"Lovely large cottage, well equipped (could do with a larger saucepan for 6 people!"
Very clean, cosy and warm. Unusual "Ventilation system" constant hum is disturbing - drowned out the total silence of the countryside location of the cottage which was a shame.
Lovely location, village shop (great pasties!) and pub.
Walking straight onto the moor from cottage was great.
"In the main bedroom the mattress was uncomfortable, otherwise a very enjoyable stay."
A tumble dryer would've been handy.
"We had a lovely week at Dromore, the cottage is a good size and the games room is a great addition."
The cottage is clean, tidy and bright. A welcome pack was waiting for us which was a lovely gesture. The owners were very welcoming and approachable and happy to help. The pub is a short walk and food is great, best to book in high season especially the Sunday Carvery. There are several people selling jams and plants etc in the village, everyone we came across who lives in St Breward were very friendly . The shop is also a great bonus and very well stocked.
"A fantastic week spent here with the family."
The house is very well presented with everything you could need. Tea, coffee, milk and eggs provided which is a nice touch. The game’s room was one of the reasons I booked here and was great for the teenagers (and the adults
"Really quiet spot but the kids playarea a minute walk away was fantastic."
Really spacious property and very well equipped (though couldn't find a cheese grater?!)
Only negative is that I think the mattresses weren't the comfiest but aside from that, it was wonderful. Clean, well equipped and spacious. The games room was a huge hit too.
"Had a lovely stay , house was lovely , pictures doesn’t emphasise the size of the cottage ."
..met the owner he was more than happy to help.. only had one issue which was the heating switched itself off but iver was there within 15 minutes to fix the issue .. the WiFi was poor at certain points in the house but being in a village in a large property was to be expected and I quite enjoyed the children not being glued to social media .. .. park is 1 minute walk away so great for small children .. lovely local pub ... local shop quite expensive so would grab your bits at larger stores... drive to village was lovely would definantly recommend ..
"Great cottage, very spacious and very well equipped."
The local pub is wonderful and only up the road. Nearest beaches are 20-25 minute drive. The owner lives next door so communication is easy. You cannot control the central heating however there is a open fire to warm the lounge.
"It is hard to understand why a self-catering property that accommodates up to 6 people and has so much room, has 2 of the smallest fridge freezers available!"
These are not expensive items and there is ample space in the utility (for example) for a larder fridge and an under counter freezer. Even just two of us in autumnal weather used both fridges to capacity and I wonder how larger groups manage to keep everything cool during hot summer months. There was also only one small, worn out frying pan. The other gripe is with the weird ventilation system which when I asked, was told by Ivor Hemmings that it could not be switched off. If a customer is renting a property they should have control of how they want their ventilation, heating etc - it's not a B&B or hotel.
That said, the cottage was really lovely and we would have been happy to thoroughly recommend it, if it wasn't for the abrupt Mr Hemmings. Yes, he did greet us on arrival and reeled off a list of info and said if we needed anything to just ask. Well, I don't think Mr H likes being asked.
This is a copy of text messages:
From me to Ivor: Good evening, Ivor! Could we please have some more logs for the fire! We're on our way back, so perhaps you could put them outside our door? Sorry, had a look this morning but don't know where to get them from. Thank you, Julie
From Ivor to me in reply: Morning didn't get your txt until late in evening. I was in the middle of trying to locate water leak, which took all evening. We supply logs as a goodwill gesture not as a right. Regards Ivor
From me to Ivor: Sorry, website says fuel and power included in rent and woodburner is mentioned so we thought logs would be provided. Never mind.
From Ivor to me: We have provided logs and we told you they were at the back of the shed.
It seems that Ivor told us when we arrived (never met Mrs H, so there was no "we") but after a long journey we just didn't take it in and there is no information about this in the info folder provided (in fact, minor effort has been put into this overall - old wifi connection details, no local walks etc). I did look in the shed but not behind it, so assumed that they were kept on Ivor's property, hence asking him to drop some off. A simple first reply should have been something like "you'll find the logs behind the shed" and not an admonishment on our rights and privileges!
There is a hose attached to the front of the cottage which we used briefly to spray some bird poo off the windscreen of the car. Ivor came rushing out to us "what are you doing with my hose??!!" and grabbed it off us. We explained. He reeled it back and stormed off. We were a bit speechless. Why would that be any problem at all, given that it was connected to the property we were renting? What a petty, rude man.
"Very friendly Owner met us on arrival, and if we had any problems, to contact them at any time."
Cottage very comfortable;. Only minor complaint, shower over bath not too good! other than that, we would stay there again.
"The cottage is lovely really big and comfortable, the only thing we can say is the description regarding the distance to the pub it says 3 minutes it might be if your Usain Bolt but it took us at least 15minutes walk."
