and then relatively steep steps lead up to a lawned area, which has a wooden table and four chairs, with beautiful views of the local church. There is a charcoal barbecue during the summer months.
Bakers Cottage - a cottage that sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms
- Kalender zuletzt aktualisiert:
- 14. Dez. 2018
Not as expected
This cottage was not at all what we expected and a real disappointment. I will try to be balanced and give some positives first:
-good general area of the Cotswolds, not too touristy;
-attractive enough village;
-some nice decorative touches;
-pretty, if tiny, garden;
-utilities in working order.
However, if you are thinking of booking this be aware that:
-there is no parking outside the cottage but several hundred metres further along the street - no fun with suitcases in the rain;
-despite being in a fairly large village there is nowhere to eat out at night that doesn't involve a drive;
-the local cow population roam freely outside - so watch your shoes as you convey your suitcases and don't even think about wheeling them along the pavement;
-upper bedroom is far from enchanting and completely exposed to the first floor landing;
-bathroom is mouldy round the windows;
-living room window is draughty and a scarf is needed when sitting on the sofa on a windy day;
-the cottage is on a main road in and out of the village so if you're a light sleeper, take earplugs;
-smoke alarm was beeping on arrival due to low battery - training issue for housekeeping staff who must have been aware and chose to ignore it;
-furniture has been moved from room to room for the above pictures so you can't tell how terribly cramped the living areas are - it's impossible to seat 4 people at the table;
-kitchen is particularly tiny with only the most basic of equipment most of which has seen better days - we spent the week boiling water in a pot as the kettle was in such a state;
-DVD player supplied but no DVDs;
-no walk books;
-even though the company we booked through advertised 'initial consumables' as part of the package we had a packet of supermarket biscuits dumped in a basket with leaflets and not even a pint of milk was available to make a cup of tea on arrival;
-the owner does not give the impression of caring what sort of holiday you have - we had communication from her not on a postcard to say 'welcome' as we've had in most cottages we've been to, or in the form of a polite knock on the door and offer of help / enquiry as to how we were getting on like we've had at some of the better cottages we've been to, but in the form of a simultaneous e-mail and text on the penultimate day demanding we put out the rubbish!
There is little care going into this rental - not recommended!
The following is written by the owner of the cottage:
I am sorry that you have found certain aspects unsatisfactory during your recent stay at Bakers Cottage, and I wanted to take the time to reply to your feedback.
There is free on street parking available almost opposite the cottage as well as the free parking further along the street.
Minchinhampton does have some evening eating options: ‘Sophie’s’, ‘Munchinhampton’, a fish & chip shop & a pop-up pizza takeaway.
The website does make reference to the cows freely roaming but for us this is part of the charm of living here!
We think the bedroom is ‘enchanting’ and the website does clearly state that it opens directly from the first floor.
I am sorry if you found any evidence of mould. I will have this addressed immediately.
Unfortunately some old Grade listed buildings do suffer from the occasional draft.
Whilst there are no main roads in Minchinhampton the cottage is in the heart of the village and consequently there will be passing traffic.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will have it addressed immediately.
Bakers Cottage is a cosy cottage. The table is a drop leaf and needs to be set up correctly. Once done it can easily accommodate four people. I’m sorry to hear this and would have appreciated it if you had contacted me to let me know about the problems you were having with the kettle.
On arrival a pack of luxury biscuits were provided. The website clearly states what is provided as ‘initial consumables’.
I am sorry that you feel this way as my guests are of my foremost concern. As with all my guests I initially left you to enjoy your holiday in peace without intrusion. I provide a copy of the communication regarding the rubbish. I do not feel that the following is demanding at all: “I hope that you are having a wonderful stay at Bakers Cottage. As you may or may not have read in the welcome pack it is bin day tomorrow in Minchinhampton, so please may you put your black rubbish bags (and green recycling bin) outside the front door Thursday evening for Friday am collection. Please do not leave this until Friday morning as the bin men can come early! Many thanks for your cooperation.” As Character Cottages have discussed with you “Often guests don’t always see messages left at the property for them so on occasion owners do need to get in touch with direct messages.”
I thank you for bringing all these points to my attention.
Car: Bakers Cottage is easily accessed by car, being located approximately eight miles away from the M5 and approximately 17 miles away from the M4.
Train: The nearest railway station to Bakers Cottage is Stroud (approximately four miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of just over 90 minutes.
Plane: Birmingham International Airport: 76 miles, approximately 80 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 90 miles, approximately 90 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 39 miles, approximately 60 minute drive.