Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Set in an enviable location covering some six acres of rural Dorset, this welcoming house makes a fantastic base for family holidays exploring all that the coast and countryside have to offer
- Sleeps: 10
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 3
- Pet Friendly: No
Fifehead Neville is a peaceful hamlet offering a slice of idyllic rural living, yet within easy reach of great amenities and attractions. The nearby market town of Sturminster Newton is well serviced by a choice of pubs and independent shops selling both essential and artisanal supplies. Lovers of nature can explore the extensive grounds, frequented by an array of wildlife, including woodpeckers and nightingales or visit some of the many local beauty spots within easy reach. To the south is the stunning Jurassic coastline, home to some of Dorset’s most photographed landmarks, such as Durdle Door and Ringstead Bay. Or perhaps stretch your legs with a hike up Bulbarrow Hill, where you will find panoramic views over rolling countryside.
The private gravel driveway leads directly to the main entrance into this detached property. Once inside you are met with a welcoming hallway leading firstly to a stunning open-plan kitchen/diner on the right via two steps. With warm wood flooring, numerous places to sit and a lovely homely ambience, this well-equipped space is the ideal central meeting point for family suppers. There is a traditional AGA, electric oven and dishwasher on offer. Leading on from this room via a small set of steps is a generous utility room, with a walk-in pantry, washing machine, tumble dryer and American style fridge/freezer. This is the ideal spot for cleaning down your four-legged friends after long walks in the countryside. Heading back into the hallway brings you to a cosy snug, with a study area, wood burner and a TV/DVD, ideal for spending a lazy evening watching your favourite show. Next is the lounge, which really shows off the character of this traditional Dorset longhouse. There is a wonderful inglenook fireplace, complete with open fire and a deep sill that invites you to rest a while with a good book. A door leads from here up a winding set of cottage style stairs to a king-size bedroom set into the eaves, there are characterful beams and an en-suite bathroom with a hand-held shower over bath and WC. Heading back downstairs and into the central hallway, you will find a second set of stairs, leading to a choice of bedrooms. To the left is a super-king-size bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC. Next door is a pretty double bedroom with a light and bright ambience. Two single beds are tucked into the large landing and can provide additional sleeping space on request. To the right of the stairs two further lovely double bedrooms and a contemporary bathroom with shower over bath and WC complete the accommodation. Due to the age of the property, there are numerous changes of level, beams and some areas of restricted head height, which only adds to its charm.
Stepping outside from the kitchen/diner you will find a patio area with furniture immediately to the rear of the property, where you can light the gas BBQ and cook up a storm. An area of lawn and established flower beds and shrubs lead on from here to the kitchen garden, where you can pick some seasonal delights. The area immediately to the rear of the cottage is fully enclosed and ideal for your dog to roam freely. Should you chose to explore the wider grounds beyond the cottage itself you will find an expansive space complete with many separate areas, including a large unenclosed pond (care to be taken with children and pets), generous rolling lawns and many lovely spots in which to sit with a good book or picnic. With six acres to explore and resident guinea fowl, hens and a peacock for company, you are sure to unwind in this truly idyllic spot. A stable yard and games space complete with table tennis is located to the side of the cottage. The cottage is set beside the owner’s office and housekeepers cottage, however, your privacy is assured. To the front of the property is a further cottage garden leading to an off-road parking area for up to eight vehicles. Due to the expansive nature of the grounds, a gardener is in attendance weekly.
- A country escape with wonderful character features and expansive grounds to explore
- Marvel at the array of wildlife here and enjoy picking homegrown produce for family meals
- Easy access to the market town of Sturminster Newton and a good selection of local amenities
- Spend your days exploring the array of walking routes through the surrounding countryside
- Discover the glorious Dorset Downs or take a trip to the rugged landscape of the Jurassic Coast
- Snuggle up beside the inglenook fireplace with a good book or challenge the family to a game of table tennis
- 5 Bedrooms 1 super-king-size, 1 king-size and 3 doubles
- 1 bathroom and 2 en suite bathrooms
- AGA, electric oven and dishwasher
- Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and American style fridge/freezer
- Electric and central heating included
- Wood burner and open fire (logs included)
- Ample off road parking
- Regret no pets
- Wi-Fi included
- Beach 19 miles, shop and pub 2 miles
- TV/DVD is available in the snug
- Gas BBQ available
- Sleeps 10 +2 (twin beds available on the large landing on request)
- Outdoor games space with table tennis
- Stabling available on request
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.