Heron Lake Cottage

Located in Sherborne, Dorset

Attractive barn conversion property situated within extensive grounds on the owners Dorset farm, with two lakes and use of the fantastic indoor heating swimming pool.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pet Friendly: 1


This property enjoys a rural location in the Dorset countryside. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area to suit all tastes, from relaxing country walks, to fossil hunting at Charmouth, taking in the iconic views of Lulworth Cove, and enjoying traditional seaside activities on Weymouth’s expansive beach. For those who like to explore the local towns whilst away, Dorchester, which lies just sixteen miles south of the property, has a good range of shops and eateries, as well as a number of museums specialising in teddy bears, dinosaurs, and even Tutankhamun.

On entering this barn conversion property, guests will find themselves in the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner with its inviting leather sofas, warming wood burner, TV and DVD, dining table seating eight, and patio doors that lead out to the courtyard. A breakfast bar in the spacious kitchen area provides a second dining space and is ideal for enjoying drinks and chatting whilst preparing meals. The kitchen itself has been well thought out and offers an electric range style cooker, microwave, American style fridge freezer, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. Also on the ground floor is a convenient cloakroom with WC. All four of the property’s bedrooms are located on the first floor, the first of which is a double room that benefits from an en-suite bathroom with shower-over-bath and WC, as well as a Juliette balcony. The second bedroom is also a double room, whilst there is also a twin room and a bunk bedroom. The main bathroom offers a shower-over-bath and WC. The patio doors in the lounge/kitchen/diner open onto the shared courtyard.

Guests at all four properties have shared use of extensive grounds, which include two pretty lakes which are home to an abundance of wildlife, as well as lawn areas, and a children’s play area with a climbing frame and slide. The wonderful indoor heated swimming pool is open to all guests on a daily basis from 8.30 am -8 pm, although times may vary, as it is sometimes this booked for private use. (There is an up-to-date timetable provided onsite). There is ample car parking facilities.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.


  • Hidden away in a secluded location in the beautiful Dorset Countryside
  • Explore the expansive grounds on-site with two lakes which are home to herons, kingfishers and swans
  • Access to footpaths from the doorstep and just thirty miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast
  • 4 bedrooms: 2 doubles, 1 twin, and 1 bunk bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, and WC
  • En suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC to one of the double rooms and downstairs WC
  • TV/DVD Wi-Fi is available
  • Wood burner with the first basket of logs provided (extra logs can be purchased onsite at 5 per basket
  • Electric style Range cooker, microwave, American style Fridge/Freezer, dishwasher, and washer/dryer
  • Electric and central heating included
  • 1 dog welcome, dogs are politely requested to be kept under control on leads when out in the shared grounds
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Pub and shop ½ mile, beach 30 miles


Cot Available
Family friendly
Games Room
Great View
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
On a Farm
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
Rural Location
Swimming Pool
Washing machine


Area Details


Sherborne is a pretty, historic market town in Dorset. It is on the edge of the Blackmore Vale which commands the most spectacular views. Full of ancient and beautiful buildings, Sherbourne Abbey, and two Castles, there is always something to see. The town itself has a great selection of independent and unique shops. There is a good choice of friendly cafes and restaurants in the town. Sherbourne hosts "Pack Monday" every Monday in October. This closes off four of Sherborne's streets and fills them with food stalls and local traders while on the edge of town is a funfair.

Sir Walter Raleigh built Sherborne Castle and Gardens, a stunning castle in stunning surroundings. There are 42 acres of gardens and a 50 acre lake, the gardens themselves are now Grade I listed. The Castle holds a variety of events throughout the year including firework extravaganza, country fairs, classic car rallies, and even wine fairs. Sherborne Abbey is today one of England's most beautiful parish churches. Visitors come for many reasons, some the music, some the bells with the heaviest peal of eight bells in the world. Most visit for the amazing architecture including the amazing fan-vaulted ceiling. Sherborne has another castle, this time lying in ruin, but with fascinating history and great views over the surrounding villages.

Visit the 15th Century Almshouse or go fossil hunting in the Jurassic cliff faces of Quarr Nature Reserve. The Fleet Air Museum and Haynes Motor Museum are a short drive away. Minterne Gardens is stunning, explore these beautiful, tranquil settings and relax with refreshments in the cafe.

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