Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset
This Grade II listed chocolate box cottage has character in abundance and is ideally placed for touring, with Blandford Forum, Wimborne Minster and the coast all being within reach.
- Sleeps: 5
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 1
- Pet Friendly: 2
This charming and unique cobb cottage is set in the quiet village of Tarrant Monkton and is the perfect escape to the country. The beautiful Tarrant Valley forms part of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are many walking and cycling routes weaving through this picturesque landscape. There is a popular pub within the village or head to the market town of Blandford Forum, where you will find plenty of local amenities as well as a traditional brewery tap and riverside paths to explore. Why not take a trip to the coast and visit the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole or travel inland to Wimborne Minster, the cathedral city of Salisbury or the New Forest National Park.
A gravel path leads to the entrance into this detached character cottage. Once inside you are met with a welcoming entrance vestibule leading into the country kitchen on your right. This well-equipped space has a Rayburn, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Next is a pretty single bedroom, with a useful separate WC next door. From the inner hallway, a door then leads into the charming lounge/diner. This striking space is home to a beautiful inglenook fireplace complete with a wood-burner and original bread ovens as well as a TV. Steps lead up from here into a cosy study. Heading back into the hallway you will find a flight of cottage style stairs leading to the first floor. There are two inviting bedrooms here, one double and a twin as well as a bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC. Due to the age of the property, there are changes of level and areas of restricted head height including low beams and doorways throughout, which only adds to its character and charm.
Heading outside there is a peaceful and private garden mostly laid to lawn and enclosed by hedging. You can enjoy meals and drinks at the table and chairs, whilst admiring the tranquil setting. Off-road parking for one car can be found to the side of the property. There is a garage offering further space for one car and a utility area with a tumble dryer and freezer. Please note this property has a private water supply.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.
- A charming rural retreat set in an idyllic Dorset village location
- Traditional thatched cottage boasting original features and a wood-burner
- Relax in the pretty garden on a summers day or explore the verdant Tarrant Valley
- 3 bedrooms 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single
- 1 bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC and 1 separate WC
- Rayburn, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine
- Utility area with tumble dryer and freezer within the garage
- Wood burner (first basket of logs included October April)
- Smart TV in the lounge
- Garden with furniture
- Off-road parking for one car and additional space for one car within the garage
- Strictly no BBQ s due to the thatch roof
- Beach 17 miles, shop 3 miles and pub within walking distance
- This property has a private water supply
Blandford Forum is the most complete, small Georgian town in England, set on the banks of the River Stour. Fires destroyed the town in the eighteenth century and the town gradually rebuilt. Today, the town is now a fascinating example of Georgian architecture. Read all about the history of the town and the devasting fire in the local museum.
The town has a charming parish church and a wonderful marketplace. Surrounding the marketplace are an assortment of local independent shops and well-known "brand" shops as well as cafes, pubs, and supermarkets. The town also has indoor and outdoor markets each week. Blandford Forum is home to one of Dorset’s breweries – Hall & Woodhouse. Drop in for a tour of the brewery, sample, or buy the famous "Badger Beer".
There are a few trails to try around the town, cycle along the old trailway between Blandford and Sturminster Newton taking in fabulous Dorset scenery all the way. At Shillingstone is a cafe, offering needed refreshment for your trip back. Have a bite to eat in the cafe, alfresco, or in the restored buffet coach.
By far the biggest event in the area is the annual Great Dorset Steam Fair held at the end of August. The event has grown every year and now sits on a 600-acre site. It is the leading show of its kind in the world, attracting a lot of international attention. Fun for all the family with various entertainments and music to suit all ages and an old-time steam funfair.
For those adventurers, try Gorcombe Extreme Sports in the nearby village of Thornicombe. Here you find Quad biking, paintball, dirt buggies, an extreme assault course, and clay shooting. After a long day, stop for a cream tea and explore the well-stocked farm shop full of delightful local produce.