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Farthingloe Farm B & B
Ranked #22 of 38 Dover B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Once you find the place (they have a very large sign, but you see it too late when you are heading toward Dover) you'll arrive to an isolated Georgian House, WOW effect granted !

Jane and Dirk offered us a cup of tea with some biscuits, asked us about the trip and showed us the room. Thanks to Jane's kind explanation, we reserved the "Canterbury Suite", an AMAZING enormous room ! Pictures speak for themselves, it's simply wonderful ! The only two drawbacks is that there is no way to close your room (I know... when I found out I had 5 seconds of panic) and the internet connection didn't work (you couldn't connect due to a bad signal since the receiver was too far).

The (full english) breakfast was great, cooked at the moment and served on a dedicated wing of the house).

The price was high (being in Dover, less than average if compared with London),

Room Tip: If you need an internet connection, Canterbury Suite it's not for you, even if it's wonderfu...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We stayed in this B & B for one night as a stop over before crossing to Calais. We stayed in a family style room (two inter-connecting bedrooms). We had a friendly welcome with tea and cake when we arrived, which was pleasant. There is also ample parking, free WiFi and B&B is close to Dover. Unfortunately this is where the good stuff finishes. Bad points as below:

- No key to let yourself in, constantly had to ring the bell even when just popped out to the car.
- Beds VERY uncomfortable.
- There was tea & coffee in the bedroom but no milk. When we asked for some sachets of milk, the ones we were provided with had gone off and tasted foul.
- We were given our own bathroom across the hall, but when we went to use it in the morning, one of the larger family rooms had used our bathroom as well as their own, the shower was therefore not clean. Admittedly this is not the B & B's fault but perhaps this should have been made clearer to the other family.
- General cleanliness was somewhat lacking. We also found a very disgusting tea towel left on the window ledge in one of our rooms (I hope it was used to mop up condensation from the single glazed windows and not to wipe the cups out).
- Odd and quite ugly fluorescent office style lighting in all the rooms.
- No TV in the bedrooms.
- Advertised as rural however there is a busy road close by which gives constant traffic noise.

However our BIGGEST issue was the lack of locks on the bedroom doors (as stated by previous reviewers). I am not sure what the reasoning for this is. It is not only insecure in respect of your belongings, but also in terms of sleeping easily at night. We had two bedrooms linked by double doors inside the room, but they also each had their own door in to the hall.
If I had been a parent with a young child sleeping in the room next door, I would not have been comfortable, as anyone can enter the room from the hallway unknown to the parents. Please bear this in mind if you have children. Whilst I am aware this makes me sound paranoid, you have no idea who else is staying in the B & B, and with respect, neither do the proprietors.

In summary, probably fine for a one night stay before using the ferry/tunnel crossing but would certainly not recommend for longer stays. I hope the owners read this and previous reviews and address the security concerns of their visitors.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

No locks on the bedroom doors! What's that about?!
No television or radio in the room - why?
Room not refreshed, bed not made during stay. Damp towels not replaced.
Not given key to let ourselves in.
Feel it's over-priced for service provided.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KevP13_13
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

My hubby booked this for a weekend getaway for the family. Derek and Jane are warm and welcoming and are as friendly as you want them to be (we sat and had a few chats with them throughout our 2 night stay).

In response to the facilities: It is an older home (1800's if I can remember correctly and remodeled while the tunnels were being constructed), so yes you could say some "interesting features, but that's what gives this B&B its character. If you are looking for "modern" decor then you are missing the point of this lovely B&B....its history.

Room servicing was not necessary for us, but I'm sure if you needed towels, etc, a friendly request would have probably been all that was needed.

Yes, the locks were a little "weird" to be without, but after being there and chatting with the owners, I never felt a need to lock them in my vehicle to secure....(my husband left his laptop and my kids left there games electronics out with ZERO issues).

Could the mattress be replaced. Yes. But did we still sleep well? Yes.

Overall, our family had a GREAT experience and would DEFINITELY come back again when revisiting the area.

