"Overall nice cottage."
It does need a good clean as others have mentioned, and a touch of paint too to refresh it, but the biggest issue was no heating or hot water. The boiler looked to be working, but we couldn't work it out. Fortunately the wood burner was superb, for the downstairs at least. Also struggled to get key code to enter the cottage from owner as he didn't answer his phone or reply to texts. After ringing Sykes, they managed to contact him on the same numbers we'd been given to get the code.
"A lovely cottage in a fantastic location for walkers and dog owners."
It was sad to see that so many previous guests at the cottage had focused their feedback on a handful of minor faults like a few dog hairs hear and there. We found it perfectly adequate in terms of cleanliness and enjoyed the many little extras the owners had provided. We will certainly book again, if your thinking of booking I would urge you to look beyond the negative feedback of a few hard to please guests the cottage is lovely.
"On arrival the key was placed in a key safe next to the front door, so we invited ourselves in and started to unwind straight away, we had two well behaved dogs with us and our only immediate concern was the stairs very steep not elderly or dog friendly, the cottage was tired and could do with redecorating however this said due to it’s current state and we having our dogs this was perfect for us not having to worry about what our dog’s where up to, the location and views from the garden where amazing and the garden was safe for our dogs having the garden fenced and rabbit wiring at the bottom for added security, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we felt we picked the best base to explore from, and would not hesitate to rebook if we where to revisit the area again."
Paul & Sandie.
"We will be sending you an email with photos and further details."
"This cottage could be fantastic, its in a great location, is a good size, has great views and is close by all the things you would want for a countryside holiday in the Coquet valley."
It does however need a thorough and deep clean. It had been vacuumed prior to our arrival but that was about it. There was black mould in the kitchen sink, dirty crockery and cutlery and cooking utensils in the cupboards - they all had to be washed before use, there were pet hairs on all the blankets in the lounge. The freezer had half consumed food in it and needs to be defrosted and cleaned out completely. Comments about this freezer are in the visitor book going back to 2018/9. We had a good holiday at the cottage in this lovely area but I don't go away on holiday to clean up other peoples mess so we won't be going back to this one I am afraid. There are similar previous comments so its not a new issue. I guess the owners don't care as they get enough new business to keep going. You may want to do a visit to assess this one as its not up to the usual standards of the accommodation you offer through your system. Shame really - could be a winner.
"Comfortable cottage in gorgeous location."
Enclosed garden so ideal with a dog and great views. Would recommend but steep stairs and some steep steps in garden so in our view not suitable for people with mobility problems or young children. Very cosy with a big woodburner. Parking right outside the door and very quiet location.
"Perfect location, in this respect the cottage exceeded our expectations."
The size and layout of cottage was good for our family of four and the garden was a big bonus. In many respects, this is a very nice cottage indeed and has potential to be 4 or even 5 star. On our arrival, there were some issues that needed immediate attention. The hosts were very responsive and did their best to address these straight away.
"Lumpy beds Freezer iced up couldn’t open doors easily No Wi-fi Garden ..."
Lumpy beds Freezer iced up couldn’t open doors easily No Wi-fi Garden furniture unsafe falling apart No oven gloves Bed linen tired Patio door difficult to open or shut Lovely location but not worth £1200 for a week Needs some TLC lots of minor issues
Freezer needs defrosting and probably replacing
Patio door needs repair
Garden furniture needs tightening up
Bedding a bit tired
"Initially when we got there I was a bit disappointed as the cleanliness and the general condition was below what I was expecting based on the money paid for the rental."
In my opinion, the cottage needs a handyman and a deep clean to get it up the four star rating it has on the Sykes website.
That said, it’s a great base for activities in the area and it was very cosy once the heating was blasting.
Location is great, very quiet and I really enjoyed having a cuppa and breakfast in the back garden in the mornings. The garden backs straight onto a sheep field full of lambs at this time of year.
The mile walk over to Thropton for dinner was lovely on a sunny evening. 10 minute drive to Cragside.
Overall a good stay once I got over the initial impressions.
"Cleaners need retraining we had to clean floors and dog hairs all over pans was ..."
Cleaners need retraining we had to clean floors and dog hairs all over pans was that cleaned dirt all round skirting boards tap would not stop dripping etc
"We loved staying in the cottage, we had the most relaxing quiet break ever, our 2 newfoundland dogs loved the enclosed garden and the river for swimming in was only a 5 min walk."
