I’d say I’ve done a fair amount of travelling. I’ve stayed in tents, yurts, caravans, boats and numerous hostels – some with live-in creepy crawlies (4 lads from Huddersfield but that’s for another post). So I was surprised when I discovered I hadn’t heard of an accommodation website called Air B&B.
For those of you as clueless as me, Air B&B is a ‘community built on trust’ where hosts advertise extra rooms, entire homes and unique accommodation like castles and igloos.
As much as I’d love to stay in an igloo, we were headed to Bath for a girly weekend away and were on the look out for a reasonably priced, quiet cottage in the countryside in which to base ourselves.
When my friend Becca found somewhere on Air B&B I was a little apprehensive. Would we end up sleeping on someones floor? Would we be staying with an axe murderer? And most importantly, would a stranger hear me going to the loo?! (Welcome to Sarah’s random phobias – don’t ask, I have lots).
Upon discovering that Dove Cottage was a self contained building on a farm, I relaxed a little. And when the owner Catherine greeted us with a warm smile and cake, I felt right at home – these were my kind of people!
Cromhall Farm is so peaceful and tranquil that you feel you are in the middle of a very beautiful nowhere, however it’s only a 20 minute drive from the centre of Bath and within easy reach of The Cotswolds. The farm itself is magnificent, a picture perfect house and acres of land to enjoy.
Dove Cottage is set just next to the main house.
As we drove in, Catherine and her 2 adorable young boys gave us the warmest welcome, it was just like going to stay with an old friend.
She showed us round the cottage which consisted of a kitchen / lounge area.
And bedroom with beds that can be changed to a twin or double layout,with en-suite bathroom.
All the rooms were so tastefully decorated that I was tempted to pack Catherine in my suitcase and keep her hostage as my interior designer. Although I have admit I wasn’t so sure about the slightly demented rabbit watching me as I slept.
But I fell in love a little bit with the cow.
After we had settled in, Catherine brought us the most delicious cream tea (included in the price).
She had also provided us with fresh orange juice in the fridge and an amazing welcome pack.
And after a long day exploring (ok fine, shopping), it was amazing to be able to come back to our own quiet cosy space and chill in front of the TV with some bubbly before slipping into one of the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept in. And without sounding slutty…I’ve slept in a few!!
Catherine was the perfect host, going above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. She was always on hand to recommend restaurants, look up carparks, and show us how to work the dishwasher, which it turns out is actually very easy if you remember to turn it on at the wall. She even made a mean bacon sandwich for us on our last morning.
Although I can’t speak for Air B&B in general (I heard someone was advertising a shed in their lounge for some poor soul to stay in) I can, and definately will recommend Dove Cottage for a beautiful and relaxing weekend away from it all, with first class service that left me feeling like this.
Now if I can just find out where she got her pillows from…
For prices and availability at Dove Cottage visit www.cromhallfarm.com.