We wouldn’t stay in St Brewards again for the simple reason there is nothing to do there, you need to go out in the car everyday, and the roads are single track most of the way into the village but this could be our fault for not doing our research.
"There was a downstairs cloakroom not mentioned in description which is very useful."
The cottage was clean and sanitised and we were made to feel very welcome by the owner Mr Hemmings. All the rooms are spacious and well equipped with a small but sunny garden.
"For the most part it was a good cottage, but the mattresses hurt everyone's back."
My mother in law used the duvet to relieve pain, husband used duvet from single bed. I was the worst effected, it also aggravated a knee & ankle problem. I slept on the couch 2nd night & was prepared to on 3rd but massive spider on my pillow spoiled the couch for me. I don't know if mattresses are firm or just need changing. But i'm still limping now.
"Lovely cottage, and previous feedback re: limited plates etc has clearly been acted upon as there was plenty."
The children loved the games room and the pub and shop were within an easy walk. Great holiday
"The cottage is beautiful and very clean."
Upon arrival the owner came to greet us and I said how cold it was inside, he said the heating comes on and off during the day and that if I’m cold I could put on a extra jumper,We wasn’t impressed by the remark but thought we just see how it goes. Hence to say the heating went off and we had to use the sofa throws to stay warm. The owner came the next day as I said it too cold and he unlocked a cupboard and changed the settings on the heater unit. I said I’d like it on all night and he told my husband that no one has heating on all night!
There also was a ventilation unit blowing cold air into the rooms to which we only realised on Thursday . I would of thought this would of been turned off before our arrival. We contacted Sykes about how we couldn’t put heating on when it was needed and they spoke to the owner.
Just make sure you only stay here in the summer months .
"A wonderful cottage with every thing you could possibly need , and a lot bigger than I was expecting."
the games room was brilliant for the kids and we appreciated being left some essentials ie milk bread. Would definitely recommend and would stay here again when visiting Cornwall
"This is a wonderful property, so well equipped and comfortable, it exceeded our expectations."
The owners are so helpful and go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. This is definitely one of the best properties we have stayed in over the last 30 years. We are looking forward to returning for Christmas and again in October 2020. I think that says it all. Sarah and Mark, Bedford
"Dromore was a lovely, old, comfortable cottage in a beautiful, quiet location."
We arrived to find a very welcome 'starter pack' of tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and eggs from the friendly and helpful owners. There is a shop and good pub just a few minutes walk down the road and it is easy to get to both coasts for beaches and sight-seeing. Perfect!
"Cottage was really lovely one of the best i've stayed in over 50 years of visiting cornwall."
The only downside was no dogs as our friends would have joined us for a week but they have a dog.
"We really enjoyed staying at Dromore, wasn't too far from everything we wanted to do."
The owner was helpful and friendly. The games room was fabulous and very entertaining for our children.
There was only one of everything per person ie: 1 knife, 1 fork, 1 plate etc per person, I found this a little frustrating as I can use numerous of these when cooking but that maybe just me. The dishwasher was used alot. I'm not sure if this is the norm in holiday homes as it's only our second time we have booked a holiday home.
We did eat out alot and the local pubs food was lovely.
"Our cottage was comfortable, the owners were on hand should we have had need of anything and everything was very clean."
While we had everything we needed we would have liked a few more items in the kitchen. We did a fair bit of cooking but there were no bowls for anything other than cereal/desserts. There was only 6 of all the items, glasses, plates, cutlery and while we were only a party of 6 we did occasionally have need of more. The dishwasher was out of salt and rinse aid but this is not uncommon in rentals, so we topped them up. There were no cleaning products or spare cloths.
These are very small things though and in the main we had a great experience at Dromore.
Very spacious and clean with all modern appliances.
Bathrooms and showers were really nice.
Place was really well maintained. Felt like the well kept home we had left.
Really fun to have a games room.
Wifi was a bit patchy at the ends of the house. Probably due to the original thick brick walls !! Which was a great authentic feature.
Only downside which was small was that there were exactly 6 place settings. So you needed to wash up after every meal. Dishwasher was there so not a big deal but only improvement I could suggest.
Location was excellent and the local pub was brilliant. Local shop keepers also very friendly.
Definitely would recommend this cottage.
"Beautiful spacious accommodation, ideally situated for exploring Cornwall."
Family welcoming and helpful.
We had a delightful family holiday.
"From the first day until the last, we had a fantastic holiday in Cornwall, the cottage exceeded our expectations."
"The games room is a big plus kept the kids and adults away from just watching the TV and all interacting"
Stayed for Christmas, cottage was decorated with tree etc. Will definitely return.
"Loved everything about this break away, the cottage was amazing, extremely comfortable and great for couples , friends and families."
