From Beaverton, Oregon...
We enjoyed our vacation very much. The weather turned out so much better
than we expected and everyone loved the cottage. Instead of an
impersonal sterile hotel room, we had a
home away from home... The cottage was just
perfect. ... We especially liked the sunroom and the back yard with the
river Soar at the end of it. Several village shops and take-outs were within
walking distance and we couldn't believe how huge the
traditional Sunday lunch was that we had at one of the pubs... It was nice being able to enjoy the peaceful village life and yet being only a short drive away from downtown Leicester and Loughborough. We took several day trips to
London and even a side trip to Paris (via the Eurostar) from the nearby
station. There was so much to do and see that we weren't able to fit it
all in... We are planning on returning ... we hope that the cottage will
From St. Traer, Iowa...
David - Marcia and I truly enjoyed our time in England. The cottage was very
comfortable and homey. It served us well as a home base for our
Rosina and Jim Matthews were so very good to us -- we went pub crawling twice
and they even invited us to their home one evening -- wonderful people!!!
One thing however -- 'truth in advertising' -- we timed ourselves going to
the Navigation Pub on numerous occasions and our time varied from 30 and
1/2 seconds to 32 seconds flat (depending on our level of thirst) but we
never made it in 29 and 1/2 seconds.
From Chandler, Arizona...
We had a
wonderful time at the cottage, thank you so much. Loved the boat
deck, perfect for watching the boats go by, and an excellent spot for the
gin-and-tonic in the evening. We discovered the boat marina, just
past the pub, this time, children had great fun with the kayaks, up and
down past the cottage!
From Houston, Texas...
Well just got back into town from the UK and just had to let you know that my time
at the Kingfisher Cottage was fab... whow.It really was great...
I'm so impressed with the high standerd at the cottage....it had everything I
needed and more...did alot of entertaining and cooking loved the
kitchen layout ... well
loved everything ... bed was so comfortable decor was lovely (just
to my taste) loved the fact that you had certain American touches...
Needless to say I spent most of the time in the garden. ...the weather was
wonderful... just watching the boats passing by so idilic the web site
not do it justice at all... oh and the rest of the time was
spent in the Navigation...got to know alot of people during my time
there... lots of fun...had a barbie in the garden for new & old
Also went over to the Wheatchief and did say hello on your behalf to the son
(I think was named Chris?)... we had a great meal there...also another
great meal at The Mansion House Quorn...I was so comfortable there that I did not want to come back...
Will I be back? ...you bettcha ...next year and for
longer... tentitive time 3 weeks late March/April as I like to be there in the spring...
Many Many thanks Loved it...this could be my second home very
warm wishes to you both from a very happy camper at the Kingfisher.
...and the following year...
...yet again a fun time at the cottage...its getting to seem like a second
Pencil me in for next April.08 for approx 3 weeks if you are still
renting!! Again many thanks.
From Dallas, Texas...
We made it back home safe and sound. We had a wonderful time and the cottage
was lovely. I hated to leave! The peony in the back yard is in
bloom and is beautiful!
Jim was very gracious and kind and Ralph was SO MUCH HELP! He knows
alot about Barrow.
I will definitely pass your name along to anyone I know that will be
planning a trip to England in the future.
From Salisbury, MD...
Just a quick note to let you know that we had a wonderful time at the cottage. The
cottage and Barrow were everything as you described.
From Joplin, MO...
...The cottage and its setting are perfect. I have no suggestions at all
what you could add to make it more comfortable. Ralph and Jim and
Rosina were helpful and friendly, and we appreciated them all.
From Folsom, California...
We just wanted to say Thank you.
