Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.
Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.
If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.
“An excellent property in a impressive location” One of the best properties we have ever stayed in. The cottage is furnished and equipped to a very high standard ,with lots of extras and was spotlessly clean throughout,. The position of the property ov
The property, location, and owners George and Gabriella are excellent, you could not pick a better property, everything is just perfect.
My partner doesn't drive so if i was fishing by Connel Bridge … More
“Highly recommend !”
Reviewed 11 Oct 2012
On arrival we were greeted by our fabulous hosts and shown to our home from home for the week. The view off the patio of the falls was spectacular and then came the next supprise, the fabulous cottage… More
“Week of relaxation”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2016
What an amazingly place to stay. The cottage is beautiful with breathtaking views from both decking areas. Fantastic hosts as well with every little thing thought of . We have booked to stay again we … More
Thank you very much for your review, we are really pleased you enjoyed the cottage & the area.
Looking forward to seeing you in the spring for your special anniversary!
All the very best
Gabriella & George
“Fantastic sea views” What a lovely location, sea views from every window, short walk to the prom. Kitchen well stocked with crockery etc. very clean with towels and bed linen provided. Thank you to the owner, we will be back next year!
Well resourced apartment, beautiful views, ample parking, short walk to Portstewart Promenade. We found everything we could possibly need in the apartment for a lovely relaxing holiday. I loved the fa… More
“Excellent views of ocean and coast.”
Reviewed 31 Aug 2016
Great apt, clean and roomy. Great views from comfy sofa and big arm chairs. Has all emenities for self catering.… More
“Fantastic place - extraordinary country” I highly recommend this house to everyone who wants to visit south of Iceland.
Location in Fludir is very convinient - it is very central to major attractions in the south of Iceland (within circle of 2h drive
“Just Amazing! It made the perfect start to 2013!”
Reviewed 18 Jan 2013
We arrived on New Years Day and stayed 3 nights, thank you so much to Inga and Maggnus for being so flexible with arrival times!
This property is just amazing, comfortable and yet all the gadgets of… More
Reviewed 16 Sep 2012
This is a very attractive house in a great location. It's quiet, but on the edge of a village w/ supermarket, petrol station, farm stand etc. It's close to many of Iceland's most famous sights (and ma… More
Family friendly, ski in ski out property,Panoramic views from apartment.Great condition built in 2008Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness room and steam roomFREE Underground car parkFREE WI FIFREE shuttle bus in eveningsEasy drive from GenevaSecure ski locker<br />On o …see more
“Fantastic villa in wonderful location.” This was our second stay at Villa Con Vista - stayed here last year as well. Spacious and airy, beautifully decorated, extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean. Tranquil location in rural Italy. Ideal for a
“Amazing villa, wonderful views, temples and buffalos - a great holiday.”
Reviewed 18 Aug 2011
There were five of us with ages ranging from 6 - 60+ and the holiday at Villa con Vista suited all of us. The three children spent most of their time in the pool, the adults read in the shade of the … More
“Has the wow factor until you see otherwise.......”
Reviewed 10 Aug 2012
Stayed at Villa Con Vista and found the Villa beautifully presented although we had some problems here are a FEW -flood from the air conditioning in one bedroom (we had just arrived) it took two days … More
Obviously, we are always keen to hear feedback, and we are sorry to hear that Villa Con Vista did not meet our guest’s expectations on this particular occasion.
Prior to this, we had no serious problems with the air conditioning units, and they have operated faultlessly since. Being in a secluded and rural part of Italy, 48 Hours to have the air conditioning unit attended to and fixed we feel is actually very good. Clearly we would have preferred this not to happen in the first place, but as with any house with electrical appliances, despite regular maintenance, these things very occasionally happen.
The local commune (council) controls the water supply in the area, and sometimes regulates to private residences during exceptionally hot summers, at night when required.
