Light Oak Hidden Bureau Rated 4/5 based on 42 customer reviews

Light Oak Hidden Bureau

2 Specifications42 Reviews
Brand: Cotswold Co
4/5 - 42 reviews

£699.00

What Makes It Great

I have been looking for ages to find a bureau in the right colour oak and size. Ideally I would have liked a roll top, but could never find a suitable one. Whilst looking on the internet I came across the Cotswold Company late last year. On ringing them I found this item to be discontinued , however a little later on a sent booklet it became available again. So immediately I placed an order a paid a deposit.There was a wait which I was fully prepared to do and now I am so glad I did. Everyone I spoke to prior to order, during the wait and with updates regularly with emails was top rate. The delivery was arranged around my requested date and I was kept informed by the delivery company by email too. As informed they called on the day to give me an approximate time, and two guys came lifted the heavy bureau into place and gave me time to look it over before signing the paper work. Ex Ellen's service from start to finish.The bureau is exactly as you see on the website, the colour as the sample of wood previously sent. I have bought suspension files for the bottom draw which now neatly stores my important documents. My stationary and odd bits have been housed in the shallow two draws and my laptop and iPad accommodated nicely in the top pull down.The four star rating is due to a slight difficulty aligning the top pull down correctly to shut it completely. Knowing I must allow for newness and stiffness I am hoping this will prove easier in time. It is just annoying.The price of this bureau is a considered purchase as it is a little expensive. However I am a great believer in one gets what one pays for. It is a solid well designed and put together eye pleasing piece of furniture to which I plan to have for many years to come, and one day hand down to the family.

Material: Oak

A hard wood, more in trend right now than the softer pine at present, also benefits from being more durable and long lasting. Typically comes at a premium as a result

Collection: Light Oak

Customer Reviews

Based on 42 review
2

I know others have rated this five stars but I have to be honest with my opinion and its three stars for build and two stars for value for money is at best for me. Dont get me wrong this is a nice looking and sturdy bureau, but it is not all that for the money. I was very disappointed with the fact that the screws on the inside are visible when you pull the desk lid down. It really looks very messy and unfinished. As this was ordered online I did not see this in the pictures and never thought I would see hideous screws showing on the desk lid that are bright chrome finished that matches the stiff side hinges too. Even though this is on a flat and well secured position the draws do not close back in very well and I thought they would be self closing at this price point but they require a little push and also will tend to pop back out very easily when loaded with items especially the bottom A4 cabinet file draw, this is more sensitive to self opening. I would of also thought the base of the draws would of been solid wood too but they were much thinner bases which cheapens the desk in my opinion. The desk lid does not have a leather top built on it or have a sized spacer for one to put in which considering having to see the ugly screws is a really bad design and lacking feature. Aesthetically to look at it is very nice when its closed up and from a distance when its opened but for me that is where it ends. I am very sad to say for the amount of money this cost and on top of that the extra 10 which was charged to remove the packaging means I cannot recommend this product for anyone, it really is not worth even at half the price.

5

I have been meaning to email you since this arrived but haven't yet had chance. The quality is not what we thought, more the fixings than the wood. For example, some of the fittings are flush and some are raised)and we wonder if this has already been in someone's house and returned. The box was damaged (the delivery company have also taken photos as they say it was like that when they collected it). Not sure if this is related to the box damage but there is a groove on the top of the bureau. Not too concerned about that but the pull down shelf is loose and wobbles around from side to side, albeit wobbles is an understatement. Also the drawers slightly hang out, don't sit flush with the unit. I am only able to attach 1 photo to this review so I will have to send them separately. I also have a video of the shelf almost rotating but I'm struggling to email it. We still want the unit because it's the ideal size but either a) we need a replacement, b) someone needs to come out and tighten it all up or c) we do this ourselves and receive a discount or compensation.

2

I ordered the hidden bureau. It was delivered on time but the packaging was badly damaged. However to my surprise the cosmetic finish was all ok. Not so though with the build quality as the top runners of the pull out section were very badly fitted resulting in the whole top section being out of line and not opening/closing correctly.I forwarded some photos of the problem to the company and was offered either a 40.00 refund, a full refund or a quality controlled replacement item. I chose the QC replacement and this was delivered again within good time. Another 'however' as the runners on the new unit were ok but one of the magnets catches was hanging off on one screw!! This was easily fixed but I would question the quality of the 'quality controlled' inspection.Overall I am happy with this item now but these issues should not have occurred in the first instance and considering the cost, and the apparent reputation of the Cotswold company, it's all a bit of a poor show.

