Guest Book

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  1. A lovely cottage in a very pretty village with a good pub, close to Bridport and the Hive Beach (Burton Bradstock). We were made very welcome by Keith and Louise and really enjoyed our stay. Great scones and eggs!

  2. We had a wonderful stay at The Hay barn, perfect for our little kiddies. Weather was perfect and the place was so lovely and clean. They provided everything we could possible need including home made scones and wine! A wonderful surprise!
    The girls adored collecting the eggs, they are still talking about it now, lovely, lovely lovely! 5 stars xxxx

  3. This year in July we had our 4th trip to stay at Straw Loft. We all love it there. The house is a real home from home and has everything you need. Keith and Louise always make us feel so welcome and we look forward to the scones and eggs every year. The boys (nearly 5 and 2 and a half) love playing in the garden and at times it was difficult to get them back inside this time round. Would always recommend The Barns as a wonderful place for a family holiday.

  4. We had a great stay at the Hay Barn. The house was very nice and comfy. Enough room and a pleasant terrace to eat. The house is well equipped. The welcome was genuinely warm and Keith and Louise were extremely helpful for which we are very thankful. The village also was very nice.

  5. Just came home from our fourth holiday to straw loft. As usual it was beautiful, relaxing and has everything you need. Our two girls love this place especially the pool and gardens. Keith and Louise are friendly and lovely hosts and our girls love feeding the chickens with them. We would love to come back again! Thank you Steph, Adam, Emily and Lucy.

  6. Lovely location, central to all local attractions. Fabulous accomodation and garden with facilites all catered for ensuring you relax from the moment you arrive rather than rushing to the shops for basics.

    My four year old daughter loved it, made especially special by Louise and Keith who never tired of her wanting to feed the chickens and collect eggs.

    Must also mention local prob ‘Loders’ excellent food and drink which is only a few minutes walk. Making The Barns, Straw Loft a perfect village location.

  7. We had a wonderful four-night stay in Hay Barn during the patch between Christmas and New Year. We know the area extremely well and had lots of friends to visit. We didn’t want a sterile rental cottage and were looking for something characterful and homely. Well, we certainly found it! Hay Barn is incredibly welcoming. Beautifully decorated, clean, warm, wonderful beds. Everything you could want (including when we visited a lovely Christmas tree and lights). We only met Keith and Louise briefly as it was a busy time – but they were flawless hosts. I imagine in the summer, the pool is a fabulous bonus! We’ll 100 per cent definitely be back. Thank you so much.

  8. Just home from a lovely ‘pre Christmas 2015’ long weekend staying at the Straw Barn cottage – a lovely clean comfortable cottage, that has everything you need, its like a home from home. Lots of books and dvds, as well as a wonderful wood burner fire for the rainy afternoons. Keith and Lousie are great hosts and gave us loads of information on places to visit and eat, very helpful – thank you. We even joined in the local carol service at the pub, which was a great evening – thoroughly recommended and will definately be back in 2016 – thanks for a great time, look forward to coming back – Tracy K

  9. Lovely cottage, well equipped and very nice hosts. We also liked the village. The pool is great for the kids. Thanks.

  10. Thanks to Louise and Keith for their excellent hospitality.
    Straw Loft was very well equipped, nothing left to chance!
    Gardens a joy and location great for exploring the area, well placed for finding eating places. Even though weather was not good we still managed to use the pool!

  11. Our family stayed in in the straw loft at the start of the summer and had a really enjoyable week. We were pleasantly surprised by the furnishing and décor, as the photographs don’t really do it justice. Everything was very clean too.

    We were lucky with the weather and made good use of the pool and BBQ area, it was really nice to spend a day or two without having to go anywhere.

    Keith and Louise were excellent hosts and made us feel welcome. Would have no hesitation recommending here to anybody and would love to go back.

  12. A big thank you to Keith & Louise for the fantastic welcome & hospitality. The accommodation was absolutely superb, exceptionally clean and well furnished/stocked. The swimming pool was used every single day and re location the accommodation is well placed for eating places, the coast and activities. Would not hesitate to go back.

  13. Just returned from our third holiday at Straw loft. Yet again a great time had by all of us. We love the swimming pool and beautiful gardens and the girls love feeding the chickens. The cottage is very comfortable with everything you could want. Thankyou Keith and Louise for looking after us so well once again.

