Location was amazing. The views were gorgeous. The cottage was very very dated and smelt of dogs and damp. The beck was amazing at the bottom of the garden but the garden needed more maintenance. Overall we wouldn’t use the cottage again but the location was exactly right.
Confirmed guest: 02 August 2019 Published on: 03 August 2019
Hi Matthew, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your break, the location is stunning isn't it? Just perfect for heading out exploring. I really appreciate your feedback and suggestions for improvement. I'll make sure everything is addressed, thank you. If you would like any help choosing somewhere to stay for your next visit to the Lakes just get in touch and I'll be happy to offer some suggestions.
8 out of 10
Had a lovely relaxing week at Comb Beck. The cottage location is VERY peaceful, right by Whinlatter Forest, so great for morning and evening dog walks right on doorstep (as well as walking in general). The lounge is comfortable (with a small dinning table too) and the balcony over the stream is sunny and relaxing - though some cushions for the outside chairs would be a nice touch!
The elements that we scored low(er) in our review are more personal preference than problems with the property itself...
- Thornthwaite has no 'Local Amenities' - hence the 'low' score but Braithwaite is a pleasant 30 mins woodland walk (or 5 min drive) to the pub and small local shop. We came fully prepared to self-cater and expected to use the car to get to day-out activities/walks etc anyway, so this was not an issue for us.
The layout of the cottage is a little odd. The bathroom is reached through the kitchen at the lowest level - not ideal when going to the loo in the middle of the night and not wanting to wake/excite our dog sleeping in the lounge (mid-level), and not ideal going down the steep/turning stair case in the middle of the night in any case. The loft/reading room above the bedrooms is a nice space, but was completely lost on anyone like us with a dog - if you are to avoid letting the dog 'upstairs' (per owner's request) which we did, as we also do not allow our dog upstairs at home.
The kitchen is a little 'cosy' for those wanting to mostly self-cater - and the fridge (with "freezer compartment") is also too small if you turn up with a week's fresh food! Better to shop every 2/3 days. The electric hob is an old steel hot-plates (4) thing which is completely impractical/uncontrollable for doing anything more subtle than boiling pans of water - and the plate/bezel around the hot-plates also go VERY hot, and even the worktop started to warm up - which was a little concerning.....
The mattress in the double room needs replacing and would also benefit from some better quality pillows. Don't know about the single beds/bedding as we used that room to keep our clothes etc.
So overall, we would recommend this property, even though there are some small issues that could do with attention, as well as some quirks (layout) that you only 'experience' after the fact.
Confirmed guest: 05 July 2019 Published on: 09 July 2019
Hi Martin, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you enjoyed a nice relaxing week, it's a lovely place to relax and recharge the batteries isn't it? And the location is ideal for heading out for some good walks with the dog. I really appreciate your feedback and suggestions for improvement and will make sure everything is looked into, thank you. I hope you can come back to explore more of the Lakes soon.
8 out of 10
Really liked Comb Beck. Overall very well set up and comfortable. All instructions helpful and felt very much at home. Rated well against any other holiday rentals we have had.
Only negatives lack of storage in main bedroom, if was there for a week would be difficult as wasn't really able to unpack properly.
Considering returning so thats a good sign!
Confirmed guest: 11 March 2019 Published on: 12 March 2019
Hi Kevin, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your break. It's a real home from home isn't it? And the location is stunning. Thanks for your feedback about the lack of storage in the main bedroom, I'll certainly give this some thought. I hope you can look forward to a return visit very soon.