2

We originally saw the bureau in the Harrogate showroom and liked the solid wood, however it has been quite a drama receiving it due to delays with the first order delivery date being cancelled at the last minute. We received a second delivery date a few weeks later which was cancelled on the morning due to the delivery van 'apparently' breaking down at the second attempt. It finally arrived the day after but with poor service from the delivery company. We are now pleased that it has arrived and it looks good. However, the wood at the back of the unit and the bottom of the drawers is of a very poor standard, very flimsy and doesn't feel like it will support much weight at all without splitting. We have asked a joiner to substitute with stronger wood before we can use it.

4

The Oak Writing Bureau recently purchased is a stunning piece of furniture. Looking like a 6 drawer chest it cleverly hides the drop down writing bureau and the bottom drawer filing alternative.It is well made and a substantial piece of furniture.Delivered in short time and installed in position by friendly delivery personnel.The only complaint that I did have was that one of the runners that support the Writing Bureau was misplaced during delivery and the hinges that control the bureau table were stiff and fitted using stupidly small screws.This is the reason for only 4 stars on build quality.A small amount of DIY solved this problem.I would recommend this Oak Bureau to any potential buyer.

4

The bureau is lovely. It's well constructed and has a really solid feel to it. Cotswold Co were good in keeping me up to date with regular emails about this pre ordered item. However, the delivery company were dreadful, so bad in fact that I probably won't buy anything else from Cotswold Co. The delivery team were surly and showed no care for the item at all. They rolled this large item head over heels a few times to move it instead of lifting it (there were two delivery men so it could have quite easily been moved more appropriately). I was surprised it only had slight damage when I unpacked it. Simply awful service from the delivery company.

4

I purchased this product to go into a bedroom, because of the drawer space and the overall appearance. Wood quality is very good as is the design. It looks great. However I cannot give it 5 stars because the engineering is not as good as it should be. The false drawers that form the front of the bureau do not fit properly and the magnetic catches are not in the correct place. It does not close as it should. Its not so bad as to return it or make an issue of it, but it could be better. As such it is not as good as similar products available from Laura Ashley nor M and S, both of which have been purchased by relatives.

3

We fell in love with the design of this bureau, it is a nice looking peice of furniture with some clever ideas for storeing files and laptops. However we are disappointed with the build quality. The drop down panel is stiff and doesn't feel right, we have concerns about its longevity. One draw does not shut flush, instead of clicking into place both sides when shut it pops out one side. Also there is the start of a split in the wood on the main drop down panel. While it has been agreed that this bureau will be replaced our concerns about the build quality persist.

5

We took delivery of our bureau, a few days ago, so have had a little time to play with it.....it is a lovely piece of furniture, exactly what we were looking for...it's bigger than we expected, in real life, but that's a positive..The pull down top is brilliant and works well.....all of my untidy desk is now hidden but easily accessible....my only criticism is that the handles seem a bit cheap for the rest of the bureau....All in all I would recommend this piece of furniture to anyone..

5

A good looking concept spoilt by design and manufacturing deficiencies. The writing surface is too high making it uncomfortable to write. It is 60mm higher than their tables. The weight, 75kgs, is on 4 plastic feet each 15mm in diameter. That's about 125 pounds per square inch, 4 times your car tyre pressures. Try to slide this on a carpet and you'll probably rip it and on a wood floor you will probably gouge it ... to move it you'll need 2 strong people to lift it.

3

The bureau looks good however the inside finish is a real let down. The pull down writing area has open screw holes that haven't been plugged and finished making it unfit to use pen and paper directly on the writing area. Then the inset drawers and shelf are raw wood on the sides and top of the shelf, feels horrible to the touch as it needs rubbing down and finishing. So really feel deflated. Delivery team were very good.

2

Very unhappy with the design/quality of this product. It looks very nice until you open the front to see the writing desk has 8 screws in it (to secure the handles) making it look very cheap. Also mine has come with a loose handle which wont tighten. Customer service said a new handle would be despatched but this hasnt arrived yet. Very disappointed- unlikely to order from Cotswold again.

5

This is a lovely piece of furniture, let down by a poor magnetic catch on the right which necessitates a pull upwards to ensure it aligns and holds. The desk lid does not sit foush otherwise. When I expressed surprise, the delivery man said that is the way it is and much better than the old model! We think it is just poorly fitted- shame for such a lovely, and expensive, piece of furniture.

