The cottages at Gibbs have all been built or refurbished recently - and they are lovely.
Farm cottageThe farm cottages at Gibb's are huge step up from the old standard rooms , which will be gradually replaced over 2008.
Paved, stone paths lead from the main house at Gibb's Farm, through the farm gardens, to the recently constructed farm cottages. These “cottages” are large, bright and homely. The ceiling is high and painted white and has slim, wooden beams crossing it. The walls are exposed nuggets of stone and the floor is polished wood.
A couple of rugs sit next to the wooden based, queen-size beds. As it can get cold up here they are covered with warm blankets and lots of cushions, giving the room a homely and warm feel.
Two armchairs sit in front of a stone fireplace and are covered in pastel pinks and floral materials: these are accented in some of the other soft furnishings in the room. There are also another couple of leather armchairs next to the French doors and a wooden side table.
The furniture in the cottages at Gibb's is all wooden; a free standing dressing table, a side table and a small hall table as you enter the room. There is also a built in cupboard and a bench at the end of one of the beds. The cottages also house intricate pieces of wooden artwork which is all carved by local artists-in-residence.
Glass French doors are set in the middle of three quarter length glass windows which run the length of one side of the room, allowing uninterrupted views of the gardens. They lead out onto a decked balcony which is large enough to sit out on and look out over the well-kept gardens.
The cottages at Gibb's Farm have quite an “English” feel to them: the floral materials, the pastel shades and the wooden furniture… Plus being set in the gardens, it is easy to imagine yourself sitting in someone's quaint English country garden. All the fixtures and fittings have been built to a very high standard.
The bedroom's polished wooden floor continues into its en suite bathroom, which is separated only by a floral curtain. The indoor shower area is stone, and adjacent is a separate bath; twin sinks stand on a wooden dresser, backed by with two large wooden mirrors. As in the bedrooms, much of the bathroom is bathed in natural light as there are full-length windows looking out onto the lush gardens.
Outside, through the bathroom's French doors, is an alternative stone clad shower area, which has quite a tropical feel to it – surrounded by the tropical gardens; great for al-fresco showers when the weather's warm.
Note that Gibb's Farm is relatively high up – at about 2,250m in elevation – and so can sometimes be quite cool.
The bathrooms, much like the bedrooms, are comfortable, homely – and have quite a traditional, English feel to them. They have been constructed with very high-quality fittings, and come complete with fluffy white towels, complimentary toiletries.
Farm cottage | Standard room |