Fingle Bridge is an enchanted little B&B. It's hosts, Liz and Colin are polite, warm, bubbly and accommodating. They are also, as you would expect, quite knowledgeable about the locale area in Dorset and you can learn a thing or two from them, whilst chatting over breakfast (I did!).
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, as did my 3 children and my mum. The rooms are nice, spacious and have plenty of tea (My mum's main criteria for a good B&B!).
Breakfast is a grand occasion with Liz and Colin's witty banter coming from the kitchen accompanied by the smells of fresh eggs (from the couples chickens), hot toast (Liz's home made bread, and stop wasting it on the ducks Liz!) and the tantalising odour of fried sausages and bacon. The fact that Liz adds her home made jam to the breakfast table just sends my "authenticity-o-meter" off the scale.
Not content with being good, Colin even took me and my children out to feed the ducks and chickens after breakfast. My Kids loved it and it was the perfect start to the day. Getting back in with nature and watching my children's eyes light up with joy during such a timeless activity as feeding ducks first thing in the morning was a high point for sure, almost worth it's proverbial weight in gold.
The place is also very close to anything you want to visit. Me and my family ? We visited Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, The Blue Pool, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Corfe Castle - Everything was easy to reach from Wool.
Liz and Colin also welcome constructive criticism, they told me so. "If something is wrong, please let us know" Liz told me on our last day, "We can't fix things if people don't let us know". I find this to be a healthy attitude and told them about the loose shower fitting in my room (the shower head had a tendency to droop) and given that this was constructive, I think they will do something about it.
I can not speak highly enough of the place, it's location and atmosphere. One reviewer comments "Unfortunately for us we hadn't realised that this was literally their house". Seriously ? I think B&B in the title kind of gives it away, but obviously, this previous reviewer fails to understand what a B&B is. Silly.
Living in Belgium and being so far away, I doubt I will have the occasion to visit Fingle Bridge again, but I have fantastic memories and those will have to do.
All my best Liz and Colin,
Nick Kent. (and children, Xavier, Alexander and Cassandra plus mum, Nina) - The Belgian contingent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fingle Bridge is a detached house set in a 1/2acre plot on the edge of the village of Wool. It's location on a private drive with ample off-road parking provides a peaceful setting for you to enjoy our large garden. There are chickens in the orchard and ducks on the stream which borders the garden.We have 2 rooms available. Bedroom 1 is a large family room with a super-king double bed,2 full size singles and 2 reclining chairs to relax in after a busy day sightseeing. There is also a table and 2 dining chairs.Bedroom 2 has a super-king double (which can be divided to provide twin accommodation). This room also has a small table & 2 dining chairsBoth rooms are en-suite with full size bathrooms and equipped with a free-view TV with DVD player, a hairdryer. a small fridge containing chilled water and fresh milk, and a microwave should you wish to eat in.There is a seating area on the landing equipped with brochures, local guides and maps, and books for your enjoyment.Free wifi is available.Breakfast is served in our dining room which has patio doors on to the stream-side terrace.We serve a range of cereals, a full English breakfast and homemade bread, jams and marmalade, tea and coffee.There are 2 local pubs offering evening meals both within walking distance. ... more less