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Ivy Cottage

(Ref. 1062218)

Chester, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "We were 2 adults and there was plenty of room - We thought 6 adults would be a bit of a squeeze."

    Kitchen was well stocked with utensils and white goods, and it was nice that there were little bits of handwash, washing up liquid etc left to start things off. The main bedroom was nice and bathroom was lovely and spacious. The bathroom had a film over the window so no-one could see in, and it would have been nice if the same had been done for the main bedroom. Agree with previous comments in that the downstairs bathroom is tiny (even using the toilet was interesting) and the stairs are indeed steep. Nice views towards Chester and of the River Dee but can't actually walk along river except for a very short stretch further down the road. Bus stop towards city centre is about 5 min walk away. Pub across the road doesn't serve food but has lovely views - plenty of outside seating. Convenience store and takeaways about 10 minute walk away. The Peacock pub also about 10 min walk was OK for food but nothing special - cheap and cheerful. Overall cottage nicely furnished and good location and we had a nice stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2024

  • "Stayed as a family of 4 adults."

    Upon arrival managed to park on the main road across the road from Ivy Cottage and most days there was space to park on the road just the Friday night we had to park down the road on a side street where via the welcome book the owners had recommended trying if struggling with parking. My son managed to reverse one of the cars into the parking space which if you take it steady is manageable but it’s a bit of a tight corner to navigate at first. The house was lovely and warm on arrival and the view from the top floor is great. The ground floor bathroom is very small but handy as an extra toilet, we didn’t attempt to use the shower just took turns using the upstairs one which is lovely and powerful and that bathroom is massive…. The beds were comfy but just a bit strange upon stripping the beds at the end of the stay that the single bed mattresses are smaller than the frames, that bedroom could also do with the curtains lining as the lamppost across the road shines straight in, but a simple thing to rectify. The only issue we found was the same as a previous guest that the Wi-Fi is not up to par as we tried to cast a film onto the tv to watch one evening but it wouldn’t even load so a game of snakes and ladders it was,lol. The house is ideally located we walked into Chester which took us about 15 minutes and not far to drive to Chester zoo too. All in all a good stay.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Nov 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our time at Ivy Cottage."

    It is quirky but welcoming. There is a slight smell in the main bathroom of cat pee or something, easily sorted. Easily walkable into town, but quiet enough to enjoy. Perhaps a map would have been useful. We bought one.

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Oct 2023

  • "The property was lovely, it would be better if the parking arrangements are in the arrival info, as its not as in the picture."

    The cheap slow ( 2mb - 14mb) was a disappointment, slower than the hotspot on my mobile. I checked the 3g mobile broadband is abot £20 a month, but for £22 - £25 a month you can get up to 60mb fixed broadband from at least 4 ISPs at the address. I am not a gamer but I do expect to be able to read my daily paper and check my emails without constant waiting. I do think Sykes should check minimum speeds and publish as part of the property information or at least warn its not proper broadband.

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous family house - everything we needed was supplied and perfect position for Chester"

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic time."

    A really unusual property very close to the town centre. Everything we needed was available and the beds were comfortable. It is over 3 floors, so there is a lot of climbing up and down all the time. The off-road parking is awkward but we have an estate car and it was ok with a bit of care. Everywhere seems to be expensive nowadays but I think was pretty good value.

    Reviewed by Craig David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Location very good; upstairs sitting area comfortable and bright, with good views but limited area for eating."

    Bathroom spacious with good shower, however water dripping into the bedroom below when is use. Off-road parking space a bonus but difficult to use; somewhat misrepresented as it’s not the one in the photo! Overall adequate for a few days, but well-worn in places and lacking some basics.

    We appreciate your feedback and I am glad you enjoyed the location, sitting area and views. Thank you for alerting us to the shower issue on your departure. It was a shame we were not informed before as we could have had this fixed during your stay. We have changed the listing description to clarify the parking space is located to the right of the property, that it is a much bigger space but approached by way of a sharp turn. Thank you for pointing this out. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn2.5Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely 2 weeks at Ivy Cottage."

