The downside of the location is noise - at times, lots of noise, not so much from highway and railway but from the retail area across the road. The heating is very noisy and intrusive but warm; lighting is dim, very slow to reach maximum power, and some switches are obscure (i.e. in power outlets, with one behind a couch); the shower screen leaks, which floods the bathroom floor, which then drains to the kitchen - major slip hazard; the kitchen water outlet (faucet) sprays all over the place at anything other than low flow rates; the kettle is dangerous because it doesn't pour safely (dribbles and splashes); there is no exhaust fan in the bathroom/toilet; the toilet cistern leaks and needed the water supply to be turned off so it didn't keep filling; the fridge was extremely noisy (vibration caused by it not sitting flat on the floor); the curtains don't provide insulation, and this is worsened by having heating outlets under effectively uninsulated windows; there were no smoke alarms; the step into the kitchen wasn't marked and is a trip hazard; there was a mouse in the TV room; breakfast and chocolates promised in brochure were not provided; booking system did not notify the owner/manager of our booking, requiring us to call the agency when we found we had no access - they called the owner, who then cleaned the house, and we got in 1.5 hrs later (though the owner was very apologetic and offered to buy coffee and wine). The property could offer a nice mountain view from the back deck but it is blocked by plantings.
The location is great in terms of being able to walk across the road to supermarket and restaurants, and only a little further to the railway. The gas heating is effective. The cottage has old world charm and two double rooms plus a single, which is good value. Lots of space for the money but parking is generally on-street (though the owner arranged for access to a neighbour's driveway, which was helpful). Beds were comfortable and TV worked well until the mouse seemed to cause trouble with the antenna connection in the wall, then the signal became too poor to be useful.