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Frequently Asked Questions

Discover our most frequently asked questions below, or if you have any further questions please get in touch.

FAQs

Dogs are a huge part of Louma’s culture, and with almost 100 acres to roam, as well as miles of woodland surrounding us, this is the perfect holiday or break to spend with your pets. There is a supplementary charge per dog to cover additional housekeeping, but also includes complimentary dog bed and bowls to reduce your required packing. We are a working farm and keep livestock on site, so we do ask that you follow the on-site guidance, keeping your dogs on lead when in external areas, unless within a specifically designated area which will be marked and signposted, and to be mindful of other guests who might not love dogs as much as us. Limited to two dogs per Barn or Stable and one dog per Shepherd Hut.  Unfortunately dogs are not permitted in the Main House

We charge £40 for one dog, or £65 for two.

We’re proud to provide varied accommodation options with something for everyone- from couples, to families, reunions with friends and corporate events/retreats.

Our Main House includes breakfast and dinner within the booking fee and has its own dining room, drawing room and library. Our other accommodations include a daily breakfast hamper within the booking fee and come fully equipped with their own kitchens for self-catering, perfect for those wishing to cook for themselves using our seasonal produce, take advantage of our food options, or just enjoy a bit more of their own space. Visit our Stay with Us page to discover more.

If you are part of a large family or group of friends, then please contact our Guest Relations Team, who can advise you of the best options available to make your stay with us unique.

There are plenty of  delicious food options to enjoy at Louma.  Lunch is available every day in our Main Barn, where you can also enjoy a coffee or glass of wine. Prepared or ingredient hampers are available throughout your stay and cater for all tastes, occasion and dietary requirements.  In addition, on certain nights the chef will prepare themed nights in the Main Barn or Braai Area. Visit our Food Offerings page to discover more.

The Main House Dining Room is exclusively for those staying in the Main House.

We are a working farm, on a historic site and as such, accessibility is limited. We have developed an accommodation option on one level that is deemed ambulant accessible. Our Main Barn and Wellness Barn are also ambulant accessible, with levelled bathrooms and changing rooms. Call Guest Relations to discuss more about your accessibility needs. See our Timber Stables for more information on the accommodation available.

We have a huge variety of Things to Do during your stay at Louma. and can keep you busy throughout the day with activities, experiences and events to help you eat, move and think well. To learn more about the daily, seasonal and bespoke options, visit our Things to Do page and please complete our Things to Do form when making your booking.  Our Guest Relations Team will then contact you with more information.

Whether you’re organising an event, corporate retreat, or celebrating an occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or wedding, Louma has everything you could need for a memorable stay. You can book out any number of our rooms, barns and huts, takeover the Main House or the entire site for an event.

To complete your visit, we can curate a schedule of Things to Do, team building activities, and dining experiences activities that your group will  love. Please contact our Guest Relations Team to discuss your options.

All of our adult guests have access to he Wellness Barn and full use of the facilities, including both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym (with Technogym cardio-vascular machinery,  kettle bells / resistance equipment and calisthenics area) and sauna.

The indoor and outdoor swimming pools are available for children.

Treatments, toga and movement classes are booked alongside your stay.

General hours are from 7am to 8pm, but guests should check with our Guest Relations Team, as times may vary.

Check in is from 3pm and check-out is prior to 11am.

Family is at the heart of everything we do at Louma. We have a whole host of experiences to suit your family, with Animal Hour, Treasure Hunts, Arts & Crafts on the Bus, Forest School, Pools, an outdoor Play Area and so much more!  To keep your children energised, our chefs have created delicious, healthy menus which will keep even the fussiest eater happy!  Visit our Things to Do page to see what activities your children would like to take part in.

Louma is home to our Red Ruby Devon cattle, Large Black pigs, Poll Dorset sheep, Light Sussex chickens, bees, many characterful horses, and farm dogs, as well as wildlife, such as deer, pheasants, squirrels, and owls. Horse and Pony Treks and lessons are available for all levels, and our daily stable visits and Animal Hour are a great way to connect with them all.

