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Smithy Farm

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Dunham-on-the-Hill, near Frodsham
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Traditional family farmhouse with games room and hot tub, Manley Mere with adventure trail, sailing and kayaking close by.

This 18th century, semi-detached holiday farmhouse is located in the quiet village of Dunham-on-the-Hill, just 6 miles from the historic city of Chester. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has a café and pubs. A wider range of amenities can be found in nearby Helsby or the market town of Frodsham (market on Thursdays). Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village is within easy driving distance. The accommodation is well proportioned and combines original features including a fantastic outdoor covered hot tub and games room. With such great facilities on site it is tempting to just stay home and relax, but with so much to see and do in the area its just not an option. Smithy Farm offers something for everyone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy exploring the beautiful Cheshire countryside, walks include Helsby Hill and quarry walks, whilst those who prefer a city landscape are ideally placed for commuting into Liverpool and Manchester. There is also a bus service from the village into Chester. There are lots of local attractions for families including Chester Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium and Delamere Forest’s Go Ape adventure. Other activities available locally include numerous fisheries, golf (Helsby), and horse riding. Watersports fans will enjoy Manley Mere which offers windsurfing, sailing and kayaking as well as having an adventure trail. Cheshire is also a food lovers paradise with lots of great restaurants and pubs nearby including Marco Pierre White’s restaurant, which is less than 6 miles from the village. Shop 2 ½ miles, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Games room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Hot tub. Games room with pool table. Table football in dining room. No smoking.

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Hot TubHot Tub
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • No PetsNo Pets
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2016
    Very spacious and attractive cottage. Hot tub was good feature. Comfortable and peaceful location but usefully close to Chester.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/09/2016
    Brilliant stay! 6 of us went for a girls weekend away, great location, wifi works in the living room only, hot tub is great! Three big bedrooms, and one single bedroom. Big enough for us all to fit in, 15-20minute taxi drive into Chester. Will definitely be booking again :) !

