Holiday cottage, Bosham, West Sussex
Charming location, charming landlord just down right scruffy and not very clean
"Arriving at the cottage I was delighted by the location and the greeting by the landlord was most cordial. We had traveled from Durham with our two dogs so I was't entirely happy to find such a cobweb covered and dirty entrance to the property which was also the access to the kitchen. The kitchen itself is newly installed in relation to the other accommodation and features in the website photographs. The photographs don't show the peeling plaster, the further cobwebs, the sticky cupboard doors and the very poor selection of glassware - 3 glasses for a property apparently for 4 residents. We spent our Saturday evening cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom, The bathroom is totally unsuitable for such a price at such a location, I was disgusted to find a mouldy toilet roll stuffed in a plastic bag beside the toilet basin and have photographs of more examples of peeling plaster, cobwebs, broken appliances, dreadful paintwork and faded gentrification than I actually thought I would be taking at a property in this price range,. Bosham is beautiful and the weather was glorious, the landlord is elderly and charming and was pleasant to our two little dogs too - but the quality control of this property, continuing internal maintenance and the awful standard of cleaning means I will return to the village but not the property - I kindly request some rebate or compensation"
Thank you for your comments and we are sorry that the cottage did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We have obviously spoken directly with you about your stay but we wanted to advise that there is now a new housekeeper in situ which has improved the shortfall in the cleaning substantially. We would like to assure you that all guest comments are taken on board and we work closely with the owners to address any issues that may arise.
Old School House
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drastically needs an upgrade .
"i have already submitted a couple of hundred words regarding this property . , so will shorten the whole thing , dreadful bathroom , two shabby bedrooms , each with two single cheap pine beds . No double bed . No fitted carpets in bedrooms , bare floorboards and small rugs . squeeking doors , rattling door knobs , which will wake everybody if you go to the bathroom at night . , as everything echoes , no carpet in the passageway . bathroom is a health and safety issue for me , worst ive seen in Every respect . when one opens the door the pull chords from the heated towel rail and the light switch tangle on the inside side of the door so that you have to reach up and disentangle them to get in . curved bottom bath with mouldy, stained , worn rubber mat that makes a shower quite precarious . its not long before the floor is soaking wet as the shower screen on the top of the bath is inadequate. washbasin too big , and adds to the general clutter of the layout . all very uncomfortable . lounge and kitchen ok ,the latter is well equiped. shabby outside entrance at the kitchen door . all dirty and unmaintained. watch out for dangerous garage up and over door sticking out at eye level (sometimes left open by the owner) as you turn the corner to get to the kitchen door . owner very welcoming but sadly i feel that people come here for the view of the harbour and are prepared to suffer the discomforts whatever they may be for different individuals . my wife wanted to leave as soon as she saw the bathroom and the dog hairs on the carpet and rugs . I managed to convince her to stay but not a happy time sleeping there . "
We are very sorry that the Old School House fell short of your expectations and the standards you are used to. We recognise that certain aspects of the property do need updating and the bathroom is not the most modern. The living room and bedrooms are period in their appearance and meet the three star grading standard that the property has been awarded through Visit England. We are working with the owner to improve the accommodation for the future however we are deliberate to carefully explain the accommodation in our description and our pricing structure does reflect that. The setting and views are superb and we do hope this was your main memory of your stay.
Short break review.
"Sunny position with fantastic views, sunsets behind the church, pubs easy walking distance and a friendly host. Bathroom needs some attention despite new toilet seat! Comfortable living room well heated. "
"A beautiful setting but the accommodation was just about alright, it was cold to start with and no hot water, that did get sorted out. Chairs and beds were good, not the cleanest of places to stay. garden in disarray but we had a good week of weather which more than compensated for the other disappointments"
"The position of this cottage cannot be faulted, wonderful views across to Bosham and south facing. Now for the bad points on arrival the first view of the entance via the back garden was attrocious, overgrown garden and generally run down state. The kitchen via the rear entrance was large and reasonably kitted out. The lounge was vast and although an effort had been made to make it comfortable failed it was a vast high room heated by 2 night storage heaters which had seen their best days and we're inadequate to heat a large room. There was an electric fan heater in the hearth but this again was ancient and had little effect to adding warmth to this room. A corridor lead to the 2 bedrooms and bathroom. All this end of the property was unheated, although each bedroom had a free standing electric heater again these had seen better days. The bathroom was adequate with electric shower which did work properly. The towels supplied were grubby, and also there was no hot water to the sink here or in the kitchen, the owner said he would rectify this and went into the loft to sort it out and said he would check it later, it never did rectify the reason and he never came back to see if it had. The Internet reception was diabolical and we only found out on the last day that the place to get a reasonable connection was outside the property in the garden. The owner lives in the other half of the property and as the walls are thin could be heard going about his daily life. It was so bad early one morning we did think somebody had entered our half of the property with clattering pots and pans and loud radio. We are easy going and tried to not let this spoil our holiday and as we were lucky with the weather we were out all day so it didn't. Generally the property has an unloved feel about it perhaps with the owners age he is finding it a bit to much to cope with."
