Recent News at Laverstock and the Surrounding Area
The garden is waking up from its wintery sleep and Toby and Yvonne our gardeners have been busy getting everything looking beautiful for the return of our guests.
Spring is in the air and we are feeling hopeful.
We have been busy getting everything ready for re-opening on the 12th April.
We are particularly excited to welcome these little chaps to Laverstock; Jacob and Jeremiah our new pigmy goats.
This Winter has been a long dark one but Spring is in the air, snowdrops and daffodils are waking from their slumber, blue skies are emerging and longer days are on their way. Even the chickens are feeling brighter days are ahead and they have started to lay lots of eggs.
Do pull on your walking boots, head to the beach for sea air, explore local hill forts with your dog , visit the farm animals, get peddling around the Marshwood Vale, try some trout fishing or simply sit back and relax enjoying the peace and quiet of the beautiful grounds of Laverstock.
We are taking bookings from April so do plan your next well earned Spring or Summer getaway at Laverstock www.laverstockfarm.co.uk
It is so nice to welcome guests back to Laverstock Farm. Families are having a lovely time enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having.
It’s been great to enjoy everything the Jurassic Coast has to offer, including rib rides from West Bay and Stand Up Paddle boarding lessons with Bay Paddle boarding (https://www.baypaddleboards.co.uk/), followed by a lovely meal at Rise.
Just further west at River Cottage HQ you can also enjoy wandering Wednesday’s where you can walk around the River Cottage farm and enjoy an organic woodfired pizza, check their website for details; https://www.rivercottage.net/dining-and-events/wandering-wednesdays
We have been busy here at Laverstock during lock down getting everything ready for the return of our guests.
We have some new arrivals in Laverstock Pond, beautiful rainbow trout which are settling in nicely. It’s been amazing watching them rise in the early evening as the hatch starts. Guests are more than welcome to have a go at catching their supper. The fish are up to approximately 1 lb in weight. Our children have been having a lovely time trying to perfect the art of fly fishing and we look forward to our guests being able to enjoy the fishing too.
We do hope all is well with you and your families during this difficult time. We are all well at Laverstock but its very quiet and we are missing having all of our lovely guests to stay. We have welcomed five orphan lambs to stay – Lily, Boris, Morris, Nellie and Cripple. The children have been hand rearing these and they are all growing well. The pigs have arrived and are settling into their new home nicely.
We are looking forward to lock down being over and are busy making plans to keep our guests safe once we can re-open so you can have a wonderful stay at Laverstock.
Laverstock really is the perfect place to escape and enjoy the space of the countryside, nestled between Lewesdon and Pilsdon Hills. It’s a safe place for children to roam the farm and enjoy some fresh air.
It’s been a busy half term, but great to see all our guests having a wonderful time, even if the weather hasn’t been perfect.
Laverstock is a great location to explore the market at Bridport and have a poke around for treasure in the antique quarter. We’re in the middle of the West Dorset countryside and it’s lovely to walk up Lewesden Hill, enjoy the views followed by Sunday lunch at the pub. We’re not far from the coast to pop down and enjoy watching the waves followed by a wander along the beach from West Bay to the Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock for a pit stop.
We’re looking forward to the weather warming up and the days getting longer, and we’ve still got availability over the Easter holidays, so if you fancy a short break, why not escape to Laverstock?
We are looking forward to welcoming guests this year at Laverstock Farm and we’re really proud of our achievements over the past year. We have been awarded ‘Superhost’ status on Airbnb, Airbnb plus, a certificate of excellence on trip advisor, booking.com, Homeaway and we have received many personal messages and gifts from guests who have enjoyed their stays. It’s great to hear that so many people have had wonderful holidays, and we can’t wait to welcome all our future guests in 2020.
We’ve had a lovely Christmas here at Laverstock Farm, it’s been great to see guests making use of the new games room. We were excited to welcome some surprise visitors, 2 lambs born on Christmas day!
This year is the perfect time of year to enjoy strolls through the country, we’ve enjoyed lots of lovely walks straight from the farm, the best has to be the walk up Lewesdon Hill which gives spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. There are also some lovely walks around Beaminster and of course there’s the Jurassic coast. Great to see some of these featured in Dorset Magazines’s ultimate Dorset walking guide.
We’ve been enjoying some great walks here at Laverstock, look at this beautiful picture taken from the top of Lewesdon Hill, spring is most definitely in the air. Why not book a spring break away with the family and give yourself something to look forward to on the other side of January.