We provide all of our guests with our home and personal mobile numbers. We are always happy to take guests' calls and would have been happy to explain how to switch over to the alternate water supply if this was required
“Everything we wanted - and more!” We were met on arrival by Chris & Martin, owners of the gite, & welcomed with a hamper of goodies: food for a quick supper & breakfast next day, a bottle of wine & flowers!
The house was spacious & very well equi
Chris and Martin were extremely helpful and informative without being intrusive. The booklet provided before arrival, told us everything we needed to know about food, places to see and the best direct… More
Many thanks for taking the time to write your very kind review - much appreciated !
We look forward to your return visit next year !
Chris and Martin
“Pure indulgence - France at its best”
Reviewed 28 Jul 2013
Upon arrival at La Vieille Grange, its tranquility and charm completely captured us and we have returned home fully under its spell.
The gite itself is very well equipped and the garden room is a stu… More
“Tranquil,relaxing holiday in excellent accommodation”
Reviewed 6 Aug 2012
I would recommend this gite to couples looking for a place to recharge their batteries; peaceful, quiet, relaxing. Having sole use of the pool is a big plus. The owners, Chris and Martin, are very hel… More
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag
“repeat visit will return!” stayed for the second time in number twelve, the house is amazing so lovely couldn't find fault with it. arrived on a Friday evening and within five minutes had a BBQ going that was so easy to work. such a lovely touch.
“Home away from home.” My family, including my husband, my 13 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter, stayed with my sister, her 15 yr old daughter and her 13 yr old son. The kids loved the Ping pong and pool tables, kept them busy whenever we were home.
“Magnificent House with all you need for a fabulous holiday”
Reviewed 9 Aug 2015
Just back from a week in Springmount House! WOW! WOW! WOW! What a fabulous house. So spacious and comfortable. We travelled with our Children and their families and 2 dogs and it was just perfect.… More
“Great Christmas Retreat”
Reviewed 28 Dec 2013
Couldn't recommend Springmount. House enough at anytime of the year. We booked the house for Xmas week as we were attending a nephews wedding in lisloughrey lodge hotel a few days before Xmas so opted… More
“5* haven in the midst of a Western Irish Winter”
Reviewed 16 Mar 2013
Stayed over New Year to be near family. Party included teenager, mother and family dog. Age range 13-72 and inbetween, but needs of all , including the dog, were catered fully accomodated.
Mary gave … More
“Beautifully appointed and beautiful location” The cottage is beautifully furnished, well thought out and tastefully done. The setting is just as beautiful with a stunning view across the Firth. Stunning, comfortable and great place to stay. Can't w
This was a great place to relax, very comfortable, easily managed and easy for the beach and the village, but very private when you want it to be. We may have been influenced by the fantastic weather … More
“Wonderful cottage in a lovely beachside location.”
Reviewed 20 Jul 2013
My family has just returned from a one week stay in this lovely cottage. What a find - the internet has its uses afterall ! We had the most enjoyable week there ( helped of course by the super weather… More
“Everything you could wish for.”
Reviewed 18 Jun 2013
Lovely location right on beach. Everything was as new and the fire was incredible.Decorative sea touches were lovely and bright.
The sunsets are incredible. Handy for visiting the Lakes and while we … More
“Total relaxation!” This is the second time we have stayed at this villa, and we hope to return again soon. The villa is very private and peaceful, not overlooked but not isolated. We have seen eagles on both visits and a wide variety of wildlife. The
Incredible views, well equipped, comfy beds, beautiful terrace and the pool was fabulous.
We clocked 39 degrees one day, so the air conditioning and mountain breeze was welcomed!
A great supermar… More
“Luxurious Villa in Fabulous Location”
Reviewed 12 Jun 2012
my brothers family of 4 and my family of 4 stayed in this villa in the summer of 2010 and had an absolutely fabulous time.
