A group of 12 of us stayed here to celebrate my 25th birthday and it was fantastic. We even arrived to find a lovely fruit cake waiting for us!
The property easily housed all 12 of us, each sharing a room for 2 (made up as a superking or twin room by request), with a spacious living, kitchen, and dining area.
There is a decent amount of cooking equipment, and we only found ourselves wanting a few things (a decent corkscrew and full headed whisk, for example). You'll have access to 2 fridges, a freezer, and 2 dishwashers too - very handy for a large group!
Regarding the spa, you have access to a steam room, sauna, ice bucket and hot tub until 11pm every night, when it's locked up until morning.
We went in February when it was very cold and the shared pool was closed, but for Summer there is also ample space outside, with a ping pong table and basketball hoop. There are also a few card and board games to look through for entertainment, and an excellent sound system.
All in all, it was wonderful and I would definitely recommend!
I've just spent a long weekend with friends celebrating a big birthday and couldn't have asked for a better setting. The pictures on the website don't do this property justice. It's big and airy, well designed and private and a lot more luxe. There's everything you need and the Sonos, pool table and fusball were great fun. We cooked a huge roast in the well designed kitchen, danced in the large open plan living room all night. I didn't know if we would use the hot tub and spa at this time of year, but we couldn't keep out of it. Watching the sun set and the moon rise on a clear, chilly night from the hot tub is one of the highlights of the weekend. The owners were very helpful, but never in-your-face, and offered great recommendations for local pubs and restaurants and the surrounding area. I'm so pleased that we found this great place.
I came here for my 25th with 13 friends, everything was perfect for the weekend. The rooms all had an ensuite and the beds were super comfortable.
The layout of the house was superb to have a party!
This property and the owners Gill and Simon deserve top marks. I organised a group getaway to celebrate my wife's birthday and New Year over the long weekend and from the moment we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the whole property.
As you enter the main doors of The Pictureworks, there is an open plan kitchen and dining area (preceded by the pool and table football tables), with the lounging area just beyond the kitchen, which has plenty of seating and space to chill out. There is a Sonos sound system, which gives great flexibility for people to listen to different music in the kitchen area and the living room area. All 6 bedrooms and their en suites (4 have their own and 2 share one) were very well finished and the beds were extremely comfortable to sleep in.
At the end of the property was the spa area. The sauna and steam room were a great place for everyone to relax and the hot tub just outside of the spa room was always the go to place to start things off. One of the main criteria for the group getaway was having a hot tub and it didn't take long for us to hop in it on the first night!
During the stay, we had some private caterers come in to the property to cook for everyone on my wife's birthday and we also went to the local cider/brandy farm the next day. Others also visited some of the local towns and National Trust properties and there were plenty of local pubs to choose from for Sunday lunch. There is a very handy file at the property of things to do in the area (including details of local taxi drivers), so I don't really think I could have asked for much more help! Everybody had a great time staying and using the facilities at The Pictureworks and I certainly felt like I earned some husband points, so thanks Gill and Simon for helping me plan the perfect getaway!
I would certainly like be interested in coming back again in the future and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to others looking to book this for a group getaway with friends!
We stayed at The Pictureworks last weekend and couldn't have picked a better place. This house has everything you could possibly wish for, for either a weekend stay or even a week's stay. The hot tub, the steam room and sauna were absolutely superb and would recommend this property to anyone.