|Curtain Cottage, Woodhouse Eaves, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire
We stayed at Curtain Cottage for the duration of our visit to Charnwood Forest during May 2011.
||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
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
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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