A very old and charming building the Smugglers seemed like a great find.
We had a single room which had a pull out extra bed and a door leading to the garden, which was brilliant because we could sit out until late in the evening and enjoy a glass of champagne or two!
For this reason we retired late but unfortunately we were told that we could only choose from two times for Breakfast, 9am or 9.15 am as they had guests sitting down in 15 minute intervals!
When we arrived at breakfast all the guests were sitting round a big table and we were obliged to make small talk.
I have spoken to a number of friends and family and we are all in agreement that breakfast time is not the time when one wants to be sociable and therefore I would like my own table.
Also for a Bank Holiday 9am is far too early most hotels/b&b will serve breakfast until 10.30am or even 11am.
The breakfast itself was very nice.
I would not want to stay here again unless the breakfast arrangements are changed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original part of Smugglers Cottage was built in 1540 and was two workman's cottages. These were knocked into one and the back part built on in the early 1900's. Many of the beams are from the timbers of a Spanish Galleon wrecked at St Albans Head. On curving beams of the drawing room door, the ship's plumb line has been used and, because of the salt absorbed from the sea all those many years ago, the wood is now as hard as ebony. When built, Smugglers Cottage was one of only five cottages on the heath and woodland and consequently was probably used as a natural way station for smugglers making their way inland from Poole Harbour. Here in the comfortable, well concealed building they would sort and share, quarrel and fight, drink and laugh without detection. Now Smugglers Cottage has been a Bed & Breakfast of sorts since the 1930's. The cottage is furnished with many antique pieces which Roger & I have collected over the past 40 years. We hope you will enjoy eating off our Victorian mahogany dining table. The beds are modern and we hope that you will get a very good nights sleep before joining the other guests for our locally sourced and freshly cooked to order breakfast. We have car parking at the rear of the property and during the summer we invite you to sit in the back garden before going out for your evenings entertainment. We do not have a bar but are happy to provide glasses, etc, should you wish to bring in your own alcoholic beverages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smugglers Cottage Ferndown, Dorset