We stopped at this B & B for 2 nights in the Wiltshire room which was for 3 people as we traveled as a family. The room boasted views across Wiltshire and also that there was a whirpool bath. However upon arrival the first thing that was mentioned was the fact that the whirpool was not working, much to the disappointment of my son! I felt that this had not worked for a while - but I may be wrong. We arrived at 3.50, and although this was only 10 mins early the room in actual fact was not ready for us! Cups, towels and bins all had to be sorted! We were informed of the Saniflow toilet, which I had never used before - but god it makes a noise!! Bascially its a shredding style loo! The room itself was tidy and clean, however the views were a little disappointing - all I could really see were the front hedges! We were never shown the front room as advertised on the website. We took this opportunity to nip into the nearest village as we needed supplies for our day trip to Longleat. When we got back the room was ready and our breakfast requirements were needed (via a form) for the next morning, this was fine, however I did expect to receive one the following night but didn't get one, so be careful what you pick your first night might be what you get for the rest of the stay. However saying that the breakfast was lovely, and large portions too. Unfortunately the next night after our long day at Longleat, when I went to run a bath it was cold! We asked them about this and a reply of "we don't normally expect people to have baths at this time of the day!" was what we got (it was 4.30pm!) They did put the heating on for the water, but we were again left a little disappointed. Overall it was ok, I have paid less for more accommodating B&B's though. I don't think I would rush back to stay, however Fraser did say he had a lot on with an upcoming farm show, but that shouldn't detract from catering for your guests. Fraser and his family were lovely but just seemed a little unorganised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Black Dog Farm is a Grade II listed farmhouse close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border. We have lovingly renovated the building and created an elegant, comfortable home whilst retaining much of the traditional detail. A warm welcome awaits our Bed & Breakfast guests and after a good night’s sleep in one of our spacious en-suite bedrooms, a delicious breakfast will be on offer to start the next day. Black Dog Farm is a 10 minute drive from Longleat House, Longleat Safari Park and Center Parcs. Nearby are the market towns of Warminster, Westbury and Frome. Westbury offers a high speed mainline rail link to London Paddington while Warminster has rail links to Cardiff, Salisbury, Southampton and London Waterloo. We are situated between the World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge and Bath on the ancient route from the port of Bristol to those at Southampton, Portsmouth and Weymouth. The farmhouse dates back to the 1600s and was once a coaching inn on the road taken by Georgian and Victorian high society wishing to sample the medicinal waters of Bath. There are local Roman and Arthurian connections (but not a lot to see!). We have three large en-suite bedrooms. All have facilities for making tea, coffee and hot chocolate. They also have digital TV, DVD and free wifi. The Somerset room has views across the Somerset and Wiltshire countryside, a 6’ double bed and we can add a child’s bed or cot if you need one. The Wiltshire room has twin beds and the en-suite bathroom has a shower with a whirlpool bath. It also has a sofa bed for an extra guest if required. Our Standerwick room is a lovely old beamed room, furnished in a farmhouse style with a comfortable queen-size bed and an en-suite shower room. The pretty arched window looks down on the kitchen garden as well as the ponds and stream. All our guests are offered a full English Breakfast or Continental Breakfast. This is a very important meal and we hope to set you up well for the day ahead! Fraser makes an art form of the traditional English breakfast and really enjoys producing mouth watering, freshly cooked food. We have an extensive list for you to choose from and can cater for special diets on request. We make every effort to source our fresh food from local butchers and farms. The eggs are from our own flock of free range chicken and the bread is made freshly on site each day. Honey and marmalade are made locally and other produce is bought from Fair Trade sources wherever possible.. We really enjoy the garden and are happy to share it with our Bed & Breakfast guests. Our Pekin Bantams range free in the garden during the day and go to bed at sundown. They earn their keep by ridding our garden of bugs, and are also very entertaining! We encourage a wide range of wild birds to feed in the garden and there is a very good view of them, as well as the bantams, from our breakfast room. There are some lovely woodland walks, especially in bluebell time. Deer, badgers and other wildlife can be seen from the farm, and we encourage wild birds. We can recommend several exceptionally good local pubs and restaurants for an evening meal and there are many interesting places to visit locally. ... more less
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