“A genuine 4 star rating for this lovely, authentic property with excellent facilities, which we found clean and tidy on arrival.”
We enjoyed a lovely (if not wet) week at Merewood Lodge and were not at all disappointed with the property, despite some of the negative reviews we had read.
We understand where some of the negative views may have come from as there was evidence of condensation in the property, but this is entirely to do with A: The age and construction of the property and B: How the property is used and ventilated whilst occupied. We found that by having the windows open in the vent position, ensuring the bathroom extractors were always used and having the heating at a reasonable temperature eliminated any condensation during our stay and didn't compromise our comfort during the stay at all.
The furniture, fixtures, fittings, accessories and equipment were all of good quality and it made the cottage somewhere we wanted to spend time at in the evenings.
The location is ideal for exploring the lake district, though we found that the adjacent hotels that we had hoped to walk to for food and drink were booked out for exclusive wedding use, but we did make use of the cafe over the road at the visitor centre at Brockhole, which served lovely food.
Having spent time there in very wet weather, the only thing we found ourselves wanting for was a drying room for wet gear (but we appreciate that any moisture brought into the property would only create and issue on how to extract it - maybe an outside unit/store where coats can drip dry, better still with an infrared heater on a timer might be an option the owner might consider to improve what is already a lovely holiday let.
A note from the gentleman of our party was that the hoover (the branded red and black type) wasn't great at removing the inevitable bits from the light coloured carpet and made hard work of cleaning up after ourselves on the morning of departure.