As some of you may already know, breakfast is our not only our favourite meal but also favourite time of the day. Its like the calm before the store when we all sit down as a family before the business of the day starts and John heads off to work. Then the weekend comes and either pancakes or homemade waffles is a tradition on a lazy Sunday morning along with fresh banana, apple, some seeds and a dash of maple syrup and your off to a winner. So when Dorset Cereals who have recently teamed up with Sawdays asked us to not only celebrate Breakfast but also the best British B&B's serving them up we couldn't wait to be apart of it. Each month 12 shortlisted B&Bs will be posted on Dorset Cereals website where fans can nominate their favourites for the first Dorset Cereals B&B Awards. One of the B&B's up for the award is Huntstile Organic Farm in Somerset and I honestly have to say if your ever looking for a truly stunning and peaceful getaway that is also family friendly and inspiring than bare this place in mind, we spent two wonderful nights here and plan to go back sometime soon.
|The stunning breakfast room overlooking barley fields|
As John had to work my mother came along which was really lovely as it's been a while since we have had quality time together since Baby G arrived on the scene. We stayed in the Apple Loft which is simply perfect for a family and offers the best of best worlds in terms of having breakfast in the stunning breakfast room but also being able to cook some light meals in the small kitchen within the loft. The Apple Loft is open planned, spacious and has lots of natural light pouring in from the beautiful circular window. The mezzanine floor has a large king-sized bed and en-suite while downstairs has a small seating area and bunk beds which is a real hit with kids.
The setting for breakfast could not be better, in a beautiful summer style house overlooking barley fields. You sit down at beautiful wooden tables with jars of homemade jams, spreads, freshly baked treats, cereals and fresh fruit as well as being able to order a homegrown English farmhouse breakfast. I opted for the organic eggs fresh from the hens that morning with some roasted tomatoes and wholemeal toast. Everything was so fresh and beautifully presented it really made my soul smile each morning and would love to wake up to something like this everyday.
What I really love about Huntstile is how welcoming it is, the owners are on hand to answer any questions and they encourage children to take an interest in what is happening on the farm. Each morning we got up early to help feed the ducks, chickens, goats and pigs and learnt a lot about organic farming. You are also welcomed to walk around the property including their kitchen garden, polytunnel, duck pond and wheat and barley fields. You can also pick up a leaflet of walks around the farm and about a 15-20 min walk from the farm house on top of a hill is a little stone circle they have created. The walk is a gentle up hill the whole way but offers you some amazing views of Somerset and when you reach the top their is also some woodland to explore.
You could spend nearly all of your stay not leaving the farm and yet still have lots of opportunities to connect with nature, relax or play a game of chess in the communal lounge. We did however spend sometime exploring the local area, which I will share more with you in my next post, but Huntstile is really a special place and provided some much needed calm and downtime as well as simple outdoor fun for all of us.