  14. We have just returned from a fantastic week at hay barn. Cottage catered for absolutely everything and was a stunning base to return to following a day exploring. Children loved every aspect of the cottage and gardens inparticular the pool and chickens!!! A wonderful family holiday and Keith and Louise were perfect hosts, (and very understanding about a small beauty disaster

  15. We spent a week in the Straw Loft during May and absolutely loved it. The cottage; very clean, smart, modern and had all you could possibly need in there. The location; beautiful and peaceful. Keith and Louise were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful and we would recommend the place to anyone.

  16. My family and I had a wonderful stay at The Hay Barn! The cottage is very well equipped and has a nice and cosy feel to it. We felt very welcome and enjoyed Louise’s scones! We would certainly recommend The Barns Cottages to our friends and family and we would love to come back one time! Thanks again!

  17. Thank you Keith and Louise for a wonderful break in the Haybarn. It helped that the weather was also amazing for our stay, but having the lovely garden to play in, chickens to feed and gather eggs from and the beautiful new outside table and chairs meant we could really appreciate it! The accommodation had absolutely everything we needed. It was probably better equipped than our own kitchen! We will all look forward to seeing you again. Jenny, Martin and Jess x

  18. A lovely, very clean and well provisioned place to stay. Louise and Keith were great hosts.
    They even bought a stairgate for us when we enquirerd if they had one.
    The children really enjoyed the lovely gardens and meeting your chickens. Thank you for a great holiday. 🙂

  19. Straw loft is a beautiful barn conversion in a beautiful location. Keith and Louise were very welcoming and delightful.
    We thoroughly loved our stay and will be recommending your barns to our friends and family.
    Take care,
    The Tyler’s .

  20. A fantastic place to stay in probably one of the most charming places in England. Sebastian loved the chickens. We had a well rested and fun Easter break. Thank you!

  21. We had a lovely time at strawloft and the owners Keith and Louise were most hospitable. Lovely accommodation. Very comfortable beds and very clean. I would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family. We went on walks round about and it is a peaceful location. Best wishes the sugdens.

  22. We had a great stay at the Straw Loft in September. The accommodation was exceptionally clean and very comfortable to stay in, and we really appreciated the extra efforts Keith & Louise had gone to by leaving plenty of provisions for us on our arrival (wine, milk, plenty of tea, coffee & dishwasher tablets esrc & even some beautiful homemade scones). Our 3 year old loved the pool, feeding the chickens & collecting their eggs & looking for fish in the pond. We had a wonderful meal of crab & lobster as a special treat at the Hive beach cafe and would thoroughly recommend it but get there early to get a table! Lyme Regis was our favourite beach, very good for kids with some lovely cafés/restaurants & shops. We had a great holiday & would love to return. Thank you!

  23. We stayed at the Hay Barn for a week in September. We have similar holidays most years in different parts of the country, and we both felt that the Hay Barn is the nicest property we have stayed in. The living space was pleasant and comfortable, the location was good for us – we were walking on the coast path – and we greatly appreciated the both the high standard of the property and the kind touches provided by the owners, such as the scones and the wine in the fridge. Good weather was a bonus, and we had a great week. We would recommend the Hay Barn to anyone.

  24. We all had a terrific time in Straw Loft which came equipped with everything we could possibly need. The children loved the pool which was warm even when the weather wasn’t! They fed the chickens, enjoyed the lovely fresh eggs and played boules and croquet on the lawn in the beautiful garden. Keith and Louise were very welcoming and gave us excellent advice about places to visit, we loved Lyme Regis and the Melplash Country Show.

    There is lots to do in the area for children and some wonderful countryside and good pubs/restraurants for the adults. Brilliant place to stay, we will be back!

  25. We stayed at straw loft for our second year. We all love it here. The cottage is so nice and everything thought about even a step in the bathroom for our little three year old to get onto the toilet! The extra freezer is great for keeping more ice creams!
    Our children (and us) love the pool, beautiful gardens and the chickens. Playing bowls in the garden before bed became an every night occasion.
    It’s a beautiful and peaceful part of the world and we love lyme Regis. Already going to book for our third year next year.
    Thankyou Keith and Louise who were great hosts again!!

