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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Holiday Hell :(

Hello Folks, I was meant to be on holiday in the lovely Yorkshire Dales last week. We had a cottage booked, it all looked fine. The weather was even promising to be good ALL week, wow. However, things did not turn out too well. When you look at the picture of the cottage, it looks like 1 building, but it is actually a semi. There is another door to the right of the one you can see.

Not a problem really? Well we thought not. Round at the back is the parking area, we were greeted by dogs, barking fairly aggressively at us, over a low stone wall. We entered the house through the 'garden'?(not sure if anyone could call this a garden) and it was not too great. There was a smell, which was a mixture of cigarettes, dogs, and a strong air freshener!? This room was particularly bad, it was meant to be the lounge/dining area.

The rest of the house was ok, it was fairly basic, although the blurb in the description says 'luxury'. The beds were comfortable enough, so although our initial reaction had been to leave, we decided to stay.(the dog had other ideas and tried getting out at every opportunity).
We could be out of the house most of the day, touring around the Dales, and not have to spend much time there. So we had a couple of nice days really. Ribblehead viaduct, Malham cove and tarn, Hawes and Hardraw, then Arncliffe and the lovely Hebden tea rooms.

On Tuesday, when we had had a lovely late lunch at Hebden tea rooms, we went back to the house. There was some post, it was a notice from the bailiffs to say they had called to remove goods from the property, and would call again, with the police to forceably remove goods, including vehicles in the next 48hrs ??? Oh Horror of Horrors, panic stations. I rang the owners, he was quite didmissive and told us to IGNORE the notice! I then tried to contact the bailiffs as they had kindly left contact details? No joy there either. So we packed our bags and came home Tues eve. We couldn't stand the thought of going out, then returning to find things taken, it was too much to take. We were quite relieved to be home. My garden was blooming lovely in comparison!

The big black boggy was happy too! It had been exhausting for him, way too stressful!

So that was that, holiday done?? We are trying to get some money back, but so far, no response? We may need to visit them for a quiet word, we are so mad!!!
I'm hoping to post something lovely next time and I hope if you are holidaying, that you have a fabulous time, unlike us :(
Cheery bye for now X Julie.


  1. Wow.... sounds like something that happens in a movie, not in real life! I think you should try again, one should never leave a vacation with a bad taste in their mouth ~ it's just WRONG! Holidays are meant to be relaxing, not fraught with bailiffs leaving nasty grams! Fingers crossed over here that they give you some money back!!

  2. I don't feel like a movie star? It feels more like a bad dream/nightmare. Can't believe it really, neither can anyone else. We haven't heard anything back from the owners as yet, not a peep, not a sorry or owt? Hopefully this week may bring some good news???? Thank you for you lovely comments and keeping the fingers crossed. X


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