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“Amazing house, lovely welcome and superb food” 5 of 5 stars
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Wood Advent Farm
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Roadwater, Watchet, Exmoor National Park TA23 0RR, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Watchet B&B and Inns
London, England
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Amazing house, lovely welcome and superb food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We stayed at Wood Advent Farm as part of a walking tour on the Coleridge Way (very good 36-mile footpath) and did not know what to expect as accommodation was chosen for us. In the event we could not possibly have chosen better anyway. The house is fairly remote (perhaps a mile from the small village of Roadwater) and the view from the road did nothing to prepare us for the magical nature of the place. We were welcomed with much-needed drinks, and then with tea and exceptionally good home made cake, by our charming hostess and then shown round the house which seemed to have rooms everywhere, all of them very large and beautifully furnished, with terrific beds. The setting of the house is equally magical - in truly beautiful seclusion in a sort of hidden valley and we had a superb night's stay. I would recommend this spot to everyone (and probably will).

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  • Stayed July 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Purley, United Kingdom
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56 hotel reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Our family (16 plus 2 babies) have recently returned from a wonderful long weekend at The Granary, a converted barn, opened in October 2009. My sister in law and her family, who were visiting from Australia, found and booked this accommodation and what a find it was.

The accommodation is split into 8 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and is on three levels. There is a large open plan kitchen, dining and living area and there is also a small mezzanine TV gallery with Sky and Wi fi. It does have a 5 star rating and Gold Award from the “Visit England” Inspector.

We had exclusive use of a hot tub, which went down a treat and could have used the outside pool by the farmhouse but none of us did. There was decking and chairs/tables adjoining the hot tub. All the hot water/heating for both The Granary and farmhouse (B&B) is supplied from a waste burner, located close to the barn.

As some reviewers have already mentioned, the farm is approached by a narrow lane (only 9ft wide), although there is not much traffic on it and we did not have to reverse! We did find the best way, where the road is slightly wider, was through the village of Roadwater from the A39, in a north east/south west direction. However, beware when in Roadwater, as the small lane (Harpers Lane) leading up to the farm is easily missed. It is immediately behind a house that fronts Watersmeet Close. The lane has a blue sign saying “Road Ahead narrows to 9 foot width” but otherwise very little other signage.

On arrival we were met by Diana who gave us a warm welcome and showed us over The Granary. There was a lovely sponge cake to for us to eat with afternoon tea.

We also had one of Diana’s lovely “Ready to Eat” evening meals of organic beef burgers/rolls with salad and chocolate roulade, strawberries and clotted cream. The cost of £10 per head, was very reasonable. The dining table seated all 16 of us and is huge!!

Nine of our party did the clay shooting, with tuition from Diana’s son, which was great fun and we also had a competition. There is also a games room with a pool table and dartboard which kept the younger members of our party occupied! Unfortunately the ladies in our party wanted to do the Pampering sessions but these were booked up. I would suggest to book early, if these are required.

Unfortunately the whole area did suffer a power failure for most of the Sunday morning but the “new” generator which was only installed last year, was brought into action and kept us going with the basics for one kettle and also kept the water pumps and lights running. The power failure however did wake a few of us up at 5.15am, with the fire alarm control panel bleeping a warning for about an hour, until the generator was started, because of the continuous on/off, of the power.

The area surrounding the Granary and farmhouse is lovely, although fairly hilly and we enjoyed some lovely walks around the farm. The Valiant Soldier pub in Roadwater is about a mile away and we had some great meals there, all reasonably priced. However the walk back up hill is a bit of a struggle!

The only slight adverse comments from some in our party, were that the duvets were a bit thick, especially for warm summer nights and the couple who had the second floor master bedroom, were woken early with the light summer mornings, as there were no blackout blinds on the Velux rooflights. Electrical blinds or a pole adapter would be needed here. The two bedrooms on the 1st floor had very small bathrooms and walk in showers, compared to all the other rooms and there were small handbasins in the bedrooms, rather than in the bathrooms.

