New Farm Cottage
Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset
Spacious holiday home situated within private gated grounds, with use of large gardens, and enjoying a fantastic location in the Dorset countryside, just twenty miles from Bournemouth s sandy beaches.
- Sleeps: 6
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Pet Friendly: No
This property is located in a rural part of Dorset, and yet is just three miles from the Georgian town of Blandford Forum. At the heart of the town is the historic market place, clustered around which is a range of independent shops and pubs. The surrounding area has much to offer visitors, including the handsome manor and gardens of Kingston Lacey, a beautiful National Trust property. For a fun family day out, Gorcombe Farm, which is just one mile from the property, offers a selection of outdoor adventure activities, including archery, paintball, dirt buggies, and quad biking. For a more sedate, but equally fun experience, a trip to Bournemouth is not to missed, especially for those who enjoy a proper seaside holiday, with sandy beaches, seafront entertainment, and safe bathing conditions.
A grand driveway leads up to these four properties situated within a private gated complex. From the hallway, guests come through to the spacious, light-filled lounge/diner with its large, deep sofas from which they can enjoy the TV with Sky channels. A dining table is situated to one side of the room, next to the patio doors which open onto the outside space.
The kitchen, though modestly-sized is equipped with everything that guests will need, including an oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine. One of the property’s bedrooms is located on the ground floor: a king-size room which benefits from an en-suite shower and WC, and its own TV with Sky Channels. Upstairs, there are two further bedrooms, which also both have their own TV with access to Sky channels. The first of these is a relaxing king-size room with a seating area and an en-suite shower room with WC. The third bedroom is a generously-sized twin room, which boasts an en-suite bathroom with shower-over-bath and WC. There is also a cloakroom with WC on the ground floor.
Patio doors from the lounge/diner lead out to the property’s garden, which has plenty of space to relax and play on the lawn, as well as a patio with garden furniture and a BBQ. Children will love the outdoor space, as there is a Swingball set, badminton net, and racquets. There is adequate off-road parking available.
- Enclosed garden with children’s play facilities
- Located just 3 miles from the town of Blandford Forum
- Just 20 miles from the seaside resort of Bournemouth
- 3 bedrooms: 2 king-size and 1 twin
- En suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC to the twin room En suite shower rooms to each of the king-size rooms
- Ground floor WC
- TV with Sky Channels in the lounge and each of the bedrooms
- Wi-Fi included
- Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
- Electric and heating included
- Highchair and Travel Cot available (cot linen not included)
- Regret no pets
- Hot tub available for hire at an additional charge must be paid for two weeks in advance directly to the owner
- Pub and shop 2 miles, beach 14 miles
- Arrival at 4 pm
Blandford Forum is the most complete, small Georgian town in England, set on the banks of the River Stour. Fires destroyed the town in the eighteenth century and the town gradually rebuilt. Today, the town is now a fascinating example of Georgian architecture. Read all about the history of the town and the devasting fire in the local museum.
The town has a charming parish church and a wonderful marketplace. Surrounding the marketplace are an assortment of local independent shops and well-known "brand" shops as well as cafes, pubs, and supermarkets. The town also has indoor and outdoor markets each week. Blandford Forum is home to one of Dorset’s breweries – Hall & Woodhouse. Drop in for a tour of the brewery, sample, or buy the famous "Badger Beer".
There are a few trails to try around the town, cycle along the old trailway between Blandford and Sturminster Newton taking in fabulous Dorset scenery all the way. At Shillingstone is a cafe, offering needed refreshment for your trip back. Have a bite to eat in the cafe, alfresco, or in the restored buffet coach.
By far the biggest event in the area is the annual Great Dorset Steam Fair held at the end of August. The event has grown every year and now sits on a 600-acre site. It is the leading show of its kind in the world, attracting a lot of international attention. Fun for all the family with various entertainments and music to suit all ages and an old-time steam funfair.
For those adventurers, try Gorcombe Extreme Sports in the nearby village of Thornicombe. Here you find Quad biking, paintball, dirt buggies, an extreme assault course, and clay shooting. After a long day, stop for a cream tea and explore the well-stocked farm shop full of delightful local produce.