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The School House - Arne

Arne, Dorset
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A fantastic base for wildlife watching
  • Close to several nature reserves including Arne and Hartland Moor
  • Within easy reach of Wareham and Swanage
  • Enjoy a trip on a steam train from Corfe Castle
  • Take the ferry to Brownsea Island
  • Relax in the extensive garden which is sometimes visited by deer
Property code: DC183

With fantastic countryside views, this beautifully converted former Victorian schoolhouse makes a lovely holiday home for nature lovers wanting to explore Poole Harbour and the stunning Dorset coast.

Enjoying countryside views over Poole harbour, this imaginatively converted former Victorian schoolhouse makes a fantastic holiday home for nature-lovers keen to explore this idyllic part of Dorset. Arne is a quiet hamlet and this spacious and cosy house has extensive grounds which are often visited at dusk by deer. The property is close to several nature reserves, with the RSPB Arne reserve literally on the doorstep. You can also explore Poole Harbour, visit Brownsea Island or enjoy a day in the Purbecks taking in Studland Bay, Corfe, Swanage and Wareham.

This beautiful house offers a charming lounge with a wood burner, parquet floor and French doors leading out onto a light and attractive terrace. The stylish kitchen/diner is perfect for sharing a family meal, and there are three comfortable and cosy bedrooms on the first floor. The large garden is a nature lover's paradise and is ideal for enjoying a morning coffee or a BBQ on the harbour-facing terrace which overlooks the rough sloping lawn.

RSPB Arne is a fantastic haven for nature-lovers featuring extensive walks, stunning landscapes and ancient woodland, which home all six of the UK’s native reptile species, and an array of birds including spoonbills, nightjars and Dartford warblers. Arne is a picturesque hamlet which makes a great base for exploring an area where you will also find RSPB Stoborough Heath (4 miles) and Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve (3 miles). The bustling town of Wareham (4.5 miles) has a variety of restaurants, pubs and shops. Staying inland you can visit the historic village of Corfe Castle (5.5 miles) and explore the remains of its medieval castle. A steam train can take you through to the seaside town of Swanage (11.5 miles). Studland beach (10.5 miles) and Lulworth Cove (12.5 miles) are also within easy reach.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double room with 5’ bed and 2 twin rooms
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with shower and WC, 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC
  • 1 ground-floor WC
  • Oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • Dryer in utility room
  • TV/DVD
  • Woodburner (logs included October - end of April)
  • Garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ
  • Roadside parking
  • Regret no dogs
  • Wi-Fi included (email and web browsing only)
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Coast 0.5 miles
  • Wareham 4 miles
  • Shop/pub 4 miles
  • Regret no children under the age of 5

This property is personally managed by Chris.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 8 guest ratings

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Reviewed by W 2nd August 2019

The cottage is very impressive right from the start. Every facility is provided and the outdoor area is very well furnished. Views are excellent across the RSPB sanctuary. There is a pleasant homely feel to the accommodation, but it is a bit remote from shops etc at the end of a long narrow road.

Reviewed by M 26th July 2019

Absolutely beautiful place to stay. Have stayed here 3 times now and we never get bored! Arne and the School House Is becoming our second home.

Reviewed by Judy 28th June 2019

Wonderful house in stunning location. Well equipt with spacious terrace to enjoy meals outside. Great kitchen space to enjoy meals together. Very clean with lovely restful colour schemes. Great walking on the doorstep into stunning RSPB Arne. Hired 2 electric Tramper outdoor scooters from the RSPB for very small fee, my elderly parents had a great Read moretime on the tracks exploring the heath and woods revelling in being in the countryside with us under their own steam. Dad didnt want to leave! Hide

Reviewed by A 7th June 2019

Perfect for 2 couples - one twin en suite and one double with bathroom next door. Well equipped kitchen and spacious lounge. Wonderful location right next to RSPB Arne - 2 minute walk.

Reviewed by Mr J Mcphee 15th January 2019

This was our second New Year stay at the School House and we had a lovely week. The cottage is warm and cosy and the views are beautiful. The kitchen is very well equipped and spacious. We loved being able to walk down to the sea and around the bird reserve, seeing deer was an added bonus. Its a great base for trips to Swanage, Purbeck and the surrRead moreounding countryside is lovely. We also enjoyed a trip to the fantastic independent cinema in Wareham, the Rex. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs V Brandon 4th January 2019

The School House was excellent. It was warm and comfortable, with the fire laid ready to go. The owner left several very thoughtful touches for us including a tree and even some Christmas crackers! Good range of board games. It is in an excellent location for anyone who likes wildlife and tranquility. It is so close to the RSPB reserve that yoRead moreu can walk from the door straight into the woods and beyond. We saw deer most day and on our last day we saw a majestic stag at dusk, just minutes from the door. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Tudsbery-Turner 31st October 2018

In general it was good. The situation was excellent. However, the shower in the family bathroom was poor. It was either very hot or very cold. The bed in the double room was not comfortable. The key lock is an old model and very difficult to use. A more modern hinged one would be better.

Reviewed by Ms R Wright 31st August 2018

Well appointed and great space for everyone to enjoy. It was tasteful and carefully considered in the decorations. The kitchen had everything required. House was warm and toastie after going on walks. Great beds and just such a comfortable relaxing cottage overall. We were a party of 4 people - two adults and two children. Everyone loved their timRead moree there. Could have easily done another week and will be looking to return. Hide

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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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