Frequently Asked Questions
Old Great Marlborough
How are the bedrooms laid out at Old Great Marlborough?
The sleeping accommodation at Old Great Marlborough is spread throughout the main, historic part of the house, the pool-house and the bunk-house.
In the main house there are 2 x very large en-suite doubles, 1 x double and 1 x bunk-bed room to the first floor, alongside two shower rooms (the en-suites have bathtubs).
On the second floor of the house there is 1 x double and 1 x twin room.
On the ground floor of the house there is a TV ‘den’/playroom with a double sofa bed, you are welcome to use this as extra capacity, please just remember to bring some bed-linen for it (all other linens provided).
In the pool-annexthere is 1 x double to the left-hand side of the pool-room on the first floor, with a shower-room underneath. To the right-hand side of the pool there is an adjoining set of rooms, 1 x twin (downstairs) and 1 x double (upstairs).
In the bunkhouse, adjacent ot the main property, there is 1 x double bedroom downstairs which is also houses a small kitchenette and living/dining area, as well as a shower-room. Up a very steep set of stairs (not suitable for small children or elderly/disabled guests) there are 2 x single sleeping cabins on a mezzanine level. The bunk-house is all open-plan.
How does the payment process work for Old Great Marlborough? You can book your stay online via the calendar at the bottom of the Old Great Marlborough page. We take a 30% deposit upon booking, and then the balance is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. Currently we only accept direct bank (BACS) transfer, but we hope to be able to take credit and debit card payments soon
Does the price change depending on the number of people booking? No, the price is for the exclusive use of the whole house so is not dependent on the number of guests. The only exception is that we charge an additional £50 for parties larger than 22
Is bed linen included? Yes, bed linen and towels are included. If your party is larger than 22 and wishes to use the sofa bed/camp bed, you will need to bring additional linens for these.
Is firewood included? Firewood is provided, however charcoal for the BBQ is not
How many double and single rooms are there? We have 7 double rooms, 3 twin rooms and 2 single rooms spread across the main house, bunk house and pool annex. For more information please see the floor plans in our OGM gallery
What time can I arrive? And what time do we need to vacate? You can arrive from 3pm onwards; please let us know when you intend to arrive as we will be there to greet you. Guests need to vacate the property by 10am on the morning of departure, to give us enough time to 'turn around' the house between bookings.
Will the swimming pool be available? Yes, the swimming pool will be available for your exclusive use during your stay. However, a named guest will need to take responsibility for opening and closing the pool, and for taking water samples to test for the correct chemical balance before each use
How far is the bunkhouse from the main house? What about the pool annex? The bunkhouse is about 10 yards from the front door of the house. The pool annex is adjoining with the main, historic part of the house, there are no external doors between them
Are travel cots and high chairs provided? There are 2 high chairs available; guests will need to bring there own travel cots
What cooking facilities do you have? Old Great Marlborough has a 4 oven AGA (2 cooking ovens and 2 warming ovens), and 4 electric hobs with an electric oven below. The AGA is extremely simple to use, and between the 2 cookers we have cooked a Christmas dinner for 28! All crockery, pots and pans and glassware is provided. We have 2 large fridge-freezers and 2 dishwashers for you to use. There is also a hob and small fridge in the bunkhouse
What are your group dining facilities? Our main dining table is designed to seat 16 adults, but we have managed to squeeze larger groups around it before! We can always set up an additional table in a 'T' shape arrangement if you require the extra space, please just let us know in advance. There is space for 22 guests around picnic tables in our covered BBQ area outside
Do supermarkets deliver to the house? Yes, Waitrose, Sainsburys, ASDA and Tesco all deliver to the house and this is a popular option with our guests
Can I bring my dog? Well behaved and house trained dogs are welcome by prior agreement only. Because we are situated in the middle of a working farm, special conditions will apply - please mention in your enquiry if you would like to bring your dog
What if I need to cancel my holiday? Sadly we are not able to offer refunds for cancelled holidays, the full balance would still be owed - we therefore recommend that guests take out adequate travel insurance prior to booking. We will do our utmost to transfer the holiday to alternate dates if given sufficient notice to resell the original dates, but guests would need to pay any price difference between them
What do I need to bring? An initial supply of tea bags, coffee, kitchen towel and toilet paper are provided, but guests will need to bring additional supplies for their group - particularly if staying for a full week
What is the postcode for OGM? For security reasons we are only able to give guests the postcode once the full balance has been paid, please contact us if you need more specific area information in the meantime
Can we host a wedding or other event at OGM? Yes, absolutely! Please contact us for details and to discuss event options and pricing
Can we rent OGM for two nights? Sadly, no. We let OGM for a minimum of three nights over the weekend (Friday afternoon - Monday morning).