We had the
best time in the Barrow and at the Kingfisher Cottage. We will remember
this part of our trip fondly for the rest of our lives. Jim and Rosina
were delightful and invited us for a BBQ on our last night. I told Jim
this wasn't mentioned on your brochure. My kids thoroughly enjoyed Jim
& Rosina as well, only regretting that we didn't get to hear (Old
Spice, his band) playing in person. Also the 29 1/2 seconds to the pub
was correct but the way home is a bit further. This also wasn't
mentioned. Ha Ha! We had a nice evening with Ralph as well and got the
Barrow walking night tour & pub tour. Didn't get to see the
pictures for his book which sounds very interesting. Sounds like he'll
be moving back to the USA maybe. Your friends are great and we will
tell ours about this wonderful place too.
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute we were
in Barrow upon Soar and hope to return. We saw so much while we were
there even though I ended up at the local clinic with Bronchitis. I got
sick on the flight and it got worse in London. The clinic was wonderful
to me also and I got antibiotics in about 15 minutes (That would not
happen in the States). Thank you so much,
I think the location of the cottage is
perfect for a trip to England. You can see so much in a relatively
From Vail, Colorado...
We had a wonderful time. Your friends
treated us royally. Gay invited us to a charity ball for Radcliff Hall. It was a formal affair but no
problem for us as we just got off the QE2 and had the proper clothes. We
enjoyed talking to our English friends, the food and wine was good, and
the auction was fun to watch. One evening we spent at the pub, the
Wheatsheaf with the Hackett's. They lived in Boulder Colorado (our home
for over 30 years) for a few years and that along with the Aspen
connection made for an interesting evening of conversation. Sunday, the
day before we left, Rad and Shirley Thomas showed us around their farm,
quite a large operation, over 1800 acres. As usual with farmers the
talk led to the abysmal prices for farm crops...
Dear future guests of the Kingfisher Cottage,
Our stay was delightful. The house is well
appointed by American standards.
All the major appliances for the kitchen plus laundry and very nice
modern bathrooms comprise a wonderful living experience. We especially enjoyed
the Sun Room off of the main house. It was a great place for meals. The
master bedroom has a great four-poster bed and a small terrace off of
the room that overlooks the garden and river. There are nice walking trails
nearby, bakery and grocery store in the village. Many of Mr. Petty's
friends extended us a warm welcome. We enjoyed our week stay and we are
sure it will please any future guests.
From Orlando, Florida...
We had another great trip to your cottage.
Went to watch Jim's band at his village social -- sat next to a woman
who's "known David since he was five" Also joined Ralph for dinner at the revamped Hunting Lodge. That combined with
the Quorndon Fox (spelling?) was like a little piece of heaven.
From Chandler, Arizona...
As for our stay in Kingfisher Cottage, we
LOVED it!! So pretty, so beautifully decorated and outfitted, so close
to the pub! My husband comes from Loughborough and so was very familiar
with the Navigation. Jim Matthews was very helpful. It was a somewhat
surreal moment when we established that he knew my Father-in-Law, and
that they had served in the same Police force together!
We would very much like to return this
Summer (2003), probably for a little longer this time, so I shall be
calling Jim to make reservations as soon as we have our flights sorted
out. Thanks again for your reply, we hope you have a wonderful New
From Tom's River, New Jersey...
Yes, we are back, had a great time, the
cottage was very nice and comfortable. Most days we were out and about but did get to meet Helen at the
station, it was nice of her to take the time for a chat. My son-in-law
went out for 1/2 day on patrol with 2 of her colleagues, which he
really enjoyed. Went in the Woody's but didn't see Simon. Hope we left
everything OK at the cottage. Thanks again.
From Inverness, Scotland...
Hello, we are just back from a very
enjoyable weekend at Kingfisher Cottage. We had excellent weather, ducks in the canal, and a few beers at the Navigation. The Cottage suited us well as Jerry's parents who live nearby and are wheelchair bound could visit easily. We might well wish to use it again and wonder what your rates are like in the summer months. Maybe you could let us know. Thanks again.
We welcome any comments
from visitors and if you haven't already sent us your opinions, please
feel free to email us and we will be happy to add them to our growing
list of satisfied guests.