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Oldfields Farm
Grantham, England, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Perfect!”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

We stayed at Oldfields Farm for our wedding anniversary and took our three month old daughter with us too. We stayed in Handels Muse, which is self catering and were so pleased with the standard of accommodation! Absolutely immaculate! Everything is thought of and provided, we even had roses and a card for our anniversary and the homemade scones were yummy! We found Oldfields Farm by chance on Google and glad we did.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Wirral
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

We stayed at Oldfields Farm for a double celebration weekend: a birthday on the Friday, and our wedding anniversary on the Sunday. We came across Oldfields Farm by chance and were lucky enough to be able to stay in the farmhouse B&B room. Over the years we have stayed at dozens of guest houses, B&Bs and hotels up and down the country and, indeed, internationally.We can honestly say that this was the warmest and friendliest welcome we have ever had - not only from Glyn and Jan, but also from their charming daughter, Lydia, and Jan's characterful parents who were staying there at the time.

Nothing was too much trouble, and they went out of their way to make the weekend special:
- We arrived quite a bit later than planned, but a delightful bottle of Buck's Fizz was waiting to greet us;
- We had arrived too late for our afternoon cream tea, so it was prepared for us the next day:
- A table was booked for us at a local restaurant and we were offered a lift to the meal;
- Our room and breakfast table were decorated with hearts and flowers (and Love Hearts sweets) for our anniversary etc etc.

Breakfast was a delight; we could have ordered a cooked meal if we had preferred, but, at five courses, it was perfect. For example, we had Greek yoghurt with edible lavender, croissants, cereal, artisan breads/toast with home made preserves (the black currant jam was delicious) and fresh fruits. Wow! Breakfast times were flexible, and Jan didn't blink an eye when we asked for a 9:30 start on the Sunday, even though checkout time was 10:00. In fact we were still chatting to members of the family at 11:30. Their hospitality was second to none.

In addition to everything detailed above, there were wellies, binoculars, guide books and maps etc available if necessary, all at no charge.

Our room was large with dual aspect and the whole farmhouse, which had been renovated by Glyn and Jan over many years to an extremely high standard, was decorated and furnished with exquisite taste. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bedding was beautiful. The large bathroom had a jacuzzi and a separate power shower.

The farm is set in the glorious Derbyshire countryside. What a place. What a lovely family. Everything conspired to make our special weekend extra special.

We cannot understand the person who wrote under the name of "the occupier" who complained about not getting a cooked breakfast. Why didn't he just ask? Had he not read the information on the website? We can't understand why he was so critical after Glyn and Jan had pulled him out of the mire (putting it politely) when he had left the organisation of his wife's birthday celebration to the last minute. Had he forgotten, we wonder? And as for giving a score of 3/5 for value - unbelievable!

Room Tip: To feel part of the family, choose the farmhouse B&B room. If you prefer a more intimate setting...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Don't expect a cooked breakfast.

Now Jan puts on a nice morning spread. We had wild raspberries freshly picked at 6am that morning (Jan doesn't sleep!) and freshly baked bread which, if you are a lover of a continental style breakfast, is superb.

But considering she runs a Five Star B&B, one would expect the option of a fried egg and a couple of rasher of bacon (maybe a sausage)? After all, who's heard of a B&B that doesn't do cooked breakfasts?

