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“"jewel in the crown B&B"”
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Longbarn House
Ranked #30 of 45 Dorchester B&B and Inns
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“"jewel in the crown B&B"”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

stayed with Mark and Anya in April, for a friends birthday celebration, rooms are to a very high standard and very comfortable.Excellent breakfast, nothing was too much trouble, very welcoming atmosphere..All in all, fabulous weekend, home from home accommodation. Would definitely return, and sample Anja"s and Marks excellent hospitality again. Thank you both. Phil & Lisa Lane.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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mswire, Owner at Longbarn House, responded to this review, 22 May 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you had a great time. Hopefully see you all again when Darren has another big bash :)
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Anya
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

We stayed here for two nights in October and Anya and her family could not have been more welcoming. Our room and en suite were thoughtfully decorated and spotlessly clean. We felt unhurried and very at home; it was like staying with friends.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

You have to wonder whether reviewer BrianH_10 could be happy anywhere. This was our second stay here (fast becoming an annual event). No complaints whatsoever. Rooms are to a high standard and beautifully done-up. Anja and Mark treat you like one of the family. A really relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Great breakfast, wonderful night's sleep. Price perfectly acceptable. All in all, would certainly recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2011

We found this little B&B on Google maps and when we read the rave reviews here on Tripadvisor we just had to stay. We were not disappointed. We were staying for a friend’s wedding and even though Mark & Anya were not officially open till next month they were very kind and allowed us to stay. The rooms are not huge but we didn’t expect that from a barn conversion anyway, however they were beautifully done out and very elegant. The breakfast was fantastic and the company was great. Anya made us feel so welcome and at home. The cup of tea on arrival was most welcome and dropping us off at the venue so we didn’t have to pay for a taxi twice was really kind. Would totally recommend for a mini break, we will be back.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 October 2010

In a very peaceful location in the heart of Hardy country & close to other Dorset attractions. Self contained small bedrooms,very clean& tidy & made very welcome .
Great breakfasts with choice provided . All in all a very relaxing place to stay at reasonable cost & hope to visit again when next in area.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Calne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

We (self & wife and a friend, all seasoned B&B users) must have caught Anya at a bad time if other reviewers are to be believed!! We were booked in for three nights to celebrate a 65th birthday, and had telephoned during the first afternoon to tell Anya roughly what time we expected to arrive, but we were welcomed by her mother, who just happened to be visiting - Anya was collecting her daughter from nursery! The mother showed us briefly to our rooms and then left us to it. Anya herself didn't have much to say when she finally showed up: she offered us no introduction to the house, and no welcoming cuppa; there was no milk on the "tea & coffee making facilities" trays in the rooms so we couldn't even make ourselves a drink until we'd asked for some; her mother had already said, in an abrupt reply to a question from one of us, that there was no guest lounge, but there was no seating to speak of in the rooms either, so there was nowhere to relax unless one sat on the beds; no mention was made of where breakfast would be served, and no questions as to what we would like or at what time; so already alarm bells were ringing.......

But at least Anya warned us off the local "gastro pub" which she said was over-priced and not that good, and sent us instead to The New Inn in the neighbouring village of West Knighton, run by a friend of hers. The establishment is a bit rustic and "spit and sawdust", but we were made very welcome and had an excellent meal, so we returned to our B&B quite happy.

The rooms themselves were comfortable enough, and spotlessly clean, though the bathrooms were a bit cramped. We all slept well, as the village itself is pretty and quiet; but the usual B&B cooking smells of bacon and sausages were missing when we awoke, and the kitchen was totally deserted when we went in search of our breakfast at 8:30. Anya's mother appeared when we called out, and she alerted Anya - who was, it turned out, about to go out to take her small daughter to nursery school! She hastily asked us what we wanted for breakfast, got out the right numbers of eggs, rashers, sausages etc., dragged a single packet of locally made muesli-type cereal from a cupboard (no selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurt etc. on a side table as one usually expects to see), and then went, leaving her mother to cook our breakfasts on a new-fangled cooker that she had never even used before! Mother tried hard, and eventually produced a fairly acceptable breakfast, but her fried eggs were not good - two were under-done and jelly-like, and she broke the third one, which she had to serve because she had no idea where to find another one to replace it! We also had to ask specifically for tea, coffee and toast, otherwise we wouldn't have got any!

