- And the winner is…
Old Church Farm!
The hospitality industry has been on tenterhooks for the annual #EviivoAwards which Kate and I attended in the fabulous #ConnaughtRooms in Covent Garden on Tuesday evening. If you haven’t heard of Eviivo, they provide an online booking platform that integrates with the online travel agents such as #BookingDotCom #Expedia and hundreds of others and are responsible for processing £1 Billion of reservations! The awards are open to all independent hotels, B&Bs and guest houses irrespective of whether they use Eviivo. We attended as one of the 5 shortlisted properties for the South West region’s #HiddenGems. It was a great honour to be on the shortlist and truly a wondrous surprise to hear Old Church Farm read out as the regional winner. From the 9 regional winners one was selected as the #StarAmongstStars – and it was us!
Thank you to the judges and especially to our guests who took the time and effort to write such wonderful things about us. Thanks also to Michelle, Paul, Ian and the rest of the Eviivo team for a wonderful evening.
- OCF nominated for major award 2 years running
Old Church Farm has been shortlisted for the Hidden Gem – South West Award at Britain’s premier annual awards for the industry. In less than 2 years of trading we have been shortlisted twice!
Eviivo is a leading online booking specialist for independent accommodations and provide a gateway linking to the online travel agencies such as Expedia, Booking.com, TripAdvisor and many others. The panel of judges will be deciding the regional and ultimately the national winner who will be crowned ‘Star amongst Stars’.
Kate and I are delighted to be shortlisted again – it’s been a great year for us so far – we retained our AA 5 Star Gold Award and have been selected to appear in the 2020 Good Hotel Guide which is published next month. As great as it is to receive industry accolades the greatest pleasure we have is reading through all the kind reviews that our customers have left giving us a near perfect score on all the major platforms.
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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.