My wife and I have been coming to Keeper's cottage for a good many years and we have never, I repeat never. had such a wonderful welcome as when we turn the corner of their drive to be greeted by Ray and Angie (and the dog!).
The peace and tranqility of this beautiful house and garden cannot, for us, be surpassed. The home baked goodies and refreshing drinks which come swift on the heels of the initial welcome are to be experienced to be believed. Careful attention is always paid to special requiremens and Ray and Angie go out of their way to make everyone feel at home and cherished.
My elderly mother and aunt have recently been joining us at Keeper's and cannot wait to return each time, regarding Ray and Angie as surrogate neice and nephew who spoil and show such warmth to them. Their experiences and comfort received at Keeper's Cottage serve as topics of conversation for these two ladies in their eighties, long after our visits.
The character of each room has been carefully thought out and, unlike some B+B's we have experienced, none of the rooms is marred in proportion or outlook by the usually inevitable ensuite, tucked away in the corner. The shower is excellent and is always clean and well stocked should anyone need extra towels, shampoo etc. The whole character of the upstairs is perfect for a rural dwelling, warm rush matting, soft restful colours on the walls, suplemented by delightful artwork and a wide range of reading matter from style magazines to Hardy's poetry.
The Hardy element is not to be ignored as Keeper's is featured in the poignant short story "The WaitingSupper" as is the magnificent West Stafford Hall, visible from the first floor and via vistas in the garden. Avisit when the roses are in full bloom in June is definitely to be recommended!!
Breakfast is as large or as small as you wish, with homemade compote and preserves,porrige,cereals and of course the "full English" if you so desire.
As with all B+Bs we have visited, guests are not expected to stay in their rooms all day. This is made politely clear in the welcome pack in the rooms . On return from a day's exploring the beautiful Dorset countryside and beaches one's room is clean and welcoming - sometimes with a little treat waiting on the bedside table !
All in all I cannot think of a place I would rather choose to unwind and relax, either on holiday or passing through, than with Ray and Angie Thomas at Keeper's Cottage ! We greatly look forward to our next visit.
- Also Known As:
- Keepers Cottage Dorchester, Dorset