Leigh cottage is a charming building that's decorated and equipped to a high standard. The kitchen in particular has all the mod cons so is a pleasure to cook in, although the only thing we noticed it lacking is normal baking trays, leading to us cooking chips in cup cake trays - but it was no biggie. The village of west down isn't classically pretty like some but it grows on you and is very quiet with a great pub and attractive church. If you have kids we'd recommend snaking through the quaint streets to the community field, we went at sunset after the pub and it was fab. The only slight downside is that the church bells sometimes ring every hour on the hour, all through the night, although they are quite quiet. Apart from that the village is the epitome of calm and silence, lovely.
Unfortunately the cottage is being let down a little by a lack of basic care and attention. The garden is unkempt with long grass and weeds, brambles growing where they shouldn't. As for the house itself, broken blind cords that mean you have to manually roll the blinds by hand and in the lounge both the Sky and TV remotes weren't working. When we got there it barely looked Iike the place had been cleaned, the sofa had the indentations of whoever had been sitting on it last (how hard is it to fluff up some cushions?) and there was a wet towel hanging on the back of our bedroom door. Something someone if they had cleaned the house properly would have surely noticed. On top of all the toilet in the en suite didn't flush, something we checked before using because the last couple of reviews (on another site) had called out. To be fair the owner did call the plumber in after we complained but arranging plumber visits wasn't something I was planning on doing while on the beach at Woolacombe....
As all the above points have been raised in previous reviews (on this and other sites) and should literally take an hour or two to sort out, I can only come to the conclusion that the management company need a swift kick up the backside to get it done. It's a shame as it's spoiling what otherwise would be a 5 star cottage, which is a beautiful building being let down by humans. Shame. Apart from that it's absolutely lovely.
We stayed for a short break near Woolacombe to get some surfing in. It is a very well equipped cottage but still feels cosy.
Would recommend anyone to stay here.
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Superb in every way. Our family of four (two children 11 & 9), enjoyed the Easter weekend here. The location was perfect for exploring any of the north Devon coastline but also tucked away so you felt properly away from it all. The house itself is delightfully appointed with a mix of all mod cons in a traditional way. Rooms are all clean and airy. Beds and sofas are all comfortable (a bonus for my princess's).
Shower is powerful and hot. Open fire made my wife excited!!
If we decide to come back to this part of the world again we would not hesitate to stay here.