The cottage was enchanting from the beginning, walking into it and finding each room even more enticing than the last. It was quirky, intriguing, superby furnished, easily large enough for a party of 10, very private and clearly haunted by a friendly and welcoming ghost. The gardens are immaculate and the gardening staff - who occasionally popped by discretely to attend to the flowers - were friendly and professional. It has plenty of lawns, with both flat areas and hillside, with a superb sunny patio adjacent the house. The river is about 20m away and gives a pleasant background sound that further adds to the feeling of peaceful seclusion. The bathrooms were in excellent condition, and I was amazed with such an old property that everything seemed in perfect order. We were lucky to have a good amateur pianist with us, and the baby grand piano led to some memorable sing songs (not something we are given to normally!) The nearby pub (about 8 mins walk) has a superb range of meals and good beers, with very friendly staff. The cottage is adjacent various fields and tracks, although it takes about 30 mins to walk (mainly uphill) to the open moor from the cottage - so we tended to drive the first part, then park at the edge of the moor. Needless to say, the surrounding moorland is exquisite.