Sykes cottages couldn’t of been more informative either. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again with Sykes or visit Dromore cottage. Thanks to both, Steph, Tracey & Deb’s
"Ivor and Gill were simply outstanding hosts!"
Their cottage (Dromore) was exceptionally clean, clearly laid out and we genuinely couldn't find a fault! We would not only highly recommend anyone staying at Dromore but are booking in for next year already!
"Easy to use website
Cottage exceeded expectations
Nice touch of milk and eggs"
"Really enjoyed our stay at Dromore - Well laid out house which accommodated 4 adults a toddler & teenager."
The Pool/Ice Hockey Table was a great idea kept the teenager occupied in the evenings . Wood burner also an asset for when it gets a bit chilly as the heating was a little problematic and controlled by the owner so wasn't always as warm in parts of the house when you needed it but it was Summer so not too much of an issue for us. All in all a very pleasant stay. The pub in the village is also a bonus - friendly staff and good pub grub. Had Sunday carvery which was good value for money. Ideally placed to visit the beaches from Polzeath to Padstow. Would definitely book again.
"Lovely big cottage in rural setting ideal for our family (4 adults and 2 children 5 and 3)."
The games room is a real plus we are now experts at air hockey! There is a children's playground only a few minutes walk away and a pub very near that serves excellent food, make sure you are hungry before you go portions are huge.
"Excellent cottage, well maintained and equipped with everything we needed."
Owners were friendly and helpful. Location was excellent, peaceful and relaxing, with the village shop and pub close by. Would recommend the cottage to other family groups, games room was a bonus and great for teenagers.
"Well equipped cottage which was comfortable and spacious."
The village had a great general store which was well stocked and within easy walking distance from the cottage. All bedrooms were light and airy with comfortable beds and lovely bed linen and towels. The kitchen was well equipped with all the modern appliances including a dishwasher, bliss! The owners lived behind the cottage and were really helpful and friendly which was lovely. Certainly a great place and we have booked for next year, can’t wait!
"The cottage we stayed in 'Dromore' in St Brewards was excellent."
Perfect location, nice quiet village and within easy reach of main roads for days out. The cottage itself was well equipped, very clean. The games room was an added bonus. Loved everything about it. Would recommend this wonderful place to others.
"Downstairs toilet a bonus as not actually listed in description."
"Excellent well appointed cottage."
Very comfortable and spacious. Bonus having a games room and garden. Great location on Bodmin Moor with enjoyable walks. Also great location for exploring Cornwall with main roads close enough to access but far enough away to enjoy the quietness of the countryside. Good local pub with good selection of food with local shop attached. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. Ideal for families with young children. Play area very close to cottage.
Would bring a local map next time as some of the sign posts on the Moors missing and sat nav inclined to take you off piste. Made travelling on a motorbike a little precarious at times.
Tea, coffee, sugar, milk, fresh eggs, biscuits and local paper waiting on our arrival so very welcoming. So could have a relaxing cuppa whilst waiting for online shopping to be delivered.
We had a fabulous time. Thank you
"A fabulous week spent in this beautiful well equipped cottage."
The games room was a real bonus as was the local Pub!
"Beautiful cottage in a great location for exploring cornwall the owners have thought of everything that you could possibly need for your stay ."
"The cottage is very well decorated and furnished with everything needed for a comfortable holiday."
The games room was a great addition.
Owners very friendly and helpful. A delightful village with a shop and Inn with great food.
"The cottage was suberbly located for our needs."
Access to the coast was around 30 -40 mins in any direction. We travelled to Bude, Tintagle, Newquay, Padstow. The cottage was very well equipped, and lots of little extras not mentioned in the description., made it a real 'home from home'. The owners live in the house just next door, so any issues easily rectified. Quite location with a traditional pub ( 7 mins walk), serving good quality meals at reasonable prices, this is Cornwall after all!. Try the carvery on Sunday, you won't be disappointed. Unless you have a large appetite, just opt for the small carvery, you'll get 3 wacking great slices of one meat. ... if you want to try 2 meats opt for the medium carver, in which case you'll get 4 slices..
"DROMORE WAS AN ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE."
IT WAS WONDERFULLY CLEAN AND VERY WELL EQUIPPED. I WOULD GO SO FAR AS TO SAY IT IS THE BEST COTTAGE WE'VE EVER STAYED IN.
I WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND IT .
"A great location & fab hosts."
Have absolutely fallen in love with Cornwall. Dromore is a beautiful home with an amazing games room & facilities.
"We had a lovely stay at Dromore, the cottage was immaculate, the owners went above and beyond."
Fully equipped kitchen and dining area, lovely cosy living area with a roaring wood burner and after a tiring day. The most comfortable bed rooms, lovely beds and huge en suite bathroom, this place really is gorgeous we had a lovely stay with a very warm welcome and I personally would highly recommend for anyone thinking of staying here.