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View of The Cart House
Sit back with the family in front of the wood burner and beautiful beams
King-size bedroom with sky light
Double bedroom with french doors
Twin bedroom
A quirky  kitchen and dining area
Dine with the whole family
Bathroom
Double bedroom
Single bedroom
Large garden
Perfect for the children
1 / 12  View of The Cart House
2 / 12  Sit back with the family in front of the wood burner and beautiful beams
3 / 12  King-size bedroom with sky light
4 / 12  Double bedroom with french doors
5 / 12  Twin bedroom
6 / 12  A quirky kitchen and dining area
7 / 12  Dine with the whole family
8 / 12  Bathroom
9 / 12  Double bedroom
10 / 12  Single bedroom
11 / 12  Large garden
12 / 12  Perfect for the children

The Cart House

Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Delightfully spacious barn conversion property located alongside two other holiday cottages on the owners’ farm
  • Situated in a tranquil rural location in a small hamlet surrounded by open countryside
  • One bedroom is situated in an annex suite, offering private accommodation for two guests
  • Large gardens with almost one acre of lawns, providing plenty of space to relax and play
  • Located two miles outside the market town of Wareham with its shops, pubs, and cafes
Property code: IC142

Handsome barn conversion property offering spacious accommodation for up to ten guests, enjoying a peaceful location surrounded by attractive countryside on the owner’s Dorset farm.

This property is located in the Dorset countryside, surrounded by rolling fields and tranquil countryside, making it ideal for those who want to get away from all the stresses of daily life and enjoy leisurely country walks. Six miles east of the farm, the RSPB nature reserve at Arne is a quiet and relaxing place to spend an afternoon admiring the views out to Poole Harbour. To the south, the impressive ruins of historic Corfe Castle can be reached within a ten-minute drive of the property, whilst other local attractions include Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, and the beach at iconic Lulworth Cove, all of which are a short drive away.

On arrival at this thoughtfully-converted former-barn, guests are able to easily relax and unwind after their journey in the welcoming lounge, a delightful room with a beamed ceiling, large dual-aspect windows, a choice of inviting sofas and chairs, cosy wood burner, and TV/DVD. Moving through to the spacious kitchen/diner, guests will be greeted by a bright and light space, where a large oak dining table comfortable seats ten and kitchen units are well-equipped offering an electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine. A double bedroom on the ground floor is a restful space with patio doors opening directly onto the cottage’s enclosed garden, next to which there is a bathroom with a shower-over-bath and WC. A wooden staircase leads from the lounge up to a galleried landing, off from which doors lead through to three bedrooms. The first of these is a king-size room with large windows and plenty of space to store clothes, whilst there is also a generously-sized twin room and a peaceful single. A shower room with shower and WC can also be found on the first floor.

Outside the property, across the garden, an attractive annex is where guests will find the fifth bedroom, which is a delightful double bedroom suite offering an en-suite shower room with shower and WC. The cottage’s private garden occupies just under one acre of land and is mainly set to lawn, with a small terraced seating area with garden furniture and a BBQ just outside the patio doors at the rear of the property. Parking can be found on the driveway at the front of the property, where there is space for up to four cars.

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

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 5 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single and 1 double in the annex (Sleeps 9+1)
  • 1 bathroom, 1 shower room and en-suite shower room in annex
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Electric and electric heating included
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 3 dogs by arrangement (must be kept out of the bedrooms)
  • Beach 6 miles and pub and shop 2 miles
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Cottage has it's own private water supply
  • £150 security deposit required prior to arrival
  • Sleeps 9+1 (additional single bed available on request for an additional charge)

Find the property up a winding country road and look forward to absolute seclusion, as the property is surrounded on all sides by fields. Enjoy a relaxing 2-mile walk into the nearest town of Wareham in order to find all your necessary amenities, and don't forget to stock up on milk before you head back! Wareham offers all you need for an enjoyable night out, including a range of local pubs and a cinema. Head a little further and find yourself at the brink of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (2.5 miles), which offers rolling woodland and stunning coastal walks. Delve into the AONB and explore the remains of Corfe Castle (7 miles), or head up and see the birds at the RSPB Nature Reserve at Arne (6.5 miles). If you're looking for a true summer's day out, head to the beachside town of Swanage (13 miles) and enjoy a coastal retreat. This sandy beach offers remarkably clean waters, perfect for swimming, and stretches of gold sand. Send the kids off with a kayak whilst you lounge on the shore, before heading into town to enjoy dining on freshly caught fish.

