CP1Kent
Fri 24th May 2013
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Good space, but a litle tired...

I booked this large house for an extended family holiday spanning 3 generations. The number of bedrooms and shower rooms were a must! I thought that the downstairs bedroom would be a bonus too as my mother has some mobility problems, however the downstairs toilet and shower are not in the vicinity of the bedroom and would mean walking across the very large lounge to gain access. The other bedrooms upstairs were fine - although the eaves ceiling in one of the bedrooms was very low and resulted in my Dad grazing his head one night. Clean white sheets and duvets and towels were provided (although towels smaller than we are used to...) The showers were good and offered a good temperature and flow, but the trays were all very high, which made it near impossible for my elderly mother to access - no hand rail in the cubicle either, which may have helped. The living space was plenty big enough for the 17 adults that we had staying there for most of the week and the two large tables were perfect for family meals. The 2-kitchen arrangement, although not ideal was manageable, but the electric hobs with solid heat plates were quite old and inefficient and the markings on the control panels had been rubbed off and so made it very difficult to use. Kitchen utensils were ok and there were plenty of plates and cutlery etc. Another review mentions a games room, but this is no longer there, although there was a cupboard with some board games and cards. The owners were kind enough to let us have some other family & friends to visit for the day and we had plenty of room to entertain - there were about 30 of us in total. It was a beautiful hot sunny day and the owner had agreed that we could bring a BBQ to cook outside. However, the picture showing the outside space to the front and side of the property is not accurate and the garden furniture doesn't actually exist. We felt that the property overall was pretty tired - a couple of the sofas were very worn - one was ripped. A few of the carpets in the bedrooms had stains on them. The carpet at the top of two steps which gave access to one of the bedrooms was actually very badly worn and in shreds, meaning we had to take great care not to trip coming out of the bedroom. Having said that the location was lovely and peaceful and we enjoyed hearing the sheep and chickens going about their business. We found a couple of really good pubs in the area - The Talbot arms in Uplyme and the Old Inn at Kilmington (on the a35) and The anchor (right on the beach) at Seatown (Chideock) next to Golden Cap. Would also recommend the Fish and Chip Shop at Seaton for a hearty lunch! Tesco is just a couple of miles away at axminster and we arranged a delivery for our arrival date which the owners kindly took in for us as it arrived before we did! Overall we had a good holiday and found the space met our needs. I have raised my concerns about the property with the owner and he assures me that they 'will make changes and hope to improve their service'. I hope this is the case as I am afraid that I would not recommend to a friend in the current condition.

Phil E
Tue 13th May 2014
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Fine - very practical, if not particularly well finished

I agree with most of the comments made by others re The Whytings. In short - it's very practical, has everything a large group needs, and easily accommodates a large group (we were 12 adults (5 couples) and 3 babies, but the property could have fitted more if needed - there are a couple of 'family rooms'). But, it looks tired. Positives: Huge dining table. Huge lounge area. Loads of parking. 8 bedrooms (though one of those is a through-bedroom - so bear that in mind if you are booking for 8 couples thinking you'll each have a private bedroom!). Plenty of pots and pans and crockery. 6x en-suite bedrooms (through-bedroom, plus downstairs bedroom, are not en-suite). Negatives: Lots of little (largely cosmetic) issues - for example the cutlery drawer-front was falling off, one of the toilet-roll holders was hanging off the wall). The outside paddock area is across the (scruffy) parking area. Strange 'old' smell upstairs. Bedroom furniture (other than beds - ie. wardrobes, sofa in family bedroom, etc.) all very old - the kind of stuff you would think not good enough to give to a charity shop. One of the (two) ovens is hopeless. The bin / recycling area is disgusting and really makes the yard look shabby. There was WiFi, but only in one corner of the house, and even then it was patchy for most of us. No bath, Though there is a plastic baby bath provided, I gather the whole baby bathing thing is far harder without an actual bath. Other thoughts: Though in a way the two small kitchens arrangement works well, they're both very enclosed. A nice open kitchen would be much better when the rest of the house is clearly suited to a large group. As of April/May 2014, there are TWO front door keys and ONE back door key. The second front door key is on the same keyring as the back door. We had no issues locking the door. The garden furniture does exist and is in good condition. The external photos are very misleading. The aspect for the main photo must have been taken from the next-door field full which is of sheep, and is actually of the smaller cottage attached to The Whytings. I met the owner, Hugh, who seemed honest and helpful, and quite open to feedback - though he was slow to respond to our original issue. Summary: The Whytings is a good option, especially if you have young children and you wouldn't want to be worrying about brand new carpets etc., but not the 'premium' option that it's price suggests.

