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The Old Forge Garden Room

Blandford Forum (5 mls S), Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Located in the village of Winterborne Whitechurch, this studio-style property sleeping two guests is a fantastic location for a couple’s retreat annex to owners property
  • Single-storey accommodation for ease of access with pretty, shingled seating area, ideal for relaxing over alfresco drinks
  • Ideal location for exploring Dorset, with easy access to beaches, scenic walks, and historic towns
Property code: 40599

Barn conversion studio property, a wonderful couple’s retreat, located in the heart of Dorset, situated within a thirty-minute drive of the county’s stunning coastline, with its numerous beaches.

Between the bustling market town of Blandford Forum (6.5 miles) and the county town of Dorchester (11 miles), sits this studio-style bolthole, just perfect for a romantic escape. Quirky and quaint, this home is flooded with light from the patio doors and enjoys an open-plan layout so you can spend lots of quality time together. Spend time exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site before returning home for al fresco meals and sundowners in the garden.

Step inside and unpack your bags in this welcoming abode. Creating a tranquil atmosphere, the open-plan living space is filled with neutral tones and natural light, perfect for lazy mornings and for welcoming you back home after adventures. Settle on the sofa which shares its space with the bed and the dining table, and gaze through the patio doors to the pretty, shingled garden. If the weather is balmy and warm, step outside and take a tipple and a snack with you so you can spend a while in the fresh air before you head back inside. Prepare a feast for two in the kitchen area which is snug but has all you need to cook up a storm to reenergise you after long walks. If you need to wash clothes or beach towels, you are welcome to use the owner’s facilities next door. Freshen up in the wet room and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in the comfortable bed before rising and shining and taking your morning brew outside to kick start the day. There is parking for one car.

Explore the local village of Winterbourne Whitechurch and tuck into tasty meals at the pub for a date night away from the kitchen. Venture further afield to Dorchester (11 miles) where you can enjoy a movie night in addition to a tasty meal out. When holidaying in Dorset, you simply must visit the iconic Jurassic Coast. Travel 16.5 miles south to the horseshoe-shaped bay of Lulworth Cove, where a 1.5-mile track winds its way towards Durdle Door where you can gawp at the magnificent views.

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

  • Open-plan studio accommodation with double bed
  • Wet room with shower and WC
  • TV/DVD Wi-Fi included
  • Kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, and fridge with ice compartment
  • Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer available
  • Electric and central heating included
  • 2 small dogs welcome
  • Pub within 1 mile, shop 5 miles, beach 12 miles

Chris Franklin

This property is personally managed by Chris.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Leigh 24th July 2021

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Reviewed by Arthur 3rd July 2021

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Reviewed by Angela 26th June 2021

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Ideal cottage for a couple, well equipped and location perfect for whatever you wished to do. About half an hours drive from everywhere. Clean and welcoming, with pub serving food just a few minutes walk away.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 12th June 2021

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Reviewed by Susan 5th June 2021

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Cottage has everything you need, lovely shower room, great kitchen area, with cooker hob microwave, good parking area and secure for the doggies, area with table and chairs to sit outside with a nice bottle of wine, great location about half hour drive to most places, on the coastline, local pub nearby , and Roz and Steve are great hosts, friendly,Read more helpful with anything , this was our second visit, and would definitely go back again, our doggies loved it too, we had a great holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Howard 22nd May 2021

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Good location if you are a light sleeper its not for you as they is a main road right outside but saying that great place clean tidy and a great place to stay

Reviewed by Sandie 8th May 2021

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Reviewed by Jane 1st May 2021

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Ideal base for exploring Dorset with plenty of opportunities for walking locally too. Very clean and comfortable. Most enjoyable stay.

Reviewed by Margaret 27th April 2021

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Beautiful well furnished comfortable compact garden room. Very nice hosts who chatted if you wanted & left you to yourselves if not. Cleanliness was perfect as my husband has been shielding. All kitchen equipment that you could possibly need. Off road parking & outside space good too. We sat in the courtyard to have coffee on one sunny day it was lRead moreovely. We stayed because a poorly family member lives nearby & but Im sure someone choosing to holiday here would find lots to do. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Tracey 1st November 2020

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Reviewed by Julie 17th October 2020

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Lovely cosy little place. Well equipped and very warm. Ideally situated for getting to all those places you want to visit and plenty of dog walks all around Pub a few hundred yards down the road serving delicious food

Reviewed by Gina 10th October 2020

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Lovely property - very comfortable and well equipped. Cosy feel but also spacious for two people. Very well designed as a holiday let. Would definitely visit again.

Reviewed by Joshua 7th October 2020

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We booked this for my partners 30th birthday and she loved it. Mrs Appleton had hung banners around the property and provided us with 2 sponge cakes which was a lovely touch. A nice pub was down the road and it was not too far from other destinations such as Weymouth. Very clean cottage. Would go again.

Reviewed by Robert 28th September 2020

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Very clean & well equipped cottage. Great location with a lots of things to see within 30mins travel.

Reviewed by Robert 19th September 2020

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Lovely cosy cottage, with gated area to park and space for doggies to use, well equipped with crockery and utensils, and essentials to cook meals, lovely kitchen, area and wet room, comfy bed, good base most places half hour away, great hosts very helpful and friendly,

Reviewed by Lee 12th September 2020

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Reviewed by Carol 5th September 2020

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The property was a little way out from all the places we wanted to visit, mostly approximately 30 mins from the coast & other popular destinations... but that was no problem as the views of the countryside were beautiful to see !...

Reviewed by Rebecca 5th August 2020

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The Garden Room was the perfect base to explore Swanage, Corfe Castle etc. as all about half an hour drive away. The property is compact but totally functional for a couple and dog as the garden is safe and provides room for both parking and a dog to roam! It was wonderfully equipped with everything you could need for a self catered trip. It was alRead moreso spotlessly clean and very inviting after a long day sightseeing! Steve and Roz leave you to relax but are so helpful and friendly if needed! Hide

Reviewed by Louise 28th July 2020

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A lovely base to explore the Dorset coast & countryside. Roz & her family make you feel very welcome without being intrusive. The Old Forge is lovely & perfect for couples. Great local pub only a few minutes walk. Great view of thatched roofs & cottage garden flowers. Stayed for a few days - wish it could have been more. Very dog friendly & a perfeRead morect holiday for our Cockapoo too. Enjoy as much as we did Hide

Reviewed by Julian 18th July 2020

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Family lives on site with at back of property two thatched cottages off road parking . family made us feel a part of there family dog freindly. Property all on one level with new kitchen equipment new walk in shower . Bed was that comfortable we are now looking at buying are own same make . We stayed 7 days two adults and our dog cano corso ItalianRead more mastive who made friends with there dogs especially there sauage dog benji 5 mounths old lovely hoilday cook on site or take away pub near by . Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 8th July 2020

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Worth mentioning that this lovely little retreat is directly beside a busy main road - so less of a "retreat" that just somewhere to stay / stop over. But - great pub a short walk away.

Reviewed by Dermot 30th September 2019

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Whilst I was out and about a lot, this was a great place to stay and base myself and is ideal for a couple or a single person. The kitchen is well equipped and touches like having all the instruction manuals makes life very easy. The area is quiet with good links to all of Dorset. The wet room is also good too. A lot of thought has been put into thRead moreis property. Hide

Reviewed by Lynn 23rd August 2019

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A perfect cottage for 2 and 2 dogs. The owners were friendly and welcoming, we had a great week thank you Roz and Steve the owners.

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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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