Confirmed guest, 2015-03-07
We booked Artilligan Cottage just for a break from the grind of daily life and were looking forward to just being able to relax. Unfortunately, the cottage did not live up to our expectations. We have stayed in lots of cottages over the years and were disappointed when we reached Artilligan Cottage.
We buy our shopping for the week on the way to the cottage, but when we arrived, the kitchen has no eye level units, so there was nowhere to store the food we had bought. The low level units are already used for the storage of pans, crockery, glasses and such like. Also, although the cottage is advertised as sleeping 6, the kitchen table only has 4 chairs for people to sit down. The appliances in the kitchen look tired and the oven could do with a deep clean. The dishwasher is too small for a party of 6, but for a couple such as ourselves, an overnight wash was fine.
There are storage heaters in the rooms instead of central heating and these may take some people a lot of getting used to. The stove in the lounge is okay, but the glass door has not been cleaned in a long time and it was difficult to see if the fire was still going unless you opened the door!!! The sofa's in the lounge felt uncomfortable as 2 of them are sofa-beds. Because of this, the seat bases kept riding forward as you sat on them. Incidentally, this is the only way the cottage would sleep 6 as advertised, as there are only 2 actual bedrooms, the third being the lounge on a sofa-bed. The windows are double glazed, but the large opening window in the lounge is broken and the noise levels from the water were intrusive at times whilst trying to read. The window does not close correctly and when trying to open the window to fully open, the top hinge is not attached, with the window only being held at the bottom.
The single storage heater in the main bedroom is not big enough to heat the room adequately. We had to use the fan heater provided before going to bed each night to pre-heat the room. The bed in this room looks like 2 single beds joined together, so there is a join in the middle between the 2 mattresses.
We had to use the fan heater to pre-heat the bathroom before using the shower as the heated towel rail is far from adequate. Aside from this we had no other issues with the bathroom.
All in all, our stay at Artilligan cottage was spoilt by the issues raised above and we would not book this cottage again. We found ourselves questioning how this cottage could ever have been awarded a Gold star rating!!!