Our in-house masseuse offers signature and bespoke treatments. See our full Spa Menu for more information about our treatments and bookings can be made  following your accommodation or through our Guest Relations Team.

Our Main Barn is open 8am-9pm and the Wellness Barn from 7am-9pm. Times may vary so please check with our Guest Relations Team.

Our chefs are experienced at catering with specific allergies and dietaries in mind, without compromising on flavour. You will be able to share your dietary needs during your booking process and we have no doubt that our Executive Chef will be able to create delicious seasonal options to suit. Please contact a member of Guest Relations Team to find out more about how we can cater to accommodate your needs.

We are not currently accepting day guests at the farm and retreat, but you can stay connected with us via our Instagram or sign up to our Newsletter

We hope you will consider Staying with Us, or perhaps you’d like to Volunteer with our team.

The Jurassic Coast– a 95-mile long stretch of coastline, a geographical marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for its outstanding rocks, fossils and landforms. It is the only place on Earth where rocks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods can be seen in one place, representing 185 million years of Earth’s history.

Lambert’s and Coney’s Castle- These iron-age hill forts are less than a mile apart, so you can easily explore them both in a day, and are accessible on foot from Louma. Each one has a different character, but both have a rich past: constructed by the local tribe dating back some 2,500 years.

Forde Abbey House and Gardens– Throughout the centuries, Forde Abbey has played host to Cistercian monks, 19th-century philosophers and politicians, and more recently, the backdrop to the Hollywood adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd. With 30 acres of award-winning gardens with the highest gravity-powered fountain in England, wildflower meadows, topiary lined vistas, herbaceous borders, arboretum, bog garden, and walled kitchen garden, there is much to be explored.

Bridport– a lively and vibrant market town with a rich, rope-making heritage, Bridport also has a tremendous reputation for arts, culture, events and food, with an arts centre, independent cinema, live music venues and twice-weekly market.

Charmouth– just 3 miles from Louma, Charmouth retains an old world charm, with traditional amenities such as pubs, cafés, post office, convenience stores, newsagents, gifts, holiday goods, pharmacy, hairdressers, and a bakery. For those that would like to learn more about the fossils, and perhaps search for their own, the Charmouth Heritage Centre provide help, advice, displays and even guided fossil hunting on the beach.

Lyme Regis– regarded as the ‘Pearl of Dorset’ and renowned for its natural beauty, fossils, literary connections and extraordinarily rich heritage, it is also famous for being the birthplace of Mary Anning, one of history’s most important fossil collectors and paleontologists. Explore the cob, enjoy the shops or navigate the winding paths throughout the town.

Whilst we’re not certified as an organic farm, we endeavour to adopt organic practices wherever aligned with our ethos across the farm, vineyard and gardens. We are committed to regenerative farming, prioritising soil health and biodiversity above all else to cultivate a responsible and sustainable farm-to-fork journey. If you’d like to learn more about how we grow and source our produce, please visit: https://loumafarmandretreat.co.uk/farm-to-fork/

Find Us

 

By car, from the A303, follow the exit for the A356 to Crewkerne. Follow the A356 through Crewkerne Market Street, then follow the B165, to Lyme Regis, south for 10 miles. Continue through the village of Marshwood and take a left after the turning for Fishpond at Portobello Cross, through the white gates. Continue onto Champernhayes Lane for 4 miles until you reach Louma.

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Louma Farm and Retreat (previously known as Spence Farm)

Wootton Fitzpaine

Bridport DT6 6DF

 

Our nearest Train station is Axminster, Devon, with hourly trains directly from Waterloo, Bristol Temple Meads, and Exeter St Davids. Please let us know if you are travelling by train, and we will organise a driver to collect you from the station.

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