Thank you for your feedback. We are really sorry the Old School House did not meet with your expectations. We will pick up with the owner about the hot water and providing a little extra heat in the living room for the winter months. The one thing we can say is the owner is very attentive and helpful so will always do what he can to make sure his guests are as comfortable as possible. We do try and position our description of the accommodation as accurately as we can. It is not a modern building and we want guests to be aware of that. However the setting is second to none and the view over the harbour is what we expect guests will remember. Sometimes it is just not possible to achieve the perfect holiday let in the perfect location and we offer our apologies that this property did not work for you.
A quaint cottage
"This cottage is in an idyllic location; the views from the front windows in the morning are quite simply stunning and the tranquility so relaxing. The cottage itself is of a good size for a family; the kitchen is equipped with everything you need plus an interesting array of added extras. The living room is huge and benefits from a dual aspect. The bedrooms and bathrooms are dated and do require some TLC and new furnishings, however, we found this added to the unique character of the property. The owner is a very friendly and helpful gentleman who has lived in the ajacent property for over 50 years! This is a good base if you like walking as many routes start directly from the village, and is dog friendly, which for us is important. We will have no concerns in booking this property again. "
Best location in Bosham
"The bungalow is in a superb position, especially for lovely sunsets. Kitchen well equipped. Unfortunately the same could not be said about the condition of the bungalow, plaster coming off the walls, mildewed blinds in the bathroom and filthy pipes also. The overal impression was of grubbiness and a smell of damp. The electrics need attention too."
"The Old School House is in the most idylic location. The ever changing views throughout the day, can be viewed from the lounge, kitchen and hallway. The age of the building may not make it the most modern of holiday homes, but the kitchen was well stocked and the lounge so comfortable and relaxing. We had a wonderful week in Bosham. It really is the place to get away from it all. It was also a pleasure to meet the Owner, Mark. Mark has a real knowledge of the area, and was ever helpful without being intrusive. A wonder family holiday, for us and our two labradors, and one that we hope to repeat again next year. "
Lovely views of Bosham.
"Everything in the Old School House is old, including the linen and towels. No efficient heating and not suitable for children. There is an abandoned pond in the garden that people should be told about. Also quite a lot of traffic coming and going to the new properties at the end of the road going far too quickly."
old school house
"I would recommend the property to any one what I liked most about the property was the location you were 1.5 miles from bosham train station there was a co op shop about 1 mile from the property as for the actual property it self as the name suggests it was old but cosy you entered the property through the kitchen which had everything you needed you then came to the living room which had television dvd player sofa and chair and what I liked French windows what opened on to the nice big private garden at the back of the property you then came to the two bedrooms which were at the back of the property then the small bathroom at the front of the property but the best thing about the property is the view looking out towards the church at bosham and looking out towards the harbour"
This is probably the most enviable position in Bosham. Set at the head of the tidal waterfront, the views over Bosham and to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in the far distance are the finest you are likely to find. Bosham is always popular with visitors who enjoy the waterfront sailing activity and take in the variety of wildlife that is found here in Chichester Harbour, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Old School House is a delightful five minute stroll from the heart of the village and offers guests comfortable accommodation that although by no means modern, is clean and spacious and reflects the period of the building. Think of it more like a comfy old sofa, nothing elaborate just familiar. It is ground floor and forms one half of the old school that is shared with the owner who occupies the other half.
Both the living room and kitchen/breakfast room look directly onto the waterfront offering a wonderful and changeable outlook as the tide ebbs and flows. No day is quite the same which just adds to the magic of Bosham.
The two bedrooms are found at the rear and overlook the garden. They both have twin beds although they can be pushed together if guests prefer, but note they are not zip linked. The bathroom is clean with an electric shower fitted above the bath.
Outside there is a large and private mature garden which guests may enjoy.
Chichester Harbour is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a plethora of wildlife which co-exists at ease with the sailing activity that abounds. It is made up of a series of tidal creeks and Bosham is probably the best known of the quayside villages within the harbour and offers much of interest. The coast road round to the quay floods twice daily giving Bosham this changing outlook between low and high water. The church which is prominent in the village dates back to Saxon times, the earliest parts having been constructed during Canute’s reign and it is the only church to be depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.
Bosham is always bustling and is a joy to be part of. The arts and craft centre, a popular visitor attraction contains many small craft shops with their own speciality and the Anchor Bleu pub which is so central to the village and the quay is popular for lunches and has that ‘local’ atmosphere in the evenings.
To walk the coast road around Bosham Reach is a delight offering fine views of the village and beyond towards the South Downs. You will soon arrive at Bosham Hoe and can take the foot ferry that connects with Itchenor, another popular sailing centre.
A short distance inland is Chichester, which is the cathedral city for Sussex. It is one of the great well-preserved Georgian cities in the UK. Chichester has played a key role in the affairs of Sussex since at least Roman times. The city’s broad streets are packed with listed buildings headed by the towering presence of the cathedral, now home to a family of peregrine falcons who swoop over the city at dusk.
The city centre is neatly enclosed within the ancient city walls and this helps to make Chichester compact and pleasant to explore on foot. There are plenty of good shops and restaurants and if you enjoy the theatre the Chichester Festival Theatre is worth booking due not only to the quality of productions but the fact many world premieres are featured here as well.
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