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Cross Oaks Farmhouse
Ranked #16 of 19 Romsey B&B and Inns
Cambridgeshire
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great weekend stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

We have recently returned from a weekend stay at Cross Oaks Farmhouse. This charming property offers total relaxation, peace and quiet in the heart of the countryside. We arrived at the correct check in time and were received courteously by Penny the owner and her daughter. We were shown to our room which was a lovely room to the front of the house with views over the fields full of horses. The room had a canopied bed, a delightful fireplace with log burning stove, and all facilities were available. The en-suite shower room was well appointed with toileteries provided and warm fluffy towels. The evening we spent in the large oak beamed lounge watching plasma TV in front of the gorgeous log burning stove sited in an enormous inglenook fireplace. After a peaceful nights sleep in the very comfortable bed we awoke to the sound of horses clip clopping down the lane leading to the fields. Breakfast was awesome, full menu available. Couldn't have been better. Do not come here if you are expecting a glitzy city type hotel - it is unique with a charm of it's own.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

We stayed here after our day trip to Peppa Pig World and Paultons Park with my husband, four year old and 19 month old. We were really impressed with the farmhouse and the level of service. On our way to the theme park we received a call from Penny the owner to ask about our stay and if we had any dietary requirements, and to make sure we new where we were going. I thought this was an excellent personal touch. We stayed in the family room which has a seperate room for the children, which they loved, equiped with a TV and dvd player and books and soft toys which made them feel at home. The farmhouse was very clean and comfortable. It was very peaceful and our stay was great. We had nice soft towels, and our bed was huge and very comfortable. Breakfast was excellent, a great choice of hot full english, to cereal and toast for the children. Penny even bought Peppa Pig yogurts for our children, which went down very well!! I'm not sure why there are negative reviews about this place, as far as we're concerned it beats staying on some sterile chain of hotels. It's an old farmhouse full of charm, yet comfortable and cosy and peaceful. Nothing negative to say at all! We would stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

We arrived in the morning and found the check in time is indeed non negotiable (as mentioned by another reviewer) so we were not able to check in before 4pm but we went on to the New Forest for lunch and walks. When we came back later that afternoon, we found the family suite a lot larger than we expected, split level with one door for security. The children loved having their separate room with twin beds and their own tv / dvd. The bathroom is modern with a large shower, double basins and a very large towel warmer / radiator which kept lovely, thick white towels (bath sheets) warm. The cooked Breakfast was very tasty with good quality coffee. As already mentioned, it IS a working farm / stables and a charming 600year old building, not boutique B&B, so i'd say its better suited for families with children rather than a romantic couples getaway.

  • Stayed October 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2011

Really enjoyed our stay here and being Londoners was nice to get out of the smog and mix it with some livestock and be close to farmland.
It is (quite literally) horses for courses. The house is a former pub 600 years of age and is set among stables as the owners look after horses and help rescue animals.
A previous reviewer has stated that the place had portakabins and smelt - this is true but many of those living in the other accommodation are workers/helpers and you are in the country after all!
Breakfast was excellent and the family very welcoming and friendly.
Had no idea that Florence Nightingale was buried in a cemetary within walking distance of the farmhouse - the church there is 10 centuries old and is always kept open. I would recommend this place for families or those looking for a short, romantic getaway who don't mind packing wellies. There is a small fishing lake if you are into that sort of thing and golf courses nearby.
If I did have some quibbles it was that the shower was an extremely tight fit and I banged my head numerous times walking in and out of the bathroom! The house could have used some spring cleaning too, the walls between guests are paper thin and the owners were reluctant to switch on the heating when we complained we were a bit cold (maybe because we are soft city types!). The beds were very comfortable and my daughter loved seeing the horses in the stable and other wildlife.
Overall an enjoyable stay and this place is not far away from being a perfect weekend place for a getaway.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Hockley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2011

Turned up after a 2.5 hour trip in the car with a 1 year old and a 3 year old. NO signs and the place stank of farm poo and sewage and resembled a gypsy camp with fixed old downtrodden caravans everywhere. No one around to talk to when we turned up. We had turned up early hoping to maybe check in early. NO CHANCE we a ridiculous 4pm check in time. RUDLEY greated by what I can only (generously) call the owner who was absolutely disgustingly rude to us informing us they are 'just a farm' and the rooms arent ready yet and NO we cannot even leave our bags there OR use the toilet and no facilities to freshen up even when rooms arent ready. We paid £145 for the family suite (thank god we didnt stay) and of course kids needed a wee, so did i. but they left us in the car park and basically told us to go away. Then, the daughter of owner (Im guessing) came out half dressed and mouth full of food and we equally rude. No we cannot use a toilet or wash the kids (my 1 year old had just spilt a jar of food on him) and we should leave.

We promptly left findinf a BEAUTIFUL BnB near Paultons Towers called Mortimer Arms where we had the most AMAZING stay and we are so glad we told the owners to get lost after how they treated us. We also complained to bookings.com

Appalling people and the place is, quite frankly like a dimilitarised zone.

DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2011

This farmhouse is a real gem. We were on an overnight break to take our 2 year old to Peppa Pig World (which was just a few miles up the road) and we were so relaxed by the time we left we felt we'd had a much longer stay. This is not a B&B that wants to be a small boutique hotel - it is a proper B&B where you are lavished with the care and attention of the family who live there. The room was nicely decorated with a big, comfortable bed. There was a small wood burning stove and a modern (if a little compact) bathroom with a great shower. We went to sleep in the silence you can only get in the deep country and were woken by the clip clop of horses hooves on the road. When we threw back the curtains two ponies were grazing in the front garden. If you love horses this is heaven. The farm has stables where there are about 17 horses. Our little girl was taken on a tour and was even invited to sit on one. She loved it and still hasn't stopped talking about the horses. My husband is vegan so when we go away he resigned himself to breakfast being a piece of dry toast and baked beans - but not here. Dairy free margarine, soya milk and a full fried breakfast of vegetarian sausage, beans, mushrooms, potatoes and even fried bread was laid before him. His eyes lit up. It was the kind of care and attention you wouldn't get in a five star hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2010

We were met in the car park by Emma welcomed and introduced. Our ten Year old loved every minute of it especially the horses. The Stay was on a feather matress with matching duvet and pillows in the master familly suite. The Breakfast was good and farmhouse Bacon and eggs. The Rooms are to a very high standard and with taste. Dont be worried by previous reviews about fire saftey each room has smoke heads disguised in the centre pendant. Beware it is a farm house and working stables so no high heals. But it is quality.

Wicked and outstanding thank you very much for a fantastic stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Cross Oaks Farmhouse
Address: Cross Oaks Broadwoods Lane, Romsey SO51 6DR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Romsey
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Romsey
Hotel Class:4 star — Cross Oaks Farmhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 2
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Cross Oaks Farmhouse Romsey, Hampshire

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