West Dorset is glorious all year round, but we think it looks particularly special as the leaves go golden and the magical sparkle of morning frost appears. Why not get away from the daily grind? Laverstock Farm is the perfect place to be in winter, enjoy an invigorating hike under pale winter skies, followed by a relaxed afternoon lazing in a cosy pub, beer in hand and an overflowing plate of delicious roast dinner on the table.
It’s the perfect places for families, and our newly refurbished games room should even help to tempt teenagers away from their technology with Air hockey, Table Tennis, Table Football and Pool. So, if you’ve not made a plan for Christmas yet, or you need something to look forward to in January, why not book yourself in for a weekend away?
There is so much happening near Laverstock this half term for all the family to enjoy.
Groves Nurseries in Bridport are having a creepy crawly day on the 29th October (9-1), are you brave enough to have a hold?
Or you can have a go at Pumpkin Carving at Washingpool Farm on the 29th October 10-3, take your pumpkin home and leave the mess behind!
There’s Hair- Raising fun to be had on the Halloween Trail at Mapperton House (27th – 31st October), you can visit a spiders lair, brave the rats and spooky graveyard, solve the clues for a ghoulish treat!
To top it all off Forde Abbey is having it’s annual fireworks display on the 2nd November, with live music, amazing food it’s sure to be an evening not to forget! https://www.fordeabbey.co.uk/event/fireworks-at-forde/
We were so pleased to read this article in Dorset Magazine this week. Martin Clunes loves this area and sums up so many of the wonderful places to enjoy just down the road from us here at Laverstock Farm. We are lucky to have some wonderful eateries in Beaminster as well as some lovely local shops. Bridport is only just down the road, with the twice weekly market, as well as the lovely farm shop at Washingpool Farm to buy all our treats for the weekend: https://www.dorsetmagazine.co.uk/people/celebrity-interviews/martin-clunes-shares-his-favourite-local-places-in-dorset-1-5626540
Bridport is gearing up for the 15th annual Bridport Literary Festival which runs from the 3rd to the 9th of November. It’s jam packed with 42 events to appeal to booklovers of all tastes. We don’t need an excuse to curl up with a great read by the wood burner! Check out their website for details: https://www.bridlit.com
Sheep on the beach
We are enjoying basking in the late summer sunshine at the moment and we’re not the only ones! While walking down on Cogden Beach last week we saw this amazing site, the sheep were being moved to fresh grazing along the shingle bank. This only happens twice a year, and we were lucky enough to be there, and it was such a beautiful day.
We followed our walk with a lovely ice cream from the Baboo Gelato Kiosk which is at West Bay. This ice cream isn’t just nice, it’s award winningly nice. Made just down the road in Bridport using mostly local produce including local organic milk. It tastes amazing and was a perfect ending to our sunny walk.
Why not book a last minute get away and join us? The sheep are certainly enjoying themselves!
Here at Laverstock Farm we’re not too sad that the summers over because we love Autumn too!
The shorter days and cooler evenings give Laverstock a kind of magic at this kind of year, with the trees dropping their summer canopies and nature’s harvest seems to be fit to bursting with apples and pears galore in the orchard at the moment. We love taking a wander around the countryside, hunting out blackberries and leaves to crunch through.
There’s nothing like a late summer BBQ, especially if you’re staying in one of our shepherd huts, sitting out under the stars and enjoying an after dinner marshmallow or two! It’s actually quite nice to get the jumpers out and sit by a log fire in the evening, whether that be in one of our properties or at the local pub while enjoying a glass of something nice.
Most of the families have gone back to school for the year and the beaches are quieter, but the weather is still lovely for a walk along the sea front, especially if you can nip into a cafe afterwards for a steaming cup of coffee.
We’re flexible on arrival days and are more than happy to accommodate short breaks, why not book yourself in for a treat?
We are delighted that Laverstock Farm has been awarded a Certificate of EXCELLENCE by TripAdvisor – recognising 5 consecutive years of consistently high ratings from travellers.
We are also now super hosts on air bnb which is due to our consistently high ratings with an average of 4.8 out of 5 across all of our properties. We have had so many lovely guests this summer, with some lovely families enjoying some of our larger properties as well as couples wanting a last minute escape in the country.
Thank you to all our lovely guests for a fantastic summer!
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(left) P.S- Have you been to check out RISE at West Bay yet? A lovely new Cafe/Bar/Restaurant perfect for the all the family and open 9am-11pm daily!
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