Make yourselves at home in the dining room with antiques, pictures, photographs, china plates and lots of interesting books. Tea and home-baked apple cake or scones are waiting for you, or you can have a nip from the honesty bar; you’ll also find Dorset wine and a friend’s honey to buy. The sun-room overlooking the garden is a good spot for a sundowner before one of Angela’s delicious homemade suppers – she cooks a mean paella.
Breakfast choices are posted on a blackboard and agreed upon the evening before, with vegetarian and vegan options too: avocado and spinach, homemade American pancakes with blueberry sauce, omelettes, plus ham and eggs, smoked salmon, Kedgeree or the full English, served in the sun room or garden if you prefer – help yourselves to cushions from the basket.
Take a book to the French day bed under the honeysuckle on balmy days, or visit the Swannery and the Subtropical Gardens in the village – both have good eateries.