We've just got back from a lovely 3 night stay at Little Hazelcott. The location is so quiet and peaceful, with a field of sheep right on the doorstep, a little bird feeder outside the patio doors and the view of fields from the sofa in the lounge. Sadly, the weather was against us! It was so wet and windy - but it didn't matter because we had a toasty warm cottage to come back to! We bought our 3 little dogs with us and they settled in very well. The cottage has everything, and I mean everything, very well equipped! We were able to wash the dirty dog coats in the washing machine after our walk on the moors and dry them on the radiator for the next day. The bed was comfy, the sofa was comfy (albeit small). There's a little room next to the cottage to store your grubby boots (make sure you check your boots for spiders though!).
The owners provided home made cream teas and wine - a lovely touch! If you look in the welcome pack there are plenty of local walks you can do, right from your doorstep (most start from the village green which is a short 15 minute walk up the road) Although, some of the walks are quite difficult - The Horsham Steps walk, for example, require you to cross a fast flowing river using slippery "stepping stones" (huge boulders on a bend in the river). Not great with 3 little dogs to carry! So it might be best to Google the walks first. We chose a 1.5 - 2 hour walk and it took us 3.5 hours... Thank goodness for the Kestor Inn and their home made steak and stilton pie... life saver!
I always leave an honest review. The only reason I have knocked off 1 star is because, the cottage wasn't as private as we would have liked. The owner lives next door and above. Although we never saw the owners, apart from a quick wave through the window as we were leaving one morning, the owners front door is right next to the bedroom window (being on the ground floor). We were so aware of the owners presence that we felt like we were staying in a room in their house. Also, I don't think the owners are aware of the noise people make when walking on the ceiling. On the Sunday morning, at 07:40am, it sounded like someone was running up and down some stairs.. on the ceiling. I think it may have been their son as he left through the front door shortly after. Not how you want to be woken up on your quiet relaxing mini-break in the countryside.
All that aside, this was a lovely break and I would thoroughly recommend Little Hazelcott to anyone looking for a comfy, cosy countryside getaway. Perfect for walkers and ideal for your little doggy friends (they even have their own doggy supplies cupboard!). Thank you for a lovely stay …