Beautiful scenery,luxurious property, great private pool, and air con in … More
“Location and luxury beyond belief”
Reviewed 21 Mar 2012
Situated high in the hills inland from Malaga, this villa has panoramic views right down to the coast. It is quiet and every luxury is provided. The private pool is ideal for couples right through to … More
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on
We enjoyed a lovely weekend break at the Mill Farm Cottages. The accommodation was perfect for our family's needs. The electric blankets and fire in the grate ready to go were a lovely added touch for… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at Mill Farm. We loved having you and your family come to stay and especially glad to hear that the cottage suited you all. "Mr Hoppity" is in great form with all the attention given him by the children - its holiday time for him when the season starts up again each year. Thank you again for your business. Catherine & Austin
“Perfect for relaxation, peaceful surroundings and lovely views of the river.”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2012
Just what we needed. The cottage (brook cottage) was more beautiful than the pictures we had seen. Our daughter was over the moon about her bedroom where her bed had been thoughtfully made with hello … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review of your stay with us at Mill Farm, Foulkesmill; We are really glad that you found the cottage welcoming and comfortable to stay in and especially that 'Hello Kitty' helped your little girl settle in for a fun holiday.
Best wishes always
Austin & Catherine
“Perfect family accommodation.”
Reviewed 28 Apr 2012
We were traveling to Ireland to visit familythese New Ross. From my first communication with the proprietors I knew we would be well looked after at this accomodation. When we arrived with our four ch… More
Sincere thank you from both Austin any myself for taking the time to give such a generous review. We are really delighted to know that you and your children had a wonderful holiday and that the cottage and play areas added to the fun. We will let our other guests know of the places you enjoyed to visit and it goes without saying that we would be complimented and love to have you all back again for another stay at Mill Farm Cottage.
“A wonderful property and view” We have been going on holiday together for ten years now and this is one of the best places we have stayed in.
The location was great for sightseeing, walking and golf.
The property was lovely. Ver clean and had all of
The house is spacious and has everything needed. Plenty of hot water and the furnishing and fittings is of a high standard. Our 9 year old enjoyed wandering around the farm and seeing the livestock. I… More
“50th Birthday weekend”
Reviewed 10 Nov 2013
This was our second stay at Barnyards this year (2013) and once again we were not disappointed. The quality of the accommodation for the price is outstanding and the view from the hotub just cannot be… More
“Fabulous location and views”
Reviewed 11 Jun 2013
We travelled to Barnyards with friends to do some cycling, we were blessed with excellent weather which helped.
Barnyards is an excellent location to base yourself for the whole of Fife.
The cottage… More
“Beautiful barn, fantastic location and lovely owners. Stay here!” We had a fantastic weekend here, the surrounding area is beautiful for walking. We ate in a nearby pub which was also lovely.
The Barn itself is immaculate and very cosy. The kitche
We had a lovely weekend at Dovecote Barn. The setting is idyllic, with charming villages and pubs around and a barn set in the grounds of a beautiful old house with huge grounds on which to roam. The … More
Reviewed 22 Mar 2015
As a female solo traveller looking for a countryside retreat to stay with my dog, I would like to share with you my recent experience at Dovecote Barn.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the place … More
Kim, thank you so much, really appreciate your very kind review and hope to see you again in the future. love jude
“Beautiful location and everything we needed”
Reviewed 2 Oct 2016
The barn is located in a stunning setting, in the gardens of a beautiful house. We were made to feel very welcome by the owners - nothing was too much trouble. We arrived after 8pm but we were still g… More
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich
2 4 Min stay varies
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Beach / lakeside relaxation
Nearest beach 50 km
Ptarmigan is one of the most popular properties on the Portnellan Estate. With breath taking views to the East I often see people taking in the amazing sunrise from their private balcony.
With a spacious open plan kitchen, living and dining area the property benefits f …see more
Self-catering 1 bedroom cottage in a quiet location on the prestigious Birthwaite Road. Just minutes walk from both Lake Windermere and Windermere town centre. Full use of garden and terrace with views towards the Lake. …see more
“Great stay in a lovely house” Great house in a great location. Really friendly welcome. House just as expected from photos. Well equipped and very comfortable. Pretty private garden a real bonus. Very dog friendly. Enjoyed making friends with the
“Excellent stay in a spectacular setting” Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate
Really well kitted out, lovely house. The upstairs living room was especially great for the big group. Everything needed and stunning location - 360 degree views!… More
Reviewed 2 Nov 2013
Great property, really well appointed with plenty of space, fabulous location and stunning views.
