We landed at Andy's Farm Cottage B&B in Harwich upon arrival in the UK on our July 2011 motocycle trip. We found Andy to be extremely intelligent, warm, straightforward, helpful, self-made, industrious and as genuine as it gets.
We'd had some engine troubles due to someone tampering with our fuel tap on the ferry over and Andy went out of his way to lend me all the tools I needed for a temporary fix. He was on constant standby, ready to assist if necessary. It was the weekend, so we ended up staying there until Tuesday, waiting for our bike to be serviced. Andy's girlfriend was instrumental in helping us find a motorcycle garage that was open on Monday (they're closed on Mondays in Colchester for some reason!)
A couple of weeks later, on our way home, we decided to stay at the Farm Cottage B&B once more, just because we really liked Andy! Initially, we'd stayed in a tent outside but on the return run, we had the luxury of a double room.
Two minor, as in teeny-weeny, complaints I had were really due to no fault of Andy's: 1) most GPS navigators will lead you to the wrong spot about a mile away from his place, and 2) the guests before us shouldn't have been smoking in the room.
One concern I had was about the large radio mast, but apparently Andy no longer uses it for broadcasts and it's sufficiently grounded to offset any dangers from lightning.
If I could suggest an improvement, it would be to rehaul the website to a web 2.0 feel, but this is probably irrelevant, as he's already managing to be found online just fine as it is!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farm Cottage B&B opened in December 2008 until December 2013 averaging over 2,000 International visitors per year. ... more less