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Guest Reviews 2013

Read what our previous guests have said about us and the surrounding area whilst staying in Coachmans Cottage, Wiltshire.

"Hiring a classic car and staying at the Cottage was a perfect way to explore this lovely part of the West Country. The Cottage was lovely for a birthday weekend away with the village (especially the shop/café) being welcoming and a relaxing escape from the pressures of everyday life. The Cottage was full of character and provided everything we needed and more. Claire chuckled a lot every time Ben banged his head on the beams (there were numerous chuckles!). Thank you Penny for being the perfect host and for the little touches that made the difference."

Response..Lovely to meet you both, yes Ben is very tall and some doorways do have to be ducked under by one so lofty. We look forward to meeting you both again in the future. Best wishes for the New Year. Penny.

"Just back home after a 4 night break at Coachmans cottage and wish that we could have stayed longer. Our expectations were high after reading the other reviews on the web-site and we were not disappointed with any aspect. The cottage was warm, cosy, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything that we needed. It is clear that a lot of thought has gone into providing everything that you would expect, and a few things that you wouldn’t. The location is ideal as a base for visiting the many sights that the area has to offer. Bath was our favourite but we also enjoyed our time spent in Bristol and Bradford on Avon. Penny gave us a warm welcome, offered some useful advice based on her local knowledge and was available to provide any other information, if required. The Old Bear at Staverton was our favourite dining experience. We are already discussing our next visit."

Response..Wow what lovely comments, we are quite overwhelmed. Thank you. Glad that you found the past reviews helpful, this is a new addition to the website for 2013 and is proving popular, I have said that I will not cherry pick but will post all genuine reviews. Good to know that The Old Bear is worth a visit and under new management. We are delighted to hear that we will see you again. Best wishes, Penny

"Excellent location. A warm very comfortable cottage with very friendly and knowledgeable hosts. Lovely chocolate cake with tea on arrival was a nice touch. Lots of information about local attractions. A small but well equipped kitchen. We really enjoyed our holiday."

Response..Thank you for your kind remarks. As you say the kitchen is small, which is why we draw attention to that on the website, but well equipped with the exception of a freezer. Best wishes for the rest of your holiday and we look forward to meeting you again on a future trip. Penny

"Having never visited Wiltshire before, we were all very much looking forward to our short break, which did not fail to disappoint. To begin with the cottage was absolutely beautiful,so luxurious, we fell in love with it straight away. Penny & Peter were so helpful and friendly too,along with all the locals we met. Our favourite places included Castle Combe, Lacock and Gold Hill (Shaftesbury) – all very picturesque. We also enjoyed looking out for the White Horses. Steeple Ashton is the perfect base for visits to a number of counties. We really did not want to leave, and would thoroughly recommend the cottage/village to anybody."

Response..It was a pleasure meeting the 3 of you and we are so pleased that you like Wiltshire so much, we often joke that it is the county people drive through to get somewhere else. The locals are very friendly and always have time to chat to our guests and give them some inside info.. I hope that you will make the long journey south and we will see you again one day. Best wishes, Penny

"We had a very warm welcome to this lovely cottage where everything has been thoughtfully provided and beautifully presented. Penny and Peter were so helpful and informative and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. A short but sweet visit and thoroughly enjoyed – especially the chocolate cake!!"

Response..We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Coachmans Cottage and liked the up-grades put in just prior to your arrival, these are all now available to see on the website. The choc. cake is generally well received and luckily freezes very well so I always have a stock in hand. It was a pleasure meeting you both and we look forward to seeing you again for a slightly longer visit. Best, Penny

"We had a very enjoyable stay at Coachmans Cottage and were sorry it was such a flying visit (3 nights). We found Penny and Peter to be extremely friendly and helpful and our every need was catered for in the cottage – a real ‘home from home’. The yummy home made chocolate brownie was especially appreciated by Ben and was a lovely touch on arrival. The village is delightful, we had a very nice meal in the village pub and also made time to visit the local shop run on a volunteer basis by the community. A very special place!!"