For our family we can simply overlook less modern conveniences for more personable hosts, quietness, and PLENTY of parking and trails up to the cliffs of Dover at the entrance to this lovely little B&B.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We couldn't agree more with everything said in the 2 previous reviews. Our hosts were charming and very chatty over a welcome cup of tea when we arrived. We were the only guests on the day of arrival but were put into an attic room for a 3-night stay. We were warned not to be alarmed as there was a mad crow that sometimes threw itself at the roof window (which had no blind)! As we are both elderly, the prospect of hauling our luggage 2 floors up the narrow, curved staircase was somewhat daunting, though we were given some help. Our room was, in fact, 'en suite', though the latter was extremely cramped. The shower was adequate but the hand basin was not big enough in which to wash a mouse, let alone anything else, with no space for toilet articles. This, as well as the fluorescent lighting previously mentioned, can be explained by the fact that the building and parkland was once used for offices and temporary units by the company building the Channel Tunnel. We were also very uneasy about the lack of lock on our bedroom door. Cleanliness was somewhat lacking but the thing that rather shocked us both was that this was the ONLY B&B in which we have EVER stayed where the rooms were not serviced at all during our stay. No bed made, no bins emptied no cleaning attempted. The plentiful, off-road, parking, was appreciated. Breakfast on our last morning was positively swimming in fat. This would be a reasonable place to stay overnight and leave one's car when cruising from Dover. We could not recommend longer stays.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

My mum and I stayed here for 2 nights in June (once before our crossing to Calais and once after we'd returned to Dover before driving back to Scotland). Jane and Derek are the friendliest hosts you could ask for! As soon as we arrived they invited us into the living room, offered us a lovely cup of tea and home-made fruit cake (much needed after a 10 hour journey!) and organised breakfast. They very kindly agreed to provide breakfast at 6am on the first morning and although I didn't manage to eat a full English, it looked and smelled amazing! On the second morning we had to sneak out at 4am and Jane even provided us with a packed breakfast to take away with us - totally unexpected and a really lovely thing to do! Jane and Derek are both really friendly and interesting to have a chat with. They were also very accommodating when we arrived and left at odd hours of the night/morning, which was much appreciated.

The house itself is full of charming little details that really make a difference. The two rooms that we stayed in were both decorated differently and it was lovely to see such homely variation rather than a place where every room looks exactly the same. The little details also extend to the living room and dining room, where things like tablecloths and little pouches to keep boiled eggs warm really made a difference. There is plenty of space available for parking, which was brilliant for us because we were in a big van and it would have been extremely difficult to park if we had opted for one of the B&Bs along the main roads in Dover. The house is in a perfect location for driving to the ferry terminal - only took us about 10 minutes. Great to be able to roll out of bed and straight onto the ferry!

In response to criticism from others: there was absolutely nothing wrong with either of the mattresses that I slept on! I had a fantastic night's sleep on both occasions and couldn't have asked for a cosier bed. If you decide to go for a room without en-suite, the walk to the bathroom is no distance at all! The lights in the bedrooms are not a problem. They are very bright - this is because the house was previously used as a site office - but they don't do any harm. We actually had no reason to use the main lights and just used the lamps on the bedside tables. Easy solution!

All in all this is a very friendly B&B with plenty of character! I would very much recommend this place for anybody looking for a good night's sleep (and a great breakfast!) in Dover.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Jane and her husband are very nice and attentive hosts who make you feel very welcome. So it's a bit difficult to say something bad, but there are major problems. The biggest one of all is the lousy quality of the mattresses. Since experiences in youth hostels in the 80s, I haven't slept on anything half as horrible. Please get some better ones! One can feel every spring. Another issue is that you can't lock your room. If you want to leave an iPad or camera in the room to load while you are not in the room, you don't feel good about it. You also don't get a key for the front door and have to ring as a consequence.

If you mainly look for friendly people, you're in the right place, if you care more for a good night's sleep, try somewhere else.

Room Tip: Friendly, but not as comfortable as one might wish
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Farthingloe Farm B & B

Address: Great Farthingloe Farm Folkestone Road, Dover CT15 7AA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Dover
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Dover
Price Range: £65 - £100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Farthingloe Farm B & B 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A large Georgian House set in 48 acres of grass land with large individually decorated rooms. Local produce breakfast included in room price. Ample parking for cars, cars with trailors and other large vehicles. We can accommodate an additional person in the double rooms, please enquire at time of booking ... more   less 
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