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Easterton, near Devizes
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
Pets0

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Description

Owls Cottage is in a peaceful location and situated amongst 5 acres of beautiful shared grounds which guests can explore!

Owls Cottage is situated in a unique position on the edge of the village of Easterton, with outstanding downland views and excellent walking. The holiday cottage stands within 5 acres of attractive gardens and paddocks which are located at the end of a ’no through road’. It is peaceful and private without being isolated and has been converted and renovated from stables. Nearby Devizes is an historic market town renowned for the Kennet and Avon Canal with its famous Caen Hill flight of 29 locks. Longleat Safari Park, Roman spa city of Bath and Salisbury are nearby. Shop ¾ mile, pub 400 yards.

Step to entrance.
All on the ground floor:
Living/dining room: With digital TV, DVD player and CD player.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
Put-up bed available on request (for child).

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. External utility room wih washing machine and tumble dryer. Patio with garden furniture. Shared 5-acre natural grounds. Ample private parking. No smoking.

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Features

  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • No Pets AllowedNo Pets Allowed
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/12/2016
    This was our third stay at Owls Cottage - great walks straight from the door, good heating, comfy beds, well-equipped with all the little things you need. We use the cottage as a base for visiting family and friends, as well as visiting local attractions Stourhead, Devizes Locks, Avebury, Stonehenge etc.


  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 22/11/2016
    We were in England from NZ for a family reunion and stayed at the cottage for 3 weeks. We had contact with the owner prior to booking. During our stay, we made a couple of requests which the owner agreed to. Whilst we enjoyed staying at the cottage and the cottage served our purpose well, there were a couple of features about the cottage that we didn't like: the radiator in the main bedroom didn't work; we had no control over the heating; there was a consistent smell of kerosene from the boiler; the outdoor table and chairs were removed by the owner without our knowledge; the cottage was at the back of the owners property with a shared driveway which made any of our activities visible to the owner so less private than we imagined. What marred our stay was the attitude and rudeness of the owner at the end. We made a mistake with the exit time thinking we had to be out of the cottage at 11 a.m. At 10 past 10 Mrs Whitmore was clearly angry that we had not abided by the rules and vacated the property by 10 a.m. She had a time frame for cleaning the cottage and we were impacting on this. We advised her that we had only to pack suitcases and shower. She rudely told us to forget the showers, pack up quickly "and remove yourselves." We did as she asked. On exiting the property, we informed her we thought her rudeness was unacceptable - we had never been treated so badly. She told us that "I have bent over backwards accommodating you people" giving an example of one request we made (which she agreed to.) We were unaware during our 3 week stay of breaking any rules. We will never consider staying at this cottage again because of this experience with Mrs Whitmore.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I am very sorry that this guest was disappointed with certain aspects of her stay in the cottage. When guests arrive, I always ask them to come and see me if they have any concerns during their visit and I would do my best to resolve them. There is also a note to this effect in the cottage welcoming letter. Whilst I saw the guest on several occasions, the only problem she mentioned was with a smell of kerosene on her return one afternoon. Both she & her partner had a look and he told me he had altered the temperature on the boiler as they were away for the night. I said this should not have caused a smell of oil. I offered to get an engineer but thought that it was caused by a strong northerly wind blowing fumes back into the cottage through the vent. We agreed to air the cottage and see how it was in the morning. I duly asked her and was told it was absolutely fine. I asked her subsequently and was told the same thing. Regarding the radiator in the bedroom, this was working well on the guest’s arrival as I had had the boiler serviced the previous week and the engineer had replaced the valve on the hall radiator and checked the others. When I came to clean the cottage, I found that the valve had been forced to the off position and was immovable. I had to remove the valve head myself to free it and get the radiator working. We had discussed the temperature in the cottage and I was told that they didn't like it warm and frequently kept the windows wide open. As always, I had explained that to control the temperature they should adjust the radiator valves. The wooden garden furniture was removed the day before departure while the guest was out and we told her on her return that heavy rain was forecast next day and I needed to store it dry. I also had some help to move it. I never leave the wooden furniture out until the end of November as a rule. However, it is always available should anyone want it. The cottage is at the back of my property but does not share a drive with anyone except myself at the front gate onto the road. It is completely private. No one goes into their private area while guests are there. The only person to use the drive in a vehicle during their stay was the gardener twice a week and the oil tanker once. If this needed complete privacy, perhaps she should have chosen a larger, more isolated cottage capable of accommodating all her family. The cottage offers accommodation for 4 adults, a child on a put u up and a cot. This guest booked for 4 adults. She telephoned from NZ saying it was for herself, her partner, her son & his partner. She then asked if her other son could stay on occasion. I agreed if he was happy to use the put u up. Within a few minutes of her arrival at the cottage, this guest asked if her mother could stay a few nights before her son & his partner arrived. I asked about the sheets and was told she would deal with them. As she was over from NZ and hadn't seen her mother for a while, I agreed and asked for a list of names and address of anyone who may stay. It was never given to me. Her mother lives 4 miles away. Next morning their car passed me in the lane with her mother in it leaving the cottage. When her other son arrived, the next day, I was told he was a smoker. No mention of this had been made in the telephone conversation. The cottage & grounds are no smoking as usually there are horses, hay and straw about. I agreed that he could smoke on the patio. There was a lot of coming and going during the visit. I gave clean sheets and asked for the spare ones to wash as I understood her family had then left but she asked to keep the sheets and towels. On her departure, I washed 21 towels. On the morning of departure, it was torrential rain. I had done all the outside jobs, cleaned the utility and emptied the bins and I was very wet. Due to a very heavy workload that week I was ready to clean the cottage at 10am. By 10.10 there was no sign of life, so I tapped on the door to ask for the laundry from the spare room which I had been told the day before was ready. I could make a start. The door was eventually opened by the guest in her dressing gown. I was rather surprised. She told me that they would soon be ready but would have to pack and have a shower first. I mentioned the time and was told it was 11am departure. It clearly states in the guest notes that the time of departure is 10am. I explained that I would like to get on and it would take me three hours. She said it wouldn't take me three hours as the cottage was immaculate.. would I like to see? I said no, it wasn't necessary but that whatever she had done it would still take me three hours. She agreed that she hadn't asked me when check out was. I was not angry. Guests sometimes overrun but usually show some sign that they are trying to leave. This guest has misquoted me. I did not and would never refer to anyone as "you people". I did say that I felt I had tried to accommodate her wishes during her stay. I did not say at any time "remove yourselves." I freely admit that I should never have made a throwaway comment as I was walking away about perhaps they could skip the shower and go. I never intended to be rude but her attitude didn't please me. No apology or offer to be as quick as possible was forthcoming. I apologised to her as they finally left at 11am, leaving a sink full of dirty washing up. It took me 5 hours over 2 days to put the cottage straight - it was a good job that cleaners weren't waiting. I have been letting the cottage for 18 years and try to provide a friendly and comfortable stay for guests. The wonderful comments left in the visitor book bear testament to that.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/10/2016
    A lovely quiet location with a wonderful view. Owner very helpful. Our young children loved it. So did we. Thank you.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2016
    Very cosy bungalow, everything you need. Wonderful countryside setting. Perfect location.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2016
    Excellent base for exploring the area.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2016
    We had a fantastic holiday