Well definitely be booking this cottage again.
"Stayed at Ryehill before so knew what to expect."
It's a lovely cottage in a super location. Only minor drawback is no wifi and no dishwasher. But theres no space for one so cannot change that. Price for cottage reflects that.
We had a great holiday and I would come back again
"The photos do not do this little cottage justice."
The owners had thought of everything to ensure the comfort of their guests with lots of little thoughtful touches...we even got prosecco, chocolate and dog biscuits on arrival. The garden and setting was beautiful and the location is great for exploring the local area. Would highly recommend and will hopefully return!
"A lovely, cosy cottage in a perfect location for a family holiday - castles, beaches & Romans!"
The cottage had everything we needed, the BT hotspot satisfied the children’s need for WIFI, and with gorgeous views. The enclosed garden is doggy friendly - our dog tried to escape but was unsuccessful (she is only little though - larger dogs could possibly jump the fence so would recommend they are kept on a lead). Nearby Cragside is stunning, Rothbury is a lovely little town, and from the cottage it is an easy walk across the fields to the local pub (the food at the Three Wheat Heads Inn was fantastic). A little further afield (but within an hour’s drive) we also visited Housesteads Roman Fort & Sycamore Gap, Alnwick, Alnmouth Beach, Dunstanburgh Castle, and Bamburgh Castle & beach. Our children (8 & 5) want to go back to explore more (as do we!). Overall, a perfect little base for exploring one of the most beautiful (and quiet) parts of England.
"Lovely, quaint cottage with garden offering panoramic views & set in a beautiful location."
Really enjoyed the early evening walks through the fields, along the river into Thropton which has 2 pubs. The Three Wheat Heads offered good food & beautiful elevated views from restaurant & garden. Both pubs are dog friendly.
Lots of forest walks nearby and Rothbury is a short drive.
Will definitely return again in the future.
"This cottage is lovely, perfect location for some peace and quiet."
The cottage is well equipped, comfy and in a great location, they even provide an umbrella and torch.
There are plenty of walks close by, the local town of Thropton has with 2 good pubs, the three wheat sheafs serves very good good. Further down the road the town has a small supermarket, Indiana and chip shop.
Definitely want to come back and experience the Autumn in the area from this cottage.
"It’s was such a lovely cosy cottage."
Great location for long dog walks. Enclosed garden for our two dogs. Would definitely recommend this cottage to our family and friends.
"Lovely location ideal for exploring."
Communication with the owner was good.
my five year old loved the selection of games and the wood burner meant we were very cosy in the evening
wine and biscuits on arrival very welcoming
"Lovely cottage, lovely surroundings."
The previous occupier clearly didn't know how to wash up as we had to wash up quite a few things before we used them. But
I guess that happens everywhere sometimes.
"The cottage address is Thropton but it is in fact a five mile drive away, down narrow roads or a walk across three fields, ok in the summer but not on a wet autumn day."
The heating system cannot be put on a timer and the instructions explicitly state that it can be put on for an hour at a time by pressing a switch in the boiler room. So you have to keep getting up and pressing the switch to maintain any degree of warmth. No matter how many times you do this, the bedrooms and bathroom never got warm and it was not pleasant, in the morning, to have to get up and either put on the additional radiators or go downstairs to put on the heating. It was frosty overnight on two nights so the bedroom was positively Siberian those days! It is inconceivable, these days, that you are not allowed to have the heating on a timer.
The cottage was relatively clean but did have a general air of not being cared for. There was old spilled milk in the fridge which had turned cheesy, and particularly horrible to find, hairs in the bath plughole.
The equipment was just about adequate for a self catering holiday, although having said that I wouldn't want to try and cook a Christmas dinner! There wasn't a full set of glasses and the impression is that it is old unwanted stuff that has been used to equip the cottage.
We have had four self catering holidays this year and this cottage falls far behind the others, at every level and is poor value for money. One positive was the welcome pack, but why no tea or coffee?!
The overwhelming feeling is of cheerlessness and a place that is unloved and not cared for.
I could not recommend a stay in this cottage and would, obviously, not return there.
Facilities inside and out great"
"Great cottage in lovely area."
We appreciated the quiet. One issue we had was a complete lack of any freezer or even freezer compartment at top of fridge. This needs to be addressed. Apart from that all was well. We would return.
Thank you for your comments, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay but was unfortunate that you did not find the freezer in the cupboard next to the boiler.
