Confirmed guest: 01 November 2019 Published on: 06 November 2019
Hi Jen, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I just love getting feedback like this! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your break, come back any time, you can be sure of a warm welcome.
8 out of 10
South West Scotland Family
Dodd View is a lovely house and is furnished to a high standard. The bathrooms are also done to a high spec. The sitting room is comfortable and spacious and the snug is cosy, useful as an extra tv room/playroom/reading room etc. The kitchen is spacious and equipped to a good standard. It is also done to a high spec. as is the utility. We found the mattresses very firm although we did get used to them towards the end of the week. As the utility is quite large it is a shame there is a washer/dryer rather than separate machines, which are more serviceable when washing for a family, but using a washer/dryer is not an insurmountable problem. Perhaps central heating instructions would be beneficial as the heating went off at 9 am and again at 9.30 pm so if you are night hawks like ourselves the house cooled down quite quickly on a morning and evening. There is a log burner in the sitting room, however, it seemed a shame to light it later on an evening but it would have solved the problem of the chilly late nights. Although it was no problem to us the handrail at the bottom of the stairs leading off the kitchen is a little loose. Dodd View is only a couple of miles outside of Keswick so ideally situated to gain access to the shops and amenities there, but I would say a car is essential. However, it is a very peaceful spot and the road situated close to the house did not bother us at all. I can imagine the garden is a lovely place to sit on a warm summer’s evening. All in all we had a super time at Dodd View and would most definitely return. We would recommend the property.
Confirmed guest: 18 October 2019 Published on: 23 October 2019
Hi Christine, many thanks for taking the time to leave such detailed comments, I really appreciate it and will investigate the points you have raised. I'm delighted to hear you had such a lovely time and would love to see you again in the future!
8 out of 10
Dodd View is two cottages converted into one, the end two of a terrace of four, situated quite close to the A591 main road to Bassenthwaite some four miles from Keswick. There is ample parking and unloading space to the front and side of the cottage, and at the back there is a typical Cumbrian garden, with a raised patio area and table and chairs with a view across Bassenthwaite Lake to Barf and Grisedale Pike.
The conversion is sympathetic, with a good size utility/bootroom, downstairs loo, kitchen with a large table and six chairs, lounge with two sofas and an armchair, a snug with sofa, and two sets of stairs leading to three double bedrooms and two shower rooms with loo each, one with the addition of a bath. The hot water and heating system was excellent. We had couldn't ignite the gas fire in the kitchen, but enjoyed the log burner in the main lounge.
Whilst we thought the size of the cottage was excellent for three couples, we felt there was a lack of storage in the two smaller bedrooms. A wider chest of drawers instead of the tallboy in the right hand bedroom, for example, and although we appreciate the difficulty of the roof pitch in both, perhaps some sort of wardrobe arrangement rather than the hooks and hatstand may be possible? Also there was no lock on the main bathroom door which was annoying. Nevertheless, the beds and bedding were very comfortable, clean and fresh.
The kitchen was reasonably well equipped, but what was lacking was pasta bowls, pint glasses, some more food preparation boards - and a set of sharp knives in a block would have been nice.
What let the ground floor down was lighting, always so important to create atmosphere, particularly in the main lounge. The one lamp in the corner needs some balance in the room, maybe an uplighter to the right of the fireplace, although there is no socket there, so unless you have the very bright ceiling light on, the room can be gloomy. In the smaller lounge, it is only the ceiling lights, again very bright. Also the main lounge really needs a coffee table in the middle, there are only two small occasional tables for drinks etc. We actually moved the sofa from the small lounge to the main lounge while we were there, and didn't use the small lounge. (We did move it back again before we left). We also thought the front door itself was rather ill fitting, as we could see daylight around it and could hear the noise from the main road through it quite clearly.
We feel if these few points could be addressed, Dodd View would much score higher.
Confirmed guest: 04 October 2019 Published on: 09 October 2019
Hi Tim, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such very detailed feedback - I'm sure future visitors will find it helpful, and I've made a note of the points you raised so that I can follow them all up. It's such a great location, isn't it? I'm glad that you all had a good holiday!