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/07/2016
    Lovely cottage, very well equiped. Only big miss is no wifi :( , good excuse to visit the Royal Oak. Because of the washingmachine & dryer is the supply of 1 set of towels pp for a week not really a problem. Perfect location to relax by just looking at the plain and hearing only the birds.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2016
    Owl Cottage was the best that we have ever stayed at, and would recommend it and would go there again.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2016
    Fantastic, relaxing holiday which was enhanced by the homely feel of Owls Cottage. Beautiful views and lots of space, ideal for our family if four. Our children (aged 6 & 2) loved the outdoor space and the animals (especially the horses.) A washing machine would have helped with all our dirty clothes, over the week, but it's a minor thing and didn't spoil our enjoyment at all. Thoroughly recommend this property and the owner Gill was very welcoming and helpful.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/03/2016
    Quiet, clean, spacious, well equipped. Very cosy the chilly week week we stayed. Lots to see and do around the area.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2016
    We've just come back from an excellent half term break (13th-19th February 2016) at Owls Cottage. Lovely cottage, cozy and warm and we all felt very relaxed from the start. My 8 year old commented that he couldn't believe it wasn't five star! We went to Stonehenge, Old Sarum, Marlborough, Bath (Roman Baths/town), Bristol and even went swimming at Devizes Leisure Centre. The local pub, The Royal Oak, was very comfortable with a real fire; can't comment on the food as the chef was away unfortunately. You will need a car. Highly recommended.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 24/01/2016
    Lovely, clean and quiet!


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