Our aim was to spend a few days recharging the batteries after a house move. Hindon Farm looked idyllic and the description promised much. Unfortunately it did not live up to expectation.
The location is stunning - two miles from Minehead but completely surrounded by hills with direct access to the coastal path - and the farmhouse picturesque. However it needs a thorough clean: dingy front door leading to a dirty interior (cobwebs, dust, dog hairs everywhere, including as an accompaniment to breakfast), doggy smell as the front door opened. Even the boxes of tea and other drinks provided looked as if they'd been around for a very long time.
The room, with a view over the farmyard to trees, had a comfortable, if squeaky, bed and the sheets were clean. But the furnishings were cheap, shabby and grubby, not stylish at all.
It was only on the final day of our stay that we managed to get the room serviced. This is the first time we have ever encountered room service as an option when staying in a B&B, even on a working farm.
Our pamper break got off to a poor start when the landlady contacted us two days before we were due to ask us to 'upgrade' to self-catering - no breakfast to be provided. We offered to cancel but were assured that it would be fine.Once there it rapidly became clear that we were in the way. We were offered the use of the Aga to dry walking gear but a request to borrow a hairdrier wasn't well received. Thee landlady told us off for using too much wood on the fire, even though it was her husband who had added the wood to the fire.
We were offered soup on our last evening, which as the weather was dreadful, we accepted. It came with a sausage each. The following morning we were asked for £7.50 each for the privilege.
We were asked to pay the balance of our holiday in cash and 'we didn't need a receipt, did we'.
All in all, oversold and overpriced. More off hand than hands off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Real Farm - Real Food - Relax.... Idyllic location on top award winning organic farm, luxury B&B 18th century farmhouse charm with 21st century style and comforts. Food Heros and Beautiful farm award winners. Choose Breakfast from - Homemade finest sausages,own bacon, fresh baked bread, eggs from our chickens, own muesli, fresh fruit & yogurt, also specials. Many farm animals, wonderful walks direct form the door to the coast path and moor, relax in our outdoor Hot Tub bubbles. ... more less