Higher Burton Barn

Located in Dorchester, Dorset

Set in a secluded location just outside Dorchester, this light and airy 18th-century barn conversion is a cosy and inviting holiday home for a couple or a small family seeking a lovely rural retreat.

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


Get away from it all in this wonderful rural setting, however, there are many places to head off to during your holiday including the historic market town of Dorchester (1.5 miles) has plenty of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, and is known for its links to Thomas Hardy. You can visit Hardy’s birthplace in the village of Higher Bockhampton (3.5 miles) or his home at Max Gate (3 miles). Other local attractions include Maiden Castle (3.5 miles), Jordan Hill Roman Temple (9.5 miles) and Clouds Hill, the former retreat of T E Lawrence (9.5 miles). You can also head to the coast with the popular resort of Weymouth nearby (11 miles), which features a sandy beach, traditional seaside amusements and a vibrant harbour. Weymouth is also home to the lifting Town Bridge, the Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve and the Nothe Fort museum.

Set at the end of an unmade track amongst original farm workers’ cottages, this attractive cottage is accessed via three steps that lead into the porch. You can leave coats and boots in the hall, then head into the spacious, light and welcoming open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. With a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, this living area is an ideal space to relax in. The lounge has plenty of seating, a smart TV/DVD and a wood burner, while the dining area is perfect for any family meal. The charming kitchen is equipped with an oven, microwave, washing machine and a fridge with an ice compartment. There is also a cosy double bedroom on the ground floor, where you will also find the bathroom, which is complete with a shower over the bath and a WC. A spiral staircase leads you up to a small gallery with a low beam and then into the twin bedroom. This bedroom has two 2’6” single beds and a low, sloping ceiling.

To the front of the cottage, there’s a grassy area that is crossed by a public footpath. You can also relax in the large L-shaped back garden which is laid to lawn with trees and shrubs and looks out over acres of fields. There’s also a choice of outdoor furniture so you can sit back with a drink and enjoy the views.

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


  • A delightful family cottage in a rural setting you will be able to relax in the enclosed garden overlooking fields and countryside beyond
  • Perfect for visiting the county town of Dorchester for pubs and restaurants
  • An ideal base for exploring Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the Dorset countryside
  • 2 bedrooms 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge with ice compartment
  • Woodburner (logs included October end of April)
  • Smart TV/DVD
  • Garden with outdoor furniture
  • Off-road parking available for up to 3 cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Central heating and electricity included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Shop 1 mile
  • Pub within a mile
  • Coast 10 miles
  • Regret no children under the age of 5


Downstairs bathroom
Downstairs bedroom
Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
Rural Location
Washing machine



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Area Details


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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