Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Single storey property sleeping two, surrounded by stunning countryside and benefitting from a peaceful patio garden and access to large lawn gardens and a pretty orchard.
- Sleeps: 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Pet Friendly: No
This property enjoys a quiet rural location in the mid-Dorset countryside, in what is known as Thomas Hardy Country thanks to the author’s connections to the area. It is certainly the perfect location for authors to concentrate on their new novel or artists to settle down and produce their next masterpiece. The town of Sturminster Newton is just five miles north of the property, a pretty town that straddles the River Stour and was immortalised in Thomas Thomas Hardy’s poem On Sturminster Bridge. To the south of the property, the town of Blandford Forum is an attractive town, which makes a lovely place to spend an afternoon sampling the wares of one of the town’s many tearooms and browsing the shops. Seaside-lovers won’t be disappointed either, as Dorset is home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, including those at Chesil, Lulworth Cove, and Weymouth which are all within thirty miles of the property.
This single-storey property is a delightful place to enjoy a quiet holiday for two. The lounge area, part of the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner is a wonderful place to relax with its two comfortable armchairs, TV, and DVD. The kitchen area is home to the dining table, as well as an oven, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, and coffee machine. Guests who need to make use of laundry facilities can do so by request. Just off the lounge, there is a wonderfully sunny conservatory that enjoys stunning views over the surrounding countryside and makes a delightful space to sit and relax with a good book and a cup of coffee. The property has one bedroom, a relaxing double which has a door opening out onto the garden, which floods the room with morning light. The bathroom, meanwhile, offers a shower-over-bath and WC.
Outside, there is a private patio with garden furniture and a BBQ which makes a lovely place to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity. In addition to this, guests are welcome to make use of the spacious lawn gardens and to wander the attractive orchard. There is parking provided for one car.
- A pretty single-storey property is an ideal romantic retreat with a private patio with stunning countryside views
- Sunny conservatory overlooking the expansive gardens and orchard
- Quiet, rural location in the mid-Dorset countryside perfect for artists and writers
- 1 double bedroom
- Bathroom with shower over bath and WC
- TV/DVD and Wi-Fi included
- Kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, and coffee machine
- Laundry facilities are available on request
- Electric and central heating included
- Parking for 1 car
- Pub and shop 2 miles, beach 28 miles
Sturminster Newton is a market town on the River Stour. The town has a medieval six-arch bridge that joins Sturminster to Newton. Thomas Hardy lived here for a time and wrote much of his novel, The Return of the Native, while a resident at Riverside house. Another famous resident was William Barnes, a popular Dorset poet. Located in the Blackmore Vale you are never far away from beautiful country views. The town has a range of shops, a supermarket, chemist and post office as well as cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Every Monday the town holds a market with local produce to tempt. Visit the towns working watermill that still produces flour every fortnight, take a tour and learn the history behind this historic building. There are great country walks from the Mill to enjoy. There are some great villages to explore close by, most with pubs to experience.
In the middle of September, the area gathers for the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival. This festival has grown hugely size since it began and is a celebration of all things cheese. The festival is not limited to cheese so it is a great event to explore the best from local Dorset food and drink producers. Live music, bales to sit on while you munch your food, entertainment for the children, all with the backdrop of beautiful country views. Something for everybody and a great family day out.
Explore the North Dorset Trailway, transformed into a walk and cycle path. The trail now leads from Sturminster Newton all the way through Blandford Forum to Spetisbury. It is around 14 miles in total but more sections are planned to open soon. It is one of the best ways to appreciate all the countryside around you with lots of attractions to visit on your way. Visit Sturminster Newton Museum in a beautiful thatched building in the centre of the town. It shows exhibits to do with the local history of the town, the local railways, and even local poets. There is also a souvenir and gift shop and admission is free.