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Smugglers Cottage
Ranked #3 of 4 Ferndown B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

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.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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smugglerscottage, Owner at Smugglers Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Dear Guests

Thank you for your review and we are sorry that you did not entirely enjoy your visit. Most people staying at Smugglers Cottage enjoy the communal experience of sitting at one big table, in fact you are only the second to make this comment in eleven years. We do realise that not everyone enjoys the same experience and sadly you are one of them. We are a small guest house which most of the time we run by ourselves. I like to cook all breakfasts to order and with the grills I use, I can really only do four to six breakfasts at one time and not wishing our guests to sit at the table waiting for too long we try to stagger the times. Even with a 9.15am breakfast, we rarely get out of the kitchen before 11.00am to start on the rooms which is difficult when guests need to book in early for weddings, parties, etc. I have never stayed in an establishment which carries on breakfast past 10.00am. I do hope that if you come to this area again you find somewhere more fitting to your needs.

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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We have just returned from another great stay at the Smugglers Cottage. As before we received a lovely welcome from Victoria and Roger the owners who can never do enough to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The cottage is warm and homely and retains all its charm and character. The breakfast is a must, excellent quality using all local produce and topped off with mouth watering home cooked bread. We will definately stop here again when we are visiting dorset.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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smugglerscottage, Owner at Smugglers Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2012

Thank you so very much for your wonderful review, it makes all the hard work worth while. We have enjoyed you staying with us again and look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 14 July 2012

If Roger and Victoria took part in one of the rating systems they probably wouldn't get too many stars. But that would be the fault of the systems themselves, which tend to favour blandness and uniformity above originality. There's nothing bland about Smugglers Cottage, from the thatched exterior to the interesting interior rooms crammed with antiques and nicknacks.

Our room was small, to the point of being cramped, but as we are not large people it was comfortable and we got a good night's sleep.. The owners, R&V, were the perfect hosts, and a pleasure to meet.

Add to that a very good breakfast in the morning, in an ideal location for exploring the New Forest, and they can have four stars from us anytime.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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smugglerscottage, Owner at Smugglers Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2012

Dear Guests

Thank you for your review, always very much appreciated. We are so pleased that you enjoyed staying at our cottage and for giving us your 4 stars. Very glad that you enjoyed your breakfast, we do try to source everything locally from good quality suppliers. We do hope that you will come again. Roger & Victoria

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Reviewed 16 June 2012

A cute and homely bed and breakfast ideally located for the best of Dorset.

The owners were very friendly. The room was cosy and comfortable. Breakfast quality was excellent. The location is perfect for exploring the New Forest and for the Dorset coast. We had a lovely stay and would definitely stay here again for our next trip to Dorset.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank djk1001
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smugglerscottage, Owner at Smugglers Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2012

Thank you for your wonderful review and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Come back and see us again very soon.

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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Smugglers Cottage is a wonderful place that has been sympathetically preserved with all of it's old English charm. This quirky and quaint cottage provided the perfect escape from hectic city life. The cottage is dotted with pretty and interesting artefacts and antiques. It was quite exciting to stay in a place with such mysterious history. The owners clearly love what they do and their passion for their cottage is reflected in excellent customer service and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. They even printed off local information for us as we were new to the area. They were friendly, welcoming and warm. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful, meaning we could ramble for hours without feeling hungry. Cosy, comfortable and very romantic, I would certainly recommend Smugglers Cottage for a peaceful and relaxing retreat.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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smugglerscottage, Owner at Smugglers Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2012

Dear Pandawatcher

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We enjoyed having you and introducing you both to the beauties of Dorset. We do hope that you will come back again.

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Reviewed 14 February 2012

We have just spent two nights in this wonderful cottage and we cannot recommend it too highly. Home from home with super hosts Roger and Victoria, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Thank you both so much.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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smugglerscottage, Owner at Smugglers Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2012

Dear Both

Thank you very much for your wonderful review and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay although. we do hope that you will return to Smugglers under happier circumstances one day.

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Reviewed 11 January 2012

We have stayed at Smugglers Cottage several times and have always enjoyed the warm hospitality, characteristic ambiance and delicious meals. Spending New Years was particularly special, as breakfast was exceptionally scrumptious with champagne and all the trims. Thank you Roger and Victoria for making our stay in UK so special. We look forward to enjoying your lovely home and friendly services again soon. The Brenzini family.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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smugglerscottage, Owner at Smugglers Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2012

Dear Barbara

It was a joy to welcome you all back to Smugglers Cottage for the New Year, please don't leave it too long before you visit us again.

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Additional Information about Smugglers Cottage

Address: 577 Wimborne Road East, Ferndown BH22 9NW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Ferndown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Ferndown
Price Range: £89 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Smugglers Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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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