I and my husband have stayed in Highway Farm B&B on 29-31st of June 2009, having found it on internet and booked at short notice. We were only lucky because there was a cancellation, so we booked almost immediately – and we were not disappointed on arrival. This B&B situates vurtually next to A35, but again, A35 runs along the coast anyway… Unexpectedly, because the farm buildings are tucked away from the actual road over a hill, we did not hear the traffic at all: some traffic noise could be heard from a distance, from the direction of Bridford, especially because of the sunny weekend pilgrimage, but the farm itself is very quiet. And, certainly, I need to say about the Colmer’s Hill – a highly photogenic landscape feature – which seen directly from the yard and even from the entrance-porch.
The first floor room we have stayed in was rather small but very cosy and exceptionally clean, with a comfortable double bed. Bathroom, in turn, was quite spacious and, again, immaculately clean. All B&B has a nice country décor and a “rural feel” around it. Love it!
All rooms have a pastoral views onto a green valley with sheep, rabbits and occasional phasant. The sea is just over a hill (2 miles), and it is possible to walk to the coast using a narrow path directly from the farm. It is rather slighly overgrown, with occasional badger-digs along it, but again what do you expect in Dorset? From the path, you come straight to the cliffs, onto the coastal public path, and the Lower Eype beach is very close on the left.
I should mention breakfast, with fresh eggs from the farm, freshly baked bread, apple juice pressed on another farm down the road: the kind of breakfast money can not buy in London…A small thatched local pub is in 3 minutes walking distance.
The Highway Farm B&B proprietors – Pauline and John, are two very nice and talkative folks, who seemed to know everything and everyone around. They run quite a wide range of various artistic courses and workshops in B&B, but as we came for a different reason - it is something for the next time.
The farm also offers fishing in two lakes in the valley.
This weekend, the weather was just too good to be inside, and we have visited all the local spots on the coast – Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridford, Eype. The Jurassic coast provides an entertainment for many, and there was quite a number of people on the beaches due to an exceptonal weather. Apart from this, we went to a Fossil Walk, having arranged it with a local quide Brandon – and let me tell you, this was more inspiring than a visit to any museum of paleonthology. We have also found some interesting fossils with Brandon’s help.
The B&B has a very good website, but I just would like to say that we have had a most wonderful weekend and would be delighted to come back one day – and soon… Definitely a very nice place to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Highway Farm B&B and Ganders Cottage are situated in a tranquil rural location just one mile from the coastal footpaths, the Market Town of Bridport and a good local pub! Fabulous panoramic views from farmhouse, you can see sheep grazing in the fields, rabbits frolicking and buzzards soaring the thermals high above. Hearty breakfasts served on the patio whenever possible and spacious en-suite rooms. We are local hosts with a wealth of local knowledge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Highway Farm Bridport, Dorset