Old School

Located in Dorchester, Dorset

A former school house with contemporary styling and easy access to some of Dorset s most famous attractions. With character features and a wood burner, it's the ideal base for a fun-filled holiday

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pet Friendly: 2


Set within the pretty village of West Knighton, this grade II listed house has been sympathetically converted from a former village school. Offering individual character and an enviable setting, this spacious property is ideal for visiting both the coast and countryside. Why not take a stroll to the local pub or perhaps visit the county town of Dorchester, which is minutes away by car and offers all kinds of shops, as well as museums, cinemas and other attractions. The Purbeck Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is only a short drive away and leads onto Dorset’s amazing Jurassic Coast beyond, where you can explore the much-photographed landmarks of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Heading into the semi-detached property you are met by a grand galleried main hall with an inviting lounge to the right, which is the ideal place to relax after a day spent exploring as it has sofas, armchairs, a wood burner, TV/DVD. Also leading off of the hallway is a compact twin bedroom, separate WC and a cosy sunroom. Further on from here is the well-equipped open-plan kitchen/diner, which has two electric ovens and a hob, two fridges, a freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Heading back into the hallway you will find the staircase rising to the first floor, with a sunny casual reading area that gives access to a twin bedroom with a pitched beamed ceiling and en-suite shower and WC. A further striking king-size bedroom with exposed beams is opposite, with an adjacent contemporary bathroom with bath and a separate shower and WC completing the first floor.

Venturing outside via the rear door you will find a table and chairs within a compact enclosed courtyard, offering a sunny spot to relax and enjoy a drink outdoors. Off-road parking for two cars is available to the side of the property.

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


  • Stylish converted former school house with exposed stonework and unique character
  • Ideally placed for touring stunning landmarks of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
  • Easy access to Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport and the county town, Dorchester
  • 3 Bedrooms 1 king-size, 1 twin and 1 compact twin on the ground floor
  • 1 Bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC, 1 en suite shower and WC and 1 separate WC
  • Two electric ovens and hob, 2 fridges, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Beach 4 miles, shop 1½ miles and pub within walking distance
  • TV/DVD in the lounge
  • Highchair and travel cot are available on request


Close to coast
Cot Available
Family friendly
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
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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