At Gutchpool we are committed to being as environmentally responsible as possible. In view of this we took great care when renovating the old dairy, which is now the guests' sitting room, and with the conversion of the rest of the B&B wing, to use low impact materials, Purbeck stone and oak flooring and VOC free paints. The entire property has underfloor heating which is provided by a ground source heat pump, and we generate much of our electricity from the solar panels on the barn roof, and only use low energy lightbulbs.
The wood-burners are fed with wood from the farm and we have an active tree planting policy to limit our carbon footprint.
The Beds, Linen and Other Comforts
We aim to provide you with an excellent bed, high quality bedding and linen to ensure a truly comfortable nights sleep.
The linen is 100% Egyptian cotton, with a high thread count, and the duvets and pillows are goose feather and down; and we even change the tog value of the duvets with the seasons!
Each room has slippers, a DAB radio, iPhone chargers and WiFi.
There is also a kettle, so you can choose from a selection of teas, coffee and hot chocolate.
And last, but not least, a jar of delicious chocolates.
Each room has it's own private bathroom, with powerful showers, heated towel rails and marble surrounds to the basins, so you have plenty of space to put your own things.
The hand and shower wash, shampoo, conditioner and lotions are by the Flowers Collection at The White Company, scented with Jasmine, Rose and Neroli.
And the towels are large, white and soft.
The breakfast at Gutchpool is sourced as locally as possible, and we strive to provide the very best that Dorset has to offer.
We have 6 lovely hens for the eggs, we make our own jam, marmalade and yoghurt, and when in season apples, plums, greengages and quince come from our orchard. We collect creamy milk from a local farm, the sourdough bread comes from the artisan bakery At The Chapel in Bruton and Dorset Cereals supply the excellent muesli and granola.
We offer a light cooked option every morning, which might include home cured lardons of bacon from Kimber Farm's Gloucester Old Spot pigs, which we cook in the Aga.
There is freshly squeezed orange juice or our own pressed apple juice, and the coffee is sent to us from the Algerian Coffee Store in Soho - not exactly local we realise, but it's definitely worth it for the taste.
We also run an honesty bar, so you can enjoy a gin and tonic, a glass of wine or a night cap as you want. We offer a wide selection including soft drinks and many are made locally. Happily Dorset, and neighbouring Somerset, have some excellent drink producers - cider makers, small independent brewers, distillers and wine makers. These include Black Cow vodka, Conker gin, cider and Apple Aperitif from the Somerset Cider Brandy Co, ale and beer from Cerne Abbas Brewery and Langham's Wine Estate's Classic Cuvee sparkling wine.
We have a small wine list as well as one champagne, Pol Roger.
You are welcome to enjoy the garden of the B&B.
The Blue Room has it's own private stone terrace, with seating and a table in the summer months, which looks over the river to the farm beyond, often grazed by our horses and sheep. The Pink and Rabbit Rooms share a secluded garden, enclosed by a hornbeam hedge, which is laid to lawn with a seating area and a flower border. Both areas are ideal places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine in the evening.
Occasionally a hot air balloon might drift by or the guinea fowl, who live on the farm, will be seen foraging nearby.
The Farm & Walks
We would like you to enjoy the farm if time allows. There are some easy walks, and all the fields have grass rides around them. We can give you a map of the different routes to follow; perhaps through the wildflower meadow by the river, or along the boundary of the farm, past ancients oaks, which was also the medieval hunting ground of King John, and on up the hill where you get a wonderful view of the chalk downlands that encircle us. You even see King Alfred's Tower on the Stourhead estate from the top.
We farm with conservation in mind, always looking to improve the ground, with rich herbal leys, and minimal cultivation to ensure a good soil structure. As well as horses, which we keep for pleasure, we are building up a small flock of pedigree Dorset Down sheep. Because of the way we farm it is very likely that you would see much wildlife, including deer, hare and many different birds as well as butterflies in the summer.