4. 1 in stables (connected to house via conservatory).
normally Feb–end Oct, ‘but please check’.
sitting room, breakfast room, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre garden (croquet lawn, ‘lookout’, walled kitchen garden), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
up to 2 allowed, only in stable room (£10 per stay).
 per room B&B £70–£110. 2-course dinner (by arrangement; bring your own bottle) £17.50. 1-night bookings refused weekends and busy periods.
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Good Hotel Guide Review
The ‘magical setting’ in the Valency valley is the perfect spot for a whimsical tale. Thomas Hardy arrived here in 1870, to be met at the door by the rector’s sister-in-law, Emma Gifford, his future first wife. If it’s the romance of the story that draws guests to Sally and Chris Searle’s B&B, it’s the hospitality that inspires them to return. The ‘beautifully restored’ Victorian house has comfy sofas, log fires, fresh flowers; bedrooms decorated in cottage style. Choose Hardy’s Room, and put your feet up in the antique carved bed. The Searles run their B&B along green lines: they keep an organic kitchen garden; a beehive buzzes with activity; ducks, hens and rare-breed pigs contribute to the ‘home-grown breakfast’. ‘The large garden, alive with birds and butterflies, is delightful’; ask the hosts for a tour – or a spare bee suit, if you’re keen to look in the hive. Dinner (perhaps Cornish fish with freshly dug potatoes) may be served in the restored greenhouse, by arrangement. Then sink into sleep: breakfast is served till 10 am, if a lie-in appeals. (CS)
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide