“The farmhouse provided a near perfect setting for a gathering of friends to celebrate a big birthday and the arrival of 2020.”
The bedrooms and bathrooms were good; the lounge and snug, with their wood burners, very welcoming; the two kitchens great for all the cooking; the dining room ideal for the big meals; and the games room was fun.
Anticipating that a farmhouse in winter might be a tad chilly, we came with ample woollen jumpers, etc. Not needed - it was a lovely warm house throughout (once we'd mastered the heating). The Aga provided more than enough heat for the main kitchen, which became the focal point for breakfasts.
The entrance "porch" was an excellent large space for muddy boots and all our jackets.
The location of the property meant we did a variety of lovely walks all around us, without any need to get in our cars. And the town was a short walk away for the occasions we needed it, which weren't many.
Minor less positives...
As noted by others, the property is on a busy road and so the crossing of it to get to the side of the road with the pavement requires patience and care. And there is some noise from the road to be heard.
The welcome basket consisted of a packet of chocolate biscuits and a packet of shortbread biscuits. I'd suggest that's embarrassing for a group of 16 adults to be presented with, especially given the cost of the rental.
There's lots of kitchen equipment, but it needs to be searched out. There didn't appear to be any order to where it was stored.
More helpful instructions for the central heating would be useful. We weren't to know that apparently the housekeeper had turned down a thermostat such that the heating to one section of the vast property wasn't coming on.
If you need a TV, which we didn't, then the only one downstairs is too small even for the snug.
Many thanks for your feedback on South Hill Farmhouse, we take all feedback seriously. We are very sorry for the issues that arised during your stay. We endeavour to resolve all problems as soon as possible. We are looking into everything that was raised with the aim to resolve these to ensure that future guests have an enjoyable and comfortable stay. Owner relations