However, none of this spoilt a very enjoyable weekend. Would we go back? Yes, without a doubt.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We sayed in the luxurious Granary Barn.
The barn is breathtaking and wonderfully presented with beds that you sank into. The hot tub also went down a treat.
The roads surrounding the area are incredibly narrow and at times tricky to navigate, if you are planning lots of outings this may not be the place for you. Having said that everything you could possibly need is all under one roof, so there's no need to go anywhere. It's a perfect weekend hide-a-way.
Jonh and Diana are fantastic hosts and even rescued us when the car broke down. Ture knights is shining amour.
I cannot reccomend a stay here enough.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

We stayed here on a riding holiday. The rooms were absolutely lovely, the afternoon tea was fabulous and the dinner and breakfast were scrumptious. However, the best part by far was the lovely warm welcome that we got. Other places are far less welcoming when 6 cold, wet and muddy riders stomp in but both John and Diana were completely unfazed. I would love to stay again.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

This is one of the best places I have ever ever stayed. Diana was a wonderful host. We got completely lost finding the farm, but had a wonderful 45 minutes driving up and down rolling hills and enjoying the views. We arrived to be greeted by 2 wonderful spaniels and Diana popped her head out the top window with a cheery hello. She immediately invited us in for a cup of tea. The farm is spectacular. 2 very large sitting rooms and a lovely cosy dining room. The sitting rooms overlook superb views of the hills, the lambs and the bright daffodils. Diana showed us to out rooms,yes rooms 2 for the price of 1! They were lovely and warm due to the new heating system. We then came downstairs to enjoy a homemade piece of delicious chocolate cake and pot of tea. I had a fabulous nights sleep I was so relaxed and woke up to a yummy hot breakfast, served by a very friendly and efficient lady. I really wished I could have stayed longer. I think a lot of hoteliers could learn a lot from Wood Advent Farm. Thank you very much Diana and Happy Easter!

  • Stayed April 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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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

David and I stayed here in October for a long weekend. We had a really stay, the food was amazing, Diana and John were very welcoming and the room was huge! We were also greeted by a lovely Crumble who is actually a puppy that I could've quite happily popped in my bag to bring home.

All in all a wonderful stay, way too much food was consumed but it was really lovely homemade food.

We went on a walk from the farm towards the Cleveland Abbey, this was about 8 miles round and we ended the walk coming through some of Diana and John's land.

This was a return trip for David who has stayed at the farm many times when he was a young lad. Luckily he was remembered for all the right reasons.

We both hope to return there soon for another trip and some more exploring on the moors. I highly recommend this to everyone!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bangor, North Wales
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

We had only booked for 2 nights en route to N. Devon but wish we'd stayed longer. It is a peaceful, tranquil haven, ideal for a romantic getaway. The bedroom was large with a huge bed and en-suite shower, and all spotlessly clean. The good choice of breakfasts are cooked to order and delicious. This large rambling house is set in the heart of the countryside down a long narrow lane so townies practice your reversing first!

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  • Stayed July 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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Address: Roadwater, Watchet, Exmoor National Park TA23 0RR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Watchet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Watchet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Wood Advent Farm 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wood Advent Farm in the Exmoor National Park provides first class bed & breakfast accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Located near the village of Roadwater, in West Somerset, the organic farm is idyllically situated in wonderful countryside making it the perfect place to get away from it all. During their stay guests can enjoy delicious four-course dinning each evening with fresh local produce as well as a wide range of activities from walking and cycling to clay shooting and spa treatments. There is a heated swimming pool in the grounds for guests' to use, and plenty of space in the gardens surrounding the house, with garden chairs and tables tucked away so you can always find a peaceful corner to relax in. Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, activity filled or more relaxing, we will do our best to make sure you enjoy every minute of your stay. ... more   less 
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