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Little Barn - Charminster

Dorchester (2mls NW), Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Romantic
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Spot the local wildlife in this idyllic setting beside the River Cerne, making this the perfect couples retreat 
  • Ideally placed for touring, with excellent road links to the Jurassic Coast
  • Detached converted barn offering stylish open-plan living and a spacious garden leading down to the pretty river
Property code: 78502

Converted with care, this former barn offers fantastic open-plan space in a peaceful village setting amidst rolling countryside and has river views where you can spot an abundance of wildlife.

Escape to Dorset for a romantic retreat filled with beach days, hiking and quality time together. Just 2 miles from the county town of Dorchester, stock your cupboards with local produce or treat yourselves to a delicious meal before returning home to sit by the river and keep your eyes peeled for magical wildlife. After beach days, this charming home invites you inside to cosy up and get a peaceful night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s plans.

Sitting amid a verdant garden with a trickling stream at the bottom, this tranquil abode is a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Step up and inside to find yourself in the open-plan living and sleeping space which can be separated by a curtain should you want a moment of peace and quiet or some privacy. Lining the back wall of the dwelling is the kitchen area where you will find all you need to rustle up romantic breakfasts to eat by the river, tasty picnics and three-course feasts to devour post-adventure. Open up the bi-fold doors to let the natural light and fresh air flood inside and take a tipple down to the water where you can sit until a chill find you. Settle in the pair of comfortable chairs and put on a DVD before freshening up in the contemporary shower room and resting your head in the inviting king-size bed with garden views. Enjoy lively afternoons outside and challenge each other to a game of badminton or croquet if you have any energy left after your excursions. There is off-road parking for two cars.

Head south and visit the outstanding Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which is home to the beautiful, horseshoe-shaped bay at Lulworth (17 miles), well worth a day trip to swim in the glittering ocean. A 1.5-mile walk from Lulworth Cove, wander to the magnificent arch at Durdle Door. Travel 6.5 miles north for an inland trip to visit the Cerne Abbas Giant, a 55-metre-high figure carved into the chalk.

  • 1 sleeping area with king-size bed
  • 1 shower room with shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • TV/DVD and Blu-ray player in lounge area
  • Patio and large lawned garden with river frontage
  • Outdoor games available including badminton and croquet
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • A shared, gravel driveway leads to the main entrance of the property
  • Beach 9 miles, pub and shop within walking distance
  • Regret no babies in arms or children under 16 years
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Nicky Rice

This property is personally managed by Nicky.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 39 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Barbara 21st October 2022

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A really lovely little place. Great location and surroundings and a wide variety of wildlife. I didnt catch sight of the kingfisher but a greater spotted woodpecker was a treat. A welcome relaxing break from living in a city!

Reviewed by Joy 16th September 2022

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Reviewed by Raife 9th September 2022

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Reviewed by Hilary 26th August 2022

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There was nothing that could be improved on. It was perfect.

Reviewed by Denise 12th August 2022

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Reviewed by Mark 29th July 2022

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Beautiful place, stunning location. Perfect. Near enough to good shops to be convenient, but distant enough to be a real haven for wildlife. Near to major routes to the attractions of Dorset, yet tucked away from the throng of traffic.

Reviewed by Marion 15th July 2022

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An excellently appointed conversion, it exceeded my expectations, excellent location for Dorchester and surrounding locations. Best for short breaks but could also be used for longer.

Reviewed by Geoff 8th July 2022

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Little Barn is in an excellent location in beautiful grounds that are so peaceful. We really enjoyed our recent holiday there. The accommodation is well equipped & modern with everything you need. We will be returning as soon as we canJan & Geoff

Reviewed by Michael 10th June 2022

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Reviewed by David 20th May 2022

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It is close to the road but extremely peaceful a perfect place to relax.in. We had a fantastic holiday.

Reviewed by Stephen 13th May 2022

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13 May - 20 May 2022 Little Barn proved a very good choice of holiday accommodation for us. The garden is a delight with the pretty river running through it. The property was spotlessly clean and well equipped. We hadnt visited Dorset before but found Charminster to be an excellent location for visiting the landmarks, it also offers an easy and lovRead moreely walk to Dorchester. Many thanks to the owners for the delicious treats , all in all an excellent holiday. Steve and Catharine Hide

Reviewed by Carol 18th April 2022

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A beautiful location which feels totally secluded, Little Barn is very comfortable and was just what we needed for a few nights away to chill out. We visited Lyme Regis for the day and took a short walk to the local pub for tea. Thank you xx

Reviewed by A 25th March 2022

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Exellent accommodation for those requiring ease of use in beautiful surroundings. Quiet, peaceful, with everything one needs to hand and spotlessly clean. We have had a wonderful week away in a very interesting area. We can highly recommend Little Barn Always a delight to come back to at the end of our sightseeing each day. A delight! Audrey and DaRead morevid Hide

Reviewed by matt 30th December 2021

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Reviewed by David 24th October 2021

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Really well equipped, modern, relaxing and quiet.

