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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.

With breathtaking views over to Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight, this cottage is set on the edge of RSPB Arne, a haven for wildlife watching. It boasts a stunning landscape, ancient woodland and is home to all six of the UK’s native reptile species. The historic village of Arne makes a perfect base for exploring the area, with RSPB Stoborough Heath (4 miles) and Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve (3 miles) nearby. Wareham (4.5 miles) offers a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops, or you could visit the historic village of Corfe Castle (5.5 miles) and explore the remains of the medieval castle. A steam train runs from Corfe Castle to the thriving seaside town of Swanage (11.5 miles). Lulworth Cove (12.5 miles) and Studland (10.5 miles) are also within easy reach.

Entering this former Victorian school house, you can leave coats and boots in the porch and then head into the spacious and welcoming lounge. This is a charming space to relax in, with TV/DVD, wood burner, parquet floor and French doors leading out onto the terrace. Moving through to the delightful kitchen/diner you will find a dining area perfect for sharing a family meal. The kitchen is equipped with an oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine, with the dryer housed in the nearby utility room. There is also a ground-floor WC. Going upstairs you will find three comfortable and cosy bedrooms: a double room and two twin rooms. Both the twin rooms have sea views, and one of them also features an en-suite bathroom with bath and WC. There is also a shower room with shower and WC.

Stepping outside into the large back garden you can enjoy a morning coffee or a BBQ on the sea-facing terrace. Steps lead down to the rough sloping lawn. The garden is a nature lover's paradise with deer visiting almost daily at dusk – it has even featured in BBC’s Autumn Watch. There is also a field for playing games in. Parking is available on the village lane.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double room with 5’ bed and 2 twin rooms
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with bath 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
  • Children over the age of 5 years old welcome

This property is personally managed by Chris.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 5 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
5
Overall equipment
5
Overall comfort
5
Overall location
5

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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Location

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.

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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