Bed and breakfast near Petersfield, Hampshire
Description of Bed and breakfast near Petersfield, Hampshire
The farmhouse is situated approximately 1.5 miles from the South Downs Way and within the newly created South Downs National park. The picturesque village of Buriton with its Saxon Church of St. Mary's, duck pond and two pubs offering locally sourced food is also about 1.5 miles away. The farm, approx 340 acres, is a working sheep and arable farm, the resulting lamb offspring being from a ram from the South Down or Hampshire Down breed.
Rooms, food and facilities
Additional diversification in the 1980's lead to the opening of the house for bed and breakfast accommodation, offering two substantial sized rooms, one twin bedded room and a double room/family room. All rooms are decorated for the period of the house offering modern facilities while retaining the charm of a Georgian period house. The rooms are en-suite offering a choice of a bath and a shower. The bedrooms are either overlooking gardens or farmland.
Breakfast consists of a substantial cooked English breakfast, cereals, toast from home-made bread, home-made jams and preserves, choice of fruit juices, yoghurt, fresh fruit and tea/coffee. This is served in the relaxing, quiet setting of an expansive dining room where guests have the chance to chat over a leisurely breakfast and share experiences of their walks,previous days activities or just life in general. It is usually with much reluctance that guests leave the table, having enjoyed their fellow travellers talks so much they almost forget they have a days events in front of them.
In addition in 2005-2006 we converted several outbuildings attached to the rear of the farm house to make one self-catering unit The Annexe. The kitchen is what was an old scullery and still houses the old bread oven with original features but with the addition of a wood burner stove. The adjacent sitting room retains original beams but has been tastefully decorated to reflect the old building and there are the usual modern conveniences throughout the premises such as a flat screen television, digital radios, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. The sitting room is of such dimensions that it is possible to have a double sofa bed in operation and still have a separate three piece suite available without impacting too much on the available free space. The bedroom, which boasts a standard double bed, and bathroom are on the first floor, which is converted roof space so the ceiling is sloping and there are exposed beams offering character to the premises. The bathroom is compact but offers all that would be expected. Ideally the premises sleeps 2 with the option of the sofa bed for a potential 2 more guests.
The annexe has an enclosed patio area where guests can relax and enjoy the many varying sounds of the country.
How to find us
The farm is 5 miles away from Petersfield Station, which is around a 40 minute walk, 5 minute taxi.
PlanetWe actively recycle and a major source of heat in the house is supplied from renewable wood, obtained direct from our own farm land. There are wood burners and three open fires. Guests are encouraged to conserve energy and protect the environment and showers are offered as an alternative to baths, with energy efficient light bulbs being used where possible and non biological detergents offered as cleaning agents, as not being on main drains we have a waste microbiological treatment plant. Guests are encourage to recycle and separate rubbish accordingly with designated bins for compost materials and those that can be recycled. It is requested that energy is conserved by keeping lighting to a necessity, reducing the heating when not in the premises, not leaving the television on standby and only running the dishwasher when full. There are substantial gardens to the house and guests are more than welcome to take an late afternoon stroll surveying the plants and weeds! And if the weather is kind afternoon tea with home made cake is served in the tranquillity of the garden. Wildlife is encouraged and the farm is in the ELS, with margins of fields being sown with wild flower seed mix to encourage all manner of native species. The garden itself has about twenty bird feeders at varying stations offering peanuts and wild bird food to feathered friends; such as blackbirds, robins sparrows, finches, all members of the tit family,jackdaws, nut hatches, wood peckers. In the adjacent fields birds of prey can regularly be seen hovering and buzzards riding the thermals. There is also the sound of drumming wood peckers coming from a wooded area and at the right time of year the cuckoo can be heard. There are also foxes, badgers, rabbits, pheasants, partridges, squirrels and the occasional rare hare is spotted and as dusk draws in bats encircle the house and then owls can regularly be heard through out the night. One of the barns has a purpose built barn owl box and although no live offspring as yet is has been used over several years. This year it is planned for there to be bee hives on an area of the farm land, in conjunction with a villager who produces and markets honey from the Buriton area.
PeopleDue to requests from villages to know more about the farm land that surrounds them we do farm open afternoons during the lambing period where there is the possibility of people seeing a lamb being born as well as observing ewes and newly born lambs. There is a chance for public to talk direct with the people producing the food that is destined for the table and at a period later in the year it is possible for local people to buy lamb that was raised and produced on The South Downs. There are also a group of villagers keen to interact with the farming community and help where they can that prior to the sheep being shorn, every summer evening take a walk, on a rota basis, around the flock of about 400 ewes to check that they are okay. This has been going for a number of years and we have built up quite a numbering of deputy shepherds known as sheep rollers, aptly named as one of their functions is to roll the sheep over to an upright position if she is stuck on her back due to the weight of her heavy fleece. There are also a number of villagers who volunteer to do shifts checking on the sheep imminently due to lamb so as to ease the work load pressure on the family. This invaluable help was a village led initiative from a number of individuals genuinely interested in the farming process and wanting to help so much so they get out of bed to do the 5am shift. As part of pay back for all the village help, the Easter Bunny darts about the village to select houses leaving Easter Eggs on doorsteps as a means of gratitude for all help received As a family we are heavily involved in the village community. Father-in-law, Gordon, is one of the Churchwardens and Elaine produces the monthly news letter for the church and is on the flower rota. She also throughout the year provide cakes and flower decorations for varying fund raising events held within the church whether for local projects or for the village to village link in Africa Mary, Mother-in-law, is a member and event organiser for the village bowls club and a keen participant in the village show held every year, entering her home made preserves and home grown fruit and flowers. Andrew is a Parish Councillor and has been for twelve years, only recently stepping down from being the chairman. Elaine is also on the film show committee and a fore runner in the initiative to set up a local cinema in the village hall. Andrew also clears roads of fallen tree branches, and during winter months clears snow and grits road areas that are off the council gritting route. He also with the aid of one of the tractors assists in the building of the village bonfire for November the 5th. For the last two years Elaine has been the co-ordinator for the British Legion Poppy appeal in the Parish, delivering and collecting poppy boxes to individuals, schools and the village pubs.
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