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The Chantry- medieval style with all mod cons.: A most unusual place to stay
If you like the idea of staying in a spacious medieval, comfortably furnished, well equipped self- catering house (with all mod cons) close to the centre of Bridport please see -
It looks rather special but a tad too expensive for us.
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The Old Milking House, Vearse Farm: The most accomodating milking shed in England?
Anyone who has ever been brave enough to travel with young children will roll their eyes with horror as they recount tales of the damage (potential or realised) that Small People can do to hotels and guest houses!
For this reason - as well as for flexibility and economy - we try to stay in self-catering accommodation where possible. Even better is the opportunity to open the door and let the kids tumble out into a safe, car-free environment where they can let off steam and play to their heart's content! Lastly, we live in a city, so the prospect of staying on a farm where our kids could get an (idealised) sense of farm life was a particular attraction - for any parents contemplating travelling with small children, this accommodation strategy is a sure fire winner (if you're interested in this as an option, see my travel tips on glorious Slovenia, which has raised farmstays to an artform!)
My Dad found this accommodation for us and it turned out to be a really good option. There was plenty of space (it sleeps 8), and although the furnishings were clean and comfortable, they were robust and well able to withstand the onslaught of our offspring. The kitchen was functional, and (sadly always a consideration for a British holiday), the lounge and kitchen area were big enough to retreat to for indoor activities if the weather turned nasty.
For me, the best part of the farm was the walled orchard. We visited in September, when the apples were ripe for picking, and by the end of our stay, Small Daughter (then just 4) was an accomplished apple scrumper! For the uninitiated, 'scrumping' is the fine art of (unauthorised) fruit pilfering from orchards, much practiced by children in Enid Blyton books!
The property also includes the old double storey farmhouse which is huge and rambling and sleeps 14 - the sort of place that feels as if it should feature in an E.M. Foster novel! There is also a small indoor swimming pool.
The farm is conveniently located a couple of kilometres outside Bridport, just off the main road.
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