EllieRowland
Mon 7th July 2014
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Pretty Good!

We arrived after a 8 hour journey from Chester (we did go the long way down tho!) Our friends had already arrived and had put their stuff away / were already cooking the first meal. We found our bedrooms and put our stuff away. The house could be changed and updated but for the price that we paid then it was pretty good value for 14 of us! For example - about how the house is laid out is fine when you walk in as you have the magnificent table in the middle of the room but the sofas are quite old and could have done with being replaced with new ones. The beds in our room were ok but were very creaky and not amazingly comfortable - again could be updated for better ones. Getting to Lyme Regis was very easy - some of us walked and some drove. The walk took about 45 minutes but we did have one wrong turn! Saturday night we went to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Restaurant in Axminster which I highly recommend! The other reviews for Whytings are wrong - the place is old and a bit battered but its a lot better than what I was expecting to walk into. The place is clean and tidy - the beds are a bit old but the sheets were all ok to sleep on. I recommend taking an extra pillow or two though if you hate sleeping flat! Not sure what else to put as its a place you have to discover for yourself :) Enjoy!

Amanda C
Thu 21st August 2014
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Brilliant family weekend

We had our wedding party here extending the celebration over the weekend and the living areas, dining area and paddock, were perfect for entertaining. The bedrooms were great sizes for the whole party (there were 18 of us) and everyone was sad to leave. Great place to stay for a large family party in a fantastic location. If you go I'd advise to look out for the sign to Hartgrove Hill Farm on the way in rather than Whytings as a few of our party got lost on the way - but that might just be us.

CP1Kent
Fri 24th May 2013
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Good space, but a litle tired...

I booked this large house for an extended family holiday spanning 3 generations. The number of bedrooms and shower rooms were a must! I thought that the downstairs bedroom would be a bonus too as my mother has some mobility problems, however the downstairs toilet and shower are not in the vicinity of the bedroom and would mean walking across the very large lounge to gain access. The other bedrooms upstairs were fine - although the eaves ceiling in one of the bedrooms was very low and resulted in my Dad grazing his head one night. Clean white sheets and duvets and towels were provided (although towels smaller than we are used to....) The showers were good and offered a good temperature and flow, but the trays were all very high, which made it near impossible for my elderly mother to access - no hand rail in the cubicle either, which may have helped. The living space was plenty big enough for the 17 adults that we had staying there for most of the week and the two large tables were perfect for family meals. The 2-kitchen arrangement, although not ideal was manageable, but the electric hobs with solid heat plates were quite old and inefficient and the markings on the control panels had been rubbed off and so made it very difficult to use. Kitchen utensils were ok and there were plenty of plates and cutlery etc. Another review mentions a games room, but this is no longer there, although there was a cupboard with some board games and cards. The owners were kind enough to let us have some other family & friends to visit for the day and we had plenty of room to entertain - there were about 30 of us in total. It was a beautiful hot sunny day and the owner had agreed that we could bring a BBQ to cook outside. However, the picture showing the outside space to the front and side of the property is not accurate and the garden furniture doesn't actually exist. We felt that the property overall was pretty tired - a couple of the sofas were very worn - one was ripped. A few of the carpets in the bedrooms had stains on them. The carpet at the top of two steps which gave access to one of the bedrooms was actually very badly worn and in shreds, meaning we had to take great care not to trip coming out of the bedroom. Having said that the location was lovely and peaceful and we enjoyed hearing the sheep and chickens going about their business. We found a couple of really good pubs in the area - The Talbot Arms in Uplyme and the Old Inn at Kilmington (on the A35) and The Anchor (right on the beach) at Seatown (Chideock) next to Golden Cap. Would also recommend the Fish and Chip Shop at Seaton for a hearty lunch! Tesco is just a couple of miles away at Axminster and we arranged a delivery for our arrival date which the owners kindly took in for us as it arrived before we did! Overall we had a good holiday and found the space met our needs. I have raised my concerns about the property with the owner and he assures me that they 'will make changes and hope to improve their service'. I hope this is the case as I am afraid that I would not recommend to a friend in the current condition.

949sheila
Sun 1st November 2015
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Spacious accommodation for family of 15

I took the family for the October half term. The weather was mixed and it was disappointing that there was no DVD player for the rainy times. The dining area was excellent also the lounge, plenty of seating. The kitchen was divided in two and inadequate for family cooking. If you are taking very little children be aware there is no bath. The beds were comfortable and the linen beautifully crisp, clean and inviting. Generally the accommodation was quite tired but suitable for us as we had 6 children aged 9 and under.