Beechcroft accommodation summary
Two Superking-size bedrooms (these can be made up a twin rooms on request)
One bunkbed bedroom suitable for adults
Bathroom with shower and WC
Bathroom with roll top bath and WC
Two double bedrooms
One bunkbed bedroom suitable for children
Bathroom with shower and WC
Parking for up to five cars
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by gas central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £15 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
Beechcroft is a nineteenth-century Gothic cottage, situated in over an acre of wild gardens. It sleeps up to ten adults and two children across six rooms of various configurations. There are bedrooms and two bathrooms on the ground floor, making it accessible to less-able guests. Children and two well-behaved dogs are welcome, although the gardens are only partially enclosed.
Beechcroft boasts a grand castellated entrance into a large lobby and is topped by a balcony. As sun floods through the double front doors and its stained glass panes, the lobby is used less as an entrance nowadays but, more suitably, as a lounging area in which to relax with your tipple of choice, doors thrown open to watch the ducks paddling in the pond. The entrance is via the side door and is clearly signposted from the car parking area.
Traditional high ceilings are featured throughout the cottage, with intricate woodwork lattices picked out in sage green. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the living room, which has a double aspect to the gardens beyond and a view of the ancient Giant Redwood, a dominant feature of the garden. Two three-seater leather settees surround a convincing gas-effect fire in a marble surround and slate hearth. A large Welsh dresser is stocked with books and games and a Smart TV sits in the corner of the room, so come armed with your Netflix login details. The cottage has been restored with its original servants' bells and the living room is a good place to start children off on a hunt to see how many they can find around the house.
The kitchen is sensitively modern and well-stocked, its old Oak dining table seating up to 12 guests in marvellously mismatched chairs. A kitchen island seats a further two people at the breakfast bar. The kitchen comprises of a double electric oven with a six-ring gas hob and extractor fan, a microwave, dishwasher and large fridge-freezer with an ice-maker. A washing machine is concealed in a cupboard along the long hall, near to the utility room.
There are three bathrooms, two on the ground floor and one upstairs. All are fitted with Heritage bathroom fittings, including a WC, walk-in shower and wash basin, one upstairs and one downstairs. For those craving a little more luxury you can also relax in roll-top bath in the second bathroom on the ground floor. The six bedrooms are spread across both floors. There are two Superking-size bedrooms on the ground floor, ample in size with plenty of storage, these beds can also be made up as two singles upon request. A small room containing bunkbeds with reading lights adjoins to one of the Superking-sized rooms and would be suitable for adults and children alike. Views from each of the rooms are of the gardens beyond.
Upstairs are two Kingsize bedrooms and a small room with a set of bunkbeds suitable for children. Each room has plenty of storage. The front Kingsize room opens to the balcony above the grand main entrance.
A tall handmade red brick wall runs along the length of the property; the greenhouses of the nursery business used to line the length of the wall opposite the raised beds in which the flowers were planted. This is a garden meant for exploring and for stoking the imagination of children, young and old. The architect and previous owner, Mr Brown, built a superb treehouse in the grounds; challenging the children to find it will give you well-deserved 'down time' in which to unpack!
There is space in the drive to park up to five cars, with unrestricted on-street parking outside.