Everything was to hand and the property has a warm and friendly feel.
Just terrific. Highly re… More
Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again.
“Perfect holiday home”
Reviewed 17 Aug 2015
We stayed at Ings in 2014 and loved it so much that we booked again for the same time this year. Our experience was just as good (see Aug 2014 review). An ideal location, with a 10-minute walk across … More
“Real family memories” Everything you could dream of' great location, on the beach, wonderful house, all you could want and more from a holiday home and to top it all weather amazing, can't wait to go back. Thank you so much The Woodleys
We came here in March, having hoped at the time of booking it would be spring and we'd have a sunny weekend on the beach. In the event, it was still mid-winter with remnants of snow on the South Downs… More
Reviewed 18 Dec 2012
I rented the beach house for the weekend for my partners birthday in July 2011, I'd been there a few years before and it was just as beautiful as I remember. it was a complete surprise to my partner a… More
“Relaxing and peaceful stay in perfect beach house”
Reviewed 2 Sep 2016
We had a throughly enjoyable stay at Moonshine, which has everything you could want and more, the owner really has thought of everything. It was spotlessly clean and smelled wonderful and fresh when w… More
“Amazing holiday in a beautiful cottage” We really enojoyed our stay here. Very relaxing holiday in a beautiful and well equipped cottage. Great location in the village, and lots to do in the area ( even when it rains!). Attention to detail in the cott
The cottage is in a nice a quiet location which is just what we wanted, but still with easy access to local amenities. There's supermarket at the bottom of the road just a couple of minutes away and a… More
Reviewed 28 Dec 2016
The location of the cottage is ideal for days out and about in glenco Oban or fortwilliam plenty to do Also the cottage is a great place to relax and wind down every thing you need and more. Well… More
Thank you very much for leaving a review of your stay at Ardachy. Ballachulish is a great area to tour the Highland from and we're delighted you enjoyed your time with us. All the very best for 2017 and hopefully see you again.
Gabriella & George
“fantastic retreat” A truly outstanding place.Wondeful views over the estuary from almost every window. The owners were great and gave us tips on where to eat etc as well as providing us with wine and cake!!. Soo peaceful! With the availability of usin
This is without doubt the best self catering property we have ever stayed in! Spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished. Fabulous location. Wonderful wildlife and great area for walking. Many thanks … More
Thanks for that lovely review and look forward to seeing you again soon.
“Outstanding country escape”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2012
We searched the dictionary to come up with the best word to describe our short stay at the Lodge: IDYLLIC is the best description we can apply. The Lodge is an ideal country getaway. The hours will go… More
Thanks for that lovely review and look forward to seeing you again soon.
“Silence is Golden”
Reviewed 17 Sep 2011
What an amazing place in an amazing location. The Lodge is superbly equipped and we couldnt have wanted for anything more. The views are simply stunning and waking up in such a comfy bed and being abl… More
Thanks for that lovely review and look forward to seeing you again soon.
“Warm welcome, fabulous villa, idyllic setting.” Fantastic welcome from the family. Clean, spacious and full of character. Surrounded by woodland but also great views. On white road about 5km uphill from Poppi, roads a little narrow at times. Pool on
“Great villa and surroundings and wonderfully welcoming, helpfull and friendly hosts”
Reviewed 24 Jul 2015
We were welcomed by the owners in an exceptionally generous way with home made pizza, bread and cookies, also cheese, cold meats and a bottle of wine. Really wonderful. Throughout our stay the owners … More
Grazie mille! It was really nice to spend some time with you and your family, ciao!! Stella
“Fabulous Villa in Poppi”
Reviewed 23 Jun 2015
My family and I stayed at La Casina from 23 – 30 May. There were 8 adults and 1 child and La Casina accommodated for us all.
