I'll start with the positives then move on to the areas that, for us, let the property down but we think could very easily be rectified. The Hayloft is very spacious, clean, prettily furnished, and reasonably well equipped. The owners are friendly and were extremely quick and gracious in sorting a couple of items in the cottage. We appreciated the Prosecco left for us to see in the New Year and the generous starter pack of logs and kindling. The negatives were the small double bed, only 4 foot, which had not been explained in the cottage rental details. We were forever waking ourselves up because we were on the point of falling out of bed (and we're both slim!) A poor night's sleep was compounded by noisy central heating pipes that regularly knocked, tapped and creaked. Ironically the Hayloft's charming bedroom is large enough easily to accommodate a 6 foot bed, which surely would be a fabulous selling point for any property? The nice soft bath towels were also minimalist, the ends only just met when I wrapped myself in it and the essentials were just about covered! The sofa desperately needs to be resprung or reupholstered, it looked inviting but unfortunately was uncomfortable. I found the pillows to be hard but my husband was OK with them, and the owner swiftly found me a softer one (thank you Ian). The kitchen area would benefit from lighting, it is very dim and difficult to work in. Although there is room for one, there is no washing machine - the cottage info states that the nearest launderette is in Scarborough - which we felt was an oversight in a spot that is typically going to be booked by walkers, cyclists and dog owners. No clothes airer either, so we had to drape wet gear round the bathroom as best we could. The bathroom was massive and crying out for a beautiful walk-in shower instead of the rather underpowered electric shower over the corner bath. The bathroom suite was probably installed in the early 1980s, judging by the style and colour. My respectful suggestion would be that the owners (indeed any owners of a holiday cottage) live, sleep and cook in their cottage for a couple of days to understand better the positives and negatives.