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2016
    Great place for family get together. Everything was excellent. Location for good for visiting Chester and lots of interesting places.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/09/2016
    We had a fab time at Smithy Farm. We were visiting Chester for a family reunion so the ease of access to the city was important. We were able to have the wider family around on the Sunday which gave us a really good opportunity to just chill and relax together. We were even able to FaceTime with those who were unable to join us. Definitely recommend and Vick our host was most accomodating.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2016
    We had a great time away with our 3 grown up children, their partners and grandson. We had stayed here before a couple of years ago so knew what to expect. Smithy Farm met our accommodation needs really well. Having 2 televisions meant that those who didn't want watch cricket and the grand prix could watch something else. The pool table was a big hit, unfortunately it wasn't warm enough to make use of the hot tub. We ate out at lunch time and a couple of evenings, there was adequate cooking utensils, pots and pans to enable us to cook for 7 adults although I did bring a large lidded frying pan from home.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2016
    Excellent location and very friendly owner. However, the equipment in this cottage is well below expectations when being charged around £1,000 per week. Television & freezer incredibly dated, as were bathrooms in general. WiFi was pretty much useless, as it appeared to come through stone walls from next door. The essence of this cottage is that it is a quirky converted farmhouse which works very well and it is an incredibly interesting property to stay in. Unfortunately these do not make up for the poor facilities. There is a need to spend a little money to bring the basic standards up to a reasonable level, until then there are many other cottages that will offer this.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are always really appreciative of constructive comments on our property to help us improve the facilities and given the comment in relation to the WiFi we have recently invested in further equipment which should hopefully solve any issues which have been experienced. In respect of the TV’s we would are quite shocked by these comments. The property is equipped with a flat screen LED TV (42 inch) as standard (as advertised) and further to discussions with guests a lot had indicated that a second TV would be a really helpful benefit to them (particularly those with young families). In the circumstances a second TV was provided (which, it is accepted, is an older model albeit a very good quality one with a good picture). We have had nothing but good comments in relation to this addition and therefore will not be removing the second, older TV. Regarding the freezer, this again was added to the property as an extra facility on top of the fridge (with freezer) already situated. We are unsure what comments to make in relation to the freezer, it is a white chest freezer which is clean and works! Several guests had indicated that a chest freezer would be of use and therefore these comments were taken on board and the same provided. Given that, save for this comment, we have had nothing but positive reactions to the same, we will again be keeping the same within the property. Finally in response to the comment that we “need to spend a little money to bring up the basic standards up to a reasonable level” we are really unsure where to begin. Having read the entirety of this comment we do feel that perhaps the guests themselves were not quite suited to the property. This is an 18th century farmhouse which has been built upon and extended throughout its long history. It has been lovingly restored and updated with modern facilities where appropriate and in keeping with the history of the property. Whilst we do take on board all comments and give consideration to the same we do think that perhaps these guests were looking for a new build property with a hint of character rather than the historical listed building which this is. We would add that whilst we are of course disappointed that these guests were not pleased with their stay, we have had very few negative comments upon the property and have many guests who return to us yearly.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/04/2016
    Had a fantastic holiday, loved the cottage and it's location.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2016
    Pros: Great location. Friendly owners. Clean and well maintained hot tub. Cons: Cleanliness (Carpets and sofas are dirty in the living room and kitchen could do with a bit of a refurb). There were ants on the dining room floor and table occasionally. Had to brush them off legs occasionally. Shower in one of the bathrooms is poor. No WiFi. Although advertised, it's the next door cottage's router that you're supposed to connect to and the signal isn't strong enough. Purchase WiFi signal extenders for the cottage! We are not serial complainers. Far from it to be honest, and this is the only negative review we have left in 5 UK cottage breaks. Hopefully this is fair and constructive enough as it's all easily rectifiable.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We appreciate all comments received from our guests as it can help us to improve the property. In respect of the Wi-Fi, we have taken on board the comments and purchased further equipment which will improve the facility offered. We would note the comment regarding shared facilities and explain that the internet facilities are not shared rather the router and other equipment is simply not made accessible to guests. As above we do hope that the new equipment will sort any problems. Addressing the issue of cleanliness, we are really disappointed with this comment. The guests failed to mention any issues with ants and we did not find any remnants of the same on the conclusion of their stay. We always endeavour to provide guests with a thoroughly clean and tidy property at the commencement of their stay and would note that cleaning during the stay is the responsibility of the guests themselves. We did note that upon these guests leaving the property there was a considerable amount of crumbs on and underneath the dining table and in the downstairs rooms of the property. As I am sure people will be aware ants have a tendency to follow a food source and therefore we can only presume that this was the reason for the same. We have not had any issue with ants previously or since. In relation to the cleanliness of the carpets and sofas we would advise that they are regularly shampooed and carpet cleaned, however, in light of these comments we will look at increasing the frequency of this being done. Finally in respect of the shower facilities, the same are as advertised; both bathrooms have showers and they are in good working order. Again, we were not made aware of any issues during the guests stay and therefore we can only presume that the reason for any difficulties is down to a temporary loss of water pressure. We do appreciate comments from guests as above and we will keep an eye for any issues in the areas mentioned. It is something we have noted, however, that almost all of our guests are extremely happy with the property (proven by many returning year after year).

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/03/2016
    Absolutely beautiful, charming farmhouse, lovely welcome and really enjoyed the hot tub!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/03/2016
    A lovely homely cottage with lots of room and a very warm welcome . Very helpful owners.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/02/2016
    Cottage was really lovely - perfect for our family with children with a wide age range Vicky the caretaker was brillant - very friendly and helpful Would definetly recommend smithy farm!!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/01/2016
    A perfect getaway, will definitely go again

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/12/2015
    Fabulous cottage. Very comfortable and ideal for families or friends. Victoria couldn't have been more accommodating. Will definitely be visiting again.

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