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Backwell, nr. Bristol
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps4
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
Pets 3
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Description

Just 10 miles away is a wealth of amazing attractions and nearby cities, this holiday cottage is a great family base.

Shared swimming pool

This detached holiday cottage enjoys shared use of an outdoor swimming pool and is situated on a working smallholding, amongst 2,000 acres of natural forest, with many footpaths meandering through, making an ideal base for walking and cycling. The medieval village of Backwell has a long history, appearing in the Domesday book in 1086, and is close to Bristol airport, 3 miles, and only 10 miles from the cosmopolitan city of Bristol, with its wealth of visitor attractions including Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, the interactive adventure centre, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the lively harbourside area. Also within easy reach of the Georgian city of Bath, Chew Valley, the Mendips, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral and Clarks Village retail outlet at Street. Visit the coastal resort of Weston-super-Mare, Ashton Court Estate and deer park, Tyntesfield National Trust Country House and Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, all of which make great days out. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

3 steps down to entrance (alternative level access). Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Shared use of outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2.5m), open May-September. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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Features

  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Working FarmWorking Farm
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2016
    The location was lovely, and the cottage could have been so nice. Unfortunately there was a really unpleasant smell to the place, especially the sofa, chairs and rugs. I think mostly pet smells. The place was basically clean, but the floor downstairs was not and the smell was off-putting. The outside area needed a real tidy-up, with the patio area needing a really good weed and sweep. The pool area was very neglected, again needing a very good sweep and tidy up. When we arrived the pool itself was filthy and not ready for use. Although, to be fair, by the next day this had been sorted. I was not expecting great things, having seen previous reviews. I could see the place had been cleaned, but the standard was not great. The towels also did not smell clean, but slightly musty and of pets and were a rather "grey white" Lovely welcome package with some flowers, milk, biscuits, cake and tea bags. The owner was helpful.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; So sorry that this holiday experience didn't meet your expectations. All I can say is that the cottage is available to people with up to three dogs and most people do have this number of dogs with them. We always spray the furniture with Febreeze before each visit and the rug downstairs in the living area was in fact new. We replace this regularly due to wear and tear. All the floors upstairs and downstairs are washed with Cif floor cleaner before each visit. Being flagstone floors they do have a realistic look. The outside area does need a good tidy up - this is due to the short time available between visitors which is spent cleaning the property - this has to be done between 10am and 3pm. The gardeners we employ to cut the lawns have now been asked to undertake this task and hopefully whatever visitors are in residence at the time will be tolerant of their presence. The pool had not been vacuumed for one night although the safety tests had all been completed. This was due to the owners birthday celebrations and a lapse of memory - we forgot to put the automatic cleaner in last thing at night. The visitors to the cottage were met and had this explained to them. They were promised it would be fine for the next day and it was then and for the whole time of their visit. They swam every day. The towels also were new this year. They are washed at 60 degrees and a fabric conditioner is used. Due to criticisms of the cleaning of the cottage a firm of cleaners is now used and any complaints can now be directed to them.

  • 1

    Confirmed guest, 01/07/2016
    It was under a flight path, potholes leading to the property are horrendous,there is a paintball centre adjoining the property so on Sunday mornings you hear not only the pop pop of the guns but grown men shouting war charts, we had mouse droppings in the tea towel draw and when I cleaned my teeth in my direct sight was a fly that was squashed on the wall the sofa had dust built up over at least several weeks. I can add if you wish


  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2016
    A tidy up outside would make property so much more appealing. Needed an upgrade internally and a bit of a clean. Near airport flight path so noise may not suit some. The drive leading to the property needs attention. Good location for local area with nearby train station offering excellent access to Bristol, Weston Super Mare, etc.


