Good Hotel Guide Review
The old rector was none other than the great-grandfather of Sally Searle, who, with husband Chris, welcomes guests to their loved and lived-in Victorian home. Here, too, in 1870 Thomas Hardy met his first wife, Emma Gifford. The Searles are energetic hosts, maintaining the walled garden, keeping ducks, hens, bees, rare breed pigs and Jacob sheep. They grow fruit and vegetables, make sausages, cure bacon, and collect eggs and honey. House bedrooms are furnished with antiques. All have ‘comfort and charm’. The Stables has a rustic feel, the Rector’s Room has a whirlpool bath with shower over it. ‘We had Emma’s Room, overlooking the super garden; it was really spacious, with extra blankets, a full tray with teapot, a glorious modern wet room’ and original ‘thunderbox’ loo, ‘fully working, of course’. At breakfast there is Cornish bacon and hog’s pudding, home-grown tomatoes, locally smoked fish, Cornish rarebit and much more. At night they will drive you to a local restaurant of your choice. ‘It felt almost like staying with a friend.’
4. 1 in Stables (connected to house via conservatory and with separate entrance).
normally Feb–end Oct, ‘but please check’, limited evening meals by arrangement.
sitting room, breakfast room, conservatory, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre garden (croquet lawn, ‘lookout’, walled kitchen garden), electric charging point, unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
up to 2 allowed, only in stable room (£10 per dog/stay).
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £72–£108, double £95–£120. 1-night bookings only accepted if a late vacancy or quiet period.
VisitEngland Five Star Guest Accommodation
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