    The property is on 3 floors meaning the lounge has great views across the meadows into Chester. It’s a great spot for anyone wanting to access the river for water sports or rowing. There is also a pub just over the road with a large beer garden, also with great views. The house itself has a stylish interior and very comfortable bedrooms. The bathroom is large, accommodating a family of 5 easily. We also liked the little sun terrace at the front. A big thank you to Megan, the property owner, who was very responsive to any queries and made sure everything was right for our stay.

    Reviewed by Bnar4.7May 2023

  • "Great house that had everything we needed for our stay, a great base for exploring Chester."

    Loved the view from top floor! We didn't try to use the parking space but there were plenty of spaces on the road. Overall a lovely stay, thank you!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2023

  • "Good location , we walked or took the bus so the car wasn't used, which was great."

    As long as the listing is read properly there should be no surprises, its an older property with all that entails, sash windows, replaced on ground floor but original on 1st, so some road noise, plenty of stairs, but this allows lovely sunset views from kitchen, living room and bathroom. The ground floor shower and toilet is useful but very tight as under the stairs, there is a ventilation system in constant use on the 1st floor, presume to control property moisture levels. All the above is fully explained so guests should be aware before their visit. The front terrace was a nice feature and great for an evening permitting, parking on site or in street.Everthing seemed to be supplied, we played with the games in the eve which was great for the family. Its a nice property, not perfect, but we enjoyed our stay there and love Chester

    Reviewed by Mike4.1Oct 2022

  • "Lovely, comfortable, clean and well presented property."

    Close to major motorways and shopping centres. The owner Meg is very nice and was very helpful. The only small issue for me was the very tight entry to to the parking area sadly made me scratch my car’s front pumper on one my attempts to leave the car park area.

    Reviewed by Mohamed5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely house about 15 mins walk from the centre of Chester."

    Really liked the upside down configuration and the sitting area / kitchen was the best part of the house, really relaxed space. Everything slightly smaller than I was expecting from the photos - but fine.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our 5 days."

    Very comfortable stay with great view, everything the advert said. Would recommend to friends and will look at staying somewhere else with you guys. Thanks V much. Rob and Sam Plymouth

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2022

  • "The house was very clean and comfortable, suited us well and was in a good location for walking into the city and getting out and about."

    Please pass on our thanks for the Prosecco, biscuits, tea and coffee, they were appreciated - a minor detail, milk would have been useful too. We'd all come a long way and not brought milk for that much needed cuppa. Our negative points would be - one towel per person is mean, and the bed linen would benefit from being ironed!!! Lack of coat hangars, though plenty of hooks. The bathroom in the cupboard was difficult for us to use, but an excellent use of space for those who are contortionists. A bit too much unnecessary clutter. We all enjoyed our stay in Chester and it's a place to re-visit, thank you to the Sykes team for their help.

    Reviewed by M4.1May 2022

  • "Lovely holiday home."

    Comfortable beds, gorgeous bathroom, clean throughout. Great views from the top floor. 10-15 min walk to the centre of Chester. Parking a little tight but plenty of spots on the road. Lots of mirrors for those who are a little self conscious! Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Suzy5.0Apr 2022

  • "Only moan was the small downstairs toilet and shower."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a fabulous holiday rental, which proved to be perfect for the needs of my weekend group."

    Great location, and great views from the sitting room on the top floor. Fantastic value for money.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable upside down house, with cracking view over the river, near enough to the town centre to walk in."

    The outside spaces were well used for relaxing in the afternoon sun.

    Reviewed by Jacky4.4Mar 2022

  • "Overall a comfortable stay, lovely location to the city and beautiful views."

    Unfortunately kitchen was not stocked sufficient for such a large house, or as well as other sykes cottages that we have stayed in. Shortages of teaspoons (only 3), broken and worn out frying pans, no basics provided at all for cooking (oil etc). Internet very temperamental especially in the late afternoon and evening. TV kept losing signal and buffering because of this. No hairdryer although the host did offer to buy one once informed.

    Reviewed by Bronwen3.1Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Ivy Cottage ."

