Higher Rowes Farm
The first thing I must do here is to apologise to Christine Staniland the owner for just dropping in on her without making an appointment. I was in the area visiting a self catering cottage and tried ringing her before I set off back for home, and when the answer machine came on I did leave a message, but thought 'Oh well, I'll just drive past the farm and take a look anyway', and when I saw people out in the yard, I approached Christine and introduced myself. She had just left a message for me on my mobile, but she was more than happy for me to come
indoors to take a look at her letting rooms. Thank you Christine, I don't know that I would be so affable or tidy if you called in on me unannounced ! But that's the thing about good landladies isn't it ? Speaking from years of experience I know the importance of being able to show folks around clean and appealling bedrooms like this large family room above. It comes with a small but adequate shower room en-suite and has a tea tray at the ready.
This is the shower room and on the right is the stunning spiral staircase down into the guest lounge which has a real log fire for cooler nights, a television, DVD and video player. Children are welcome to come and stay. Any animals on the farm are well used to holiday visitors and there are lots of walking and cycling opportunities.
Sadly I didn't take a photo of the bathroom facilities that come with this double. The room looks out over a view of Moorland and patchwork fields - see photo below with Christine's pet sheep in the foreground.
This twin room has a very large bathroom adjacent with a choice of corner bath or shower.
I took this photo from seated inside the bath. Note the bidet for anyone wishing to give their feet, smalls or whatever else a quick soak !! Having lived with a bidet in the past, I do rate them. They can be very useful if you have a small baby to sluice down and toddlers enjoy using them for hand washing without balancing on unstable steps.
This is very much a family home and guests take breakfast at this large dining table just off the sitting room.
Higher Rowes Farm is an 18th century farm
in a quiet and peaceful hamlet called Horndon.
It gets little in the way of passing traffic.
Christine's collection of cheerful knick
knacks are on the windowsills and I loved this
display of family photos, some dating back
to Victorian times. If you go and stay,
do take a close look at the studio wedding
portrait of the sailor and his bride in the centre
of the frame and Christine's wonderful Mum
in her land army uniform.
What a super selection of shots.
Guests are welcome to sit out in the garden
to take in the view and relax. Chances are
you will spot a buzzard or two soaring high above.
At night the sky is ablaze with stars
as there is no light pollution here.
So would-be astronomers,
remember to bring your binoculars!
Some people really enjoy staying on a farm. It gives them a chance to meet up with 'real people'.
We've had some great times staying on farms ourselves with our two girls when they were young.
This is one that I can recommend. - Next time I visit I will remember to take a picture of the front of house !!
Take a look at the Higher Rowes Farm website