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Cools Farm, East Knoyle SP3 6DB, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 East Knoyle B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“cools farm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Cools farm very enjoyable stay it was a very pleasant which was down to the Owners Mr and Mrs Edwards i would stay there again if i am ever in the wiltshire area the pets were adorable we had many times playing Ball with Percy Thanks Again Rob and Pam Royle 25th May 2012

Room Tip: Quite Country Setting for Peace and Traquility
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Stayed here with my 2 children for two nights. An absolutely beautiful place to stay - loved the farm house and the drive in from Hindon.

An easy drive to Stonehenge and Salisbury.

The kids loved the chooks and the garden.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

Thanks to the friendliness and excellent attention of the owners - Maggie and Quentin Edwards - we (my wife and I, plus our 15yr old Labrador) had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend from the moment we arrived at Cools Farm to the moment when - most reluctantly - we left.

We had 'discovered' the existence of Cools Farm through Google having directed us to tripadvisor whilst searching for a B&B where we could stay with our dog, and not too far from Shaftesbury (where we were going to an 80th Birthday celebration).

That Cools Farm had received so many fantastic reviews, was one of the main reasons we decided to book there and then, although because August was such a busy month (the height of the UK holiday season) we weren't able to get 'The Piggery' (where Dylan - our dog - could have stayed with us), so instead we booked in for the 'Edwards Room' (and Dylan spent the nights in a clean and dry stable close by).

Cools Farm itself is really lovely. Originally built in the c1600s (and apparently receiving its name in the 1700s after a ?Robert Cool had lived there) the property has been substantially (but sympathetically, aesthetically and most comfortably) restored within the last few years, and it was a real pleasure and privilege to be part of everything the house (I really should say 'home', for it has a real lived-in feeling) afforded us.

Soon after we rang the bell, the front door was opened by a smiling and friendly Maggie, who gave us a great welcome as we entered the most impressive large hall. After we'd all introduced each other, we were taken up the stairs to our bedroom, and were thrilled by the size of the room as well as with the range of quality furniture (both modern and period), plus the bonus of lovely views.

Apart from the 6-foot bed (extremely comfortable), the addition of two comfortable wing chairs in the room allowed us to sit and relax each evening to read magazines and sup coffee - both supplied within the room.

Our private bathroom - just a couple of strides across the landing from our bedroom - was also quite large, and had everything we needed (and more!) although being shower-lovers (and the shower area was roomy) we wished we'd been able to stay a couple more days if only to try out the whirlpool bath!

Breakfast (we asked for 08.30) was on time, even if the first morning I was a few minutes late due to Dylan deciding he wanted to explore (off lead) the area, and no amount of whistling and calling by me, leading to his coming back! ('old age' these days doesn't allow me to run after him!) That he - as well as us - really loved walking the highways and byeways of the countryside around Cools Farm, allowed us to all be together and enjoy the peace, silence and safety of the lanes; wonderful! - and when we sat down afterwards, the breakfast itself was scrumptious (see 'menu' amongst my photos).

Now I must not forget to mention Plato (the young black labrador), Percy (the Jack Russell), Polly (the very old Jack Russell), Matilda (the black cat), the range of chickens, plus of course, the Red Poll Cattle, all of which, in each others' way, helped to make our short stay both memorable and enjoyable (the dogs for their friendliness and company, the cat for purring when being smoothed, the chickens for their lovely eggs, and the cows for looking so contented - well, who wouldn't be contented in such beautiful surroundings?!)

There's so much more I could say about Cools Farm, its location, its fantastic and really lovely owners - Maggie and Quentin - the friendly and appreciative other B&B-ers we met (from Germany and Holland), the history of the place, the quality of the rooms, the building, and everything else, but the best accolade of all is that we will be returning to Cools Farm because we really loved being there, and felt 'at home' - a feeling and experience shared by many of those who'd returned (as evidenced by the glowing comments in the Visitors' Book.

P.S. The photos (on the website) of the Edwards Room don't really do the room any justice as to its size or facilities, so I have added several photos of my own (I've also added other photos of the Interior and Exterior plus extras in and around Cools Farm which I hope will be of interest).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

We stayed here for my birthday and were pleasantly surprised with the tranquility of the place and wonderful rural views. The house was beautiful, the room was large and overlooked the pond and the piggery. The "private" bathroom was not ensuite as I envisaged but across the landing and contained an eclectic mix of half used toiletries, clearly those of the hosts. Everything from Superdrug aftershave to Crabtree & Evelyn Body Lotion. However the soap in the soap dish was a pitiful sliver of dried out something or other and the toilet paper appeared to be rationed - less than half a roll and no spare! No tissues in the bathroom either - thankfully we were not taken short!

We were told we could have breakfast at 8.30am - no room for negotiation here as Maggie had to sing in the choir the next morning so had to leave at 9.15am. We were a bit disappointed at the early start on a Sunday morning but duly presented ourselves in the dining room at the appointed hour. The table seats 8 and we joined four from Belgium who were visiting to see Stonehenge and a couple of ladies from Cornwall. We waited half an hour for Maggie to take our breakfast order (we could have come down at 9am!) which arrived piping hot and delicious. Amazingly we were then able to witness Maggie instructing the Belgians on English table manners .... once a teacher always a teacher eh Maggie ??!!

Maggie was by this time somewhat flustered and hurried off to church leaving her guests to lock up and put the front door key through the letterbox !!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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18 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011

Just back from six nights staying in The Piggery on Cools Farm with my wife and our two small dogs.
Maggie made us feel very welcome and with the help of our sat nav we were able to visit many of the great sites in the south west of England from this perfect base.
It was always great to return home after a hard days sightseeing to our own "home".

Room Tip: Bring some ear plugs as this city slicker always .
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Georgetown, Texas
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

Best place I have stayed in the UK after multiple extensive trips. The breakfast great even when each of my family member order their eggs different a different, hosts wonderful, and farm land peaceful. Go here to slow down. Our only regret was we only could stay one night. I will be back.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Naarden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

We have stayed a couple of days in the old piggery, the self catering appartment. The surroundings are so stunning and peacefull, we were absolutely thrilled. The welcome is warm, both by Maggie as the pets (cat Mathilda and dogs Percy and Polly). We can recommend this to anyone who is looking for a peacefull getaway.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cools Farm, East Knoyle SP3 6DB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > East Knoyle
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in East Knoyle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cools Farm offers Bed and Breakfast in an historic C17th farmhouse in beautiful Wiltshire or self catering in The Old Piggery. Come to relax and rejuvenate your spirits on our organic farm with Red Poll cattle, near Stonehenge, Longleat House and Animal Park, Salisbury cathedral, Bath and south coast of Dorset. Children welcome. Dogs welcome in The Old Piggery Suite. Self catering also available. Please contact us. ... more   less 
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