  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 28/03/2016
    Lovely cottage but with a few improvements can be better. To start the road leading to the cottage is dreadful as there are far too many potholes. The beds are comfortable but the bedding had dog hairs which made the girls uncomfortable. The light above the shower needed cleaning but overall the bathroom was clean and nice. The shower was lovely. Curtains need washing and we found crisps in the sofa. Overall everything that was needed was available.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2016
    A lovely cottage in a nice setting we arrived on a cold day the heating had been put on so cottage was nice and warm the milk and cake and biscuits were much appericated


  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2016
    I (stupidly) booked witout reading the reviews for a get-away over NYE with my husband and 2 small dogs. when i checked the reviews before we went i saw lots of comments about the potholes in the drive, the airoplanes and the 'dog rules' so i immaediately accepted this and lowered my expectations. The airoplanes did fly over frequently, however it wasn't too annoying and was expected after having eventually read the reviews. i do think however this should be stated in the description to aviod surprise! and the potholes really can't be helped - just drive slowly! I appreciate the effort made by leaving cake milk and cookies for our arrival, however the cleanlines was disappointing and to be honest ruined the whole expereince for me, the sofas are old and tired and smelly - also covered in dog hair - surprising as one of the 'dog rules' was not to allow pets on the furniture. Also there were so many cobwebs, having a fear of spiders i made my usband hoover everywhere - even behing the side tables and bed in the bedrooms, which are easy to reach but behind the headboard was full of thick cobwebs that can have been cleaned in some time, also hooveringunder the bed found empty drink bottles from previous guests. but it'll all be clean now as this is what we spent our first night doing! After a good spring clean and time to get into ben, upon pulling the covers over dicsovered it was full of pet hair, agin surprising seeing as dogs not allowed upstairs but also smell of do, i tried to lay towels to sleep on which were old worn, torn and stained and turn the pillow case inside out only to discover the inside of the pillow was also covered. After a sleepless night and determined to enjoy our stay we went out shopping on the second day and bought sleeping bags to use. After staying a second night and being almost a sleepless night the planes were really grating on us and we were really irritated with our expereince so decided not to stay the last night and just went home. i do apprciate the effort made for our arrival but the cleanliness was a masive letdown for us, i am a dog owner and we enjoy taking them on holiday with us, but we do not allow them in our bed at home so do not expect to be sleeping with other peoples dog hair / smells. - such a shame as this is a pretty place and could have been so much better with a few simple attention to detail.


  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 13/11/2015
    Comfortable cottage and ideal for the dogs but the drive was like 'off roading. ' The holes were over about a half a mile stretch of the lane leading to the yard where the cottage was and holes up to 6 inches deep full of leaves and water. Being on the flight path for Bristol air port was liveable with but they did start about 7 am and some were very noisy . The drive was the main problems and did take the shine off the holiday . No contact from the owners who appeared to live on site was also somewhat rude.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2015
    Lovely property. Nice touch with biccies and flowers and coffee. Cleaning stuff was useful... Turn off at traffic lights for timber mill, then turn right into timber mill to find. Then go past timber mill..... As directions a little misleading. Make calls to owner on the land line.


  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 11/09/2015
    The cottage down narrow lane full of pot holes not very good for your car hard to avoid them ,if you have phobia of spiders this is not the place for you .The place is a bit run down and unloved,rusty cooking pot and pans not good.Weeds outside cottage and windows could do with good clean.Noise from airport not a place relax

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately I don't own the drive so I can't do anything about the potholes. They have been filled in again this week with chippings by the person who owns the drive. It has been in all the papers that spiders are a big problem at the moment. We have electronic repellers and I mercilessly vacuum up every spider I see. I pay for someone to go round every changeover and check for cobwebs/spiders. We live in the middle of thousands of acres of woods so naturally, there will be spiders that come in. The "weeds" are self-seeded local plants which I left deliberately as they are so colourful and pretty. However I do welcome feedback and I will now take these out.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 21/08/2015
    Great assault course leading to cottage (the road) if you are a light sleeper planes will wake you up in the morning and whoever cleans the cottage between guests should be sacked. However nice spot as a base for touring around the area.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately the planes are out of my control. I spend literally hours cleaning the barn and feel I am very thorough. However I am sorry if anything was missed and have taken your comments on board.

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