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 34 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Robyn 30th October 2020

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I recently visited with friends, the cottage was lovely and had everything you need (apart from food of course). Would definitely come back! Only issue was driving down the lane to get to it as its easy to miss, and driving back up as the autumn weather hadnt been too kind.

Reviewed by Phillip 16th October 2020

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Reviewed by Andrew 9th October 2020

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Excellent cottage in a lovely location with most things you would need while on holiday.

Reviewed by Michelle 25th September 2020

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Lovely cottage well equipped with everything you need. Fresh flowers were a nice touch. Very clean. Lovely location in remote setting with lovely sheltered sunny garden. The kitchen is no longer lime green and has been updated and looks much nicer than the pictures. The turning for the cottage is a small lane right after you pass the outdoor centreRead more (runs alongside) but my sainsbury food delivery we ordered got delivered on time after the driver asked for directions. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 18th September 2020

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Wonderful location as you could be in the middle of nowhere but you are only 2 miles from Wareham which is a lovely small Saxon town with nice restaurants and bars. Also some lovely walks along the river Frome. Very close to main roads so easy to visit Poole, Swanage, and best of all, Lulworth Cove which has fantastic walks and the best pasty shop Read morein the world. The cottage itself is very nice, just needs the sofas changing as they are old and grubby and very uncomfortable. Hide

Reviewed by Laurent 14th August 2020

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A nice warm cottage. Great location and wonderful garden. With a bit more TLC it would have scored 5 all round.

Reviewed by Denise 24th July 2020

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Excellent location, spacious garden - great for families and well equipped.

Reviewed by Robyn 10th July 2020

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Cottage itself was lovely and catered for all our needs. Garden was lovely but not secure for pets or children as theres a swamp pond at bottom and no fence the entire way around house.

Reviewed by Marie 6th March 2020

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Beautiful cosy cottage, way bigger than expected. Great family escape

Reviewed by May 28th February 2020

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Reviewed by Andrew 14th February 2020

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Reviewed by Naomi 31st January 2020

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Made for a perfect winter weekend break with family. Within easy reach of the beautiful Dorset coast and great to come back to a well equipped kitchen to cook dinner for a big group and play games and cosy up round the wood fire. A perfect weekend. Thank you

Reviewed by David 24th January 2020

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Beautifully situated cottage, very comfortable and spacious. Loved the attention to detail with equipment, especially provision of bird food, bird book and binoculars. Appreciated the welcome with milk and biscuits; a very nice touch.

Reviewed by Christina 29th November 2019

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The location of this cottage is perfect for a relaxing getaway. It is set 8n some woodland, so its quiet and very pretty, but it's only a 2 mile walk or drive to Wareham - so close to supplies. This cottage is rustic - in that it has modern requirements such as heating and hot water, mod cons in the kitchen, but it has a lovely warm feeling of comfRead moreort. The annexe is very close to the main house and well lit to walk at night. The property is maisonette style, so be aware of this for noise. Hide

Reviewed by Fiona 8th November 2019

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Reviewed by Clare 1st November 2019

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Absolutely stunning location and really comfortable home for the weekend. We were a party of 8 including three young children and it was perfect for us. Beautiful garden - bring wellies! Dishwasher tablets not provided so bring your own. Insides of kitchen cupboards and drawers could have done with a clean and the rug in the living room was distincRead moretly doggy (we dont have a dog) but otherwise the house is lovely, cosy and well equipped. We appreciated the milk and biscuits too - thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Anthony 25th October 2019

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Reviewed by Marian 4th October 2019

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Lovely cottage in remote quiet and lovely location yet close to Wareham . Within easy reach of Wareham Forest ,Lulworth Cove , Corfe Castle, Swanage , Studland , Monkey World etc . So much to do and see nearby . Loved the log fire . Enjoyed seeing the deer in the garden. Would definitely come again.

