Cowards Lake Farm House
Kevin and Irene Donnelly
Cowards Lake Farm House, 13 West Street, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JT
Tel 01305 871421.
Our house is situated at the West end of the village on the South side of the B3157 Weymouth to Bridport road. It is thought to be nearly three hundred years old and fell out of use as a working farm in the late 1960’s. However when the present owners moved in the barn, the single story building to the right of the main house in the photograph below was still used to stable horses. Much of the stone used to construct the house is believed to have been taken from the Abbey remains after the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536 – 1540. Several items, such as the Piscina in the Dining Room are immediately recognisable. During building work many other stones have been identified as being likely to be from the same source.
Access We are situated so that there is very easy access to:
• The Coastal footpath – 0.5 Km approx
• The Beach – 1.5 Km approx
• The village centre – 0.5 Km approx
We have off-road parking at the rear of the property outside our garage. Longer term parking is available if required. There is easy access from there to the front door. Safe storage can be provided overnight for items such as bicycles. There is a location map at the end of this document.
Free Wi-Fi is now available
Both bedrooms are at the back of the house and are shielded from any road noise by the bathrooms. Each room contains:-
• Hot drink making equipment (tea[Assam and herbal], coffee, hot chocolate),
• Refrigerator with bottled water and fresh milk.
Bedroom 1 has a private bathroom just across the landing that is reserved exclusively for the use of the occupiers of that room. We also provide dressing gowns in this room.
Bedroom 2 has an en-suite shower room.
Normal check in time is any time after lunch but, if the rooms are not ready or if guests wish to arrive early we do provide a luggage storage facility. Check out time is normally 1030. Any departures after this time may incur an additional payment.
Our front garden is available for use by our guests.
Breakfast is normally served between 0730 and 0900.
Breakfast can be either a full English or Continental style meal. With the exceptions of croissants all our bread, marmalade and most of our jam is homemade.
We normally cater for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians but if Vegan food is required we require advance notification of food requirements. Other special dietary requirements can be catered for but again advance notice is requested. Our normal breakfast menu is:-
Orange, Grapefruit or Pineapple
Grapefruit or tropical fruit salad
Muesli or a variety of other cereals, yoghurt
Breakfast (Full English)
Select from: Eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, sauté potato, black pudding, mushrooms, fried bread
Selection from: Eggs, vegetarian sausage, tomato, sauté potato, mushrooms, fried bread
Choice of croissants, toast (homemade brown or white bread)
Tea, coffee or hot chocolate
Homemade brown or white bread
Homemade jam, marmalade or honey
(low fat spread available on request)
Please note that we accept neither debit nor credit cards.
Unless prior agreement to waiving this requirement has been obtained a £20.00 deposit is required a time of booking. No booking will be considered confirmed until the deposit has been received.
Luggage collection and delivery for walkers can be arranged at a small cost.
Visitors without Cars
With prior notice, such visitors can be met at local railway/bus stations. Again a charge will be made for this service. Currently the charge for both this and luggage collection/delivery is £10.00 to Dorchester, Weymouth or Bridport (West Bay).
For walkers we can also pick up/drop off at certain points along the South-West Coast Path if they wish to stay longer at one place. Normally the appropriate points are Weymouth to the East or Seatown/Chideock to the West.
We do not provide evening meals but there are two pubs in the village, both of which provide a wide variety of evening meals. The Ilchester Arms is in the middle of the village, the Swan Inn at the eastern end of the village, 0.5 and 1 Km respectively.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome. However if you wish to bring a pet we require prior notice and expect the owner to be responsible for any damage/additional cleaning that may be required. Please also note that we have a very friendly, very large Great Dane.