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Guest Reviews 2014

What our guests have said about Coachmans Cottage

"We are delighted to recommend Coachmans Cottage as a thoroughly excellent English country-cottage stay. The cottage is superb and Penny has decorated it beautifully. Your stay is sure to be quiet, relaxing and luxurious.
Steeple Ashton is a lovely village with a great village shop and pub. It is well located for exploring Wiltshire and the West Country. We easily traveled to Westonbirt Arboretum to the north, south to Glastonbury and Salisbury, west through the Cheddar Gorge to the coast at Weston Super Mare and east to outlet shopping in Swindon. Our touring was made even more pleasant, knowing that we would return to our lovely cottage at the end of each busy day to rest and recuperate.
Despite being a long way from Brisbane to Steeple Ashton, we hope to return sometime.
Thanks Penny and Peter"

Response..What a pleasure to meet you both and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Coachmans. As you say a bit too far for an inpromptu stay but we very much look forward to welcoming you back one day in the future. Best, Penny

"When we arrived at Coachmans Cottage we found that, if anything, the reality exceeded the descriptions and comments on the website. Tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean, and warm as toast for a winter break. A warm welcome from Penny and Peter, and all in a delightful quintessential English village.
We have already recommended to family and friends and are looking forward to returning next year."

Response..Thank you so much for your kind review, all that you describe is exactly what we aim to provide at Coachmans. We are so happy that you feel able to recommend the cottage and we very much look forward to your visit next year. Best, Penny.

"After visiting the city of London numerous times between 1972 and 2003 and then seemingly forgetting all about England for a complete decade, we were suddenly reminded of the fact that there is still a whole wonderful country left to explore, and so we looked for the best place to stay in southwest England. I think we found it! Coachmans Cottage is an ideal place to call temporary home if you want to experience the very real and enchanting English countryside, to see many of the places you might have heard of or seen on TV in an Agatha Christie mystery. Trust those pictures, Coachmans Cottage is really a dream come true that will make you feel so at home you’ll wish you could stay for good. And you get your own private parking space, too! Penny and Peter are the kindest and most helpful hosts you can imagine. That Award is more than deserved. Steeple Ashton is a charming village about which a complete book has been written (available for reading in the cottage), and the local pub serves excellent food. And if you don’t feel like eating out, you can cook up anything you want in the beautiful and well-equipped kitchen. I could go on for hours about all the lovely places we visited during our stay, but you oughta experience it yourselves! Highly recommended, naturally! Hope we can come back soon…"

"We spent the week of September 12th at the lovely Coachman’s Cottage and were pampered by our hosts, Penny and Peter. The Cottage is immaculate and everything you could want for your stay is provided.
We enjoyed Steeple Ashton for its wonderful buildings, history and peaceful surrounds. We joined both the National Trust and English Heritage as we still had a further 4 weeks of our 5 week vacation left which allows us to see the many historical sites in the area.
It was always nice to return to the sanctuary of our cottage at the end of a busy day of sightseeing for a relaxing evening even if it is a lightning and thunder storm as one of our nights was.
We can’t over recommend the Coachman’s Cottage and Steeple Ashton as a place to stay.
We shall return. Thanks for everything Penny and Peter."

Response..Thank you so much for taking the time to post this kind review, it was a pleasure meeting you both and we are delighted that Coachmans was such a success for you and that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. We very much look forward to the day you return. Best, Penny and Peter

"We spent two wonderful weeks in Coachman’s Cottage, enjoying Steeple Ashton itself and many nearby attractions (historic villages, manor houses, old pubs, archaeological sites). Penny and Peter are charming, helpful, and unobtrusive hosts, and the cottage is truly glorious. It’s finished to a very high standard, beautifully decorated, comfortable, clean, and absolutely quiet. It’s an ancient place (by US standards) with every modern convenience. Many days we were tempted not to visit the many nearby sites but instead just to relax in this idyllic cottage.
Steeple Ashton has many buildings from the 1500s and 1600s and represents a quality of peaceful village life fast disappearing. The local pub is lovely and comfortable and serves excellent food. The local church (ca 1450) has “cathedral” qualities and a fine antiquarian book collection in its tower room. The community-run Village Store is a very friendly place and stocks many of the food and other items you may need. Have a cup of tea and a fresh-baked croissant there in the morning and read a newspaper. The “staff” are the residents of Steeple Ashton, and all of them offer a very friendly welcome. They are happy to chat with you or to leave you alone if you prefer.
Steeple Ashton and Coachman’s Cottage should be on the radar for American visitors who want to experience the incredible charms of English village life and be strategically located for nearby visits to many of England’s most picturesque villages and historic places (note that Bath and Highclere Castle/Downton Abbey are just around the corner).
We will always have a big place in our hearts for Steeple Ashton, Coachman’s, and Penny and Peter. An enchanting sojourn in every respect."

