We choose the company Best of Suffolk for our little break away in February. I'd used them last year, when I went to Aldeburgh with my friend. Our cottage last year had been wonderful, decorated to a very high standard.
By choosing a company like this, you would expect high standards, that's what their reputation is built on, and you pay a premium for it, which is absolutely fine, if that's what you get.
So with high expectations I booked Pebble Beach Cottage.
The cottage easily accommodated five people, there was a large kitchen with a great farmhouse table in its centre.....and the most amazing ercol chairs! It had top spec appliances, clean and tidy. Just what you would wish for. The owners had left wine, biscuits, tea and coffee, a great welcome. There was also cleaning materials, there's nothing worse than having to go out and buy washing up liquid!
We couldn't find any mugs or cups, only wine glasses, at first I thought this might be a sign from the universe....I must only drink wine this holiday, no tea allowed ;) Anyway, we searched everywhere, eventually I went out in the rain and purchased 4 of the cheapest mugs I could find....(and Aldeburgh isn't a cheap place to purchase anything!) It was only when I rang my friend later that she asked if I'd looked in the dishwasher......er, no.....you can tell we don't own a dishwasher can't you! There they were, along with the fourth bowl, (I had in my head been working out how we were all going to eat cereal together in the morning!)
We went off to explore the bedrooms....a lovely king size bed, a double and single bedroom. The beds were comfy, bedding clean and ample clothes storage, I'm not sure there would be enough coat hangers for a weeks stay though, why are there never enough coat hangers?!
The cottage is in a quiet part of the town....mind you I'm not sure any part is particularly noisy, it was dark, comfortable and quiet....just what's needed to for restful sleep!
The bathroom was ok, white suite, seaside theme. The taps needed a good scrub but the toilet was nice and clean. The shower head however leaved much to be desired, it really needed replacing. It didn't work particularly well, and it was grubby. Luckily there was a constant supply of lovely hot water.
When we arrived, the cottage was cold, the heating had been left on low but a lovely touch would have been for the caretaker to have turned up the heating prior to us arriving. It took a whole day for the cottage to properly heat up.
Some other lovely touches were the White Company toiletries and the super, soft fluffy towels.
But what was sooooo disappointing about the cottage, was the living room. In my head I had a cosy, comfortable living room.....where we would all snuggle up around the log burner.
I couldn't have been further from the truth.....the log burner was great, but there wasn't one comfortable chair in the house! The settee was hard, very stained, luckily I'd taken my crochet blankets with me so covered it over with them. The two chairs were like they'd been pulled off a skip....now I know many a lovely thing has been pulled off a skip, but these were so hard, they really should have stayed there!
This room was in such sharp contrast with the rest of the cottage, I felt like I was in different accomodation. Student accomodation! There wasn't a decent lamp in this room either so I couldn't even make it look cosy. There were lovely curtains and cushions, sadly lost in the shabbiness of the room.
So in summary, beautiful bedrooms, a lovely large farmhouse kitchen, plenty of hot water and a great log burner. Lots of lovely welcoming touches, wine, toiletries, good supply of toilet paper....these things count! They owner was flexible with my arrival date and departure time which I was very grateful for.
Would I stop here again? No, not unless the owners updated the shower and invested some money and love into the living room. It cries out to be made into a comfortable, cosy place to relax in. I really do need a comfy place to sit, and I'm sure I'm not on my own!
Would I use Best of Suffolk again, well the cottage I stayed in last year was perfect, and the house my friend booked was amazing so maybe, but I would be very interested to know what their inspection process is, and how they select their properties. Also even though I've left feedback they haven't contacted me, even to say they were sorry I was disappointed, so perhaps after stay care needs some improvement?!
I've booked several holidays this year and I will review each place we stay, it's good to have insider knowledge on accommodation, don't you think?
Hope that's been interesting for you to read, I think I've been fair in my review, noting the positives as well as the negatives. Right I'm off in the garden....but more of that soon...
Amanda :) xxx
This was not a sponsored post, and I'm not in collaboration with Best of Suffolk. Words and opinions my very own!