Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your feedback. I have decided dogs will no longer be permitted to accompany their owners going forward. I will of course, honour all the previous bookings for dog owners. This action is very regrettable for me, but please be aware that I receive no financial incentive to allow pets to accompany visitors. I cannot be held responsible for travellers that are unaware of the booking terms and conditions which state, “Pets - If you take a pet with you, it is not allowed upstairs, on beds or furniture, or in any shared facilities, such as swimming pools or shops. You must not leave any pets unattended in the property, including any garden, and you must keep dogs on a lead within the boundaries of a property including the garden.”
The drop from the property to the river is 3 foot and is necessary to prevent the house flooding from the river. Buildings in England are known to have been built above the level of streams and rivers to prevent damage through flooding. The Pill Hill Brook is a tributary of the River Test, it is very well maintained, environmental haven for some wonderful wildlife living around the Brook such as brown and rainbow trout, eels, toads and frogs, kingfishers, egrets, pheasant, partridge, woodpeckers, water voles and stoats. The road passing the cottage is a village road and tarmac pavement with a speed limit of 30mph, which is customary for village roads in England not located close to schools. I can confirm the road is not a dual carriageway, main ‘A’ road. I have always found the village motorists to be very considerate as they often encounter the Ducks and Canada Geese strolling up the street. There is a shared drive with the neighbouring property. The drive leads into a generous car parking space right in front of the cottage, giving visitors instant privacy. The cottage sleeps 3 people and it has been assumed that visitors travelling together have sufficient consideration for each other to share the hanging spaces. There are 8 coat hooks located in the porch for jackets, fleeces, cardigans and coats, 4 double coat hooks behind the door in the hall downstairs, 3 single hooks behind the bedroom door, and a hanging rack. Regarding the staircase, there has been considerable discussion regarding this, however the installation of a handrail would further narrow the stairs and impede exit in emergencies. It is assumed visitors are able bodied and capable of ascending and descending a flight of stairs. The cottage is Grade II listed, so whilst the ground floor has been dug out and lowered in the past, permission cannot be granted to raise the ceiling height upstairs. River cottage is small and quirky and we feel this adds to it's charm.