Have just returned from a perfect weekend away at COPS with family to celebrate my Dad's 70th Birthday. There were 6 of us in all, including my parents and two teenagers and we stayed on a self catering basis. The booking process from 1st enquiry and phone call with the owners to arriving was very smooth and stress free. Due to Caroline's patient communications and wealth of information about the local area we were able to plan in advance the "Surprise Weekend" with regards to where we might eat out and what to take with us.
The Old Police Station is very easy to find and we were warmly met by Caroline who helped us into the secure parking area before welcoming us into the property and giving us a guided tour and explanation of the heating and security etc before leaving us to it. We were delighted with the "extra special" welcome basket and enjoyed a cup of tea and delicious Bara Brith before unpacking. We had prebooked a home delivery for groceries but there are well stocked grocery stores within a 2 minute walk.
The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of crockery, cutlery and gadgets - you name it, the owners have covered it. There is even a slow cooker which had we been there longer I would have been tempted to use.
The bathrooms are luxurious, spacious and perfectly located within the property to avoid any scramble for their use.
We had two rooms made up with single beds which were of good size and two double rooms which were very roomy all decorated to a very high standard. The beds are firm and very, very comfortable with crisp bedding and plump pillows. There are good sized wardrobes in each room and bedside tables - and little touches like an alarm clock and travel adaptors.
During our stay we had takeaways from the local Indian (Banana Chicken is delicious) and the Fish and Chip Shop (my son's recommend the pizza's and the meatball melt). There is a stunning waterfall and churchyard directly opposite the property which made for a pleasant walk ending in the friendly Crown Hotel where we enjoyed a drink before heading back via the quirky gift/antique shops in the town square. Back at the property we enjoyed exploring and admiring the many original features including the gates, cell doors and the exercise yard before sitting in front of the log fire (and enjoying the peace and quiet as my teenagers were transfixed by the fire), playing board games in the spacious dining area and flicking through the selection of books and leaflets.
Overall, a memorable weekend in a fantastic location staying in luxurious accommodation where we felt every detail had been carefully considered by it's owners. We hope to stay again and will definitely be recommending to family and friends.
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