Ridge Farm Annexe is the perfect place for a peaceful, romantic holiday or short break in a 'home away from home'. We provide comfortable, beautifully furnished accommodation for two people (perhaps accompanied by a baby or small child) in an idyllic setting in North Dorset, UK, within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast and many other places of interest in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Ridge Farm Annexe is often described by our guests as being 'like a home'. And that's exactly what it was for 25 years when Madeline's mother lived here. The Annexe was completely refurbished during 2014, with brand new bathroom fittings, new carpets and a redesigned kitchen. The accommodation consists of a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hall.
The sitting room is equipped with a comfortable sofa and armchairs, and there is access to the patio outside through sliding French doors. A TV (with built-in DVD player) is provided, as is wireless broadband, and there is also a selection of games and jigsaw puzzles -- and two bookcases full of books in the hall.
The bedroom is furnished with two comfortable 3' divans with pocket-sprung mattresses and duvets, 2 chairs, 2 bedside cabinets, each with a bedside light, a small chest of drawers, and a built in wardrobe with shelving. A cot for a baby or a camp bed for a child can be added if required.
The recently completely refurbished bathroom is equipped with a corner bath, walk-in shower, basin and toilet. There is a mirrored cabinet over the basin and a shaver point suitable for both 240v and 115v appliances.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a ceramic-topped, two-oven electric cooker, a microwave cooker, a fridge with a small freezer compartment and a washing machine (3kg wash). In the winter there is also a condenser tumble drier in the porch. Crockery and cutlery are supplied, together with cooking utensils and all other normal kitchen equipment. For dining there is a table and chairs. Towels and linen are provided. Meals are not provided, but a supply of basic provisions, including bread, butter, milk, coffee, tea, sugar, flour, salt and pepper, will await you on your arrival. If you would like us to, we can also supply additional provisions at cost (payment on arrival). Please order these at least 48 hours beforehand.
Accès des voyageurs
Access to the annexe is via its own private porch and entrance and you will be free to come and go as you wish. You will also be welcome to use the patio and garden at any time.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Madeline and Mark will generally be on hand to offer local advice if required. If there is anything you need you only have to ask. The annexe sitting room opens onto a shared patio and we may well find ourselves getting together for a drink on a nice summer evening.
Ridge Farm is in a quiet position in the countryside --our nearest neighbour is 1/4 mile from the house. On days when you don't feel like going anywhere you can just sit in the garden and enjoy the peace and quiet of our Dorset countryside.
We are close to a number of SSSIs, and is visited by a variety of wildlife, including swallows, buzzards, woodpeckers, owls, nightingales, butterflies, rabbits (galore) and the odd passing fox. Deer are often to be seen in the surrounding fields, and Alner's Gorse, a local butterfly sanctuary is a short walk down the green lane known as Ridge Drove. We also maintain a small flock of sheep and in the spring there may be lambs in our paddocks.
Smoking is not permitted indoors, but guests are welcome to smoke on the patio if they wish.
For similar reasons guests are not permitted to use room sprays, room fragrances, incense burners, joss sticks or similar products. Such fragrances can take some time to dispel afterwards and may not be to the taste of subsequent guests.
Guests may bring up to two dogs, as long as they are well behaved and kept under control. Bear in mind that we have also have animals -- a dog, two cats and a small flock of sheep.
Madeline and Mark have been married for 42 years and have lived at Ridge Farm since 1980. We look forward to sharing it with you during your visit. Madeline trained as a cook and is a keen upholsterer. Among other jobs in the past she has worked for a picture framer and a specialist china shop. Mark has been self-employed since 1973. He has worked as a writer, photographer, designer and IT consultant and is now semi-retired.