Reviewed by Keith 8th October 2021

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Reviewed by Eillean 1st October 2021

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Little barn is a beautiful apointed cottage and the outlook across the large garden a delight. Enjoyed watching the antics of the squirrels and seeing a little egret fly up or down the stream at the bottom of the garden. The cream tea and sparkling wine welcome pack was very enjoyable. Great location, we enjoyed strolling round the village and visiRead moreting the church. Hide

Reviewed by Rebecca 24th September 2021

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The cottage is exceptionally well appointed in a quiet corner of Dorset - with rural charm and close enough to the seaside to have the best of both. Or would have been if we had not managed to choose the petrol crisis. Owners Kaz and David were amazing trying to fix things and make the holiday perfect. It is very open plan which my partner and I haRead mored not fully appreciated before the holiday making but looking at the photos that is our fault. Overall a lovely relaxing holiday Hide

Reviewed by Michael 17th September 2021

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A lovely cottage- beautiful location- very well equipped in every way.

Reviewed by Gordon 10th September 2021

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Little Barn, though not a huge space it was beautifully presented and laid out and had everything we wanted in a gorgeous setting. We really enjoyed the outside space and were either sitting outside or had the floor to ceiling doors open onto the lovely garden, particularly enjoyed watching the squirrels run about.Read more Kaz and David were very friendly and we would not hesitate to recommend Little Barn to anyone. Hide

Reviewed by Gary 3rd September 2021

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Kaz and David were the perfect hosts. The setting was also perfect for a relaxing break - you felt bathed in green with the surrounding trees and flowers. So quiet. Entertainment with the local squirrels coming up to the window and running the tightrope along the power cable suspended over the lawn! Charminsters history is fascinating and so many lRead moreovely local walks. Hide

Reviewed by Sharon 27th August 2021

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Reviewed by David 6th August 2021

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Reviewed by George 2nd August 2021

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A quiet, secluded and restful spot within striking distance of lots of attractions. Our fist visit to Dorset, hopefully not our last.

Reviewed by Bradley 29th July 2021

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The cottage is a lovely little romantic getaway, in a perfect area for access to all your needs. Waking up to a lovely view in the morning and feeling very comfortable and at home. Great contact between myself and the owners, making me feel extremely welcome. A fantastic place to stay, truly something special.

Reviewed by Francesca 26th July 2021

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Little Barn was perfect for our staycation! Such a lovely location, only 20-30 minutes from the stunning beaches along the coast, great outdoor space and it had everything you need. The scones and fizz on arrival were a lovely touch. Would highly recommend!

Reviewed by June 9th July 2021

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We love waking up to the birdsong every morning . Littlebarn was perfect for our needs .There was a lovely cream tea waiting for us when we arrived .Pictures on website dont do this little gem of a place justice .Perfect for wildlife lovers .Pub next door was mediocre. Would definitely stay here again .Thank you for alovely stay you have thought ofRead more every need for your guests . Hide

Reviewed by Philip 2nd July 2021

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Very good accommodation, lovely location, very friendly and helpful owners. What's not to like? We may well go back one day

Reviewed by Sally 25th June 2021

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I really couldnt think of any improvement. Little Barn was beautiful inside and out. It was peaceful with a lovely view to the stream at the end of the garden. Loads of wildlife and laughed at the baby squirrel antics and saw many different birds including a pair of green woodpeckers that came really close to the patio. Would highly recommend

Reviewed by Ray 11th June 2021

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Little Barn Cottage is an ideal place to relax, the property is a delight to stay in, we could not fault a single thing. The garden for us especially the sounds of the river oh and the abundance of wildlife especially the squirrels was just perfect. Certainly we will stay here again and the cream tea on our arrival was delicious.

Reviewed by Frances 4th June 2021

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A very well equipped, comfortable little place set in a big garden. Lots of wildlife and the wooden bench down by the river is a great place to sit at the end of the day. Good location for the coast or just walking on the numerous local walks. Thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Little Barn.

Reviewed by Lucy 31st May 2021

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We had a wonderful stay at little barn. The location was perfect for exploring the south coast and the little barn had everything we needed. The hosts were friendly, kind and helpful but also gave us enough space to enjoy our hoilday and to feel comfortable.

Reviewed by Dave 28th May 2021

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A great place to relax and watch nature . Barn converted to high standard with everything you need

Reviewed by marion 21st May 2021

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Our holiday was absolutely perfect apart from the weather and that was no one's fault. The cottage was wonderful and everything worked perfectly. The weather didn't keep us in and we visited some really interesting places. We will definitely recommend Little Barn to all our family and friends.

Reviewed by P 14th May 2021

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Reviewed by Steve 9th May 2021

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Little Barn and would strongly recommend this to anyone wishing to have a relaxing break in beautiful surroundings. The welcoming scones and jam, together with a bottle of Prosecco, was a particularly nice touch. One of the many highlights of our stay was sitting on the bench by the stream, watching the local wildlRead moreife. We are planning to return. Hide

Reviewed by Simon 23rd April 2021

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Very comfortable and well equipped . An ideal place for two people to relax and chill out. The song bird chorus was amazing and being able to sit by the river was an added bonus The Wine and cream tea were a much appreciated start to our holiday, we would definitely like to go again

Reviewed by David 16th April 2021

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Reviewed by Bridget 22nd March 2021

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This was a business trip during lock down and this lovely self-contained accommodation near to our construction site made things so much easier and safer. The owners were kind and helpful and left home made scones with cream and jam and some prosecco for our arrival which was much appreciated. Under other circumstances it would be a very good placeRead more to stay for a holiday in Dorset. Hide

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