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The Crook's front door on Sheep Street opens into an entrance hall, with flagstone flooring, which leads to: Living room: The cosy living room contains a wood burning stove (logs provided) and a plasma TV with DVD player. There is also a DVD and book library, plus a selection of games; Kitchen/dining room: The dining room is the heart of the house, with exposed walls, wooden beams, flagstone flooring and a large brick fireplace (no longer used as a fire). There is a large dining table, with seating for 8, and a plasma TV. The new kitchen is bright and airy, with a door leading directly out to the courtyard garden. Equipped to a high standard, the kitchen contains a range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a Nespresso coffee machine (capsules are not provided); Downstairs cloakroom: Accessed via the original back door of The Crook, contains a WC and basin; Small storage cupboard.A stairway from the hall leads upstairs to the first floor: Bedroom 1: Contains a king size bed and plenty of wardrobe space; Bedroom 2: Contains two single beds, which can be joined together to form a super king size bed; Bathroom: Refurbished to an exceptional standard, the bathroom contains a bath with overhead shower, a WC and basin. The tiled floor has under floor heating.From the first floor landing, an old door opens onto the staircase to the second floor: Bedroom 3: The staircase opens out directly into a spacious eaves bedroom, with beautiful exposed beams and a super king size bed; Bedroom 4: At the top of the stairs, connected to bedroom 3, is a small eaves bedroom, with restricted head height. This room contains two small single beds (75cm wide). A particular feature of this room, which makes it ideal for younger children, is that the door from bedroom 3 can be safely shut but left open at the top, so that adults in bedroom 3 can keep an eye on the children.Back downstairs, a door from the kitchen leads directly outside to a fabulous courtyard garden, which includes a stunning open fireplace and a charcoal barbecue. Sheltered from the wind and with ample seating and dining space for eight guests, the courtyard is perfect for entertaining, whatever the season. The courtyard is well lit for evening dining.
Firstly, the 1 star rating (instead of no stars) is for its location. It is in a fantastic location, walking distance to Stow. We stayed in the back bedroom so no road noise, however if you pull the short straw and get the road side bedroom - the traffic noise is 24/7. Parking wasn't an issue for us. It's great driving distance to all sight-seeing and really close to Daylsford Farm. This is the ONLY good point.
The condition of this property is poor. It is not average - it is poor. The below points are just some of the issues we noticed and that was 2 people staying in a 6 person property.
1. The downstairs toilet – very dirty – needs bleaching.
2. General wear-and-tear. It is in desperate need of fresh paint and handy-work. Walls are all scuffed, stained and look terrible.
3. The radiators need bleeding – in particular the kitchen which sounds like rain coming in! The 1st bedroom up the stairs also needs it.
4. The sofa would have to be the worst offense – it is literally on an angle. You have to sit with pillows under your bottom otherwise you roll off! The whole room smells like wet dog and the old blanket on top isn’t fooling anyone! If you are more than say 3 people - you will be very cramped in the living room.
5. 2nd bedroom near bathroom – that rug is disgusting and needs replacing! The side table is cracked. The window is broken and doesn’t stay open and well and the lock isn’t working to close it. The cupboard is full of dust – coat hangers needed wiping before anything went in.
7. The carpet is filthy and covered in stains in most places.
8. The bathroom is ok – minus the mouldy seal. The water pressure is a joke – I had to book in to get a blow dry as washing shampoo out of thick hair is impossible. The tub is very slippery and the floor mat on offer is yellow and mould starting to grow.
Also, bathroom is tiny - so if 6 people are sharing - good luck!
Having read the negative reviews - it seemed pointless to contact the owners as the issues raised were not going to be solved within a couple days and not without disruption. On return home i did complain - no response - i threatened with a bad review - i got an email acknowledgment (no apology), a week passed by, another threat and then i got a response. Which basically said they are aiming to do work on the property but haven't had a chance (the complaints i am making have been raised over 3 years ago by people).
Would not advise staying here
Car: Stow is conveniently located at the junction of seven roads, including the A429 (Fosse Way), and is easily accessed by car.
Train: The nearest railway station to Stow is Kingham (approximately 5 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.
Plane: Stow is within easy reach of a number of international airports: Birmingham International Airport: 45 miles, approximately 60 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 73 miles, approximately 90 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 69 miles, approximately 90 minutes drive.