The villa was beautiful and views stunning. Plenty of terraces to enjo… More
For us it was a pleasure to help you!
We hope to see you soon!
Our best wishes for all of you!!
Stella, Nicolò, Gigi a Anna
“the drive is well worth it”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2014
La Casina is about 15 mins from the small hill town of Poppi in Arezzo Province,the Tapanessi family were wonderful hosts ,you need some guidance from Poppi to locate the villa which was provided by N… More
Many thanks for your review Bobby!
Hope to see you again, Ciao!! Stella
“Friendley welcome where nothing was too much trouble.” From the moment we walked through the door we were made to feel like we were long lost friends. The cream tea which was waiting for us was wonderful and very welcomed after a long journey. We had
We have been to the cottage 3 times and plan to return in 2013! The cottage is very cosy, comfortable and well equipped, nothing is missing. The location is peaceful and within easy access to both Sou… More
“Perfect place to relax and unwind”
Reviewed 15 Jul 2016
Excellent location surrounded by fields yet only 10 minutes by car to a great beach, and places of interest St Michaels Mount and Penzance. Easy to reach St Ives driving along the lanes.
Mandy was … More
“exellent apartments very trendy and in lovely location” the apartment was very trendy and smart and all the amenites very good .
enjoyed staying in the apartment the loaction was great and nice and quiet. very enjoyable
Excellent accommodation. Clean, comfortable and everything that we could possibly need all provided. Location perfect for us to attend a wedding and reception nearby, and it was good to have a base f… More
Thank you for your positive comments about Princes Apartment and I apologise for the confusion with the parking! I have now amended the directions regarding parking facilities to avoid any future confusion. Sorry I didn't get chance to meet you but glad all your plans went well.
“Well set up appartment with all mod cons, close to the promenade”
Reviewed 9 Aug 2013
We stayed at this property at the height of the heat wave. Whilst the upstairs bedroom (probably unusually) was quite hot, the rest of the flat was very pleasant. Whilst the balcony area did not hav… More
Reviewed 6 Jul 2015
What a wonderful apartment, very clean and comfortable, it was a real home from home. We would definitely stay again.… More
Thank you for your positive comments, and also for leaving the lovely thank you card. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
“Illfracombe's 4 star secret” After having a stressfull few months since my husbands stroke, we had an all too short stay (4 nights), in this wonderful apartment. I am a very fussy "renter" - the first impression for me is the smell of a rental. The sm
Just returned from a short break to Cove View in Ilfracombe. Have stayed in many high quality hotels/apartments and have to say this property is up there with the best of them. Every creature comfort … More
Thank you for your review of 3 Cove View. We're really pleased you liked the apartment and enjoyed your stay. Best wishes. James Low
Reviewed 17 Jul 2016
As Ilfracombe newbies, me and my wife were looking forward to this break and we weren't disappointed. From the start the owner was helpful and answered any enquiries in hours by email. The apartment i… More
Thank you so much for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your stay at 3 Cove View, and that you hope to return again. Glad you had an opportunity to use the beach bag and didn't need the umbrella! We would love to welcome you to Cove View again, do get in touch if you wish to book for next year. Kind regards, James.
