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“Doggy friendly. A little gem of a hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant

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Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Taunton
Certificate of Excellence
Battle, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Doggy friendly. A little gem of a hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I had The Farthings recommended to me by the Ash hotel in Martock as they were full for the date required. When I phoned The Farthings they were also full but later phoned to say there had been a cancellation.
When My partner, Dog and I arrived we couldn't believe our luck. Its a beautiful quiet spot. Very laid back, just what we wanted.
Food was scrumptious and we dined alfresco in the front garden. Staff were attentive but not in our face. Perfect.
A wonderful stay. I think we shall be back!

Room Tip: We had Fern room. A sunny bright room at the front of the building. The road is outside but the nigh...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sarahleighbob
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FarthingsHotel, General Manager at Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Thank you for your lovely words, so pleased we could finally accommodate you and delighted that you enjoyed. We much look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon

Best wishes

John
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Arundel, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stayed here this Friday night, & wished we had booked more....our bedroom, the Garden Room, was delightful airy, spacious and very comfortable, bathroom excellent. The day and evening was very sultry and enabled us to move slowly. Its quaint, quirky and comfortable, not modern clean and streamlined, Staff are not high in evidence but someone always comes when needed, gardens back and front, beautifully tended, Tea and Coffee or anything you want available anywhere anytime. Peacocks, Dogs, puppies, Ducks are all a part of this delightful small country house experience. We had booked dinner which was locally sourced and beautifully presented. IF any slight detriment could be placed on this obviously enthusiastic chef it is that there were too many vegetables, thus detracting from the main selection. Excellent service and super choices. Everything where possible is home grown, or home made and the wine list is extremely adequate. Farthings is centrally placed yet totally off the beaten track its a must find, must stay at, if you want to relax eat well and ready yourself for whatever is to follow. We will definitely return, and soon...

Room Tip: Rooms on the front of the House will be quieter as the ducks peacocks and chickens do awaken early...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank kasieharry
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FarthingsHotel, General Manager at Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you for your exceedingly kind words and we very much hope that when we see you next, perhaps you will stay for longer?

Very best wishes
Team Farthings
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Twin room was very spacious with small sofa, big TV and ample storage space. Beds were comfortable and attractively dressed. Evening meal was excellent and although we hadn't booked and the restaurant was full we were accomodated in the bar area. Delicious breakfast with above average cooked items and a toaster that really worked! Service was very friendly and helpful. Only criticism - peacocks, geese and dogs can be noisy.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Barbara P
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FarthingsHotel, General Manager at Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
So pleased you enjoyed and delighted to see your lovely review - the team will indeed be proud

Best wishes

John
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

I was given a voucher for afternoon tea for my birthday. The hotel is very homely and sweet and is in a beautiful location.
A very nice chap showed us to a room with a bar and asked us if we wanted tea or coffee. I thought we would be taken to a dining room but they came back with the food and so we ended up sat at a very low table trying to eat our food....a bit uncomfortable. I assumed this was where they served the afternoon tea!

I waited for the nice chap to come back as he had promised to top up our tea and bring butter etc but....no chap came back. We eventually went looking for him but could not find him....or anyone else!

Eventually he turned up but we had finished by then and were ready to leave.

At that point another couple came in for afternoon tea. They were offered the garden and several other places to have their tea! We were just plonked in the bar with no options offered at all.

The sandwiches were lovely. The lemon cake lovely. Scone was lovely. Apricot pastries were straight from the oven but burnt on the bottom :(

The tea could have been such a lovely treat and we would have come back apart from feeling like the unwanted lepers in the front room! I'd even worn a nice dress!

We left without seeing anyone, got in the car and decided to go somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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2 Thank nickyinspace
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FarthingsHotel, General Manager at Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback. I am surprised to hear that you could not find a team member, they are usually very attentive. As for the location of afternoon tea, you are welcome to sit anywhere you wish, you need but ask. If you do not state a preference, we will make a suggestion for you. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the sandwiches and the caked and scones. The pastries as you quite correctly mention are indeed freshly baked and it is infact the sugars that caramelize, it is not actually burned pastry that you experienced

Best wishes

John
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Langport
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51 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

My wife and i booked for a one night Travel Zoo deal, bed breakfast and evening meal. Our room was a very good size and overlooked the rear courtyard and part of the rear garden. They have their own fruit trees and bushes, tomatoes and vegetables growing in the garden, they also have chickens guinea fowl, ducks and geese all used in the restaurant. For dinner we both chose from the specials menu and had a mixed fish starter followed by calves liver, pink & tender. Wine was reasonable priced.
Breakfast was continental with cereals, toast, fresh and dried fruit from the garden, cold cured pork and cheese. Full English could be had for a supplement.
All in all a very enjoyable and relaxing stay, It's close enough to us to go for dinner it's just who draws the short straw and has to drive.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank jiverjones
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FarthingsHotel, General Manager at Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 20 July 2014
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed so much. Thank you for a lovely review. Hope too see you again soon, either for a short break or for dinner

Best wishes

Team Farthings
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Booked an overnight stay for a client meeting which we wanted away from the usual Travellodge horrors. What a find! Genuinely helpful staff - fab rooms and lovely informal atmosphere. Good food and wine. And all run by a Scottie dog! Great value for money.

