East Rew – Little Barn

Located in Dorchester, Dorset

Beautifully converted to make use of every inch, this charming cottage offers a rural hideaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: No


This barn conversion is situated in the farmyard of the owner’s 130-acre cattle farm and enjoys peace and tranquillity. Located one mile away from the village of Martinstown on the outskirts of Dorchester which was home and inspiration to the celebrated author, Thomas Hardy, whose novels Tess of the d’Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge were both based on the town. The local area offers plenty to see and do, including Hardy’s Monument, Hardy’s Cottage, Abbotsbury Swannery, Montacute House, Bovington Tank Museum and much more. Also within easy reach are the seaside resorts of Weymouth and Portland.

Thoughtfully converted in an open-plan and sociable layout, this cottage is cosy yet light and bright. Prepare romantic meals for two in the well-equipped kitchen area, which contains an electric oven, hob, fridge with a small freezer section, microwave and small dining table and chairs. At the end of a long day exploring the local area, relax and unwind in the lounge area beside the wood burner and TV. The king-size bedroom is clean and bright with a door opening onto a patio area. The modern bathroom has a bath and overhead shower, WC and heated towel rail.

While the bedroom opens onto a pretty patio area, the adjacent open-sided barn enjoys a sunny aspect and offers a covered BBQ area with garden furniture for al fresco meals come rain or shine.


  • Charming barn conversion with countryside views and cosy wood burner
  • Set on a 130-acre cattle farm surrounded by grazing fields
  • A mile from the village of Martinstown on the outskirts of Dorchester
  • Prince Charles’ purpose-built village of Poundbury is nearby
  • Close to Hardy’s Monument, offering superb views of Weymouth and Chesil Beach
  • Within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast and its wonderful walks and scenery
  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Kitchen electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer section and microwave (please note a washing machine is not available)
  • TV
  • Wood burner with the first basket of logs included
  • Electric panel heater/immersion heating included
  • Regret no children
  • Adjacent open sided barn with garden furniture and BBQ
  • Private water supply
  • Regret no pets
  • Ample parking
  • Beach just under 10 miles, farm shop, coffee shop and pub 1 mile


Downstairs bathroom
Downstairs bedroom
Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
On a Farm
Real Fire



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Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and is a town for all seasons. This vibrant, bustling town has an array of "brand name" shops as well as banks and local independent shops up the side streets. Cafes, test rooms, pubs, restaurants, and takeaways catering to all tastes can be found here. There is also a weekly market on Wednesdays selling local produce. Dorchester is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy and he based his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, on Dorchester. Open all year round, Max Gate, the childhood home of Thomas Hardy, now owned by the National Trust, is well worth a visit.

Visit Wolfeton House set in beautiful water meadows, in the nearby village of Charminster. Visit Athelhampton House and Gardens or visit Kingston Maurwood, a Georgian mansion surrounded by 35 acres of gardens. Dorchester Park often has open-air concerts in the bandstand or an open-air cinema in the summer months. The park has a mini open-air gym and a large expanse of grass for the children to run around. For the adults there is a cafe, sit for a picnic or a coffee and watch the kids explore. Join the Dorchester Town Ghost Walks and discover the many haunted buildings. The Dorset County Show attracts visitors from near and far. It is a two-day event, featuring horse competitions, funfair, crafts, and is a chance for the local farmers to show their prized animals and produce. There is so much to do here for all the family.

Visit the Keep Military Museum, 4 floors of military history focusing on the Dorsetshire regiment over the past 500 years. Try the Dorset County Museum or The Dinosaur Museum, an award-winning museum with life-size dinosaur reconstructions, fossils, and more. Finally, explore the Teddy Bear Museum, house, and shop. This is a celebration of all things stuffed in teddy form that will delight those young of heart.

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