We know and love the area around Kirkby Lonsdale so the location was excellent - just off the main road, but definitly rural with walking oppertunities from the door and good views of Ingleborough even if you do not fancy climbing it. Pub ( with wifi and food) 15 mins walk. Shops, Pubs, Resturants, Markets and Supermarkets in Kirkby Lonsdale and Settle - max 20 min drive ( see my other reviews)
The cottge is as pretty as it looks in the pictures and there is a pleasing attention to detail in things like cushions and flowers. Very well equipped kitchen.The rooms are spacous.Beds and chairs comfy. The garden would be lovely in the summer months - a real old fashioned cottage garden.
So -it could be delightful, and I am sure it is in the summer. Why the low score ? We were freezing the whole stay, and this completely detracted from our comfort.. The property had been empty for several weeks and it was the coldest spring in living memory, so we realise conditions were unusual. When we arrived the cottage was perishing ! I wont go into details about the extent of the cold because its boring, but on phoning the owner the next day to say it was unacceptable the initial response was ' I dont know what I can do' and a denial there had been problems before - the visitors book records at least 2 other families having been cold. We agreed to keep the fire on for 24 hours and she brought over a heater at our request. The cottage did warm up a bit after 48 hours, but we were all relieved to get back to our central heating on return home (and we are the sort of people to wear jumpers etc indoors) .
The problem in this cottage is the lack of proper central heating - it is night storage only. The cootage is old - thick stone walls and exposed in aspect. When it is really cold the heaters do not warm up sufficiently, and there is always the problem that they are at thier coldest in the late afternoon/early evening, just when you want to return to a warm cottage having been out all day. The fire does help but it is not practical , or safe, to have it on all day when you are out and about , never mind the fact you are being charged extra for fuel for what is essential and localised heating - our daughter wanted to study at the dining table but could never use it for long because she got so cold even with the fire blazing at the other end of the room.
So - all in all - recommended but not for winter .
A bit disappointed in sykes - have been to several of thier other properties without a problem but not a peep from them re this !