    Meg was so helpful. The welcome of procecco and biscuits with a personal card was a very nice welcome. The beds are very comfortable and the bathroom was a delight. Very close to town 15 minutes walk , Waitrose is 10 minutes , and a great pub across the road. Ivy Cottage is vey homely and comfortable I would definately reccommend a stay. This is my 6th time using Skyes in 10 months .

    Reviewed by Tracy4.4Jan 2022

  • "Ivy cottage is a wonderful property in a great location and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Previous reviews had criticised things like lack of cleaning materials & frivolous matters like too much clutter in the living area & a tight parking space which is really unfair. Ivy cottage compares favourably with many properties we have stayed in both here & abroad.The open plan top floor & wonderful views make us think it may be worth a return visit in the summer as the proximity to the river & indeed the town would be even better in the sunshine.We loved the local pub as well & won't hesitate to recommend to our friends...Thanks once again to Meg for a fantastic stay !

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Dec 2021

  • "The Cottage was great."

    We all had a good time and the main bedroom, bed was soooo comfy. Almost to the point where i would like to ask she got it from?????????!! The cottage was very clean which was really nice to see. I will be staying here again for sure. Oh PS i think it was because of the rain and cold at the time over christmas when we were there but I would like to flag with the owner that the front gate after the entry code was inputted once the handle was turned the gate was very stiff and got stuck when trying to open. The only way of getting in was to unfortunately give it a good shove. I think it was because of the wet and the wood maybe could have swelled or dropped slightly. BUT thats all!! Kind Regards, Spencer

    Reviewed by Spencer5.0Dec 2021

  • "Beautifully decorated house with great outside space nice road to be on with quick access to a river walk."

    welcome package including biscuits and prosseco was a lovely surprise ! Slightly too many accessories, coffee tables, cluttering the living room area, and sofa. Not particularly comfy as the base cushions slide off . Owner was very attentive and helpful.

    Reviewed by Kate4.1Dec 2021

  • "A brilliant holiday cottage in great location."

    The owner had thought of everything to make for a great holiday, and couldn't have been more helpful. Thank you

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a great family get together at Ivy Cottage."

    We found everything to be as expected and comfortable. It is a great location with views out over Chester and the river and is a straightforward walk into the centre as well as to food shops. The property was clean and welcoming and we would definitely come again for a weekend away!

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Oct 2021

  • "Although kitchen and bathroom was modern ."

    . the bedroom furniture is very old and falling apart.. too much clutter ... and too many scatter cushions ..especially in bedrooms ... courtyard needs attention ... going by photo on website .. expected a better view of the river... getting out of parking space takes bit of skill .. as you have to reverse out onto quite a busy road ... p s. The property had plug in air fresheners in almost every socket .. had to turn them all off as the smell was too over powering......

    Reviewed by Ann1.3Sep 2021

  • "We found the cottage to be quite dirty in places, and in need of some redecoration/maintenance."

    We thought for self catering there should have been more basic items present, for example there were no toilet rolls, or a tin opener! The road outside the cottage was noisy all day, even with the windows closed. The parking space stretched my reversing skills to the limit, a large 4x4 type vehicle would not fit!

    Reviewed by Judith3.1Sep 2021

  • "Strongly recommend that black out blinds/curtains are put in the main double bedroom on the 2nd floor."

    The curtains were so light that sun light streamed in from the very early hours. With the very noise road outside and neighbours on the balcony to the side of the property it was not a great place to stay to get a good night's sleep.

    Reviewed by Helen3.4Jul 2021

  • "We had an excellent week in Ivy cottage."

    The accommodation was exactly as described and catered for all our family needs. Ivy cottage provides a great base for exploring Chester and surrounding areas. Would definitely use again.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2021

  • "Well equipped kitchen, lots of hot water, bright living area with nice decor and furnishings but ."

    .. Downstairs shower room was very small, uncomfortable to use and was always damp with condensation, One bath towel per person for one whole week was inadequate and 2 hand towels for 6 people is very unsatisfactory. Although there was a washer/dryer this hardly compensated. No hanging space in either of the downstairs bedrooms, Outside terraces need spruced up. Single parking space provided was a challenge to access

    Reviewed by John Brian3.1Jul 2021

  • "More towels would have been better."

