- The cottage was in a great location built in 1691 and looks as if its never been decorated since, that's the positives out the way, now on to the honest review about this property. On first walking up to the house the feeling of uninhabited/ or neglected springs to mind. The exterior masonry white paint is flaking off in large patches all over the house making it look run down from the outset. On entering the property it just gets worse- the kitchen is literally falling to bits with damp on the ceiling, and doors hanging off as the carcasses have crumbling holes around some of the door hinges, this means doors were all wonky and (hanging on for dear life) looking tired to say the least. The oven light doesn't work, so you can't tell if it's up to temperature or off altogether. The hob is from the ark, and has the same disease as the oven, it has lights, but none of them work. This is very dangerous as there's nothing to say the hob plates are hot or cold expecially if you had children. Chopping boards were strategically placed to cover burnt melted work tops. Laminate flooring moved and revealed a big gap in the flooring entering the kitchen. The pots, pans, utensils and cutlery, looked like it has been collected over many years of car boot and jumble sales over a lifetime. Nothing matching and everything was well worn out. There is a living room with a TV that you can't get any WiFi in, or the other end of the property has a games room, with the WiFi hub and no TV, so there's a choice to be made. The WiFi only works in the games room or the main bedroom directly above so kids will want to live all holiday in the games room. The down stairs bathroom has a shower which is as old as the property, trickling out luke warm water- not sufficient to have a shower under, it's completely pointless. Decor and tiles are very tired and flooring coming up in places. Upstairs is quite nice considering the shock from the entire ground floor. The main bedroom has a king-size bed and is very comfy, however the throw was torn and stained in desperate need of replacement. The 2nd bedroom is fine also but again no wifi. The main bathroom has had a recent shower fitted, and after waiting 10 minutes with nothing but ice cold water, the owners relative who explained the obvious about switching on a series of pulley switches which were already in the on position when we arrived. The bath has a tiny emersion heated tank to fill a huge stained tin bath which ran cold after a couple of inches of semi hot water. Again, tiles and decor is really tired in this bathroom. Outside the garden has fab views and is a lovely size grassed area banking down to a very shallow river, which is safe for kids and dogs to paddle. The outdoor furniture is rusty and uncomfortable. All in all, a great base as the area is fab but for the weekly cost I feel the property needs to be desperately re-furbed top to bottom including the exterior. I would not recommend a stay at Foxwood cottage as it's obvious the owner doesn't care about this run down over rented sad old house.
Published on: 01 October 2021
Hi Jonathan, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm sorry to hear that the cottage didn't meet your expectations. I really appreciate your detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement and will make sure everything you have highlighted is addressed. I hope you still managed to enjoy your break, the Borrowdale valley is stunning isn't it?
I hope you can come back to explore more of the Lakes soon.