The Engine Room

Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset

The Engine Room is a converted fire station, turned thatched cottage is located in Milton Abbas, Dorset and can sleep two people in one bedroom.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: No


The Engine Room is a converted fire station; turned thatched cottage and is located in Milton Abbas, Dorset. To the rear of the cottage is a vast woodland with a small lake capturing some of the best sights Dorset has to offer on your doorstep. It has one double bedroom with an adjacent shower room and can sleep two people in one bedroom. They have an open plan living room, dining area and fitted kitchen. There is a private courtyard with furniture and access to the chiminea. Parking is available on site. The Engine Room is an idyllic cottage located in the heart of Milton Abbas.

Property Details

The Engine Room is a thatched cottage converted from a fire station located in one of Dorset's prettiest villages, Milton Abbas. The perfect couple's cottage, it dates from the 1700s and lies on the grounds of one of the whitewashed, thatched cottages lining the main street. To the rear of the cottage is a large area of woodland with a lake and the area has many footpaths including a lake trail leading to Milton Abbey. The market town of Blandford is within easy reach as is the county town of Dorchester with the World Heritage Jurassic Coast about a half-hour drive away. A shop and the local pub, the Hambro Arms, are just 300 yards from your door and offers good food and local beers in a friendly atmosphere.

The accommodation at The Engine Room is all on one level but is accessed via 3 steps and comprises of an open plan living area with kitchenette with oven and fridge and living/dining area with TV and WiFi. The bedroom is a double and the shower room has a basin and toilet.

Outside is a pretty courtyard garden complete with furniture and a chiminea. There is off-road parking for two cars. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.


  • Central heating
  • Oven, fridge
  • TV, WIFI
  • Fuel and power included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Courtyard garden with furniture and chiminea
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars, Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 450 metres
  • Note: Though the property is all ground floor it is first accessed via 2 steps


Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking



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Area Details

Blandford Forum

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.

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