Finding suitable B & B’s has become a real mission over the last year as I have found less and less people wanting to accept children. Its either under 2’s and over 12’s or no-one under 17! Not very helpful when you’re trying to support British tourism and take your son away to explore the wonderful country we live in.
However, last Autumn on a visit to Dorset I discovered Toomer Farm in Templecombe just outside Sherborne. This is a wonderful family run business on a working farm, where there is currently a busy Equestrian centre as well as camping and equestrian events. Situated just off the main A30 to Sherborne this is well placed for touring Somerset as well as dropping down into Dorset which is what we did.
The rooms are comfortable, clean and a good size with tea and coffee making facilities. There is a lovely drawing room for guests and breakfast is also served in this room. Rather than feeling like a formal B & B, this feels like you are staying in someones else house and that you’re a guest of the family. I love this! You sit having your breakfast surrounded by family photos and family pets, and there are two lovely dogs that warmly greet you and love a bit of a cuddle. There is a full English breakfast on offer with local produce and rather than having separate tables you sit round a large mahogany dining table with other guests. Again I loved this as it was so nice to chat to other people and we had some wonderful breakfast conversations – William loves to chat to everyone about his adventures.
The owners are very friendly and helpful and from our bedroom window we had a lovely view of the stables. As William is always up at the crack of dawn, it was a lovely to wake up and see the sun rising, steam coming off the fields and the horses happily trotting around. On the weekend we were there, there was an equestrian event in the field so we watched that for a bit and also watched the horses being exercised.
There is so much history in the buildings and surrounding area and local legend has it that Queen Elizabeth 1 on her way through her kingdom, stopped and stayed at Toomer Farm. I like to think she slept in the bedroom we’ve stayed in and enjoyed the same view out over the fields.
We loved it so much that we didn’t hesitate to book it again when we sent back in February to Dorset and we shall certainly stay again!