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Farthingloe Farm B & B
Ranked #18 of 37 Dover B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brixham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Charming Hosts, Sub-standard accommodation”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We couldn't agree more with everything said in the 2 previous reviews. Our hosts were charming and very chatty over a welcome cup of tea when we arrived. We were the only guests on the day of arrival but were put into an attic room for a 3-night stay. We were warned not to be alarmed as there was a mad crow that sometimes threw itself at the roof window (which had no blind)! As we are both elderly, the prospect of hauling our luggage 2 floors up the narrow, curved staircase was somewhat daunting, though we were given some help. Our room was, in fact, 'en suite', though the latter was extremely cramped. The shower was adequate but the hand basin was not big enough in which to wash a mouse, let alone anything else, with no space for toilet articles. This, as well as the fluorescent lighting previously mentioned, can be explained by the fact that the building and parkland was once used for offices and temporary units by the company building the Channel Tunnel. We were also very uneasy about the lack of lock on our bedroom door. Cleanliness was somewhat lacking but the thing that rather shocked us both was that this was the ONLY B&B in which we have EVER stayed where the rooms were not serviced at all during our stay. No bed made, no bins emptied no cleaning attempted. The plentiful, off-road, parking, was appreciated. Breakfast on our last morning was positively swimming in fat. This would be a reasonable place to stay overnight and leave one's car when cruising from Dover. We could not recommend longer stays.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2013

My mum and I stayed here for 2 nights in June (once before our crossing to Calais and once after we'd returned to Dover before driving back to Scotland). Jane and Derek are the friendliest hosts you could ask for! As soon as we arrived they invited us into the living room, offered us a lovely cup of tea and home-made fruit cake (much needed after a 10 hour journey!) and organised breakfast. They very kindly agreed to provide breakfast at 6am on the first morning and although I didn't manage to eat a full English, it looked and smelled amazing! On the second morning we had to sneak out at 4am and Jane even provided us with a packed breakfast to take away with us - totally unexpected and a really lovely thing to do! Jane and Derek are both really friendly and interesting to have a chat with. They were also very accommodating when we arrived and left at odd hours of the night/morning, which was much appreciated.

The house itself is full of charming little details that really make a difference. The two rooms that we stayed in were both decorated differently and it was lovely to see such homely variation rather than a place where every room looks exactly the same. The little details also extend to the living room and dining room, where things like tablecloths and little pouches to keep boiled eggs warm really made a difference. There is plenty of space available for parking, which was brilliant for us because we were in a big van and it would have been extremely difficult to park if we had opted for one of the B&Bs along the main roads in Dover. The house is in a perfect location for driving to the ferry terminal - only took us about 10 minutes. Great to be able to roll out of bed and straight onto the ferry!

In response to criticism from others: there was absolutely nothing wrong with either of the mattresses that I slept on! I had a fantastic night's sleep on both occasions and couldn't have asked for a cosier bed. If you decide to go for a room without en-suite, the walk to the bathroom is no distance at all! The lights in the bedrooms are not a problem. They are very bright - this is because the house was previously used as a site office - but they don't do any harm. We actually had no reason to use the main lights and just used the lamps on the bedside tables. Easy solution!

All in all this is a very friendly B&B with plenty of character! I would very much recommend this place for anybody looking for a good night's sleep (and a great breakfast!) in Dover.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Burgkirchen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Jane and her husband are very nice and attentive hosts who make you feel very welcome. So it's a bit difficult to say something bad, but there are major problems. The biggest one of all is the lousy quality of the mattresses. Since experiences in youth hostels in the 80s, I haven't slept on anything half as horrible. Please get some better ones! One can feel every spring. Another issue is that you can't lock your room. If you want to leave an iPad or camera in the room to load while you are not in the room, you don't feel good about it. You also don't get a key for the front door and have to ring as a consequence.

If you mainly look for friendly people, you're in the right place, if you care more for a good night's sleep, try somewhere else.

Room Tip: Friendly, but not as comfortable as one might wish
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Been traveling for 5 months in Great Britain, staying in approx 3 B&B's a week. As is often the case, no B&B has "it all." Here's what's excellent about Farthingloe, and as a cautionary tale, a list of also what is seriously below par. (note: we stayed in the "family" room with two double beds in adjoining rooms)

The Good:

As is typical of these kinds of places, the proprietors are interesting, kind, service-oriented people, honestly committed to helping you be comfortable. They were darling, actually.