Response..We are glad that you enjoyed your flying visit so much and the local hot spots…pub and shop were a hit. The popular chocolate fudge cake recipe can be found on the blog if Ben would like to have a go at making it. Good luck with the tennis and we hope to see you all again one day soon. Best wishes, Penny

"Our 16 days at Coachman’s Cottage was a most enjoyable experience and it met all our expectations – delightful village location, lots of character, tastefully presented, beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and even including the important bits and pieces so often overlooked. The village itself is charming, with an interesting mix of period property, delightful church and lively pub. An excellent base for exploring West Wiltshire, along with parts of Somerset and Dorset. Thank you Penny and Peter for being such lovely hosts."

Response..Thanks so much for taking the time to write your kind and glowing review. We try to think of little things that guests might need but do not pack when holidaying, I know from experience that mending a button or cleaning shoes when the equipment is not to hand is a trial. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Coachmans in the future. Best wishes, Penny

"We had hoped to find a well located cottage but found perfection. Coachmans cottage well exceeded our expectations in all respects. Not only located in an idyllic village , but beautifully designed and appointed with ever attentive hosts Penny and Peter. Thank you for a most enjoyable 3 weeks. Should we visit Wiltshire again we will book early."

Response..Thank you both for your kind words. 3 weeks in Steeple Ashton and your faces where familiar in both the shop and pub and have been missed. We walk a fine line between being attentive and invasive…I hope we get it right most of the time. We very much look forward to seeing you again one day in the future. Best wishes Penny

"What a divine fortnight! The cottage was exactly what we required after a week of frantic sight seeing and shopping in London. Our every need was catered for with much appreciated advice from Penny and Peter about places to see that would interest us. The weather was lovely so were able to enjoy sitting out in the court yard. The village is beautiful with super eateries not too far away. We loved hearing the church bells ringing and would very much like to return to this wonderful cottage in the future."

Response..I am delighted that you were so pleased with Coachmans and Steeple Ashton. As you mention we had a really nice summer and it is a beautiful sunny autumn morning, the colours are begining to look fabulous we have been promised a spectacular autumn…my favourite time of the year. It is very kind of you to take the time to review especially as your trip was such a long one and it is some weeks since you left the UK. We very much hope to see you again in the future.

"This cottage is very special indeed, immaculate and beautifully decorated throughout with interesting creative touches in warm glowing colours and well polished wood, we loved it. The cottage is just a step away from the well stocked Village shop and local pub situated in the centre of this delightful village. Thank you to Penny and Peter for their attention to detail and genuine concern that we should have a great week. We have already booked next years holiday"

Response..Thank you so much for your kind and glowing review, for once I am at a loss for words. We are looking forward to seeing you again next year when you will hopefully fit in a visit to the local weaving and patchwork group. Very pleased that you had such an enjoyable session at the Bath Thermae Spa. Penny

"The title says it all ~ truly lovely cottage ~ spotlessly clean, comfortable, well equipped, quiet and cosy. Penny and Peter were such helpful hosts recommending historic sites and great pubs. The pub in the village, within walking distance, was so friendly and the food really good. We can’t praise this cottage highly enough. We will certainly be back."

Response..What a lovely review. Thank you. Glad we were a help recommending places to visit and the pubs locally, lucky for us that as we might lose one good pub in the area another opens so still plenty of choice. We look forward to seeing you again at Coachmans Cottage soon. Penny.

"This is the cottage you would wish for if you could write your own specification, and what’s more, it gets better every year (this is our third visit & we’ve already booked for next year). Improvements this time include wi-fi and the four poster, in a peaceful room most conducive to a lie-in.
Penny & Peter are perfect hosts, the cottage is immaculate, and its setting is splendid. The village shop is in the top ten of its kind in our experience, Coachmans Cottage too!"

Response..Thank you for your kind review. Glad you liked the improvements this year, as you say always ongoing and we haven’t finished yet. Is is always a pleasure to welcome back returning guests and thanks for next year. Yes the shop is a big plus. Best, Penny

"This charming cottage had all we could ask for. A real treat to find such a well equipped “home away from home” and spotlessly clean into the bargain. The village folk very friendly and the surrounding area offered so much wonderful sight-seeing. Ladies, ask Penny about a great hairdresser! Gracious and helpful hosts – thank you, Penny, Jo and Peter."

