Guest Comments

We stayed at The Dairy a year ago and loved it so much that we came back.  Two Junes couldn’t have been more different.  2018:  the hottest ever; 2019: the wettest ever.  We know how to pick them!  Whatever the weather The Dairy is still fabulous with James as our super friendly and helpful host, the peaceful location, and wonderful gardens – more voluminous than before – and the fantastic choice of pubs around the area. Thank you James.  We have had a wonderfully relaxing break in a very hectic year.

June 2019  A&B, Suffolk

The nest holiday we have ever had by far.  The Dairy has been put together with such style and attention to detail that it lacks nothing and the welcome hamper far exceeded our expectations.  Being welcomed into the beautiful garden added much to our sense of well-being during our time here.  It has been created with such flair and love it is an absolute joy. Making a garden look so natural is not easy – I know as I’ve been trying to do it for 40 years!  James is a wonderful host and we really enjoyed our chats with him about the house and garden.  We would love to have been able to stay for longer.

June 2019  D&I, Yorkshire

Our second visit to the delightful Dairy and it felt like returning home!  As ever James and Michael leave no stone unturned to ensure their guests’ comfort.  The garden continues to flourish.  Many thanks again.

June 2019  M&D, Spain

Thank you for a beautiful stay in your wonderful cottage surrounded by magical gardens.

May 2019  H&C, Surrey

We chose The Dairy because we wanted to spend a week somewhere special to celebrate another big birthday.  We were not disappointed.  The Dairy is perfection.  No creature comforts have been overlooked.  James and Mike have been perfect hosts and we were so fortunate that the glorious weather enabled us to enjoy the fabulous garden that James clearly loves so much. Many thanks for a great week.  We shall be sorry to leave.

May 2019  A&J, Huddersfield

Lovely few days in the fantastic Dairy.  Great Location. Exceptionally well-appointed cottage.  Slept amazingly!  

Nothing to be improved – it was just perfect.  Thank you!

P&J   Mar 2019

What a wonderful stay! Everything from the wonderful welcome hamper, White Company products (as much as we wanted) and beautifully pressed sheets, exceeded our expectations. Such a wonderfully designed and lovingly put together sanctuary.  James was gorgeous – looked after us before and during our stay and made sure we had everything we needed.  A lovely riverside walk and a wander in Broadway is highly recommended!  Even pre-spring the garden was stunning. Would love to come back and see it in the summer.  Thank you for a delightful stay!  

P&W – Sheffield  Feb 2019

Even with the terrible weather we had a lovely time.  We came away just wanting to relax and spend time together and The Dairy was perfect. We slept really well – its so quiet and the bed is amazingly comfortable.  We had the wood burner going and watched films (there are hundreds to choose from).  We ate locally and walked up the hill (beautiful) using the maps that James has provided.  We loved it so much we’ve booked a return visit in July.  Thank you SO much for creating this little piece of Heaven!!

M&J - London  Feb 2019

Our second stay at The Dairy and once again it was just perfect for us.  Thank you James for making our birthdays so special for us.

C&M – Herefordshire Dec 2018

I feel that after my stay, James and I are now old, dear friends.  I came here alone from The States, needing some R&R.  James was there when I needed him and I have to thank him for making me feel so welcome during my stay.  From his wealth of local information to coming to my aid when I blew the tyres on my car outside Worcester.  James really is my hero! James has done a wonderful job making The Dairy full of ‘hygge’.  The bed was so comfy, I slept for three days!  And after a week at Willow Pond I now feel ready to go onto London and do business.  One day I shall be back.  Why wouldn’t you?

J – New York and

California Dec 2018

Our stay was just for a weekend. We ate at The Manor, which is 5 minutes from The Dairy.  Two days was too short a time here so we've booked a return visit in May next year.  C&R, London.  Oct 2018.


where the food was stunning.  We came for a week and as two couples so two of stayed in Sarah's and two in the Dairy.  We had THE most fantastic time.  There's so much to see and do.  We love food and have to say we ate out every night and had some exceptional meals. James was a wonderful host.  His breakfasts were perfect.  He made us feel really comfortable.  We had one of the happiest holidays at Willow Pond.  We would recommend it absolutely.  I&G, D&M, Spain. Sept 2018

We were very glad that we were recommended to stay here.  What a find!  We really enjoyed our too-short stay while attending the Pershore Jazz Festival. James has made us feel welcome and the hamper of lovely goodies have been much appreciated.  We look forward to a return visit.

M&J Dorset, August 2018


The Dairy with James and Mike was amazing!  We don’t have anything like it in Holland!!  You were perfect hosts and we laughed a lot.  We had a week in The Dairy and were really sad when the week ended. We didn’t want to leave.  We loved the local pubs (think we went to them all!), we explored lots of nearby National Trust properties (recommended by James).  We ate and drank probably too much, but we love it here.  It would be wonderful to come back one day. 

J&M Holland, August 2018

This is a really lovely place.  It’s kind of undiscovered.  James helped us make the most of our stay.  It was so quiet and tranquil that we slept really well.  It’s a very high quality place.  We loved it all.  We took loads of photos and really enjoyed the garden.  One day James even made us a picnic lunch to have in the garden.  It was just perfect.

H&S Australia, August 2018

We have enjoyed a fabulously relaxing holiday at The Dairy.  It’s been fantastic to have so many places to sit and enjoy the setting of the house in the garden.  This is a wonderful space with exquisite furniture and decoration – the best Rural Retreats property we’ve ever stayed in (and we’ve stayed in a few!).  Thank you James for creating this space and for being the perfect host.

A&B Suffolk, July 2018


We feel privileged to stay in such a beautiful cottage, with everything you could wish for a comfortable and relaxing stay.  James, you were the perfect host.  We love what you’ve done with the cottage and the garden.  We look forward to seeing how the garden will grow.  We really hope to stay again.  Wonderful!

J&G Kent, July 2018


Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.  Your attention to detail has made The Dairy a comfortable and peaceful home from home. Everything is just right for us from the welcome hamper (kept us going for days!) to the amazing bathroom. Enjoyed staying in the garden and walking in the beautiful countryside.  Wish we could have stayed longer.  

C&M, Monmouth, July 2018

The Dairy is a wonderful place and James made us feel very welcome.  Take time to explore the gardens – they are fantastic! Wish we were staying longer.  Thank you for a relaxing time.

P&L London, June 2018