I booked this cottage for my 90 year old parents and myself. When we arrived we were taken aback by the charm of this very old thatched cottage. The owners were very warm and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were cosy and decorated with interesting antique items which added to the charm. The beds were very comfortable and the ensuite adequate and clean. It is on a main road but the traffic noise did not disturb us. The breakfast was delicious. Homemade bread and a variety of hot dishes. I was so lucky to have found this little gem. I am booking this cottage again for my husband and myself.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Smugglers Cottage Ferndown, Dorset