We needed a place to stay while our children rowed in the Brentwood Regatta. Not knowing anything at all about the Mill Bay area, the idea of a farm stay intrigued me. Maryann's quick and friendly response to my inquiry about drive time (20 minutes from the race) and availability (yes!) was so much more appealing than the endless loop of hotel and motel website searches, I knew this would work out.
Their website is very accurate - those emerald green pastures and goofy looking cattle are for real, but the photos don't quite do the house justice. It is a beautiful, large, historic structure, lovingly cared for and comfortably up to date.
I shared the Heritage room: two queen beds divided by a half wall and a curtain, and a hall bathroom. The beds were essentially Heavenly beds, like you'd find at a Westin hotel, extremely comfortable with high end sheets and pillows. The amenities were exactly to my liking: free wifi, fluffy white towels, shampoo and soap in the bathroom, alarm clock, nightstand and lamp, blowdryer,etc., and no TVs in the bedrooms. After a long day out of doors, a hot shower and the fluffy robe (provided with slippers), the evening breezes drifting through the windows, a cup of hot tea and a good book were just perfect.
Brett kindly showed us around the workings of the dairy farm, and guided us to the walking paths, and patiently answered all of our questions. Breakfast (omelet, sliced melon, hot toast with jam and butter, and hot muffins made with rhubarb from their garden, coffee, tea and juices) was delicious. We left before breakfast our second day, but the posted menu included yogurt pancakes with fresh blackberries.
We were so busy at the regatta, we didn't have time to properly explore Fairburn Farm, but what I saw makes me want to return. Brett and Maryann are excellent hosts, professional and helpful, and very accommodating. The area around Fairburn is so pretty, with many excellent restaurants, bike and hike trails, the picturesque bay, I know I will be back.
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