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Traditional Country Retreat
Fig Tree Cottage (West Sussex)
Member Name: lynsey78
Fig Tree Cottage (West Sussex)
Advantages: Brilliant location
Disadvantages: Few faults for a five star cottage
Fig Tree Cottage is a little cottage that we hired from a company online; it is available to rent out all year round at different prices.
There is parking for one car just outside the cottage on a drive that is shared with the house next door, reversing into the drive can be a little tight when the other person's car is already parked up.
When we arrived we had paperwork telling us where to get the key from, there is a key safe on a wooden beam outside the cottage which has a code which you type into get the key. This is a nice and simple system, once you find the key safe. The only problem we had with the key was opening the door, after the second day of struggling we called the owner and he came out an gave us a different key and did say he would have to change the lock at some point as it was worn, was impressed with how quick and helpful the owner was.
The cottage itself sleeps four people, there were only three of us and I think it would have been a little cramped if there had been four of us.
The downstairs is open plan, when you open the door you go into a very small lounge which has a sofa and a single chair, there is a television that is on the back of one of the kitchen wall panels! An odd area for a TV, it was only small but was level to the sofa so was adequate, to the right is a galley kitchen and just above that is a dining area. There is a downstairs bedroom with an en suite WC. There is also a downstairs wet room which makes the cottage suitable for disabled people. The upstairs is a loft room, very spacious and has an en suite bathroom.
The Kitchen was fairly well equipped, for a five star cottage I would have thought there would have been better cutlery and plates. There is a washer/dryer, cooker, microwave, kettle and toaster. There was also so tea, coffee and sugar supplied which was well appreciated.
The lounge had a sofa and a chair on wheels, handy to move about where needed. There was also a small cupboard with some board games in. One thing that was lacking downstairs was lighting, there are only a couple of lights in the ceiling which are on high beams so they don't light the cottage that well, there are also a couple of lamps that give of a nice orange glow!
The upstairs loft room is very spacious and has its own television and plenty of storage, there is an en suite bathroom with toilet, sink and a bath, the only problem with this is that the bathroom area was open plan with the bedroom, its off to one side in an L shape but there is no door or curtain, luckily there was only one person staying in that room, but if there was a couple the use of the en suite wouldn't be very private.
The bed is massive and extremely comfy, just what was needed after long days out exploring the surrounding areas.
The downstairs bedroom is a little smaller but has an en suite WC; there is minimal lighting in the downstairs bedroom which can make it tricky with a disabled person. There is a downstairs wet room which is lovely, wet room style shower, bath, WC. The only fault that could be found by the wet room is the lack of none slip tiles, they are none slip until you get them wet!
Despite its little faults the cottage is very cosy and a typical country cottage in style, all wooden beams and the décor being the same. It is a lovely place to relax on an evening after being out and about all day.
There was plenty of clean bed linen and towels and the cottage as a whole was exceptionally clean.
Outside there is a little courtyard with garden furniture, the court yard is a perfect little sun trap
The cottage is in a small village called Findon in West Sussex. The village is about ten minuets away from Worthing in the car and there are also busses that leave the village regularly to Worthing and other areas.
The Cottage is in the centre of the village opposite a place called Henrys Inn, easily accessible.
The village itself has good facilities, a village shop, newsagents, post office and a shoe shop! There are about five pubs, three of which serve food and the village has an amazing Indian restaurant that does take away, If you like Indian food it's defiantly worth a visit.
If your looking for a few days or a week away in a nice country cottage with lots of places near by then Fig Tree Cottage is a good place to stay, it says its five star but I would rate it at four, a week was enough for us but I did come back from a week away nice and relaxed and the cottage grew on me as the week went on.
Summary: Great place to relax
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