The wi-fi is free, and the signal was strong in our rooms.

Free and plentiful parking.

Great proximity to Dover.

The breakfast is no worse than the typical English B&B

There was enough hot water for our showers, and the water pressure was adequate.

The Bad:

Rather than being a home, this is clearly a requisitioned institution of some kind (perhaps a small hospital or sanitorium). The lighting and indoor finishes feel very institutional (e.g. Fluorescent overhead lighting in all the bedrooms and hallways). The fluorescent light glares from the hallway and leaks through the gaps in the door all night long.

The rooms are not ensuite. This is clearly indicated in the listing, but our bathroom was some distance down a very chilly, fluorescent greenish-lit hallway.

The mattresses are a nightmare. I could feel every spring in my mattress all night long. In the morning, i was not surprised to see NO mattress pad whatsoever. This explains the hardware digging into me all night long. My elderly parents, in the other bed (which had no springs) could feel the slats in the underlying frame. In 5 months of UK travel, these were the worst B&B mattresses I've ever endured. This morning, we are all three exhausted. BE WARNED.

While the photo of the place suggests a park-like setting, what it does not show is the major highway that runs close to the house. There is road noise through the night.

The bathroom had no heating at all. I saw no radiator, nor vent for forced warm air. It was cold.

In a nutshell, this place is quite overpriced for chilly comfort, no tv's in the rooms, and incredibly poor mattresses. I wish the proprietors--good people both--no ill, but travelers deserve to know what to expect. That's what sites like TripAdvisor are for.

Room Tip: Avoid the "family" suite, with two adjoining rooms
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Loved the location - very scenic countryside setting just outside Dover. The B&B was further away than expected because we had to loop back down a parallel road to reach it, but there is a shortcut if you are on foot. We were on a cycling trip from Dover to Brighton and this was a very short stopover, but the owners went out of their way to be helpful: Jane and Derek helped us store the bikes securely in the basement, extended the check-in time for our late arrival, gave us a nice pot of tea when we got in, and gave us tips about which route to follow. Delicious full English breakfast using local produce the next morning. Only thing that could have been better was the bathroom: it was a bit cramped and the fixtures a bit old-fashioned, but I realize that with listed buildings it can be difficult to do renovation. Perfect for our short stay, anyway!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Farthingloe B&B is a 17th century Georgian house.
We came to stay for one night an arrived considerably early than our scheduled check in time. This was not a problem an we were greeted with fresh coffee and homemade cake before completing paperwork. This was a very nice touch after a long journey to sit down and have a chat. Room was spacious, clean and comfortable and suitably decorated, we stayed in the sandwich room which has a shared bathroom on the floor below and this was not a problem at all. The house is tucked away but easily accessible being only a couple of miles from the town centre.

Home cooked breakfast was excellent. Breakfast buffet was on offer which you could help yourself too cereals, breads, yogurts and fresh juice, fruits. Plentiful toast and bottomless supply of coffee.
The owners Derek and Jane were interesting, friendly and catered for all our requirements

We booked through trivago and for £65 per room including breakfast, this is by far The best value b&b in the area!

We drove passed some of the other b&b's in the area and by far this place was far superior and The only downside is we couldn't stay another night.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Tostes, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We too had a very cold, damp journey from Leeds so it was lovely tobe welcomed with a pot of coffee and delicious homemade ginger cake by Jane and Derek. We have at last found somewhere to relax and spend the night before returning to France . A truly delicious breakfast which sent us scuttling to the nearby far shop or the same sausages( and we stocked up on delicious pies, pasties ). We had agood sized room with a lovely view, but bizarre lights in the ceiling - a shame for such a lovely home. We look forward to staying again and seeing the views in summer. We would certainly recommend this welcoming B&B and particularly for expats returning to France for the great breakfast and the possibility of stocking up at the far shop across the way.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Farthingloe Farm B & B
Address: Great Farthingloe Farm Folkestone Road, Dover CT15 7AA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Dover
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Dover
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Farthingloe Farm B & B 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A large Georgian House set in 48 acres of grass land with large individually decorated rooms. Local produce breakfast included in room price. Ample parking for cars, cars with trailors and other large vehicles. We can accommodate an additional person in the double rooms, please enquire at time of booking ... more   less 
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