What is(are) your name(s)?
Glenys and Gerald Dixon
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Nearly 13 years, since June 1997
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
When we bought the place it was an old farmhouse, so we converted the first floor, and changed some of the stables and barns into rooms for the B&B. It does however still look like a farm with horses in the fields, chickens in the yard and cats in the stable. Glenys was a supervisor in the housekeeping department at a Radisson-SAS hotel in Copenhagen, but we wanted to have a place of our own. Glenys' aunt had a B&B in England, and when Glenys was on school holidays and such she worked and spent time with her aunt. Gerald and Glenys are both English and wanted to introduce the concept of Bed and Breakfast here in Denmark, where it was not so well known - at least not the English way... We wanted it to be a "home from home" so that our guests could come back to a serene and friendly place after having attended their businesses - or after a hard days sightseeing, shopping or whatever - and so we chose to have it in the country.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Our motto is "Your home from home" and this also seems to be the experience of our guests. Our tourists are very happy about the friendliness and helpfulness they meet and appreciate our special suggestions about places to see that are a little outside the usual things in the tourist guide. As well as this businesspeople enjoy the warm homely atmosphere rather than the clinical feeling in an ordinary hotel. They also appreciate the clean and well maintained rooms and the serenity and beauty of Cottage Farm.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
The main house has a dining room and a meeting room. We have a big lovely garden and a nice terrace. We have the top grading as a Bed and Breakfast.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
3 single rooms (2 with private, one with shared bathroom). 2 family rooms with 3 beds (bathroom on corridor). 4 double rooms (3 with private bathroom). 3 roomed apartment - sleeps 4 to 6 persons. All together we have 21 beds in 12 rooms.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The house in general is kept in a homelike country style. Some rustic rooms, and some decorated "Laura Ashley" style.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Most of the rooms have separate bathroom with shower, they have TV, video, free wireless Internet, electric kettle, fridge and microwave. The family rooms, one of the single rooms and one double room shares two bathrooms and a tea-kitchen with microwave, fridge and electric kettle.
Which room is your personal favorite?
Our favourite room is a double room overlooking the horses in the field. It is very quiet and serene since there are no other rooms above or beside it. It shares a big terrace overlooking the courtyard with two other rooms.
Another favourite is on the 1st floor - a double decorated Laura Ashley style - overlooking the biggest field.
What do the room rates include?
Parking, insurance, Internet, tax, all bed linens and towels - but not breakfast.
Do you offer any special packages?
We offer 7 nights for the price of 6.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Breakfast buffet: We have different breads, cereals, cheese, eggs, ham, salami, tomatoes, yoghurts, jam, marmalade, tea, coffee, milk and juice. Or, by special request, a full English cooked breakfast with bacon, eggs, beans etc.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served in the main house between 7 and 10 am. In the summer the guests can eat breakfast on the terrace overlooking the garden. If the guests prefer to eat their breakfast in private,we will bring a breakfast tray to the room. Guests who want to leave early, can have a breakfast-pack made ready for them the night before and put in the fridge.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
Our breakfast has many choices for vegetarians, but also, if you let us know your requirements, we can cater to taste...
Do you serve other meals?
No other meals served, but lunch packs can be arranged, to take with you.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
All our rooms have or have access to a fridge, electric kettle and a microwave oven. (The microwave ovens in the apartment and on the 1st floor are free to use. A private microwave in your room is 35 kr per day).
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Children are certainly welcome and there is lots of space for them to play in. It is however a farm with horses and other animals and so children should not be left unattended.
Do you accept pets?
No. Even our own dog is not allowed in the guest rooms. Occasionally guests have housed their pets in our stable - but only if you have your own pet container, as we wouldn't like to have any conflict with the horses.
What is your smoking policy?
Cottage Farm is a non-smoking B&B, but our guests are welcome to smoke outdoors, in the garden, or on the terrace.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Our guests are welcome to park in the courtyard, and the car park at the end of our drive.
There is ample space for all guests vehicles.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
To a certain degree. Many of the rooms and the dining room and meeting room in the main house are on the ground floor. Our guests can park right outside the rooms. The rooms and the main house do however have step-stones and there are cobbles in the yard that could make it difficult for a wheelchair to move around.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
We kindly ask our guests to check in after two p.m. and check out by 11 a.m.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
Not normally. Some of our guests - for instance guests that are here on a business trip or attending a meeting - even spends only the daytime here. We charge these guests for one night. However we ask a minimum 2 nights in peak periods.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
They can call Cottage Farm on the phone, they can e-mail us or make a reservation online, via our website, or another agency.
What is you cancellation policy?
We charge a deposit of the first night's room rental - refundable if cancellation is more than 14 days in advance.
If the room rental is more than one week we take 10% deposit.
What types of payment do you accept?
At the moment we only accept danish credit cards, but we are working on being able to accept all of the above. We also accept different kinds of foreign currency (USD // GBP // Euro's - notes only), and payment via netbank and Paypal.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
No special code of conduct, we just want our guests to relax, and enjoy Cottage Farm, but also be mindful of our other guests.
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Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
A B&B is more homelike than an ordinary hotel, the rooms have the same facilities, but the B&B is more personal and able to cater for individual needs. A much cosier atmosphere, compared to quite sterile impersonal environment in an hotel.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
Cottage Farm is the kind of B&B where the guests keep coming back. Many stay in touch with us because of the personal and homelike relationship between guests and hosts and the homely atmosphere. But is is also a place to relax in your own company without any disturbance from us or the other guests if that's what you prefer.