  26. We have just returned from a wonderful week at the Hay Barn. Keith and Louise made us feel so welcome and were happy to provide suggestions for activities and places to eat. The accommodation was very clean and well-equipped and there were many thoughtful touches that were much appreciated. Our three young children loved the pool and being allowed to help feed the chickens! Our highlights were fossil hunting on Charmouth Beach, taking a trip on the Swanage railway including a stop at Corfe Castle, and exploring the children’s trails at the Blue Pool near Wareham.

  27. The best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. Everything we could need was provided and more. We all loved the homemade scones and jam that welcomed us on our arrival. The children loved the pool and beautiful gardens. The location was great and very relaxing. We had a good meal at the nearby Loders Arms and would also recommend The Ship Inn in Weymouth. The weather was fantastic with only one showery day when we visited Nothe Fort in Weymouth which was a good value for money attraction, greatly enjoyed by the children.
    We would also recommend the guided fossil hunting walk at Charmouth for which you need to pre book.
    Would love to return soon. Thank you to Keith and Louise for a great stay.

  28. What a BEAUTIFUL setting and hospitable hosts. We recently spent a week in Straw Loft, a perfect base for visiting family. The Loft has everything you could need, with lots of thoughtful touches to ensure guests have a stress free stay. The gardens and pool just put the cherry on the cake. We would be back in August for another week, but both cottages are full!! Must book sooner….see you again, next year. Thanks Vic, Jimmy, Giorgio and Francesca x

  29. What a lovely welcome from Keith and Louise ! We’ve just spent a week at the Hay Barn , and have had the most wonderful time . The cottage is clean and comfy , beautifully decorated and very well equiped – everything you could wish for , and more ! There was lots of information available on places to visit , eat etc which was really appreciated – I brought plenty of provisions with us , but we ended up eating out every day . The two places we enjoyed most for lunch were The Anchor at Burton Bradstock , and The Anchor at Seatown . Also had a lovely light lunch at The Marquis of Lorne – where John last went 50 years ago ! Once again a sincere and heartfelt thankyou to Keith and Louise , look forward to returning as soon as we can .

  30. We were made to feel very welcome by Keith and Louise. The cottage was very clean and was well equipped including children DVDs and games. Louise had also made fabulous scones which were gratefully received after our journey. Our 3 young boys loved the garden, swimming in the pool (even in the rain!) and feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs. We were well looked after by Keith and Louise, they even bought me nappies when I was carless for the day and ran out! Great knowledge of the area.
    It’s a very peaceful place to stay in beautiful surroundings.

  31. WOW!!!

    The best holiday accommodation we have ever enjoyed.

    We could not believe just how well appointed it was. We really felt like we were in a house swap – everything was just so good. Even an extra freezer to make life that little bit easier.

    But what really made it was the welcome from Louise and Keith. Won’t spoil the surprise, but what excellent hosts. Made us feel part of the family. Even let our kids help them feed the chickens.

    Great location with so much to do nearby. Even our teenage boys did not complain. Also, loads of great eateries nearby – try Rachel’s in Westbay.

    Can’t wait to go back.

  32. We stayed in Hay Barn for the third time in September; on this occasion with parents in tow. As usual we had a wonderful, restful break, making the most of the cottage and the garden – which Dad particularly loved, and visiting old haunts from when Dad was based at Bovington Camp in the early 60s. Everything was faultless as always, and we will be back!

  33. We booked a last minute short break for half term and as we usually stay in West Bay were a little nervous about venturing somewhere new (especially with a massive storm forecast!) but the Hay Barn was perfect! Keith and Louise were so welcoming and the location and cottage are perfect – they even sent my keys back the same day when I accidentally left them behind!
    We will definitely be back again – hopefully in warmer weather so we can use the pool too! Thanks for a lovely few days

  34. Just returned from a short break, booked at the very last minute to Thd Straw Loft.

    Wow, we were greeted by Keith and Louise who were delightful .
    The Straw Loft is maintained to an extremly high standard.

    It iis just lovely, so light and very peaceful.

    It has just everything great location, beautiful gardens, stunning scenery and even it’s very own heated pool!

    So sorry to leave can’t wait to return!
    Thank you both.

  35. We have recently enjoyed our THIRD holiday to Straw Loft. Keith and Louise always make us feel so welcome, and Louise’s scones on arrival are legendary! Having small children, it’s important to us that anywhere we stay is clean and well equipped, and Straw Loft doesn’t disappoint. The location is idyllic, and our little ones love seeing the cows across the road, as well as feeding Keith and Louise’s chickens. We hope to be back once again!

