It was the end of May Bank Holiday weekend. John and Mary Narvell were on the home leg of a 1000 mile tour of Ireland in their prized 1939 Rolls Royce when they noticed that the car didn’t feel right. They pulled over and discovered a bulge in the wall of the tyre. John, who was recovering from a recent illness changed the tyre while his wife searched the internet for a hotel so that the car and John could recover. The nearest hotel was Old Church Farm so Mary phoned to check availability and booked a room, dinner and breakfast. It was only upon arrival that the Narvells discovered that the hotel was previously owned by Rolls Royce from 1960 until 2017 when the current owners purchased it. Perhaps the car had visited before? Call it serendipity, coincidence, fate – whatever. The Narvells enjoyed the award-winning cuisine and loved their room you can read their review here.
The following day the car fired up first time and was running perfectly. John manoeuvred the car to the front door to allow me to record the moment on camera before finishing their trip back to Belgravia.
- Heritage Dinner
We were honoured to be chosen by the former custodians of the property as the venue for their annual heritage dinner. Pre-dinner drinks were taken in the drawing room, followed by a private dinner in the dining room after which coffee was taken in the dining room. We really enjoyed hosting it.
If you have a special occasion that you would like to celebrate we would love to hear from you – minimum number of 8 people applies.
- Old Church Farm retains top award for 2019
Following a surprise inspection by the AA inspector last week Old Church Farm has retained for the second year the highest accolade in the UK guest accommodation industry – the 5 Star Gold Award. The AA has been operating the rating scheme in the UK since 1912 and more recently have joined up with Visit Britain to establish common standards – so the awards from each other are commensurate.
The business was also awarded the breakfast and dinner awards again for 2019. Owners Christopher and Kate, who opened the business in 2018 are proud to be ranked as the best in Britain and are committed to making Old Church Farm better every year. They will be planting more vegetables, fruits and herbs to use in their award winning meals and continue with the rolling program of improvements around the property and its land.
- Vintage Bentley visits OCF
We were delighted to have ‘Reggie’ – this immaculate 1949 Mark VI Rolls-Bentley stay with us. The semi-razor edge coachwork was by Freestone and Webb. Its’ aluminium body is completely rust-free and has a 4¼ litre, straight-six engine with twin SU carburettors.
Reggie’s home is near Salisbury and is available (with chauffeur) for weddings. Further details can be found at http://www.wiltshire-weddingcar.co.uk/
- AA bestow top award to Old Church Farm
Following an undercover visit by the AA hotel inspector Old Church Farm has been awarded a Five Star Gold Award. We also received a separate award for Breakfast and Dinner. We are absolutely over the moon to receive this industry recognition that is trusted the world over. It shows that we are doing the right things and inspires us to do even greater.
Here is what the inspector wrote:
“It was good to visit Old Church Farm for this initial overnight inspection which generally proved to be a very positive visit. Hospitality and service provided a good mix of
a friendly welcome with helpful and efficient service throughout the stay. Bedrooms and bathrooms offer a range of shapes and sizes and are all very well decorated and furnished. The bed and bedding proved especially comfortable. Housekeeping di
splayed sound attention to detail throughout all areas of the accommodation. All public areas appeared in very good order including the well furnished dining room and the comfortable guest lounges. Both dinner and breakfast offered a good selection of well cooked and presented dishes. Both our Dinner Award and our Breakfast Award are now achieved. We look forward to returning in due course and in the meantime confirm a grading at Five Gold Stars with a Guest Accommodation designator is now well deserved.”
- Old Church Farm shortlisted for award…
We are proud and over the moon to have been shortlisted in the annual Eviivo awards for the category ‘Hidden Gems’. Along with 4 other premises in the South West we will find out in October who has won in the region and who will be crowned ‘Star amongst Stars’ by grabbing the national title.
The competition is open to all B&B and Guest houses in the UK and is judged on customer feedback. So, thank you to the customers who have taken the time to write a review and all the lovely things that you have had to say about your stay.
- New visitors to the farm
Fifteen head of cattle have moo-ved into the lower field to help us manage the grass. They should be with us for a few weeks until they have munched it down. The Hereford in the foreground is the bravest of the herd and most inquisitive and seems to like having its back rubbed!
- OCF Asparagus – When it’s gone, it’s gone!
English asparagus is the best in the world and where better to enjoy it than at Old Church Farm. But you’ll have to hurry! The first heads popped up on 26th April and have been supplying the kitchen ever since. Served with Kate’s freshly made Hollandaise you’ll savour the memory forever.
- It’s Strawberry Time!
Guests staying at Old Church Farm this summer will find the English favourite fruit appearing in our breakfasts, desserts and even drinks. We have over 200 strawberry plants which fruit through to the end of September. We are trying to grow our strawberries organically without any chemicals. We produce our own compost and try to fend off those that would try to get to the fruit before you by natural means. Having had the warmest May in a century this is going to be a bumper year for strawberry lovers so book a room and savour nature’s delights with us.
Try our strawberries with the house fizz, in a Pimms cocktail, as a salad, on your breakfast cereal or yoghurt or in one of Kate’s splendid home made desserts.
Remember to give 24 hours notice for dinner reservations!
- OCF awarded top rating from for food hygiene by Food Standards Agency
We are extremely proud to have been awarded the top possible rating for food hygiene by South Gloucestershire Environmental Health department in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency. We were inspected on Monday 16th April and issued with the rating. Two days later another officer turned up to do an unannounced inspection, oblivious to the fact that his colleague had already conducted one! He apologised but I said he could come in and have a look around anyway as he was here. He, too, was blown away by the place and we ended up chatting in the vegetable garden about what foods we each were growing. Nice team the EHOs in South Gloucestershire!