Curtain Cottage, Woodhouse Eaves, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire Location map

We stayed at Curtain Cottage for the duration of our visit to Charnwood Forest during May 2011.

Photograph of Curtain Cottage, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, England   Curtain Cottage is a little unusual in that the cottage is used solely for the visitors and Sarah Barker, who runs it, and her husband, live next door. There are two rooms which are both used only when the visitors in both rooms know each other e.g. friends or family so that when we were there we could have had either room as one of them would remain unused. We chose the upstairs room because it was better lit although smaller.

We chose a time to arrive, at rather short notice, when Sarah and her husband were going to be out so Sarah arranged for us to collect the keys elsewhere so that we could let ourselves in. We drove down the side of the cottage where there is plenty of space to park one or two cars off road and let ourselves in to the cottage. Downstairs there is a small kitchen with sink, small fridge (under the sink), a microwave, hotplate, kettle, cutlery, plates and cups and saucers so that one could prepare a modest meal should one be so inclined. Forward of the kitchen is the downstairs bedroom which is quite roomy and includes a separate sitting area with armchairs and a bathroom.

At the back of the kitchen is a conservatory which is used at mealtimes, including breakfast, and Sarah had very thoughtfully left us some very delicious home-made cake, on the table, to eat with our tea but before we took time to sit down with a cup of tea we needed to take our luggage up to our bedroom. The room was small but there were corners into which we could tuck our luggage so that it wasn't in the way. There was a cupboard set up with a hanging rail and some shelves where clothes could be stored but there wasn't really any other storage in the room although, having the place to ourselves, we could easily have stored some things downstairs as there was plenty of room there.

Our bathroom was a good size although it had only a shower and no bath but, again, we could use the downstairs bathroom which did have a bath if we had wanted. The whole place had a high standard of decor which shouldn't come as a surprise as Sarah runs her own interior design business.

Breakfast is ordered the day before and Sarah brings it in at the agreed time and very good it was too. In addition to the cooked part we had fruit juice, fresh fruit, toast and tea and coffee. Surprisingly for a relatively small village there are five places at which one can get an evening meal; three pubs and two restaurants all of which provide good food.

We would happily stay here again.

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