Within the context of what we wanted, Farm Cottage B&B was a perfect choice and is one of those gems you store away for future use. I think we will have to return at some point just to catch up with Andy, the welcoming, friendly proprietor.
As a B&B to stay in the night before a sailing from Harwich you can't beat it. Andy's welcome was as big as the huge expanse of Essex countryside which was the view from our bedroom window. Cars may be left at Farm Cottage for those taking a cruise. The extremely reasonable cost of parking includes a taxi transfer to and from the cruise terminal. On return a taxi was waiting to pick us up. The service was slick and efficient.
The room we stayed in was of an adequate size and very comfortable. Andy delivered luggage both to and from the room if required. The communal dining room, library, guest lounge was the hub of this very informal but precision B&B. On arrival a cup of tea or coffee is offered and the good service just goes on from there. When we returned from our cruise we stayed a further night and by then felt like part of the family! The cooked breakfast was excellent.
This is an impartial review and there are two things to point out. One: the stairs are steep and narrow. Not a problem to us but could cause difficulties in some cases. As already stated, though, Andy acts as porter for all luggage if required. Two: the rooms are not ensuite. Now this is an interesting one because, normally, I would think I would feel slightly uncomfortable about wandering around a B&B in a dressing gown (they are provided) with other guests in-situ. Not a bit of it - it seemed quite 'normal'. There is a strong atmosphere of being 'at home'.
Andy knows his product well and executes it perfectly. As a stopping off point, somewhere to leave your car whilst away, or a couple of nights B&B to explore the lovely Essex/Suffolk countryside it ticks all the boxes for me and I look forward to returning to Farm Cottage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farm Cottage B&B opened in December 2008 until December 2013 averaging over 2,000 International visitors per year. ... more less