What's new at Dorset Farm Cottages
A new mower collection system is ensuring that the grounds are immaculate with the grassed areas looking wonderful. The robot continues to keep the lawns around the cottages looking just right.
We also have a new team member helping to keep the gardens and grounds looking good.
Replacement post and rail fencing surrounding the car park, is looking very smart.
At the end of the season we have taken the opportunity to renew the post and rail fencing to the play area completing that part of the fencing project and looking really good.
Our great value "Couples Offer" is being extended into the 2016 season as it has proved very popular with our guests, it can even include an infant.....
A five bar gate and fencing have been installed at the entrance from the lane enclosing the grounds completely.
.....Hastings Farm Cottages have again been awarded GOLD at the annual Visit England inspection. In recognition of our ongoing commitment to quality and high standards and the many changes that are detailed below we have received 3 Gold awards for Myrtle, Poppy and Buttercup cottages following the annual assessment in 2014 and 2015 carried out by the national tourist body Visit England / Quality in Tourism.
This is where we give you and idea of how we are always striving to improve your holiday experience when staying in one of our family friendly cottages here in Dorset.
We've been busy during the last year as guests recognise that we can offer one of the best family cottage holidays in Dorset. We cater for all needs, be it families who need cots, high-chairs and all the equipment for their babies or the Couples seeking a haven to escape to. Our Family Friendly cottages are very well equipped and tastefully furnished for your comfort and enjoyment.
Here are some of the things we've been doing.
Our Dorset holiday cottages
There has been a lot going on ............each winter there is much to do to maintain and improve our holiday cottages to ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment from your self-catering holiday cottage in Dorset.
Post + rail fencing to the car park has been renewed and a new entrance gate and fencing from the lane add a certain something to your arrival.
All of the cottages have had significant additions and renewals in addition to our normal winter maintenance when we have the chance during our closed season to refresh everything ready for a new season ahead.
We have replaced all halogen lighting with super efficient LED lamps, these give a pleasing and powerful lighting effect and use 1/10 of the energy, add this to our small solar farm and your holiday can be green as well as enjoyable at Hastings Farm. USB charging points have been added to each cottage.
Buttercup ...the lounge suite has been recovered in a bold and striking material and looks great with new curtains. There is a new oak floor for the living room to give a fresh but classic appeal to the room. We've added a sideboard and dresser to improve storage in the kitchen by moving the crocs into the dresser + a couple of new wall cupboards in the kitchen. The kitchen benefits from a new cooker with a ceramic hob. The bedroom has new drapes behind the bed and new curtains and a new memory foam topped mattress. A dishwasher has been added to the kitchen equipment to make life easier on your holiday. An extractor fitted in the bathroom and the Velux roof window renewed.
Cowslip... fab new sofa and easy chair by Ercol in luxurious leather. We've added a really smart light over the dining table. A new Edwardian style double bed and new drapes and very comfy mattress with memory foam. The single bedroom has been given a new nautical theme with the New England style furniture. We have been able to add a dishwasher to the kitchen and a new cooker with ceramic hob. The living room has a beautiful new electric wood-burner with realistic flame effect. An extractor fitted in the bathroom.
Daisy...a dishwasher and a new cooker with ceramic hob have been added to the kitchen and a new light over the dining table. The main bedroom has a new suite of Salzburg furniture in solid oak with a warm colouring that looks just stunning. The cottage has a new living room floor in oak giving it a contemporary yet classic look. An extractor fitted in the bathroom. We have replaced the full size bunks with a smaller L shaped bunk bed for children creating more space and light in the room.
Poppy...fab new sofa and easy chair by Ercol in luxurious leather and an Ercol chairmakers chair in a striking Mandarin finish. An integrated dishwasher has been added to the kitchen. New drapes for the 4 poster and curtains and a new mattress.. There are some Velux roof windows to the living room, transforming the room with more natural light. An extra hand rail over the bath keeps everyone safe while using the shower, and an extractor fan has been added in addition to the Velux roof window.
Myrtle...luxurious easy chairs by Ercol in soft leather one in a tan colour the other in cream. A new solid oak classic Ercol sideboard and dresser with display lighting. A striking new light above the dining table. We have replaced the wood burner with a living flame effect electric stove, we think it looks just as good without the faff of lighting and cleaning it.......New drapes for the 4 poster bed and new curtains and a new memory foam topped mattress. A garden bench by the front door to enjoy the morning sunshine in the herb garden. An enlarged patio area to the rear with the new Rattan furniture for this afternoon sun trap.
This area has benefited from redecoration to the old cob walls and new lighting, some of which is low energy and automatic to reduce energy consumption.
We have installed an extra washer and drier to help families to keep up with the demands of keeping the little ones in clean clothes. We have tried to choose models that are energy efficient and have quick wash programs. We have added an additional freezer in the laundry.
We have also renewed the electricity consumer units in the cottages, boring stuff but we like to make sure that everyone is safe as well as comfortable.
During the winter we have been removing some trees in the copse that had been damaged by squirrels and had some branches that looked a little precarious. The resulting logs will provide a sustainable source of fuel for our wood-burner. This has opened the area to more light so grasses and wild flowers will return to this area. Each year we plant a few more daffs etc. and they are starting to give a good display in the spring.
New ornamental grasses
Inspired by Neil Lucas at Knoll Gardens near Wimborne (well worth a visit) we have been experimenting with some species of grasses in our garden. We have been delighted by their progress to form a striking display that adds form and structure to a previously featureless area.
We thought it would be good to plant some the grasses under the Scots pine by the entrance gate so we set to and planted up the area in the autumn and they are now becoming established and we hope will give visitors a good display this year as they develop.
We also popped in a few Helebores as these give a wonderful display at otherwise dull times of year in the garden during winter and spring. I would say that their progress has been slow but we remain optimistic. All plantings at Hastings Farm need to be carefully selected to avoid the interest of our resident wild deer making their frequent visits but most ornamental grasses are relatively unattractive to them and Helebores do not so far feature on their "must have list".
We continue to work on this area with the replanting of some of the older lavender bushes and some new herbs. Most of these seem to be deer proof as are the variety of roses in the centre although these have become a little dominant and will need to be brought under control.
All of the garden furniture has been replaced by very comfortable Rattan sofas and easy chairs with comfy seat cushions, these look very good and have been well received by guests who like to relax outside on a fine day or evening and enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside. Perfect for your evening barbecue on our gas BBQs.