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Jun 2021

  • "Great place to explore Chester, Liverpool and North Wales."

    Reviewed by Shirley4.4Jun 2021

  • "Ivy Cottage was great, very clean, close proximity to local parks, bus routes and the town centre."

    The cottage was fully equipped and was great to have the outdoor space. Would definitely recommend and we will be back.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0May 2021

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  • Reverse-level accommodation
  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x ground-floor twin
  • Bathroom with double ended bath, walk-in shower, double basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Second-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, selection of books and games
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • First-floor terrace with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Restricted head room in ground-floor shower room
  • Note: Due to steep stairs, children are to be supervised and it is not recommended for those with mobility issues
  • Note: Check in time 5pm
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150
  • Please note: The driveway to the property is steep.

The property

Boasting sensational views across the River Dee and Chester skyline, Ivy Cottage is a delightful Georgian detached property ideally located close to all the excitement of the city centre.

Set over three floors, this inviting residence is perfectly placed for enjoying all that Chester has to offer, ideally suited for a family or group looking for an action-packed break.

Internally, the property has been recently redesigned in a reverse level layout, having a loft-style open-plan living area on the second floor which takes full advantage of spectacular elevated views.

The well-equipped kitchen offers all you could need for a short break away, including an electric oven and hob, microwave and a fridge/freezer, allowing you to rustle up some home-cooked feasts, while there is also a pull-out dining table where these meals can be enjoyed.

After eating, get comfortable on the large L-shaped in front of the Smart TV, catching up on your favourite shows whilst the faux fire provides a gentle warmth to the room.

As the evening comes to a close, walk down to the first floor to find a double bedroom, elegantly presented in neutral tones, while across the landing is the stunning bathroom, fitted with a lavish double-ended bath and a walk-in shower cubicle, so you can best decide how to prepare for the day.

From this level you can access the characterful champagne terrace, complete with patio furniture that offers a relaxing spot to enjoy an evening drink.

The ground-floor occupies two further bedrooms, including a double and twin, along with a compact shower room.

The enclosed courtyard features further outdoor seating and leads to the off-road parking space for one car.

Chester is a fine city to enjoy a family getaway; from the door there is a superb selection of shops, ranging from convenience stores, supermarkets (Waitrose is just a short stroll away) and high-street shops, accompanied by a plethora of quirky cafés, fine-dining restaurants, cosy pubs and fun-filled bars.

Brush up on local history by exploring the walls and the Cathedral, by visiting the amphitheatre of Roman times, as well as by shopping in and around the famous Tudor Rows, home to a quality selection of independent shops and boutiques.

Sunny afternoons can be spent strolling alongside the River Dee, in Chester Meadows or enjoying a picnic in Grosvenor Park.

Why not plan a visit to the renowned Chester Zoo, home to 35,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens, promising a great day out for families?

Further afield the natural beauty of North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park awaits, where you can find a wide choice of outdoor activities or take off in other directions to explore Liverpool and Manchester, which are both easily accessible from the train station.

Ivy Cottage is a substantial property for families to enjoy, whatever of time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Liverpool 17 miles; Manchester 36 miles.

Chester has quite rightly been described as 'the jewel of the North-West of England'. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the city is that within a very small area there is evidence of every period of history - from the old walls and amphitheatre of Roman times, through medieval churches, Elizabethan timber-framed townhouses and Georgian terraces, to Victorian restorations and 21st century architecture. The city has much to offer the tourist, including excellent shopping in and around the famous Tudor 'Rows' and lovely walks along the Roman Walls, beside the River Dee and through the picturesque Grosvenor Park. Explore Chester's beautiful medieval cathedral, visit Chester Racecourse or spend a day at the world renowned Chester Zoo. Further afield, the stunning Welsh mountains and coastline, the quaint market towns and villages of Cheshire and the Wirral Peninsula with its first class golf courses, are all within easy touring distance, whilst frequent rail services make Liverpool, Manchester and the North Wales coast readily accessible.

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