Stay In Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s 17th century farmhouse

Stay in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s iconic 17th century farmhouse at River Cottage HQ

For the very first time Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ is offering overnight accommodation in their beautiful 17th century farmhouse. Situated on the Dorset/Devon border with far-reaching views across the spectacular Axe valley, the long house and smallholding have been the backdrop for many of the River Cottage TV series including The River Cottage Treatment, River Cottage Spring, River Cottage Autumn, River Cottage: Summer’s Here, River Cottage: Winter’s On The Way, River Cottage Every Dayand River Cottage Veg.

River Cottage HQ is 100 stunning acres of working farmland, set in an AONB, less than 10 minutes from the breath-taking Jurassic coastline and popular Regency town of Lyme Regis.  The site includes an 18th century threshing barn which hosts events and dinners, a bespoke designed cookery school running a diverse selection of culinary and specialist courses and a traditional West Country farmhouse with Victorian walled kitchen garden.

The iconic farmhouse has been sympathetically designed to reflect River Cottage’s sustainable ethos, using UK based product and furniture companies with high ethical standards. Original features have been retained and restored, breathing new life into one of Hugh’s most beloved spaces at River Cottage. The house embraces the flexibility of a B&B and can be rented exclusively as a holiday retreat or for weddings. It is the perfect place to wake up in and a calm sanctuary to retire to after an intensive cookery course or a day exploring the local area.

The sitting room has double aspect views across the courtyard to one side and the mature walled kitchen garden to the other. In the interior designed kitchen, the inglenook fireplace and bread oven, focus of many of Hugh’s onscreen cookery demonstrations, have been lovingly restored. Furniture Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s 17th century farmhousehas been crafted by Another Countryand Sitting Firmwhilst rugs come from renowned local carpet makers, Axminster Carpets. Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms with Naturalmatmattresses and organic linen bedding and the stylish bathrooms are stocked with organic cotton towels and excellent Bramleytoiletries. In each room is a pile of specially selected reading material and a jar of handpicked foliage from the farm.

Stewart Dodd, River Cottage Chief Executive, says, ‘I had a clear brief for our treasured farmhouse, keeping the spirit and tradition of the building but giving it a subtle, more contemporary redesign. It was crucial that local, sustainable products and materials were used. Whilst the kitchen and bathrooms have been replaced, the remainder of the interior has been refurbished and brought back to life. Timber floors have been sanded and sealed, stone floors polished and sealed, VOC free paints have been used for all painting and decorating and all services including heating and electricity have been updated. We are thrilled with the result and look forward to it being enjoyed by the many guests who visit every year.’

Local, seasonal, sustainably sourced produce is at the centre of everything River Cottage do which is evident in the breakfast they offer. The farmhouse kitchen is filled with a selection of treats and a relaxed, help yourself attitude is encouraged. The menu deliciously shifts with the seasons offering homemade granola with fruits and organic River Cottage yoghurt, freshly baked seeded and sourdough breads and a hearty cooked breakfast. Whether it’s a more traditional fry up with River Cottage’s own produce of sausages, bacon and eggs or smoked pollock, poached eggs and hollandaise, the team are on hand to rustle it up. Dinner is on request with sharing boards available as a mid-week treat.

 This stylishly renovated 17th-century farmhouse – set in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ – provides a remarkable spot for a peaceful countryside escape; unwind to views across the walled garden with homegrown seasonal produce, picked a stone's throw from your doorstep. Telegraph Travel July 2019 

Following on from the success of establishing their farmhouse holiday accommodation, River Cottage have a further plan to build an eleven bedroom guesthouse, providing guests with simple yet luxurious space to stay on the farm. 

For more details visit www.rivercottage.net/stay

 

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