Reviewed 1 Dec 2016
Fabulous. Clean, modern, comfortable and perfectly located for Ilfracombe and North Devon. Most people would like to know about the kitchen, bed and bathroom. These were all high quality and immaculat… More
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich
4 8 Min stay varies
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Beach / lakeside relaxation
“Fabulous place to stay” Perfect location, great lodge, plenty to do would go back again in the summer and bring the children. Facilities excellent owner very friendly and helpful. Be it a quiet weekend or action packed activities the lodge catered for
Well maintained self catering apartment in a quiet and picturesque part of the Austrian Alps with great views from the balcony. Ideal for walking, cycling, hiking or just relaxing. Large garden with BBQ area. Unlimited wifi and local tourist taxes are included. …see more
“Can we live here?” Tarken Lodge is just lovely nestled in the woods above Loch Earn. We enjoyed a great week exploring this part of Scotland and the scenery and wildlife in the area is amazing. The lodge itself is exactly as described and does not dis
Myself and my wife are just back from a lovely relaxing week at this beautiful lodge. Immaculate and well equipped, overlooking some gorgeous scenery. I have to take a moment to say how amazing the wh… More
“Perfect holiday hideaway”
Reviewed 3 Dec 2012
This is our third stay at Tarken Lodge and it never disappoints. Its location, tucked into the trees with views of the mountains (and a bit of the loch too), is ideal for getting away from it all. It'… More
“lovely, peaceful lodge”
Reviewed 25 Oct 2012
It was lovely, peaceful, not a sound was heard. The views were very pretty. The wooden furnace was appreciated. The lodge was particularly clean.… More
Villa Clara is a beautiful property tucked away in a rural secluded valley on the periphery of a small mountain village. If you want peace and quiet, this house is for you, the silence is deafening!! Spacious villa with private pool, garden, ample parking and free wifi …see more
“Great villa” Beautiful villa in a prime location. The photos do not do it justice.
Spacious and well stocked this villa is ideal for large families or 2 families/ larger parties. It has great outdoor space, plenty of seating, sunbeds and umbrellas an
Just back from Casa Monte in Carvoeiro where I was on holiday with my parents, fiancee, brother and his wife and kids. We had an awesome holiday, helped by the weather but also the location of Casa Mo… More
“Great place and Location” Great place to stay in an idyllic spot. Watching the sun go down from the verandah and lovely walks on the beach are just some of the highlights. Maiselle and Jo are very efficient and wonderful to deal with. Mist Mornings
Wonderful house with very high quality equipment and furnishings. 2 minute walk from lovely wild beach. Amazing sunsets over the Altantic Ocean. Vet peaceful, yet only 45 minutes from the centre of Ca… More
Hi Colin Thank you very much for your review, we look forward to having you as our guest again. Kind regards Jo"
Reviewed 21 Mar 2012
Stayed at Misty Mornings for our second time. And it was wonderful again! Great Estate, great House. Very friendly and helpful owner. The house is decorated very nice and you will find everything you … More
Hi Hilde Thank you very much for your review, we look forward to having you as our guest again. Kind regards Jo"
“We had an exceptional stay and was perfect for the family”
Reviewed 15 Jan 2012
The access to the beach was great with small kids. The overall quality of the property and attention to detail was suberb. We will definately go back again.… More
Hi Nathan Thank you very much for your review, we look forward to welcoming you and your family again in the future. Kind regards Jo"
“The perfect pad for a group self catering holiday.” I have stayed in this apartment for the last three years with friends on a cycling holiday & will be booking it again for 2013. I would highly recommend this apartment, it is well appointed, has all
The apartment was very clean and well equipped and situated in a lovely quiet area close to the mountains but only a five minute walk to the beautiful sea front and town. The pool and surrounding are… More
“Lovely apartment, in an excellent position for Pine Walk and the beautiful beach.”
Reviewed 16 Jun 2016
This was our forth visit to Graham's apartment. We love it as the extended family are in the same block but both have our own front door. Both apartments are well equipped and the two bedroom has a di… More
“With a stunning view across the valley, private sheltered deck, cosy logburner & lovely furnishings, it's truely idylic!” A newly refurbished lodge which has been tastefully and sympathetically furnished. The log burner was easy to light and quickly
This was our fourth visit to Tan y Coed and it was as enjoyable and relaxing as ever. Tan y Coed is quite small but is beautifully furnished. The view from the balcony is so picturesque that we gene… More
“Need to be fit to carry luggage in the view is breathtaking!” Really enjoyed our time here. The kitchen is well equipped and there's plenty of room for two people to relax. Pool well maintained and clean. Lots of storage space and coat hangers! The ap