Reviewed by Ashley 27th September 2019

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Overall cleanliness was pretty poor with some areas that hasn't been cleaned for a very long time, garden not secure but is a fair size, kitchen is pretty well kitted out and modern, some lovely views in the area very well located

Reviewed by Annabel 13th September 2019

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Lovely, peaceful location, walks from house to Wareham Forest - ideal for our two dogs. Property comfortable, if a little dated and tired looking & lack of foodstuff storage in kitchen. Flies a problem in kitchen, we invested in a flyswatter! Well situated for Corfe Castle, Arne RSPB Reserve, Durlston Country Park etc. Suntrap garden but take your Read moreown comfy chairs. Take dish cloth/tea towels/washing liquid/bin liners etc. All in all, we had a great holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Nigel 9th August 2019

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Reviewed by Sue 2nd August 2019

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Large house and garden ideal for large groups. We had a wonderful holiday there. Very comfortable and well situated.

Reviewed by Barry 5th July 2019

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The house was fabulous, and the garden was huge and isolated meaning my grandson had plenty of room to run and play and my daughters could sunbathe to their hearts content. The house was spotlessly clean with all the mod cons. The bedrooms were large airy and the beds extremely comfortable. We did not want to leave.

Reviewed by Michael 28th June 2019

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We arrived to find the property inadequately cleaned and holidaycottages had to resolve a complaint on this matter. The house is in a great location in the countryside with some spacious rooms and garden. After a bad start we did enjoy our holiday and had the weather to make the most of the barbecue and garden. Some areas are a little cramped and sRead morehowers variable in quality. The 200+ bat colony under eaves are amazing, a bit smelly, but if you like wildlife there are things to enjoy. Hide

Reviewed by Jackie 14th June 2019

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The location was lovely - quiet and close to excellent walks in Wareham forest however we arrived to find the metal dustbins full to overflowing with rubbish scattered around the front garden where we assume animals had been scavenging. we waited until tuesday for the bin emptying day but nothing happened until we phoned the housekeeper to get it sRead moreorted - she arranged for the bins to be emptied and said collection day had changed, but the folder had not been updated Hide

Reviewed by Debbie 7th June 2019

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The cottage is in a beautiful location and very quiet. If you want peace this is the best place to stay lots of walks which were great for the dog. You have to remember that this is an old cottage and you need to expect cob webs etc. We saw deer and at night if you stood on the patio you could see bats flying around. My hubby and I had the room dowRead morenstairs and you could lie in bed and just hear the birds singing total peace. Although dated in places the cottage in my opinion is lovely. Hide

Reviewed by Rosemary 25th May 2019

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Lovely out of the way but convenient spot close to Wareham. Access down an unmade track Comfy beds Comprehensive info folder & leaflets. Very well equipped, even had food for the birds. be careful with dogs and small children - garden NOT enclosed and has small pond on one side in bushes but great space for games/relaxing. Loved watching variety ofRead more birds in the morning, deer on track & evening exodus of bats from under the eaves. Very enjoyable family stay. Hide

Reviewed by Richard 10th May 2019

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We loved the space and location of this property. An added attraction was all the wildlife especially the birds. It is a pity the garden was not enclosed.

Reviewed by Roger 3rd May 2019

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Lovely cottage in the middle of Wareham Forest. Perfect for our party of 10. We had everything we needed apart from a hairdryer, a very minor point. Please insure that you read all the instructions regarding the cottage so that things like the occasional coloured water don't surprise you. Overall a very lovely cottage where we spent a wonderful weeRead morekend Hide

Reviewed by Sandra 26th April 2019

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Four generations shared the cottage for a week; it was comfortable with room enough for us all. The kitchen was well equipped and there is ample parking. My only advice to dog owners looking to rent this cottage is that there is no secure outside area; the garden is unfenced. Having said that, we and the dogs had a great holiday

Reviewed by Clive 22nd March 2019

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The house/cottage location is great - close to everything but wonderfully quiet too. The cottage is very well equipped and all furniture and fittings are in a very good condition. Great stay.

Reviewed by Diane 15th March 2019

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Reviewed by Carol 21st December 2018

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Reviewed by Ann 23rd November 2018

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Location

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Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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