Valentine’s Day 2018 – why not make date night an overnight and spend it in Gillingham, Dorset?

Book securely and directly with us for the best price, delicious breakfasts and lots of little free extras – check availability here. Our online calendar is always up to date.

|| Farewell, January – we made it through (what always feels like) the longest month of the year and now we can look forward to falling in love with longer days, bank holidays, spring flowers, Easter – and Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day 2018 

Our 2017 Valentine’s package was a complete sell out,  so don’t miss out if you fancy treating yourselves to this year’s Special offer.

Book a mid-week overnight stay for Tuesday 13th or Wednesday 14th February 2018 and enjoy:

  • Early check in on the day you arrive: we’ll welcome you to ‘Sunflowers’ from 2pm onwards
  • Tea, coffee and home-made cake upon arrival
  • A night in one of our two lovely double en-suite bedrooms: Church View or Blackmore Vale View
  • A complimentary bottle of chilled Prosecco, complete with ice bucket and glasses
  • Use of the hot tub, with fluffy robes, pool towels and the Floating Drinks Tray
  • A delicious breakfast, at a specially decorated table – why not try one of our legendary Specials? (normally only available at weekends!)
Blackmore Vale View

This special offer is only available when you book directly with us through our website, so don’t delay – click today and get your Valentine’s on!

(And if you can’t make Valentine’s Day – why not take a look at our calendar of local events and plan your trip to ‘Sunflowers’ to tie with in one of the many 2018 festivals or activities?)

11 reasons to enjoy a visit to Café Newt in Gillingham, Dorset

Book securely and directly with us for the best price, delicious breakfasts and lots of little free extras – check availability here. Our online calendar is always up to date.

|| We love walking to local coffee spot Café Newt from ‘Sunflowers’ – it’s an easy ten minute stroll from us and here are just some of the reasons to pay them a visit:

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    Welcome to Cafe Newt

    Located in the stunning, listed Old Brewery Building on Wyke Road – Café Newt is at the rear of the property and is the in-house café for motorcycle Moto Corsa dealer Mirus 55, home to some beautiful and rare motorcycles. Even if you’re not into bikes, the space is fantastic and is a stunning backdrop for a wide range of motorbikes, clothing and vintage biking artefacts.

  • We can give you directions on how to find the café – it’s an easy walk, drive or motorbike ride from ‘Sunflowers’.
  • The café is run by Steve and he and his team are very friendly and helpful, with a smile for everyone.
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    Flat white? Yes, please.

    The coffees are great! Like us, Steve is a big fan of local produce,  so you can enjoy our delicious local coffee (seen here in a flat white) as supplied by Gillingham firm 918 Coffee.

  • There’s a wide range of Specials and you can enjoy sandwiches, cakes, soups and other hot lunch options.
  • Plus gluten-free bread, cakes and soya milk are on offer.
  • It’s dog friendly! Your canine friend is welcome in the conservatory area at the back of the café and in the garden too. And Steve’s team will even offer Fido (or Peggy, in my case) a doggy treat upon arrival.
  • There are colouring sheets and crayons for the mini-visitors ….
  • And lots of books and magazines about bikes for the motorcyclists.
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    PS: yes, we are a dog friendly B&B!

    Finally – our guests can enjoy a free Americano coffee or a cup of tea when they visit Café Newt: we’ve been supplied with some free vouchers (Peggy is guarding them) which are here for you if you let us know that you fancy a trip to Café Newt during your stay. Available until 20th April 2018, whilst our stocks last.

  • PS: It’s called Café Newt because there’s a rare and protected colony of newts in the pond at the rear of the property. All of the building work at Mirus 55 was done in order to preserve and secure their habitat.

Café Newt at
Mirus 55
The Old Brewery
Wyke Road

Tel: 01747 811 196

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday
9.00am – 4.30pm

Special Offer: FREE breakfast upgrades during November and December 2017!

Use code WINTER

We run special offers and discounts all year round, so do keep an eye on the Special Offers page which is where you’ll find the codes you need in order to grab a bargain when you book directly with us.

Enjoy a Dorset cooked breakfast

As the end of the year approaches,  the code you’re going to want to use during November and December 2017 is WINTER. Just use it when you book with us and each member of your group will receive a FREE BREAKFAST UPGRADE for each morning of your stay. So easy but so good!

There’s no catch or small print. No minimum stay, no room restrictions.  Just make your booking directly with us, come and stay on any of our open dates during November and December and boom – enjoy a Free Breakfast Upgrade to such popular dishes as Trout Florentine, a full Cooked Dorset Breakfast or even one of our legendary Specials if you’re here over a weekend or if you let us know that you’re celebrating.

wp-image-613988644Check out the menu and some photos here.

And? If you have family or friends in Gillingham, Dorset and want to squeeze in a seasonal visit over Christmas or the New Year,  we’re currently open and taking bookings from December 26th onwards (and yes, the Free Breakfast Upgrade offer applies over the final week of 2017, too).

Ready, steady, click and we look forward to meeting you soon!






#WalkersAreWelcome in Gillingham, Dorset – announcing the launch of the 2017 walking festival

Walkers are Welcome in Gillingham, Dorset

We are proud to be supporting this year’s Gillingham Walking Festival and we are a key advertiser in the Festival’s programme,  as pictured here.  The Festival,  which runs from 2nd-10th September 2017,  offers a range of walks of varying lengths, all designed to showcase  Gillingham’s Royal Forest heritage and to introduce the White Hart Link.

This is a very exciting new initiative, launched in April 2017 and is a 50 mile/80 km walking route which links the five towns of North Dorset – Gillingham, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury –  using footpaths and quiet lanes.

Many of the Festival walks, which are led by local groups, are free and there’s also a range of other activities occurring during the Festival,  including a cinema showing of the film “The Way”, a quiz night and a cheese and wine evening.

Gillingham is the first town in Dorset to be granted Walkers Are Welcome status!

To read more about the Festival, to download a PDF copy of the programme (and to see our advertisement!) please click here.

And to book your bed and breakfast accommodation during the Walking Festival, please use special offer code BOOTS when you book directly online with us, to receive a discount on stays of two or more nights in rooms one and/or three.  We look forward to welcoming you soon.

PS: the code BOOTS is available to all walkers, not just during the Walking Festival.

Direct online booking now available for your bed and breakfast stay in Gillingham, Dorset!

Blackmore Vale View

Fancy a lovely visit to North Dorset? You can now book your bed and breakfast stay with us online and pay simply and easily at the same time. Just follow the links on our website to our reservation page, choose your dates and room (and extras if applicable – cooked breakfast, use of the hot tub etc) and then pay easily using your credit card.

FreetoBookRemember that you will always get the best price by booking directly with us, as well as lots of little free extras (as detailed here in a recent blog post).

But in case you need even more incentive – check out our special offer codes here and see if one of them applies to you! The discounts are automatically applied when you use the code and book online.

Sunflowers Dorset_Prosecco in the hot tubAnd,  just to celebrate the launch of our new online booking and credit card payment facility,  here’s yet another offer: for all direct online bookings made during May 2017, we’ll welcome you with a bottle of Prosecco (or the non-alcoholic equivalent) when you arrive. You don’t need to come and stay in May – book the dates which work for you,  but you do need to MAKE the booking before midnight UK time on Wednesday 31st May 2017.

What are you waiting for? Ready, steady, click!