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Photos do not do this gem justice. Incredibly peaceful property. The house is beautifully kept and surrounded by rolling green land. We stayed with our whole family and 2 dogs. This house has everything you could hope for with a country feel getaway. The owners were lovely to deal with and very accommodating. It is a must stay! We will definitely be back.
We’ve just returned home after a 3 week stay at Lark Rise.
Jackie was there to greet us when we arrived. She was very gracious and made us feel like much anticipated guests. We also appreciated all the little extras that had been left for us. A welcome sign, snacks, chocolates, Christmas crackers, milk, juice, tea, coffee ( including the good stuff) and a load of different toiletries.
Lark Rise was exactly as the photos showed. Clean and spacious and very pleasant. What the photos didn’t show was how private it felt. Though the main house is close and overlooks the cottage, we were only really aware of them As we came an went or hung the washing out. The cottage actually looks away from the house and most of the time we felt we were living in the treetops. It was very quiet. Occasionally we heard a car or lawnmower in the distance, but mainly it was bush sounds and the occasional bleat of a goat. Yes, there are goats but you can’t smell them and they’re not noisy. It was actually quite nice to sit and watch them as they played -though they usually just lay around in the shade.
The house itself was lovely a cool thanks to the very powerful air conditioner. Less so in the bedrooms (the weather was very sticky and hot) but thanks to the ceiling fans, the cold air circulated nicely and the bedrooms were kept very comfortable. We did have a couple of very hot nights when the air con broke down but that was just bad luck since the unit was obviously clean and well maintained.
The kitchen was well stocked for basic cooking needs. If you’re more a gourmet style cook, you may find it a little lacking. Jackie and Paul are very happy to try and supply additional needs from their own kitchen but not knowing what they have or if it would cause them a problem with their own planned meals, I hesitated to ask. I also got the feeling that if they didn’t have what I asked for that they might go out and buy it or run around to borrow one. They were just that obliging.
I would like to make a special mention of the robot vacuum cleaner. The thing is in need of replacement battery (not holding charge) but for sheer entertainment it was worth the trouble of charging it. My husband couldn’t seem to stop playing with the thing. He said it was very relaxing to watch it go back and forth and would even spend time directing wherever he wanted it by blocking it’s path. Personally, I think it’s weird way to spend time but since it helped him relax, I’m not complaining :P