Little Willow

Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Little Willow is a wonderful cottage is situated in Farrington, Dorset and can sleep two people in one bedroom and is pet-friendly.

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


Little Willow is a delightful cottage situated in Farrington, Dorset. All rooms are on the ground floor, with one double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. There is an open-plan living room with a fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Outside has an enclosed patio area with furniture, a fire pit and a barbecue. Off-road parking is available. Little Willow is the perfect choice for a rural countryside break.

Property Details

Perched in the rural countryside settlement of Farrington, is this delightfully quirky, detached property.

Little Willow was partly constructed from a shipping container and offers a welcoming retreat for couples looking to holiday in the heart of the Dorset countryside. After a long day sightseeing, kick off your boots and coats and enter the wonderful open-plan living space, offering all the necessities for a relaxing evening in. This cottage offers a tastefully decorated sitting room, with a sofa, where you can curl up of an evening and catch up on your favourite shows, with the lovely wood burning stove to keep you warm of an evening.

The kitchen has been equipped with high-quality appliances, so you can easily rustle up a scrumptious meal, while the dining area has seating for four and is the perfect spot for planning the day's events, or enjoying a lovely romantic meal together over a glass of wine. The property boasts a double bedroom, served by an en-suite shower room, with high-quality fixtures and fittings for a relaxing stay.

On a warm summer's evening, why not sit outside your holiday home on the delightful veranda, great for alfresco dining or simply enjoy a relaxing drink, with the delightful fire pit to keep you warm. Or take advantage of the provided barbecue and outdoor pizza oven and cook up a storm, or simply sit out and enjoy the fabulous sunsets.

While you're in the area, take a drive into the market town of Blandford Forum, or the beautiful Shaftesbury with the famous Gold Hill and Shaftesbury Abbey Gardens. You will discover a wealth of attractions in the surrounding areas such as Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton, which include plenty of pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets for all of your amenities, such as the excellent organic farm shop in Child Okeford. If historical attractions are your cup of tea then why not visit Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, dating back to 1777, and showcases the beer-making process with tastings, or venture towards Hambledon Hill, a prominent Iron Age hillfort with plenty of pathways for walking and cycling.

Bring your pets along and enjoy some picturesque country views. The owners are members of the Dorset Wildlife Trust and have leaflets containing information about the local reserves, ideal for those who enjoy a country walk and spotting a variety of wildlife! Use Little Willow as your base for exploring this wonderful rural area of Dorset.


  • Electric central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Off-road parking is available
  • Enclosed patio garden with furniture, fire pit, barbecue and pizza oven
  • Secure bike shed
  • Pets are welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2
  • 3 miles and pub 2
  • 2 miles
  • Note: Though the property is pet-friendly, caution is advised as the owner's live in the adjacent property and have 7 rescue dogs, so pets must be quiet and well-behaved so as not to cause distress to their dogs
  • Note: No children, please
  • Note: The washing machine is housed in an adjacent building
  • Note: The sofa bed is there for flexibility for extended family or close friends


Great View
Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
Linen and Towels
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
Washing machine



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Area Details

Sturminster Newton

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.

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