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Higher Burton Barn

Charminster, Dorset
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A delightful family cottage in a rural setting
  • Perfect for visiting the market town of Dorchester
  • Just a few miles from Weymouth
  • Ideal for exploring the Dorset coast
  • Close to Thomas Hardy’s home and birthplace
  • A lovely base for exploring the Dorset countryside
Property code: DC075

Set in a secluded location just outside Dorchester, this light and airy 18th-century barn conversion is a cosy and inviting holiday home for a couple or a small family seeking a lovely rural retreat.

The historic market town of Dorchester (1.5 miles) has plenty of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, and is known for its links to Thomas Hardy. You can visit Hardy’s birthplace in the village of Higher Bockhampton (3.5 miles), or his home at Max Gate (3 miles). Other local attractions include Maiden Castle (3.5 miles), Jordan Hill Roman Temple (9.5 miles) and Clouds Hill, the former retreat of T E Lawrence (9.5 miles). You can also head to the coast with the popular resort of Weymouth nearby (11 miles), which features a sandy beach, traditional seaside amusements and a vibrant harbour. Weymouth is also home to the lifting Town Bridge, the Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve and the Nothe Fort museum.

Set at the end of an unmade track amongst original farm workers’ cottages, this attractive cottage is accessed via three steps which lead into the porch. You can leave coats and boots in the hall, then head into the spacious, light and welcoming open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. With a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, this living area is an ideal space to relax in. The lounge has plenty of seating, Smart TV/DVD and a wood burner, while the dining area is perfect for any family meal. The charming kitchen is equipped with an oven, microwave, washing machine and a fridge with an ice compartment. There is also a cosy double bedroom on the ground floor, where you will also find the bathroom, which is complete with a shower over the bath and a WC. A spiral staircase leads you up to a small gallery with a low beam and then into the twin bedroom. This bedroom has two 2’6” single beds and a low, sloping ceiling.

To the front of the cottage there’s a grassy area which is crossed by a public footpath. You can also relax in the large L-shaped back garden which is laid to lawn with trees and shrubs and looks out over acres of fields. There’s also a choice of outdoor furniture so you can sit back with a drink and enjoy the views.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge with ice compartment
  • Woodburner (logs included October - end of April)
  • Smart TV/DVD
  • Garden with outdoor furniture
  • Off-road parking available for up to 3 cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Central heating and electricity included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Shop 1 mile
  • Pub within a mile
  • Coast 10 miles
  • Children over the age of 5 years old welcome

This property is personally managed by Jennifer.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr R Cox 28th April 2019

Great location with lovely views, well equipped and very comfortable.

Reviewed by Mrs D Morgan 5th April 2019

The cottage was spotlessly clean, in a quiet location and the perfect place to relax. We found it very well equipped and easy to live in. It's close to the town and supermarkets but with views of fields. Can't wait to return.

Reviewed by Mrs D Morgan 14th March 2019

If you are looking for tranquility with lovely views in a warm, bright, comfortable home - look no further. This is a cosy barn conversion with everything you could need for the perfect holiday. We loved it so much the first time we returned for a second.

Reviewed by Mrs Millard 20th December 2018

The cottage was perfect. Spotlessly clean and a lovely surprise when we arrived as it was my 50th birthday and Wendy had gone to so much trouble with balloons and banners. We will definitely be back.

Reviewed by Mr G Evans 11th December 2018

The cottage (barn) was gorgeous and the setting just perfect! It would have been absolutely 'excellent' if it was not in need of a good deep clean. I guess it's the end of the season and had a lot of visitors over the period!

Reviewed by Mrs D Morgan 31st August 2018

A very well maintained / decorated barn conversion set in the middle of fields - very peaceful location. Nice and bright with large windows, 2 comfy large sofas and a log burner.

Reviewed by Miss J Read 31st August 2018

Fabulous accommodation all needs catered for

Reviewed by Mr A Pemberton 31st August 2018

Fantastic location for walks and accessing different days out. Dog friendly and very comfortable and well equipped modern barn conversion. Access to the twin bed not suitable for elderly or those with mobility issues.

Reviewed by Mrs D.C Stirland 23rd August 2018

Lovely and a lot nicer than expected!

Reviewed by Mrs M McHardy 9th August 2018

It was an amazing and beautiful cottage and so welcoming and comfortable. Everything you needed and wished for was there. The beds were very comfortable and everything was spotless. I would recommend the cottage to everyone and we will definitely return.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Dorset, a location of enduring popularity is a small rural gem of a county encompassing all of the best parts of rural England: rolling green hills, woodland and hedgerows abundant with flora and fauna running down to the sea yet situated just 3 hours from London and the South East.

The whole coastline from Exmouth to Poole has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Known as the Jurassic Coast, it is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status and offers unspoilt views with dramatic cliff-top walks alongside beautiful, safe, sandy beaches which often welcome your four-legged friends too. From the dramatic natural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland; Dorset has it all.

This South West county is also a treasure trove of secrets waiting to be discovered. Having grown out of the landscape out of the centuries, many of Dorset’s small rural towns expose history at every turn to inform and delight guests, whilst for the more energetic, footpaths and cycle-ways open up to reveal Dorset’s hidden secrets and the coast is always close at hand for those who love the water.

Why not head to Lyme Regis – classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much like most of West Dorset to uncover an old-world ambience and excellent fossil hunting or discover the drama of Lulworth with the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Dorset’s towns and villages ooze quintessential charm and are graced by fine buildings which have often been immortalised in Thomas Hardy’s books, including Dorchester – his birthplace. Wherever you choose to stay, you are never far from the fascinating Jurassic Coast and World Heritage Coastal Path.

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