Hardy’s View Lodge
Located in Dorchester, Dorset
Sitting elevated in the Dorset downs in a majestic position overlooking the Frome Valley. A quirky layout gives for a unique stay with large open areas, snooker room, tower, open fireplaces all with magnificent views.
- Sleeps: 8
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 4
- Pet Friendly: No
This rural property is set in a small coppice containing wild fruits and flowers, commanding spectacular views south towards the coast. Dorset’s beautiful landscape of rolling chalk downland affords wonderful walking, with footpaths direct from the property. The area offers a wealth of pretty villages, sandy beaches and a coastline that has World Heritage status. The towns of Dorchester, Sherborne and Yeovil are easily accessible and there are many National Trust properties to visit. Visit the nearby seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, or venture slightly further to Lyme Regis or the harbour town of West Bay. There are many attractions including Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Monkey World, Hardy’s Cottage and Abbotsbury Swannery. For fishing enthusiasts, guests can arrange with the owner to fish on the privately owned four mile stretch of the River Frome or the fishing lake which is a short drive.
From the moment you step through the porch, you will be struck by the character of the property, which was originally a shooting lodge. The impressive entrance hall/snooker room has flagstone flooring, exposed stone walls, a huge fireplace with open fire, beams, and a 3/4 sized snooker table. The main living area is a large open plan room with a traditional dining table with plenty of seating facing a large inglenook fireplace with open fire. The focal point of this room is the large 42 candle chandelier (oil-filled candles pre-filled on your arrival) and TV. From the main living area step down into The Admiral s Well a circular snug area at the base of the tower. Head up the spiral staircase to the tower which really captures the spectacular views. The kitchen is perfect to try out some new recipes or cook some old family favourites. It has a gas oven and hob, microwave, two fridges, a freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Leading from the kitchen is the first of the four bedrooms a super king-size zip and link (which can be made into a twin on request at the point of booking) with dual aspect windows and an en suite shower and WC. Walking back into the hall/snooker room there is a separate WC. Completing the ground floor accommodation is the second bedroom a super king-size zip and link (which can be made into a twin on request at the point of booking) with an en suite bathroom with a freestanding bath, separate walk in shower and WC. Heading up the stairs to the third bedroom a twin room with en suite shower and WC. The final galleried bedroom has a king-size bed with an internal balcony overlooking the snooker room, children to take care. This room has a private bathroom with shower over bath and WC.
To the front of the property with open views towards the coast is a lawned area open to fields beyond. There is a paved patio with an outside dining table and charcoal BBQ. An idyllic peaceful area to relax and watch the sun go down with a refreshing beverage. Ample off-road parking is available on the gravelled drive. The lodge is accessed via a private farm track, which is level and firm but not tarmacked.
- Set high up in the Dorset Downs, a mile from the nearest main road with far-reaching rural views towards Hardy’s Monument
- Enjoy the network of countryside walks from the doorstep with breath taking scenery direct from the property
- A great base to enjoy visiting the seaside resorts of West Bay, Lyme Regis and Weymouth
- 4 Bedrooms 1 king-size, 1 twin and 2 super king zip and links (which can be made into twins on request at the point of booking)
- 1 Bathroom with shower over bath and WC, 1 en suite bathroom with freestanding bath, separate walk in shower and WC, 2 en suite showers and WC s and 1 separate WC
- Gas oven and hob, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
- Open fire in the lounge and hall/snooker room (the first basket of logs included)
- Snooker room with 3/4 sized table
- Ample off road parking
- Beach 10 miles, shops 4 miles and pub within walking distance
- Fishing can be arranged directly with the owner, with equipment hire and an instructor
- Smart TV in the main living area
- Garden with terrace, seating and charcoal BBQ
- Travel cot and highchair available
- Regret no pets
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.