Response..Unusual for me but I am at a loss for words…such a charming and glowing review. THANK YOU. We very much hope to tempt you back to Coachmans again one day. Thinking about it perhaps I could enroll you as my marketing team. Best Penny

"We had a wonderful time in this cottage. The house is lovely and very comfortable, and the village is really beautiful with and excellent pub and a charming village store. Very centrally located for visiting Bath and Stonehenge. We also enjoyed cycling along the Kenneth and Avon canal (cycle hire in Bradford) and visiting the locks in Devizes. We made some pleasant walks through the Wiltshire countryside, and our daughters went horseriding (and enjoyed this very much). Thank you Penny (and Peter) for the very warm welcome. You were always there to give us advice, and we really enjoyed the occasional chat!
Many thanks from Cor and Petra, Anne and Tessa

Response..Thank you for your kind review. I am glad that the horse riding proved a success, we will put details of the treking centre in the cottage for future guests. The cycle hire a Bradford on Avon is very popular. We hope to welcome you back to Coachmans on day soon. Best, Penny

"We had a fantastic week in your lovely, cosy, clean and comfortable cottage with our 2 daughters. The village is so nice and it’s very comfortable to have the local village store and pub at walking distance. We loved the pub! And we did some nice morning walks. Ideal is to have nice things around to go: Bath (the most beautiful of all), but also loved Bradford on avon, Lacock abbey and the girls of course Longleat stately home (safari). Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. We have really enjoyed it and will have a life long memory."

Response…and lovely to hear from you again. It was a real delight meeting you and I am so pleased that your visit to Coachmans and the Steeple Ashton area was such a hit with you all. Many thanks for writing this kind review and we look forward to meeting you again in the future. Best, Penny

"Thank you for the hospitality as we have experienced during our stay in the cottage. The cottage provided all we needed. It combined luxury with authentic. We enjoyed the stillness and the privacy of the cottage. We also enjoyed the local pub and village job. The kind talks we had with the people of the village gave as a feeling of welcome.
The area is full of walks and we even managed to cycle in the area. Around the village we enjoyed a lot of sights and monuments.
Maybe one day we return to your cottage. I am pretty sure of that."

Response..Thank you so much for posting such a lovely and very personalised review. I am delighted to hear that you will return in the future and we look forward to that day. Best wishes, Penny.

"A lovely welcoming cottage in an attractive village. We very much enjoyed our week; there are plenty of things to do and see. The village pub is friendly and serves good food. There is a very helpful village shop as well. Many thanks for the helpful advice on places to visit and for all the attention to detail and thoughtful extras in the cottage.We very much hope to come again."

Response..Many thanks for this review, especially as you were unsure as to the security of posting something on the internet, only you and I know who you are. Glad that you enjoyed all that Steeple Ashton and the area has to offer and I very much look forward to seeing you both again in the future. Best, Penny

"This is a lovely cottage, in fact we think the best we have ever stayed in. Penny & Peter are delightful and very helpful. We do hope to come back one day as it is very central to visit the local places of interest, Steeple Ashton is very picturesque, the Pub is very near and serves excellent meals"

Response..I am delighted that Coachmans Cottage and Steeple Ashton delivered so well for you, as you say the friendly local pub is only a short walk and does serve good food. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Best, Penny

"Where to start: to quote a phrase we heard repeatedly, everything was lovely. Steeple Ashton was beautiful in April, a wonderful mixture of architectures and breathtaking flower gardens. So picturesque it is a wonder some mini-series has not been filmed there. The food and service at the local pub were superb.
But best of all was our cozy cottage and the warm hospitality of our hostess including welcoming tea and chocolate cake. She was there when we needed her, but still gave us space to feel comfortably at home. The house was supplied with a complete set of manuals for the appliances, suggestions for local sights, and maps of possible hikes. The cottage itself was immaculate and extremely comfortable; sometimes it was hard to get out the door to go sightseeing. It served as a rendezvous for us from the US and our daughter and son-in-law from Switzerland for a week. Spacious enough for all four.
Thank you, Penny (and your kind father)."

Response..Thank you so much for posting such a glowing review and in return it was a great pleasure to welcome you all to Coachmans…BUT…shhh… we residents do not want our beautiful and undoubtedly special village over-run by film crew,.In the early ’90s it was used in the TV series The House of Eliott. I hope that we may act as a rendezvous location again. Best Penny

"The cottage is situated in an idyllic village location with the local pub and village shop within a short walking distance. The cottage itself is furnished to an extremely high standard and was presented in pristine condition. We would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys high standards in a quiet village location but with easy access to all that the area has to offer."

Response..I am really pleased that you were so happy with Coachmans and the location and really look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Penny

"Beautiful well appointed cottage, welcoming hosts. Everything catered for. Stunning village and countryside. An ideal base for sightseeing the region. Thoroughly enjoyed our week."

Response..Thank you for taking the time out of your UK visit to post this lovely review. Hope you are still enjoying our beautiful country and if ever you do another long haul we would love to see you all again one day. Best, Penny

"We enjoyed our week in Coachmans Cottage in May 2014.
The cottage is charming and is spotlessly clean and well appointed. We hope to return in the future.
Thank you Penny for your warm welcome."