5

The bureau was del as promised by two capable men ,the bureau is in general a lovely piece of furniture, only black mark is when opened for writing the eight screw heads that hold the handles become exposed, these screw heads are very rough and could easily cause injury to a delicate fingertip, perhaps some form of cover could/should have been provided. Janice Logan.

3

Delivered on date as promised. Delivery guys were spot on and positioned it and unpacked exactly as requested. I am disappointed with build quality as 4 drawer handles are not square ( see photo as example) and bottom drawer does not fully stay shut and top part of desk is tricky to close properly. Im afraid I expected better craftsmanship for the money.

5

My hidden bureau arrived last week, big thanks to the delivery team who managed to carry the bureau onto the middle floor of our town house. Build quality and looks top notch and well worth the purchase price. Plenty of space in the pull out draws to Store everything you need for a bureau. Highly recommend:-)Mark from Sussex

5

I am delighted and impressed with my desk. Delivery was made as simple as it could by the system operated by Cotswold.The two delivery men were great, couldn't have been better. Packaging excellent, although I do wish I had kept the huge sturdy box as my son is moving house very soon.5 star rating all the way.

5

Excellent product giving a large amount of space for storage. Room for printer, router, lamp and much more on the top while the laptop can be hidden from view when required. Especially suitable for my study which doubles up as a spare room, as the unit looks like a chest of drawers when closed.

4

The item was not up to the standard I expect. The right hand magnetic catch was not properly fixed and I had to fix it. In addition the runner for the break are not fixed accurately and it stops earlier on one side than the other. Excellent woodwork and great delivery team.

5

Disappointed The inset metal handles were uncomfortably sharp, particularly when combined with pulling down the very stiff writing surface. Once down the writing surface sloped down, allowing pens to roll off and not feeling safe to use laptop on.I have returned item

4

Took a while before I got my order delivered but have to say it was worth the wait. Absolutely delighted with my bureau. Extremely well built with obvious attention to detail. Bit on the pricey side but you pay for what you get and this is a quality piece.

4

Really pleased with this piece of furniture. Plenty of room for all our office bits and bobs.It's well made and looks very stylish. Pleased there is a hole in the back to feed cables through, keeps things tidy. Quite pricey, but we bought it with 10% off.

5

A beautiful piece of furniture. It has plenty room for files and paperwork but fits in well in the family room as we don't have room for an office. Everything is hidden away , the quality is brilliant and the service and delivery was first class.

5

An extremely well made quirky piece of furniture. Top two drawers (which are not drawers) pull down to become the desk area to work on. The bottom two drawers are not drawers they are for hanging files - extremely practical piece of furniture.

5

This is a bureau I having been looking for for a very long time.The quality is excellent and the bottom drawer was a wonderful surprise as it was not mentioned that this was fitted out for files. EXCELLANT

5

Although bought without being seen I am delighted with this product as a perfect replacement for a larger desk and filing cabinet. Ordering on the phone was easy and delivery was as promised. Thank you.

5

Excellent piece of furniture very well made quick delivery, excellent delivery team unpacked and removed all the packing.Would definitely buy more of the products from this company

4

Aside from the originally delivered product being faulty, the service to facilitate its replacement was first class. The bureau is a very nice addition to our lounge. V pleased.

4

Lovely solid piece of furniture. Well designed and attractive. Arrived upside down which may explain why one joint has slightly separated.On the whole I'm very pleased.

5

I am absolutely delighted with my desk brilliant delivery men, couldn't be more helpful. The filling cabinet at the bottom takes so much paperwork, it's amazing.

5

Perfect for the home office. Well built plenty of drawer space for files nice little drawers for all those pens clips and nick nacks. Well worth the money.

5

Fantastic piece of furniture. Great service and the guys who deliverd were marvelous. I highly recommend Cotswold if your looking to buy class furniture.

5

A lovely capacious bureau with lots of drawer space. A robust piece of furniture which fits in our dining room beautifully and is much admired.

5

Love this bureau. Looks great in the home but also practical - loads of storage space. Couldn't live without it!

5

this desk is absolutely marvellous looks really smart doesnt take up much room but holds so much.

5

Such a beautiful piece of furniture, and so useful. Delivery was on time and exactly as described.

5

It is a good looking bureau and is of wood really lovely. It fits fully what I was looking for.

5

An excellent piece of furniture. Well made. Excellent value for money.

5

Both product build quality and delivery service were excellent.

2

My GCSE woodwork project was to a similar standard .....

5

Excellent