I have just returned from staying at La Fosse with my wife and 3 year old Daughter. Originally our daughter was staying with relatives but at the last moment plans changed. I rang La Fosse and spoke to one of the owners Emmanuelle and asked if it would be possible to now include our daughter in our stay. Emmanuelle was assuring and friendly and told me that she has a 3 year old daughter herself and that it would be no problem to pop a cot bed into our room and she looked forward to welcoming us to the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel we were met by Mark, Emmanuelle's husband who welcomed us to his home/hotel and showed us to our room. The room was large and airy with an en suite bath and loo, flat screen TV/DVD,(there is a dvd library just outside the bedroom door all free). The bed was huge and super soft and the drinks tray consisted of real freshly ground coffee and Carafe, Hot Chocolate, around 6 different teas and a nice teapot. Mark is a highly trained chef and his wife is equally well trained in front of house and restaurant. We were eating in the restaurant with friends that evening who had arrived just before we came down. Emmanuelle had settled them in the lounge in front of a blazing fire and when we joined them she produced the evenings menus for us to pick from. Shortly after taking our choices to Mark the chef she returned to escort us to the dining room.
The dining room is quaint with a roaring fire at the top end where there are settees. Everything on the menu is imaginative and freshly cooked with real local ingredients, no frozen rubbish here. The adults were spoiled for choice and we enjoyed every course. Emmanuelle selected a lovely half bottle of white wine for me at just £9.99. Our 3 year old was looked after with some lovely mashed potato which Mark piped onto the plate in a design and we added some pieces from our plate for her. Look at some of the other comments about Watercress Ice Cream and other items, all delicious and unique. We expected to have one of us to leave the table to take our daughter to bed but she was loving the evening so we all moved to the settee area to enjoy Mark's award winning local Cheese board. Not a board but a slate holding 10 different LOCAL cheeses to enjoy, spiced pear slices, apple and vegetable crudities, selection of cheese biscuits and butter and home made chutney. The cheeses are laid out in order from the mildest to the strongest and Mark explained where they were all from. We finished with a glass of port and our friends left and we went up to bed. Morning came and we popped down for breakfast. There was a lovely selection of cereals and bread, marmalade etc and mark arrived to take our order. Everything on the menu is again locally made and mostly organic. Again, as at dinner, Mark went out of his way to ensure that our 3 year old was catered for and the whole breakfast was extremely tasty and sent us off in good spirits. Mark and Emmanuelle did not charge us anything for our 3 year olds late addition to our booking. We would certainly recommend La Fosse and it's caring owners to anyone looking for a stay or meal at an establishment that is run by 2 young people who's only wish is to ensure that you have a relaxing stay. We spoke to other guests who had been furnished with local walks info and other stuff and all agreed that they had been fortunate to choose La Fosse. If you are a nice person who wishes to experience a lovely hotel where the owners strive to look after you then La Fosse is for you. If you are someone that needs to find fault with everything when you stay away from home then choose a £300 a night hotel. La Fosse, Emmanuelle and Mark well done and keep on caring. We will certainly return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chef proprietor Mark Hartstone and his wife Emmanuelle would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and invite you to experience our homely Restaurant with Rooms in this beautiful countryside of Dorset. Providing six quality accommodations, as well as delicious home cooked dinners with friendly and efficient service, in comfortable idyllic rural surroundings. ... more less
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