Let me make it clear from the start, this place is not bad but it could so easily be great.
So we arrived, the instructions sent were pretty spot on and SATNAV IS USELESS!!
The property is a sb- divided cottage with front living room/bedroom, kitchen and a bathroom.
First impressions aren't great, there is what appears to be a recycled double glazed front door, it doesn't fit with look of the cottage and it's not brilliantly fitted either. This wants ripping out and a sympathetic door fitting, same with the front window.
Inside is a nice size room with a wooden floor. There is a massive 4 poster bed, it fills the room. It's is VERY comfy and a good nights sleep is certain, but it's just far to big for the room.
This leaves little space and so an old two seater settee is all there is left plus an enormous TV, sizes need rebalancing!!
A double bed, a nice NEW 3 seater settee and smaller TV is needed all the other furniture can go. The room needs painting in magnolia with an accent wall, the awful chandelier and wall lights need changing for modern understated fittings and put on dimmers, nice!
The heating is electrical oil fired wall heaters, these work brilliantly and are not the cheap versions either the best heating solution for none gas supplied sites I've seen, well done. There is permanent hot water as well, piping hot such a rarity normally.
There is a nicely fitted kitchen with all you need, even a washing machine, I'd swap that out for a half dishwasher myself. Now water pressure is an issue as it takes time to fill the sink, an up front pump might help, but tbh, two people aren't going to be bothered by that very much. Now the only two little issues with the kitchen are; the sink overflow is not connected so I flooded the under sink unit before realising and my single biggest bug bare, clearly a feed was put in for an extractor hood, not only does this form a little pig tail at the kitchen ceiling but it has good old insulation tape making it "safe". ugly and not safe. The finish is ok but could be better!
The bathroom is okay, shower, bath, sink and toilet. There is somewhat of a mish mash of tiles they don't go together and are poorly laid on floor and walls, paint on them and looks just a LOT DIY. The bath is pointless a nice wet room would have been nice, it's far to big as well. The shower needs a water pump fitting as there is no pressure!! The heat in the bathroom is from the towel rail, what an amazing bit of kit!! Does a brilliant job.
On to the reason we came here, the hot tub. It's not the usual plastic box, it's a pine? bath that is wood fired! Lighting it is dead easy but you need to stoke and stoke it, didn't bother me in the slightest, eventually after much stoking and stiring we had a lovely couple of hours. Now the wood provided only did the one night, I picked up some more the next day at Barnard Castle which again lasted just one night. The wood needs to be rapid burning so old timber and small logs are best. I'm sure the owners have plenty of timber but there is no phone signal up there and I didn't really want to be knocking on their door at 9pm! It's great fun thou.
So to summarise,we had a smashing weekend in the North East in a beautiful location and a Hottub! the place just wants finishing properly inside and out. It has great potential but just needs a knowing eye to oversee it. I'd definitely stay again, but in its present state I wouldnt pay what I paid for three nights!