Lower House Farm
How does the payment process work for Lower House Farm? The price at LHF is per person for your selected catered option, with a minimum group size of 20 people. You can book your stay online via the calendar at the bottom of the Lower House Farm page. We take a 30% deposit payment from each group member - or for the group as a whole - within 7 days of booking, by BACS transfer. Once a booking is placed by a group member, we will generate an invoice which can be shared amongst the group with our payment details. Additional activities can be booked and paid for either at the time of booking or up to 7 days prior to arrival.
Can I book camping without the catering option at Lower House Farm? In a word, no! We provide a full holiday experience at LHF, so all group members must select the same catering options (activities can be 'added on' by individual members). You won't regret this - we promise...
Are children welcome at Lower House Farm? Absolutely - more than welcome! We have a little boy of our own who loves making friends with visiting families, and we have special rates for children under 12 (babies and toddlers stay for free)
Do you charge 'corkage'? No, please bring your own drinks and we'll provide the glasses/do the washing up!
Can we choose our menu? And can you cater for my dietary requirements? Guests will have the option of choosing from three menus (the entire group must select the same menu, but we can adjust some meals for vegetarians/vegans) and we can of course cater for any dietary requirements, please just contact us on booking with details
Is there a pub nearby? Yes, in the local village - approximately 1.5 miles away, a very nice walk. The village also hosts an excellent shop/post-office with lots of local produce, books and gifts
What time can I arrive? And what time do we need to vacate? You can arrive from 3pm on Friday onwards; please let us know when you intend to arrive as we will be there to greet you. Guests don't need to vacate the farm until Sunday at 1pm.
How do the composting toilets work? Our composting toilets are British-made, bespoke designs that are highly environmentally friendly. They are just like ordinary toilets to use, except instead of flushing a lever you simply throw a scoop of sawdust down the bowl
How is the site laid out? Camping facilities are arranged in one of our two river meadows. The composting loos are a (very!) short walk away on the other side of the field, as is the old railway carriage with a sink and fridge. You are able to drive cars up to the entrance to the camping field and there is parking very near by. The guest barn is located just across the farmyard, right next to the parking area.
Is there an additional charge per tent? No, there is a fixed per-person charge for the full two-night weekend, which includes catering, camping and use of our facilities. Additional activities can be 'added on' very easily
Can I bring my dog? We would love to say yes to this but sadly because of our position on a farm we aren't able to accept dogs. Our dog Piper will be here and is very friendly, you are more than welcome to borrow her for a game of fetch or two! We also have a sheepdog called Tia who can be seen out working in the mornings.
Are there fire pits? Yes, there is a large fire-pit in the camping field beside the stream
What animals are there on the farm? We are a native-breeds farm, and we currently have a flock of Hardwick sheep, a herd of Belted Galloway and Traditional Hereford cattle and some Oxford Sandy and Black pigs.
What if I need to cancel my holiday? What if one group member drops out? Sadly we are not able to offer refunds for cancelled holidays. We will do our utmost to transfer the holiday to alternate dates if given sufficient notice to resell the original dates. If one member of your group 'drops out' you are welcome to bring a different guest to take up that space, but would need to work that out between yourselves. We'd just need the new guest's details before arrival
What do I need to bring? Your tent, sleeping bag, walking boots/wellingtons - and your appetite!
Can I host a wedding or other event at LHF? Yes, absolutely! Please contact us for details and to discuss event options and pricing
What is the postcode for LHF? For security reasons we are only able to give guests the postcode once the booking has been confirmed and payment received. Please contact us if you need more specific area information in the meantime
Can we book full-weeks? Or mid-week camping? Yes! Please use the 'contact us' page for more information
Have you got any bike wash facilities? We have a pressure washer and outside hot and cold taps for washing down muddy bikes