  36. What a fantastic place. We love it here. Keith and Louise were great hosts and the homemade scones and jam on arrival were delicious and greatly appreciated. Straw loft was kitted out with everything you could think of and was the perfect base to explore the surrounding beaches, countryside and sights. The children particularly enjoyed the pool, nature walk and feeding the chickens, and are still talking about collecting their eggs! We all enjoyed the beautiful garden and swimming pool. We are now regulars to Straw loft and would strongly recommend it to anyone.

    Ps. The Crown pub up the road also does lovely grub.

  37. We have just spent a fabulous week in the Hay Barn. The cottage itself is stunning. It’s spacious, cosy and decorated beautifully and we felt at home the second we arrived. We were incredibly impressed and grateful for the gifts upon arrival – it made us feel instantly welcome and looked after. The cottage provided absolutely everything we could have possibly needed, from DVD’s, books and board games, to snuggly blankets, hairdryer and everything you could ever think of in the kitchen. The garden was beautifully kept, peaceful and provided a wonderful space for my small boys to run around and play with the numerous garden games and toys provided. The pool was clean and great fun with lots of pool accessories e.g. inflatables, water pistols etc. Keith and Louise were fabulous and friendly hosts and my children adored collecting the eggs from the chickens. I can’t recommend the Hay Barn highly enough and we were very sad to leave.

  38. We had a wonderful holiday in The Hay Barn for the week of 10th – 17th August. We shared our week with our friends who rented The Straw Loft. The accommodation was of a high standard, it was all well appointed and had a lovely homely feel. Louise and Keith are lovely owners who genuinely care that you are happy and are having a good holiday. The welcome gifts of wine, scones and eggs were a thoughtful touch. We all loved the pool and our children were so excited to feed the chickens and collect their eggs. The location is perfect with several beaches and activities nearby. Overall The Barns gave a feeling of being in a villa abroad without having to leave the country. We hope to return in the future.

  39. We had a wonderful week during August in the Straw Loft. This light, airy, well equipped cottage was a delightful refuge after a busy day exploring the Dorset coast and country side. Keith and Louise were kind and welcoming and the scones, wine, eggs and helpful advice concerning the locality most appreciated. The pool was great, especially with the children who made good use of it. Thank you.

  40. We arrived on a very rainy day but received such a warm welcome from Keith and Louise. We could not fault the Hay Barn. We immediately felt at home and all the little extras from the delicious scones down to allowing the kids to feed the chickens made our week a memorable one.

  41. Booked into the Hay Barn for a week with my wife, son and his wife. Had a fantastic week from a warm welcome by a lovely couple to the last goodbye and was filled with lots of useful local knowledge. The cottage was all we could have hoped for in a true rural location, all I can say is thank you both.

  42. Came back yesterday from straw loft cottage. Did not want to leave! Beautiful cottage and gardens. Emily loved the pool. Keith and Louise are brilliant hosts and all your needs are catered for. A week was not long enough! Thankyou!

  43. We stayed in the Straw Loft which is very comfortable and well equipped. Enjoyed the gardens and swimming pool. Great for walking and cycling as well as exploring local pubs. The home made scones and fresh eggs were lovely.

  44. Hay cottage is a fantastic retreat. Louise and Keith are so welcoming and helpful. The garden is very relaxing and the kids loved feeding the chickens. We’ll definitely be back again.

  45. Arrived on one of the few sunny days of May to the warmest of welcomes from our hosts. We stayed in the stylish, beautifully equipped Straw Loft, where all your comforts have been anticipated, including some delicious warm scones and fresh eggs, for a wonderful relaxing week. The setting is amazing, so quiet and peaceful but only 10 minutes drive from Bridport and West Bay. It was just what we needed and we will be back very soon.

  46. Wonderful setting and lovely hosts-Charlotte loved the chickens,the car and the shells!!

  47. Such a wonderful place to stay.Fantastic hosts,lovely cottage.great beaches and so much more.

    • We have just returned from a lovely family weeks holiday in Hay Barn. It is our second year there and everything was as good as the first time. Keith and Louise were great hosts. The property was lovely with everything you could want and more. spotless accommodation , lovely garden and even a swimming pool. All our family love it there. Hope to return again next year if only for Louises scones , eggs and wine !!!
      Thank you

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