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Reviewed 29 January 2018

We couldn't find anywhere decent to stay in Cardiff during the winter rugby internationals and expanded our search to within 45 minutes of the Principality Stadium. We discovered this gem just outside the environs of Bristol, a mere six minutes from the M4 motorway. We booked a couple of nights in the Alveston suite and arranged to dine out on our first night and opted to eat in on the second night. We had been pre-warned by the owners that their premises license was pending approval and we brought our own wine. The charming patron greeted us on our arrival and gave us a mini tour of the ground floor rooms before showing us to our suite. The sun had just set so we didn't get to appreciate the splendid South Gloucestershire countryside views until the following morning. The room itself was quite magnificent. The supremely comfortable super king size bed was almost lost in the size of the room with its twin aspect stone mullioned windows with lavish drapes. Antique furniture paid homage to the building's colourful history and the attention to detail helped make us comfortable from the start. A chilled bottle of 'Old Church Farm' water slaked our thirst from the drive and a selection of teas, coffee and some rather delicious home-made biscuits kept the wolves at bay until supper. We ate at a 5* double AA rosette restaurant that evening and felt hungry by the time we got back to Old Church Farm. In spite of this we slept incredibly well that night and looked forward to our breakfast. Breakfast was served in a bright room with colourful art and an interesting collection of books. We ordered an English breakfast and Eggs Royale and while our dishes were being prepared we were invited to help ourselves to fresh baked pastries, fruit and cereal. Partly because we were hungry from our sortie the night before and partly because we would be skipping lunch at the match we unashamedly availed ourselves of all that was on offer. The cooked breakfast may have ordinarily defeated us but for the fact that it was too delicious to leave. It was great to see hollandaise sauce served warm (obviously freshly made and not out of a packet like so many hotels nowadays). As we left for Cardiff we were already looking forward to our supper at Old Church Farm and that evening we were not disappointed. We had been provided with a limited suggestion of starters, main courses and desserts and both opted for smoked haddock souffles to start, followed by fillet steak Wellingtons and to finish it off, wild berry roulade (sourced from the farm's walled garden) and a cheese selection. It was perfect! The owners, Chris and Kate joined us for coffee at the end, which gave us the opportunity to delve deeper into the history of the property, which was fascinating. Up until September it had been owned by Rolls Royce PLC and hosted many dignitaries from around the world. We too, were made to feel special without it being pretentious. Next time we are in the West Country we will definitely book again - both a room and a table. Finally, while you are there you really must have a look around the gardens!

Room tip: We booked room 7 (Alveston). It's like a bridal suite!
Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Christopher T, Owner at Old Church Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you William. We now have our full licence and offer a selection of wines, spirits and beers. I think you'd enjoy summer here with drinks served on the terrace overlooking the glorious countryside and the fresh fruit and vegetables are a triumph. Hope to see you both again soon.
Kind regards,
Christopher

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