We (self & wife and a friend, all seasoned B&B users) must have caught Anya at a bad time if other reviewers are to be believed!! We were booked in for three nights to celebrate a 65th birthday, and had telephoned during the first afternoon to tell Anya roughly what time we expected to arrive, but we were welcomed by her mother, who just happened to be visiting - Anya was collecting her daughter from nursery! The mother showed us briefly to our rooms and then left us to it. Anya herself didn't have much to say when she finally showed up: she offered us no introduction to the house, and no welcoming cuppa; there was no milk on the "tea & coffee making facilities" trays in the rooms so we couldn't even make ourselves a drink until we'd asked for some; her mother had already said, in an abrupt reply to a question from one of us, that there was no guest lounge, but there was no seating to speak of in the rooms either, so there was nowhere to relax unless one sat on the beds; no mention was made of where breakfast would be served, and no questions as to what we would like or at what time; so already alarm bells were ringing.......
But at least Anya warned us off the local "gastro pub" which she said was over-priced and not that good, and sent us instead to The New Inn in the neighbouring village of West Knighton, run by a friend of hers. The establishment is a bit rustic and "spit and sawdust", but we were made very welcome and had an excellent meal, so we returned to our B&B quite happy.
The rooms themselves were comfortable enough, and spotlessly clean, though the bathrooms were a bit cramped. We all slept well, as the village itself is pretty and quiet; but the usual B&B cooking smells of bacon and sausages were missing when we awoke, and the kitchen was totally deserted when we went in search of our breakfast at 8:30. Anya's mother appeared when we called out, and she alerted Anya - who was, it turned out, about to go out to take her small daughter to nursery school! She hastily asked us what we wanted for breakfast, got out the right numbers of eggs, rashers, sausages etc., dragged a single packet of locally made muesli-type cereal from a cupboard (no selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurt etc. on a side table as one usually expects to see), and then went, leaving her mother to cook our breakfasts on a new-fangled cooker that she had never even used before! Mother tried hard, and eventually produced a fairly acceptable breakfast, but her fried eggs were not good - two were under-done and jelly-like, and she broke the third one, which she had to serve because she had no idea where to find another one to replace it! We also had to ask specifically for tea, coffee and toast, otherwise we wouldn't have got any!
We eventually started our first full day's exploration of Dorset well behind schedule, but we had a great day and returned to the B&B at around 5:30pm to make a cuppa and then get washed, changed and rested before going out for an evening meal. But we found that once again there was no milk on the trays in the rooms - and the beds were still unmade!
Thinking that Anya and her mother had each assumed that the other would make our beds, I tracked down Anya (who claimed not to have heard us come in, even though we had passed within feet of her sitting room), asked her for some milk for our teas, and then mentioned to her about the beds not having been made - thinking only that I was pointing out a small oversight. Her reply was "I DON'T EVER MAKE BEDS!" so I told her that in every B&B we had ever been in for more than one night, even the least expensive ones (which hers certainly isn't) our beds had always been made, and that we did not usually have to ask for milk, either. This seemed to upset her unduly: she accused us of being "pernickity" and said we seemed to be expecting four-star hotel standards from her "one of the cheaper ones" B&B. We pointed out that we were simply expecting what we always got as a rule from B&Bs charging the kind of rates she charged - which, we told her, also normally included breakfasts cooked and served by our hostess at a pre-arranged time. This prompted Anya to say that we were "trouble" and that as it was clear she would not be able to meet our "unreasonable" expectations we should perhaps move to another B&B more suited to our needs To her credit, she did not simply throw us out, but made a phone call and then gave me the number of a competitor who, she said, had rooms available. I called, and we then transferred to Higher Came Farmhouse, which has a 4-star AA rating and was able to provide us with exactly the kind of B&B experience we are used to, at a price only £10 a night more than Anya's for the three of us!
SUMMARY: A nice little B&B in a pretty and quiet village, but over-priced and with very poor facilities and service. Keep looking - there are much better and friendlier places around the area at similar prices.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.