- In general we enjoyed our October week in Foxwood Cottage, although it was marred by the difficulty of having a nice hot bath at the end of the day as explained below.
The cottage was warm, comfortable, well equipped, and had good sized bedrooms. It was nice having the open fire, and plenty of coal was provided, although we spent more time in the other living room as it was a better shape. Free internet access worked well, and there was ample parking. The location was fantastic, plenty of fells to climb in the area, and the Youth Hostel literally a few minutes’ walk down the road was great for drinks (incl. a good selection of ale) and served acceptable food.
The cottage did feel a bit dated, and the kitchen table was a bit of a squeeze for 4 people, but the biggest issue was the lack of enough water for a hot bath, which was significant enough for us to raise with Sally's Cottages whilst we there. Very simply, the bottom third of the hot water tank didn't get hot, despite the immersion being on all day, resulting in only enough hot water for half a bath, unless you topped it up with hot water from the electric shower using chamber pots - not what you want after a day in the fells. Sally's Cottages did as much as they could to help whilst we were there and indeed afterwards; the owner suggested having the open fire on longer which made no difference. Upon our return home, the owner only offered what equated to a third of a night's refund, which we felt was disappointing. We have since noticed that Sally's Cottages have removed the mention of a bath on the website.
Published on: 06 February 2020
Hi Chris, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review of Foxwood Cottage. Borrowdale is a wonderful place to spend a holiday. Thanks for bringing the hot water issue to my attention, I'll look into it for you. I hope you'll be returning to The Lakes very soon to do some more exploring.