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 £100–£115 (single-occupancy discount 10%–20%). 2-course dinner (by arrangement; bring your own bottle) £17.50. 1-night bookings refused weekends and busy periods.
VisitEngland Five Star Guest Accommodation
Good Hotel Guide Review
Literary pilgrims follow narrow single-track lanes to this Victorian rectory in a ‘magical setting’ in the Valency valley, where Thomas Hardy met and courted his first wife, Emma Gifford. It is run as a B&B by Sally and Chris Searle, whose kindness is ‘beyond praise’. The house stands in large gardens, ‘alive with birds and butterflies’; inside, there are cottage-style bedrooms, and flowers freshly cut from the grounds. Modest, homely, each room has its own charm: Emma’s Room has armchairs by the window overlooking the lower lawn and woodland garden; dog-friendly Old Stables, with a log-burner and pull-out sofa bed, is ideal for a family. Organic fruit and vegetables find their way from kitchen garden to table, along with eggs from the house’s hens and honey from the hives. At breakfast there are home-produced sausages and bacon, Cornish rarebit, locally smoked fish; supper, served in the restored greenhouse by arrangement, is ‘delicious’. On the daily-changing menu, perhaps: chicken and mushroom pie; stuffed Mediterranean vegetables. Hardy came to restore St Juliot’s church, ‘three fields away, by footpath’; the sea is within reach.
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