We found this B&B in Alastair Sawday's guide, and it has to be one of the best B&Bs we've stayed at. There was a warm welcome for us (with our dog) and we stayed in a ground floor room with its own entrance. The room was very comfortable and the Steering Committee liked all the towels, shampoos etc. I liked the free wifi and home made cakes with tea served in the riverside garden. The double bed was big and comfortable. But the best was the breakfast. Simply the best porridge I can remember (with Guernsey cream), River Cottage yoghurts, home-made fruit salad and freshly squeezed orange juice. This was followed by every item of English breakfast you could imagine; West Country sausages, bacon, tomatoes, Portobello mushrooms, all kinds of free range eggs, and home-cooked hash browns. Even the dog was given a sausage. I think there are only 2 rooms and together they share a huge vaulted sitting room with a roaring log fire. The sitting room is just for guests; it's an ideal welcome especially after a long walk or drive. The owners, Nigel and Margaret, are semi-retired hoteliers and their top-level experience (they owned and developed the 5* Summer Lodge at Evershot) really showed. I'm struggling to fault it; the parking is tight for an estate car but Nigel will guide you in and out, and the wifi dropped out briefly but no more than mine at home. The access is down a narrow lane, in a quiet village. We were treated more like friends and really hope to stay there again soon.
- Also Known As:
- Orchard Barn Bridport, Dorset