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 single £56–£99, double £70–£115. 1-night bookings only accepted if a late vacancy or quiet period.
VisitEngland Five Star Guest Accommodation
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘What a super place to stay for tackling some of the Coastal Path; it ticks all possible boxes,’ writes a Guide inspector in 2018 of Sally and Chris Searle’s historic B&B. ‘Cheerful, chatty but never intrusive’, Sally, whose grandmother grew up in the rectory, is a ‘mine of information on Thomas Hardy’ – the author stayed here in 1870 while planning the renovation of St Juliot’s church, returning years later to pen some notable poetry. Rooms have ‘real comfort and charm’. Emma’s, with its original fireplace and loo (‘a working museum piece’), overlooks a ‘super garden with lots of early camellias’; Mr Hardy’s, where the writer slept, is ‘smaller but still cosy and comfy’. All four rooms have ‘organic smellies’, proper wardrobe hangers, and a tea tray with fresh milk, ‘delicious home-made shortbread’ and a teapot. However, after a mix-up with their booking, regular readers in 2018 found their room to be ‘mournful’.Locally sourced ingredients, some from Sally’s walled kitchen garden, fuel a vast breakfast selection with ‘four smoked fishes, along with massive veggie and carnivore selections that set you up for a long cliff walk’ – or perhaps a short stroll across three fields to St Juliot’s.
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