Response..I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Coachmans, the village and the area. It was a great pleasure meeting you all and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the UK. Best, Penny

"Our family had a wonderful stay at the Coachman’s Cottage this past April. We are a family of four with 2 teenage sons. They were comfortable in their own bedroom, and we all easily shared the well equipped bathroom. The kitchen was cozy but had everything we needed, and we enjoyed breakfast and snacks in the cottage many times. The area is absolutely stunning countryside and easy to navigate by car. The pub is quaint and offers food that is not only standard pub fare-we thoroughly enjoyed our meals there. Penny was extremely accommodating-always ready to answer our questions, offer advice or give directions. She even organized a trip to the church to watch the bell ringing in the steeple-it was truly an amazing experience and a nice opportunity to meet the local villagers. When I hear church bells now it has a more meaningful sound to me and brings back good memories of our wonderful time there. It was very easy to take the train to Bath for the day and enjoy the lovely sights there. The other small trips we took were easily traveled by car. Our weather was perfect and we wished our stay had been longer. We have traveled extensively and lived in 6 different countries but our time spent in Steeple Ashton at Coachman’s Cottage will always be remembered as a special experience. I highly suggest a visit."

Response..Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Coachmans. I especially enjoyed your description of our SMALL kitchen as cosy. It is the guests that makes owning a holiday cottage such fun and it was a pleasure meeting you all and I do hope that we will be welcoming you back to Steeple Ashton one day soon. Penny

"We had a lovely week at Coachmans Cottage in April. It is an easy drive from Heathrow and a great place to recover from 8 hours jet lag after flying from western Canada! The cottage is peaceful, a short stroll from the shop and the pub, has nice walks from the door, and is perfectly located for visits to the many nearby gardens, cathedrals, and delightful villages. The cottage is very comfortable, clean, and well-equipped. Penny, the owner,is very helpful, and we were grateful for the delicious welcome tea. We’re looking forward to another stay on our next visit to the UK!"

Response..It was a great pleasure meeting you both and so pleased that all was well received, including the tea tray. We look forward to welcoming you back at a future date. Best, Penny

"After a long drive on a grey and dismal February weekend, it was lovely to arrive at Coachman’s Cottage, which was warm and cosy, beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and with all the essentials one needs when self catering – even some chocolate cake to keep us going. The village itself is perfectly placed for exploring the area – the scenic countryside, pretty villages, not forgetting Bath and Salisbury. There’s a friendly village shop nearby for essentials, but the larger supermarkets are only a short drive away in the nearby towns. And the pub is conveniently within walking distance! It was a pleasure to stay for a week and thanks to the owner, Penny, for her hospitality."

Response..I am so pleased that you enjoyed you enjoyed your stay with us. Hopefully you will find your dream home in this locality this year, meanwhile I would love to welcome you back to Coachmans again. Best, Penny

"We’ve stayed in many cottages over the years, many of which were very good but this is now a favourite. The cottage is comfortable, airy and welcoming. Although the front room is of a very good size for a cottage, it still had a cosy feel to it. The kitchen is quite small but believe me, everything you would need for a self catering holiday is there. Every room was decorated to a high standard and little touches around the place like tissues in the main bedroom and hand cream in the bathroom showed that Penny and Peter try to make their guests feel as welcome as possible. The log fire was probably my favourite thing although the central heating was more than adequate.The village itself is beautiful but despite staying for a week, we just didn’t find the time to have a good walk round – something we hope to rectify in the future. This is a perfect base for such attractions as Bath, Cheddar Gorge, Bristol to name but a few. Oh and yes! we agree with other reviews, the chocolate cake which awaited us on our arrival was delicious.Thank you both for a great stay."

Response..Oh thank you so much for such a glowing review. Arriving in the midst of what has been the wettest winter on record you were so lucky with the weather which always helps a holiday along. We are really pleased that you have felt comfortable in Coachmans whether rain or shine. I look forward to welcoming you both back in the future. Best Penny.

"Thank you Penny and Peter for the warm welcome (and delicious chocolate cake) to your beautiful cottage. Coachmans Cottage is a joy to stay in , everything is there for one’s comfort . The beds are very comfy and the cottage is in a very peaceful setting. After a three night stay we felt completely refreshed. Many thanks , we hope we may have the privilege of a return visit sometime."

Response..Many thanks for taking the time to send this very kind review and we are so pleased that Coachmans continues to please. It was very pleasant chatting with you both again, and hearing all about the recent marriage of your youngest daughter. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Coachmans again soon. Best. Penny

"Despite the rain we recently enjoyed a lovely, relaxing weekend at the Coachman’s Cottage. Set in an idyllic location, the cottage has lots of character and everything you need has been thought of by Penny. We hope to visit again later this year. Thank you"

Response..Thanks for taking the time to post this review, it was really nice meeting you and I am glad the cottage lived up to expectations. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Penny.

"Me an my partner had a brief but lovely stay over new year. The cottage is very sweet, well equiped and a with a very cosy fire. We also a really good lunch at the long arms New Year’s Day. Was perfect escape from the city."

Response..2 nights is all to short to see much locally but I am very pleased that you enjoyed your short escape to this lovely village and had a good lunch at the local. 2014 came in like a lion so battening down in front of the fire was a very good choice. Best wishes Penny

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