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“Lovely spot, great host”
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Colchester, Essex, England

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TTK980
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely spot, great host”
Reviewed 11 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We were a party of 5 adults staying here, 2 couples and a single. The house is great; better than the pics suggest. The beds are comfortable, everything is perfectly clean, and the outdoor spaces are nicely maintained. The location is also fantastic - just a few minutes from the Castle and the town centre. The property is totally detached, so no worries about disturbing neighbours, and the parking space on the drive is really useful. If I were pushed to make a criticism, it would be that the shower is hopeless, and we weren't able to get 5 warm showers out of it (not even 3, actually!). That said, I would certainly stay here again if the need arose. Everything else is in lovely condition; the kitchen in particular is extremely well equipped, and I think this would work well for a family stay.
What really made the difference is that Youseph is a great host - very helpful and flexible - we were very grateful that he let us stay an extra couple of hours to simplify arrangements on a difficult day, and he even offered to reschedule the cleaner if we needed a little longer. It was a pleasure to stay here and everyone in the party would heartily recommend it to others.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Shower
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
14 Mar 2016
Dear Guest. thank you very much for your review. I am delighted to say that we will install a more powerful boiler this week, which will allow for constant hot water (combi system). Looking forward to hosting you again
Youseph
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DevonUkPi...
Devon Uk
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“New Year 2015”
Reviewed 3 February 2016 for a stay in December 2015

What a great location. Walking distance and 2 minutes from the main high street. So much better than a hotel as we could chill out in the day and cook. We could shop, rest and shop. The house has everything and is warm. Youssef the owner is pleasant, welcoming and helped us one night when we messed up the heating thermostat. We would definitely stay here again when visiting family. Six of us stayed here and I believe we saved a fortune on food and taxis because of the central location and the kitchen allowing us to cook comfortably for a large family. My only recommendation would be a better shower. I just loved our stay so a better shower would make it easier for us girls to get ready and more time to shop :) resulting in this place being just perfect.

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Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
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Liked best: Location and comfortable
Liked least: The shower
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
4 Feb 2016
dear Gemma
thank you for the review. it was great hosting you. I will look into upgrading the shower
Cheers
Youseph
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Mummytj
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Very comfortable accommodation situated in a quiet street a few minutes walk from town.”
Reviewed 30 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015

The property was clean and comfortable. I was pleased with the size and organisation of the kitchen as I was welcoming family for Xmas dinner etc. (a dishwasher would have been a bonus). We were left a nice selection of treats to enjoy over Xmas. There was no extra charge for electricity/heating which was a real bonus when staying during winter. It took us a while to work out how to get the shower to stay warm, but we sorted it after a couple of chilly surprises. The bathroom is very spacious and the owners were happy for me to bring my mothers disabled toilet aid as the property did not have one. The bathroom was big enough for mum to manoeuvre around independently with her walking frame, although it took her a while to adapt to the raised threshold. I could nip out to the town centre quickly to collect supplies as it was just 2-3 minutes walk away. There was plenty of room on the driveway for parking, we easily parked 3 cars on Boxing day. ( though families with bigger vehicles would probably park 2). Everybody slept well, the beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of storage space for luggage/clothes.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Patricia...
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Quiet, comfortable and private”
Reviewed 27 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We stayed for a family occasion and appreciated the location and layout of this bungalow. It was a quiet and private retreat where we could look after ourselves - there was a great kitchen, TV, hot water and comfortable beds. The tea, coffee, milk etc (and the bottle of wine!) were much appreciated.Thanks also to the owners for arranging an early check in time.

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Joanna504...
Camberley, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very near to the town to walk in”
Reviewed 22 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Very close to town so could walk in to restaurants in the evening leaving car parked at the bungalow. Very comfortable

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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