There is no doubt that this is a beautiful, spacious cottage. Recently refurbished and just open, we were one of the first guests to stay here. We were very impressed on arrival - the cottage has almost everything you could need and the owners provided a brand new highchair and travel cot for our baby. We were also grateful for the toys and games provided for our older child. The only things we missed was a CD player and DVD player in the main lounge. The little TV in the snug has an inbuilt DVD. There was an ipod docking station.
All the rooms are very generous and the views are spectacular. It is a rural location and quite exposed - it was very windy during our stay. There is also nothing within walking distance, but we found some lovely local villages - Birstwith has a lovely playground and weir! It is within easy reach of Harrogate and Pateley Bridge, which had all we needed.
However, the cottage still has some teething problems. The Wifi Internet was not available until the day before we left, and only runs at 1.5MB. This made it very difficult for my husband to monitor his work and send emails. There was also a lot of intermittant noise from the toilets and water pipes, at various volumes and often making 'clunking', 'thumping' and 'banging' noises throughout the evening and nighttime (not caused by turning a knob on one of the radiators). This made it near impossible to relax and difficult to sleep at times. We complained numerous times to the owners, but nothing was done and we felt our complaints were not taken seriously, even though they told us they'd had similar complaints from other guests. I hope this problem is sorted out soon as this place has the potential to be a great holiday cottage.
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