Kind regards Property Owner
"On arrival the property was dirty and had a pervading smell of grease and grime."
The property has not been cleaned properly ( deep clean ) for many years, including the kitchen appliances, and most of the storage units in the bedrooms had hair and dirt from previous guests .
In addition to this a number of the double glazed windows have failed and are misty, the metal garden furniture is rusted and should be thrown in a skip, and the outdoor wooden table and chairs haven't been treated in years .
All in all we wouldn't recommend this property to anybody in it's current condition, the ground floor accommodation is also very cold , even on a sunny day.
Such a pity when it is in a wonderful countryside location.
"Lovely cottage in a excellent location in a quiet small hamlet"
"Excellent cottage fantastic quiet location,"
"On our arrival the cottage was absolutely Baltic."
No heating on and the log burner was not lit. I think someone should have at least lit the fire. It took us 2 days to get the place anything like warm but the bathroom floor remained frozen. The climbing plant at the front of the house had come down and was overhanging the front door. The bed had hairs in it (not ours) and we had to keep the oil filled rads on all the time. The log burner has part of the door gasket missing so it burns logs so fast it cost us a small fortune in logs and we had to buy fire lighters as I had to re-light every morning and every night. We have stayed in many cottages throughout the UK and logs are usually supplied if there is a log burner, indeed without this the cottage would never have got warm. At the end of our stay there was no proper hoover to clean up. Nice cottage with lovely views spoiled by lack of attention to detail. A welcome of a bottle of wine was a nice touch though. We will be going back to Rotherby but I doubt it will be at a Sykes cottage and certainly not 1 Ryehill, unless it is in summer so it is warmer.
"A comfortable cottage which met all our requirements."
Well situated for walking in the are. Good amenities and eating places in Rothbury just two miles away
"We had a lovely time the cottage was perfect for us and the dogs, everywhere we wanted to go was in easy reach, The Alwinton show was a great afternoon which we all enjoyed."
The walks in the surrounding areas were very dog friendly as was the cottage.
All in all a good time was had by all of us.
"This lovely cottage met our requirements perfectly, well appointed and well situated for good walks."
We will seriously consider visiting again next year.
.. Very relaxing and comfortable cottage with amazing views. Will definitely be back
"The location of this little cottage is spot on."
It allowed us to explore wonderful Northumberland, which is simply stunning. The people are friendly and welcoming and we can't wait to go back.
"The cottage is wonderfully located, with peace and quiet and all the facilities that one would need."
The cottage is dog friendly, with a nice garden for the dog to play in.
"Beautiful location, fabulous views and a very comfortable cottage - really super!"
"We liked everything - perfect location and lovely cottage."
"This is the second time that we have been to this property, and enjoyed it as much as the first time!"
The Cottage is comfortable and well furnished, but homely. The views from the garden are wonderful, and the surrounding area is breathtaking. For those who want to get away from it all, and enjoy the countryside it is perfect, but well situated to explore all that Northumberland has to offer.
"An ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life."
"It was a really lovely cottage in a very peaceful location."
Having a single open plan living area was ideal for a family holiday. The cottage was well equipped, well looked after and I can imagine it being very cosy in the autumn and winter too.
"I thought the cottage exceeded my already high expectations."
I really enjoyed my stay and will definitely be going back. The location was just amazing with fantastic views and lots of good walks. I was looking to really get away from it all and this was just perfect. There was even a bottle of wine and some treats for the dog waiting when I arrived. Really brilliant.
"We loved the position of the cottage; did not feel isolated but so quiet and in touch with all the new life at this time of year."
Rothbury gorgeous and walk from cottage to Thropton. So many places to visit and varied in character. Will definitely return to enjoy this wonderful county, cottage and friendly people.
"Getting away from the rat race, really beautiful surroundings, totally chilling out."
"A lovely place and a fantastic holiday."
"The cottage was remote, cosy and very homely; a really comfortable place to stay."
We also very much appreciated being able to take the dogs with us. There were plenty of walks from the front door which we loved plus plenty of places to visit. We had a great time, a little bit sorry to come home! We will definitely rebook and revisit Northumberland.
"Lovely, comfortable cottage in wonderful location."
Owners friendly and very helpful. I'll be back as often as I can!
"Lovely cottage in the ideal location for walking and cycling."
"Lovely peaceful location with lots of great walks on the doorstep but not too far from town (Rothbury) and close to other tourist attractions and activities."
Short drive to the coast as well.