My stay got off to a bad start due to the ‘iron man’ competition the house hadn’t bern cleaned, so it was cleaned after I arrived. The cold evenings were not pleasant as the heating wasn’t working, there was an unpleasant smell in one of the bedrooms and the garden was looking very neglected. The house is up for sale which says it all really. Lots of niggles - could do better. Loved the Pembrokeshire countryside and coast so if up to scratch would have bern ideally placed for touring the area.
We chose this property because it ticked all of our boxes in terms of location, layout & amenities. Previous reviews were good, although we now realise were a few years old.
The house is in a great location, with easy access to the local area, yet tucked away in a nice quiet road. We enjoyed the peace & quiet & had we like the house a little more we'd probably have spent more time in it.
The house is best described as 'in need of some TLC', everything is looking a little tired & worn & it's furnished in an eclectic mix of furniture which doesn't really warrant the term 'Stylish' as advertised. The property is currently on the market & the owners don't live locally which probably explains things.
There were also lots of silly little niggles of things which needed attention like dead light bulbs (6), non-working extractor fan, broken bins, outside light broken, smoke alarm not working, loose floor boards. All little things but add up to make you feel a bit fed up.
The layout is great, if a little cosy in the living area. The downstairs bedroom with en-suite was perfect for my elderly mum. Upstairs the 3 bedrooms are fine & the beds really comfortable. You should note that the only upstairs bathroom/wc is off the main bedroom which can be a pain.
The kitchen is a decent size & pretty well-equipped. That said, like the furniture, it's a mish-mash of non-matching stuff that feels like it's all a bit 2nd hand with stained mugs etc. It's not the end of the world but doesn't make it feel particularly 'lovely'. We were also surprised not to find an oven glove & ended up having to go out & buy one which was a pain. We could have done without the dishwasher flooding the kitchen floor the 1st time we used it & the 45 mins it took to mop everything up. The plumbing under the sink was poorly done & it looked like the pipes had popped out when the cleaner had put her things back in the cupboard. We pushed it back together & reported to the owners who were most apologetic & promised to get it fixed but we have no idea if this happened during our stay as we didn't hear anything more.
The garden could be really lovely but was in need of a good tidy up or at least the grass cutting & big stinging nettles removed. There was also a huge pile of rubbish sacks, attracting flies, which didn’t make sitting out particularly attractive. No need to clean the dirty garden furniture.
All in all a disappointing experience given the price paid. We will certainly return to the area but not to Rooks Retreat.
We just spent a very enjoyable May half term at Rook's Retreat, sharing the cottage with another family. With five children under six the garden was fantastic, as it is enclosed and big enough for them all to run about. The location of the cottage is very convenient, with shops nearby for milk etc, as well as Pembroke just down the road. We were also within twenty minutes of plenty of choices for days out, and recommend a visit to the Dinosaur Park, Carew Castle, and Tenby for its shopping and beaches. We'd also recommend the Tudor Lodge in nearby Jameston for a dinner out.
The beds and sofas were very comfortable, and although we were a little cramped in the living area on wet days (with so many little ones under foot) with so many options for days out it wasn't really a problem.
I'd also like to mention that the owner was very friendly, helpful and prompt in all communications which sounds like a small thing but actually goes a long way to making the holiday experience good.
All in all we were very happy with the accommodation for the week.
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Rooks' Retreat was brilliant. Highly recommended.
We stayed for 6 nights with 2 adults and 4 kids (7-10) and still had plenty of room. VERY well equipped: From washing machine through tumble drier to microwave and dishwasher and three bathrooms. There is a wide selection of board games and puzzles as well as a nice selection of DVDs. Everything was there from towels, bedding, even soap, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid.
The garden is perfect for the family and even had a little footie goal and a barbecue. The kids also enjoyed the wifi access.
Hodgeston is very quaint. Shopping etc. will have to be done in neighbouring villages or in Pembroke though.
Loads to do in the surrounding area. We enjoyed Folly Farm and the local beaches, but there are also loads of parks and other family outings available.
The home owner and his family are very nice and were very, very helpful with any questions we had.
We will be back as soon as possible.
Rooks retreat was fab. We got there a little earlier than check in and met the housekeeper who was warm and accommodating. The cottage is plenty big enough with everything you need. It's beautifully warm and peaceful and very clean. The housekeeper even arranged an Easter egg hunt for my boys. I couldn't fault it. Fab location right near a quaint church and small stream. The garden is fully secure and perfect for young children. We would definitely visit here again.