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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feathered_nester1, Owner at Oldfields Farm, responded to this review, 13 September 2012
What a great pity that the guests did not read our website with a little more care prior to making their reservation - a cooked breakfast was available for a small supplement using locally sourced ingredients and specially cured bacon at a neighbouring farm.
At no point during their stay was this ever mentioned nor asked for, but then again they seem not to have mentioned the fact that roses were sourced and provided for an otherwise forgotten birthday surprise for the lady. Coupled with our surprise birthday cake (with decorations) and glasses of bucks fizz (both gratis, we might add!) and the booking of several meals (alongside a subsequent cancellation thereof) we also offered free taxi services for the lady's special weekend. We are sincerely perplexed as to how we appear to not meet our guests' expectation of value in this case. We thank them for this feed-back but, put simply, how much more can we do?
Considering that the booking was made at 8am on the day of arrival after a sleepless non-stop overnight flight, we moved mountains to accommodate their numerous requests on all fronts, to such an extent that they wished to book a return visit for their anniversary two weeks later which we could not accommodate due to prior bookings. Sadly this is our worst review in 3 years of providing a first rate facility for our guests.
A HUGE thank you to those who value our 5 course breakfasts, we thoroughly (and humbly) appreciate all your comments.
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Perth
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We have just enjoyed a wonderful 2 days as guests of Jan, Glyn & Lydia (mummy's great little helper!). Our visit started with the warmest of welcomes to a home which has been lovingly created & enhanced with enough antiques for several 'Antiques Roadshows'. The location is idyllic, set in peaceful surroundings, the facilities are without peer & Jan's innovative breakfast creations reflect the care given to guests. Would love to return one day from our home in Australia & can unreservedly commend Oldfields Farm to any prospective guests.

Room Tip: We stayed in the B& B & enjoyed the experience.There are self catering options as well, but...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

What a wonderful week we have just had! Having read excellent reviews about Oldfields Farm, I was very excited when Jan confirmed that Handel's Muse (their small converted donkey shed!) was available for the week. The farm is in a beautiful and very accessible location with plenty of parking space. We were able to store our bikes in Glyn's garage and were free to wander about the farm and orchard at our leisure.

Glyn and Jan are both warm and welcoming, clearly very proud of their property having invested their hearts and souls into the development. And so they should-it is impressive in every aspect, outside is traditional and pristine, inside is a successful balance of traditional features (wooden beams and windows) and modern decor and furnishings including a modern kitchen complete with everything from a washing machine to a bottle opener! There's also an array of maps, leaflets and books about the local area and even a decent pair of binoculars!

As well as all this, Jan's knowledge of local walks, markets and eateries helped us to plan our week with great success and we discovered places we'd never knew existed!

We wouldn't hesitate on recommending Oldfields to anyone and will return without a shadow of a doubt! Don't miss it!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Our booking at Oldfields Farm was a long-planned reward for what we knew would be a grueling week beforehand. What a reward it was! A wonderful welcome on arrival, a couple of peaceful evenings, delightful company from Glyn, Jan, Lydia and the dogs - all in a gem of a setting. We were cosseted at breakfast and plied with delicious food including raspberries from the garden; we were able to borrow guide books, walking maps, binoculars; we were booked into a local pub for dinner and driven there by Glyn.... Not only was nothing too much trouble, everything was offered graciously and done with sincere warmth. We are already looking forward to an opportunity to visit again.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brum
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We found this wonderful house by chance and loved it so much we stayed an extra day and we will be back. The owners are wonderful and have created a house which is beautifully decorated, thoughtfully appointed and in the most wonderful location. Its only an hour from Birmingham but you could be in a different country hidden down quiet narrow lanes this is the ultimate get-away.

The owners know so much about the local area, from history, nature, antiques and good food that 3 days just was not enough time. They are so generous with their time and made us feel so very welcome. We rarely say this, but we will be back and very soon, there is just so much to do, see, enjoy but most of all its a wonderful way to rest.

We can't recommend this place enough and have told all our friends that before they look at travelling hundreds of miles to find a beauty spot why not look on their doorstep.

Room Tip: They have a B&B, and 3 self catered houses of various sizes. Handels Mews is great for couples.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Oldfields Farm
Address: Oldfields Farm Sides Lane, Snelston, Ashbourne DE6 2EN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Ashbourne > Snelston
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Snelston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Oldfields Farm 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the quiet River Dove valley, south of the pretty town of Ashbourne is Oldfields Farm Guesthouse incorporating 2 barns for self-catering use. Our lovingly restored accommodation features a mixture of contemporary and antique, offering guests a fabulous opportunity to relax in idyllic, oak beamed surroundings. Luxurious comfort, quality fittings and decoration throughout make Oldfields an ideal destination to relax and enjoy the countryside. A great base for sightseers, cyclists and ramblers alike. ... more   less 
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Oldfields Farm Snelston, Derbyshire

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