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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I simply cannot say enough nice things about Kate's Farm - From our initial enquiry earlier in the year, through the booking process, to our amazing time there this past week, Kate went above and beyond in every area.

Our party consisted of my wife and I, a close friend, and our 3 sausage dogs. It is always potentially difficult to travel with your dogs - many places that claim to be dog-friendly are at best dog-tolerant. Kate's Farm would be better described as dog loving! - Immediately upon our arrival she took the time to welcome the dogs and learn their names and who was staying with who. There was water put down and treats offered right away, and the dogs were made to feel at home from the moment we arrived. Kate has 3 lovely dogs herself called Mayze, Bob and Fearne, and they were introduced to our dogs and we even were invited to go on a walk together with them around some lakes that are close to the farm. It would be impossible to be any more dog friendly than that. On our final day there we wanted to go for lunch at the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster, who do not allow dogs, and Kate was nice enough to offer her services as a dog sitter while we went. This was after we had checked out too! The funny thing is, it never felt as though we were 'checking in' or 'checking out' - it just felt like we were staying with friends or family. It was that comfortable right from the outset.

My wife and I stayed in the garden room, which opens out directly onto the lovely garden, which is of course perfect for traveling with dogs. The room is lovely, clean and has everything you need. En suite shower room with a great power shower - separate toilet and a nice make up table and chair. There was also tea and coffee making facilities and a small fridge with room enough for a few cans or small bottles. In addition there was a nice electric heater and available plug sockets for charging laptops/phones etc. Kate also offers wi-fi and the connection was easy and the speed nice and fast.

Right off of our room was the lounge area with leather sofas, dinning tables (where breakfast is served), a great natural wood burning fire, and a TV connected to all the standard freeview channels. One of the nights we were there we went to a local store and brought back our own picnic type food which we enjoyed at the dining room tables in the lounge. It was just like being in our own homes and anything we needed we simply had to ask. Nothing was a problem.

Breakfast is served each morning with a varied choice including full english, Eggs. Kippers etc - All the food was excellent - eggs fresh from the farm - home-made jams and marmalades - everything you could want. And you could have it at whatever time you wanted.

We are already starting to plan another trip to Kate's farm, and will likely take more of our friends with us, both human and doggie... There is so much to do in the area that 3 days wasn't nearly enough.

If you are staying in this area, or just passing through, I highly recommend that you stay with Kate - you will be glad you did!

Room Tip: All rooms are great - We stayed in the garden room which is probably the best choice if you are traveling with dogs as it opens directly onto the garden. The large family room would be best if you are traveling with children as it has more open space and great bunk beds.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

When you think of the average soulless experience of going to an impersonal hotel - where you probably can't take your dogs anyway - and where you would be paying, at the very least, equal or more than £75 per room per night, it's a treat to discover places like Kate's Farm exist.
Situated conveniently close to A35 routes, serving Dorset to the East and Devon/Cornwall to the West, but in the heart of the countryside, the farmhouse is the epitomy of 500 year old charm. From the two-foot thick stone walls to the enormous walk-in fireplace and stone-flagged floors it's authenticity is complimented by Kate's style in furnishings, fabrics and artworks which adorn every nook and cranny. The glass collection alone is fascinating!
We felt welcomed by Kate, Ed and the dogs and felt 'settled in' within minutes.
It was especially good to have the garden room where our dog could stay in the room with us and have direct access to the garden should he have needed to go out during the night without disturbing others.
The room, with it's own seperate shower room and ensuite lavatory, was warm and very comfortably furnished.
On our return from an excellent pub meal at the Harbour Inn Axemouth (beetroot to die for!) we arrived back at Kate's to find the other guests and Kate having a scrabble marathon. We stayed for a drink (or several) chatting away until the early hours. It didn't feel like a B+B at all but more like staying with old friends.
After a delicious breakfast, fresh and hot, there was just time for a tour round the outhouses which housed farm implements from centuries back. It was like a Thomas Hardy film set.
The whole experience was pleasant and welcoming and would give any visitor a taste of rural England at its best.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank bensontheboxer
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We had a great two night stay here in this lovely, characterful farmhouse. We had the smaller family room with a double bed and bunkbeds for our two young sons and there was plenty of space.

Kate was great with the boys and they adored her three dogs.

It was really peaceful and we the location was ideal for our fossil hunting trip on Charmouth Beach.

Breakfast was lovely as well as leisurely.

Kate's very friendly and offered us a glass of wine in the evening which was much appreciated. She also plays a mean game of Scrabble - you have been warned!

Overall, this is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Judy M
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I booked kate,s farm a few months back, only because of all the good feed back I have been reading. as you can tell by my title, I work as a project manager builder in godalming (the manor house ) and I am very fussy person,
On arrival to kates farm this 500yrs old or more farm was exactly as I imagined This amazing farm had quirky feature's like slanted door frames sloping floors and of course the open fire place,This was just a warm welcoming place to stay.
The children where welcomed by 3 lovely small dogs , BOB FERN,MAISY Child friendly
THE FAMILY ROOM
This room was perfect for all of us clean and tidy,
we had one small problem was when the sink in the bathroom came loose and as such a good builder as I am, I offered to repair this for kate s as she had gone the extra mile for us,
BREAKFAST
this was wonderful. pre, order the night before,
NOW! the sausages are to die for, it was everything we expected and more.
well done kate
will be seeing very soon

Jeyson. Susan. Charlie, Rachel

Room Tip: this is a very old place so please do not expect a modern place this is over 500yrs old and is wonderful, if you like farm and rural life this is for you quiet all round enjoy
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jeyson
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stayed in early August and were looking for a place with character and space. We found it. Kate and Ed and the dogs gave us a great welcome. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it was wonderful to have the run of the big garden. Superb breakfasts and a great peaceful location for touring the area which has loads to offer. We would love to come back again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Neil D
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