Response..Helen and Peter, Thank you for your warm review, we very much enjoyed meeting you both and having so much insight on Australia and France. Yes it is nice to have a dependable hairdresser to recommend! We look forward to welcoming you back to Coachmans in the future when we will find you more “hidden gems”. Penny

"Our family of 4 spent a week at Coachmans Cottage last month. The cottage was immaculate and comfortable. It stayed nice and cool during the hottest week in 10 years. Out teen boys put the wireless internet to good use. Short walk to the village shop and Long Arms Pub with good food and tables in the back garden. It was an easy drive to many tourist attractions. We enjoyed talking with Penny and Peter and appreciated their advice on what to see and where to eat."

Response..Nice to hear from you again, we really enjoyed your stay and meeting you, your enthusiasm for everything was great. We hope to see you again on your next trip to the UK and maybe we can point you in the right direction to do some sailing (not in landlocked Steeple Ashton!)

"We have just spent a week in June in this wonderful cottage in a perfect village setting. The accommodation was everything we would hope for and was situated in a quiet corner of this lovely village. The local pub was very friendly and offered a good, varied menu. our first time in the area, lots to see and do. Thank you Penny for your warm welcome and attention."

Response..Thank you for taking the time to review. I am so pleased that the cottage met with your expectations and it is always nice to hear good reports of the Longs Arms, your timing was perfect to be here when the Holt Morris Dancers performed outside the pub, a real west country treat. I hope that we will welcome you to Steeple Ashton one day soon. Penny

"My friend and I had a wonderful two weeks in Coachman’s with fresh breakfast croissants from the village shop. The cottage is lovely, comfortable and just like the photos on the website. Steeple Ashton is exactly as you would imagine an English village to be and there is lots to do around the area. We are happy to recommend the cottage."

Response..It was a pleasure to meet you both and I am so pleased that the village and cottage delivered for you. The weather was really kind to you, the start of summer at last. It is nice to know that guests find the website honest. I hope that we will be able to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes, Penny.

"We found a real gem of a cottage with Coachmans in Steeple Ashton. Very comfortably furnished in keeping with the style of a real Coach House conversion. Spotlessly clean, well equipped, and with a lovely log burning fire to keep you warm for a romantic evening in. Penny and Peter were the perfect hosts. The village was everything you could wish for – picturesque and olde worlde – just like something from Midsommer Murders, only the locals are friendly! Plenty of National Trust properties nearby to keep you busy for a week in any weather. We will certainly recommend this beautiful cottage to our friends."

Response..I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Coachmans. The wood burning stove has proved a positive asset, installed last spring. We love to help guests with a little local knowledge and it was nice to hear that you had a super lunch at The Courts Gardens in Holt.
It was a great pleasure meeting you both and I hope we will tempt you back on your second trip around Britain.

"Coachman’s Cottage is lovely. It is tastefully furnished and is in a beautiful and friendly village. Just a few minutes walk from the cottage is a good local pub and a superb village shop. The cottage is ideally situated to visit lots of interesting historic sites in the area. We would certainly recommend Coachman’s Cottage where you can be certain of being taken care of by Penny and her father."

Response..I am so pleased that you were happy during your week spent in Coachmans Cottage and with Steeple Ashton village. The locals roared with laughter at your remark that the popular village shop might be a dating agency! We very much look forward to welcoming you both back again one day soon.
Best wishes, Penny.

"Needing a place to stay for the weekend for my son’s wedding I chose Coachmans Cottage. It proved ideal. Well appointed and charmingly furnished, it was but a short step away from the village centre. We would recommend our choice to anyone."

Response..Thank you for your kind review, I am sure readers will find it helpful. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family members, what a good choice of weekend for a village wedding, the weather was super for you. We look forward to meeting you again in the future. Penny

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