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The Crook is a beautiful, Grade II listed house, dating back to the 18th century and located in the heart of the quintessential English market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Sitting on top a hill, surrounded by the stunning Cotswold countryside, Stow is well known for its many antique shops, pubs and restaurants, and is an ideal base for exploring the wider region, including the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as further afield places, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath.
The house contains a wealth of character features, including wooden beams, flagstone floors, exposed walls and fireplaces. Complementing these period features, The Crook has been decorated, furnished and equipped in a warm and contemporary style, with modern facilities such as wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a well presented kitchen.
The Crook sleeps a maximum of 6+2 guests, in four bedrooms, with the +2 room being an interconnecting room suitable for children. There is a family bathroom and a ground floor cloakroom. To the rear of the property is a lovely courtyard garden and free on street parking is available either outside or close to the cottage. The Crook is perfect for families or a group of friends looking for a relaxing break in the heart of one of England's most beautiful market towns.
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Firstly, the 1 star rating (instead of no stars) is for its location. It is in a fantastic location, walking distance to Stow. We stayed in the back bedroom so no road noise, however if you pull the short straw and get the road side bedroom - the traffic noise is 24/7. Parking wasn't an issue for us. It's great driving distance to all sight-seeing and really close to Daylsford Farm. This is the ONLY good point.
The condition of this property is poor. It is not average - it is poor. The below points are just some of the issues we noticed and that was 2 people staying in a 6 person property.
1. The downstairs toilet – very dirty – needs bleaching.
2. General wear-and-tear. It is in desperate need of fresh paint and handy-work. Walls are all scuffed, stained and look terrible.
3. The radiators need bleeding – in particular the kitchen which sounds like rain coming in! The 1st bedroom up the stairs also needs it.
4. The sofa would have to be the worst offense – it is literally on an angle. You have to sit with pillows under your bottom otherwise you roll off! The whole room smells like wet dog and the old blanket on top isn’t fooling anyone! If you are more than say 3 people - you will be very cramped in the living room.
5. 2nd bedroom near bathroom – that rug is disgusting and needs replacing! The side table is cracked. The window is broken and doesn’t stay open and well and the lock isn’t working to close it. The cupboard is full of dust – coat hangers needed wiping before anything went in.
7. The carpet is filthy and covered in stains in most places.
8. The bathroom is ok – minus the mouldy seal. The water pressure is a joke – I had to book in to get a blow dry as washing shampoo out of thick hair is impossible. The tub is very slippery and the floor mat on offer is yellow and mould starting to grow.
Also, bathroom is tiny - so if 6 people are sharing - good luck!
Having read the negative reviews - it seemed pointless to contact the owners as the issues raised were not going to be solved within a couple days and not without disruption. On return home i did complain - no response - i threatened with a bad review - i got an email acknowledgment (no apology), a week passed by, another threat and then i got a response. Which basically said they are aiming to do work on the property but haven't had a chance (the complaints i am making have been raised over 3 years ago by people).
Would not advise staying here
Located in the north Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the principal market towns in the region. The main feature of the town is the historic market square which used to play host to the annual sheep fairs where, at the height of the Cotswold wool industry, up to 20,000 sheep were sold at one time.
The market square is steeped in history and has two features which date back to the medieval period. At one end of the square there is the medieval cross which was erected to urge traders to carry out fair business under the eyes of God, and at the far end stand the town stocks which are found in the shadows of the old elm tree.
Originally known as Edwardstow or Stow St Edward after the town's patron saint Edward, the town's church is also named after him. The church is just 100 yards from the town square and is a lovely place for locals and tourists alike to get some peace from the bustling market square. The north door is guarded by two yew trees and is a focal point of the town.
Stow has traditional narrow alleyways, or "tures" as they were once known, which wind their way through the centre of the town. It is these same alleyways that were once used to channel the sheep to the fair.
Another point of interest in the town is the well in Well Lane which is now a Grade II Listed Building. As a result of the rather unique geology of the area, water held in the higher layers of the limestone bursts out of various fissures on the slopes and two do still work as wells now.
Car: Stow is conveniently located at the junction of seven roads, including the A429 (Fosse Way), and is easily accessed by car.
Train: The nearest railway station to Stow is Kingham (approximately 5 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.
Plane: Stow is within easy reach of a number of international airports: Birmingham International Airport: 45 miles, approximately 60 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 73 miles, approximately 90 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 69 miles, approximately 90 minutes drive.