We eventually started our first full day's exploration of Dorset well behind schedule, but we had a great day and returned to the B&B at around 5:30pm to make a cuppa and then get washed, changed and rested before going out for an evening meal. But we found that once again there was no milk on the trays in the rooms - and the beds were still unmade!

Thinking that Anya and her mother had each assumed that the other would make our beds, I tracked down Anya (who claimed not to have heard us come in, even though we had passed within feet of her sitting room), asked her for some milk for our teas, and then mentioned to her about the beds not having been made - thinking only that I was pointing out a small oversight. Her reply was "I DON'T EVER MAKE BEDS!" so I told her that in every B&B we had ever been in for more than one night, even the least expensive ones (which hers certainly isn't) our beds had always been made, and that we did not usually have to ask for milk, either. This seemed to upset her unduly: she accused us of being "pernickity" and said we seemed to be expecting four-star hotel standards from her "one of the cheaper ones" B&B. We pointed out that we were simply expecting what we always got as a rule from B&Bs charging the kind of rates she charged - which, we told her, also normally included breakfasts cooked and served by our hostess at a pre-arranged time. This prompted Anya to say that we were "trouble" and that as it was clear she would not be able to meet our "unreasonable" expectations we should perhaps move to another B&B more suited to our needs To her credit, she did not simply throw us out, but made a phone call and then gave me the number of a competitor who, she said, had rooms available. I called, and we then transferred to Higher Came Farmhouse, which has a 4-star AA rating and was able to provide us with exactly the kind of B&B experience we are used to, at a price only £10 a night more than Anya's for the three of us!

SUMMARY: A nice little B&B in a pretty and quiet village, but over-priced and with very poor facilities and service. Keep looking - there are much better and friendlier places around the area at similar prices.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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mswire, Owner at Longbarn House, responded to this review, 24 September 2010
We are sorry Mr & Mrs H did not have the experience they were expecting from us during their stay. As noted on all our advertising material we are a family run B&B running two rooms from our family home and make no mention of a lounge area being available (rooms do have a chair in each). As a family you would expect us to have children and with that also comes responsibility for them. Despite this we ensure that guests are welcomed and receive breakfast by a trusted person on the rare occasion that we personally cannot meet and greet or provide breakfast. We do not feel that who cooks your breakfast (so long as it is well cooked and served politely) is a valid reason for a complaint and our rates remain competitive in the local area.

On arrival you are taken through our farmhouse kitchen which is the first room you enter from the B&B where breakfast is served and all our previous guests have readily understood this is where breakfast is served. We do and did offer the H’s a selection of 6 different cereals and all guests do receive tea and coffee as well as orange juice and a full cooked breakfast as part of their stay.

We provide fresh local milk in the rooms as opposed to plastic wrapped UHT and as such cannot leave the milk in the rooms all day, as it will go off. We endeavour to provide a jug on arrival or shortly afterwards, on this occasion the H’s immediately asked for the milk before it being delivered to the room.

This was our first experience of guests not being happy in three years of running the B&B. It became obvious to us that we were not compatible and made every effort to get you relocated to a local establishment more suited to your expectations and we are glad you were happy with those arrangements.

On a final note, the H’s on departure did leave one of our doors in the B&B with direct access to the main road through the village wide open which we did not see until a neighbour came to alert us sometime afterwards. Even ignoring the security implications of this we were heartily disappointed that they could be so callous and thoughtless as to risk our 3 year old running out into the main road.
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Harpenden
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

I agree that this place should stay a well kept secret!. We had a delightful two nights staying with Anya. We felt like house guests and Anya was such good company. The room was lovely and comfortable and the bathroom spotlessly clean. Excellent breakfast too. We also ate at the local gastro pub which is not to be missed. Definitely hope to return. Wi-fi was really appreciated too.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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mswire, Owner at Longbarn House, responded to this review, 24 September 2010
Thank you so much for a lovely review of our B&B Longbarn House, you were most welcome guest and we hope to see you again in lovely Dorset
Kind regards
Anya
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Property: Longbarn House
Address: Barton Mews | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8UB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Dorchester
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Ranked #30 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Dorchester
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Number of rooms: 2
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Welcome to Longbarn House Bed & Breakfast, ideally situated in the heart of Hardy country, West Dorset, close to the Jurassic Coast and just 2 miles from Dorchester. Mark and Anya invite you to stay in their family home, Longbarn House, in West Stafford and offer a warm and relaxed atmosphere for all their guests (including children and dogs). ... more   less 
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