Mis-sold! Sykes Cottages rented me this cottage without warning of the barn renovation adjacent to the property. This affected the 3-day break for myself and my two dogs significantly. The building work, which started at 8 am, involved workers crossing in front of the cottage, vehicles parked immediately outside, as well as coming and going so that I was unable to tether my dogs outside safely. Access to the neighbouring fields (one of the reasons I chose the property) was blocked by the site and by the equipment - in itself a contravention of health and safety laws. The 'beautiful parkland' advertised on Sykes' web site was cancelled out by the eyesore that all this entailed. The cottage itself smelled of damp and smoke and the sofa and chairs are in dire need of replacement - old, stained and very uncomfortable. My letter of complaint to Sykes received a derisory response, offering an amount of compensation almost too embarrassing to quote (35 pounds!!) and a thanks for bringing the building work to their attention so that they could alert future customers. . . a standard useless response. My follow-up letter pointing out the woeful inadequacy of their reply was ignored. Shame on them. Hence resorting to Trip Advisor: at least people looking for a reliable, professional rental company will see that their hard-earned money is best spent elsewhere.