Stayed July 2014
Helpful?
3 Thank Mike T
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FarthingsHotel, Manager at Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Hello. Actually I'm a West Highland Terrier, not a Scottie. Similar I know. Anyway, I don;t run the place, I just own it. !!!!! I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit, we hope we will see you again soon and if you are passing, please do remember to bring me a bone.

Best wishes

Aonghas
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sussex. uk
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32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

We decided that on our way to Cornwall we'd break up the journey with a nights stay at the Farthings Country House Hotel. We easily found the hotel located in a small pretty village and opposite the village hall and playing fields not far from the A303. The peace and quiet was evident as we arrived and parked the car in an ample sized car park to the front and side of the hotel.

We had booked a nights stay in one of the Master bedrooms that included breakfast and dinner. Check-in was soon done and we were helped with our bags to the Garden Room. On our way it was pointed out where things were including the fridge on the landing that housed fresh milk and things to use as we wish.

The room was plentiful in size and had a suitably sized bed to match (which was very comfy). There were the usual amenities of tea / coffee with a couple of packs of welcoming biscuits, which helped stave off hunger until dinner that was booked for 8pm. The bathroom was very big indeed and had a powerful shower over the bath. Nice individual furniture was in the room and throughout the hotel, which gave it the feel like we were staying with friends and not a hotel.

The Garden Room as you would expect overlooked the garden and offered a slight glimpse out across the village playing field; it was light and airy with large windows and deep sills to add to the feeling of space. Outside hung Wisteria partially covering windows which really gave it the garden feel (a collared dove also enjoyed his position in the wisteria and liked to make himself heard!!!). The only downside about the room was that it was located over the room where breakfast was served and at 7.30am we were woken by music being played (though I have to say when we got down to breakfast it didn't seem overly loud so it must be down to the location of the speakers that made the base sounds travel up into the room so much - not great if your hoping to have a lie in......more on the music later!!!)

We ventured out and had a walk around the beautifully planted gardens and walked briefly up the 'village road' to see the area, all of which were suitably pleasant.

Dinner at 8.00 started with pre-drinks in the bar area, which is located on the ground floor just off from the main entrance. A nice enough area with background music playing to keep one amused. Drinks were priced as one comes to expect nowadays. We were offered the menu and made our choices before being shown to our table and as we hadn't yet finished our drinks these were brought with us into the dining room. Which is where our first issue with the Farthings happened....on being seated at the table the wine glasses were immediately whisked away without any chance to order from the wine list (rather odd as I thought hotels made some good money on a decent bottle), that said we had had a drink in the room before going down to dinner and as we were driving the next day decided not to have wine; even so odd not to be offered.

The meal was divine and I can heartily recommend the pork Farthings gets from their local butcher; without doubt one of the most flavourful cuts I've ever had! Service was reasonably good, though why we were shown to our table then had a 15 minute wait before being served was a little unusual. The menu is based around home grown and local sourced products and offered a wide choice.

In the dining room music was in the form of Robbie Williams / crooners played on what seemed a rather short loop as I'm sure we heard the same tracks more than twice during our meal.

The nights sleep was restful and though the hotel is located on the road running through the village we were not disturbed too much by traffic (though the dove had other ideas as dawn!).

Breakfast again was good and here is our real main gripe.....the same loop of music was playing yet again. Don't get me wrong Robbie Williams / Frank Sinatra et al all produced some great music but there's only so many times you can put up with it! Service was also slightly lacking - on having our full English breakfast delivered to the table we asked for some ketchup and it took another request for ketchup before it arrived, by which time over half of my slowly eaten breakfast had already been consumed. A note about the cooked breakfast - once again the kitchen staff produced a good tasteful meal to get the day off to a good start.

We left the hotel, waving goodbye to the dove on the way and considered our stay was nice and could have been better had a few things not been an issue:

Wine with dinner - the list said they had some but did they really????
Music - if I'd of known I could have offered some of my top 40 cassettes I'd taped off the radio a few years ago!
Service - (condiments) the waitress said they had some but did they have to wait for the tomatoes to grow before being able to serve????

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank misaps
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FarthingsHotel, Director of Sales at Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Sir,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to not only write your review but also for your kind words in regards to the hotel and the food. We strive to ensure all our guests are pampered and enjoy all the elements of there stay.

In regards to the wine glasses being taken, this was due to the fact you weren't drinking wine of course if you wanted to switch drinks we would have been more than happy to replace them.

Lastly in response to the Marc our Resturant managers music choices, I can tell you John has taken him outside and given him a good thrashing and told him to put more of a selection on.

We look forward to seeing you again

Regards

Shaun
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Property: Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Village Road | Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton TA3 6SG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Taunton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Taunton
#4 Family Hotel in Taunton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Farthings Country House Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Delightful Country House Hotel. The building dates from 1762 and carries many of it's original fetures. Delightful, individually decorated rooms, lovely restaurant offering the best of locally sourced & seasonal produce, log fires by winter and lovely gardens by summer. ... more   less 
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