Best Family Vacation Rental Ever!
Submitted: July 14, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
We arrived at Steeple Cottage in the late afternoon of a beautiful sunny Saturday. After gazing at this picture-perfect home, nestled in a gorgeous sun-dappled garden with numerous rock gardens, objects d’art and a shed so fabulously aged and covered in moss that it looked like it had been created for a movie set, my husband and I turned to each other and did a mental fist bump.
The cottage had us at the entrance hall; it was beautifully decorated with a rustic console topped with candles (set in hazelnuts no less) and a bird’s nest. The first room we entered was the downstairs bedroom (with en-suite bathroom), which my husband and I immediately claimed because it was so tasteful and serene it just HAD to be the best room in the house.
As we fanned out to explore the remainder of the first floor, our daughters opened every armoire, cupboard and drawer, and kept reporting back about the treasures they were finding; beautiful plates, tablecloths, silverware and candles (everything you would need for a romantic dinner), stacks of CDs (Bob Marley included), numerous bottles of liquor (off limits), every kind of food staple you could want (sugar, olive oil, flour…Turkish Delight candy) and, best of all, the Mad Men Season 1 DVD box set (bonus!).
A quick trip upstairs to inspect the beautiful master suite with balcony overlooking the gently sloping garden made my husband and I rethink our hasty decision to nab the downstairs bedroom, but, since we have two daughters, and a quaint second bedroom adjoined the master, we decided to let the girls take the upper floor, vowing that we would be back for an adults-only trip.
Finally, we headed outside to sit on the beautiful deck with flower-filled planters. Here we met Miss Chloe, the resident house cat (yes Steeple Cottage truly does come equipped with everything). Chloe is a sweet and lovely older cat with the perfect temperament for her job as hostess. She is friendly, but polite, only troubling you for a spot on your lap after she senses that she won’t be imposing.
After we had settled in, Virginia, the very gracious owner of Steeple Cottage stopped by to welcome us! After she invited us to use whatever we found in the house, the girls promptly charged a stash of nail polish they had found upstairs (hope that’s okay Virginia!). The smell of acetone permeated the cottage all week, as every shade had to be tried. In short, we LOVED Steeple Cottage and can’t wait to come back!
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review. It makes me feel so good when my guests respond to my sweet cottage the way I do. It really is a spot with a heart of its own and Chloe, the kitty, loves it too and is delighted when she is allowed to stay and be hostess. I hope you will be back soon.
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