The School House

Located in Wareham, Dorset

With fantastic countryside views, this beautifully converted former Victorian schoolhouse makes a lovely holiday home for nature lovers wanting to explore Poole Harbour and the stunning Dorset coast.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pet Friendly: No


With breathtaking views over to Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight, this cottage is set on the edge of RSPB Arne, a haven for wildlife watching. It boasts a stunning landscape, ancient woodland and is home to all six of the UK’s native reptile species. The historic village of Arne makes a perfect base for exploring the area, with RSPB Stoborough Heath (4 miles) and Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve (3 miles) nearby. Wareham (4.5 miles) offers a choice of restaurants, pubs and shops, or you could visit the historic village of Corfe Castle (5.5 miles) and explore the remains of the medieval castle. A steam train runs from Corfe Castle to the thriving seaside town of Swanage (11.5 miles). Lulworth Cove (12.5 miles) and Studland (10.5 miles) are also within easy reach.

Entering this former Victorian school house, you can leave coats and boots on the porch and then head into the spacious and welcoming lounge. This is a charming space to relax in, with a TV/DVD, wood burner, parquet floor and French doors leading out onto the terrace. Moving through to the delightful kitchen/diner you will find a dining area perfect for sharing a family meal. The kitchen is equipped with an oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine, with the dryer housed in the nearby utility room. There is also a ground-floor WC. Going upstairs you will find three comfortable and cosy bedrooms: a double room and two twin rooms. Both the twin rooms have sea views, and one of them also features an en-suite bathroom with bath and WC. There is also a shower room with a shower and WC.

Stepping outside into the large back garden you can enjoy a morning coffee or a BBQ on the sea-facing terrace. Steps lead down to the rough sloping lawn. The garden is a nature lover’s paradise with deer visiting almost daily at dusk – it has even featured in BBC’s Autumn Watch. There is also a field for playing games in. Parking is available on the village lane.


  • An amazing base for wildlife watching in this perfect rural sanctuary located in the heart of RSPB Arne Nature Reserve
  • Wonderful walks and bike trails right from the doorstep or relax in the extensive garden which is sometimes visited by deer
  • Within easy reach of Wareham and Swanage, maybe take a ferry to Brownsea Island or the steam train from Corfe Castle
  • 3 bedrooms 1 double room with 5 bed and 2 twin rooms
  • 2 bathrooms 1 bathroom with shower and WC, 1 en suite bathroom with bath and WC
  • 1 ground floor WC
  • Oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • Dryer in the utility room
  • TV/DVD
  • Woodburner (logs included October end of April)
  • Garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ
  • Roadside parking
  • Regret no dogs
  • Wi-Fi included (email and web browsing only)
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Coast ½ mile
  • Wareham 4 miles
  • Shop/pub 4 miles
  • Regret no children under the age of 5


Close to coast
Great View
Linen and Towels
Real Fire
Rural Location
Washing machine



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Area Details


Wareham is a very pretty, riverside town. It is one of the few remaining Saxon towns. Explore Wareham Walls to learn the towns 2000 year history. Discover stories of the Viking war, the civil war stories and the gruesome executions. Visit the Museum and learn all about the local history and the connection with Lawerence of Arabia.

There are a variety of supermarkets, shops, cafes, pubs with gardens and restaurants to choose from as well as a weekly farmers market. The towns quay plays a vital part in the village and it is here that you can pick up a trip on a traditional paddle steamer down the river. Relax with your picnic by the river or explore the many bike trails that are catered to all ages and abilities. If you fancy fossil hunting then visit Kimmeridge Bay or relax on a sandy beach in Studland or Swanage.

Monkey world near Wareham is well worth a visit. Meet the rescued lemurs, orangutans and many more. After all this walking, there is a vast, lawned, adventure play area for the children to run and explore while the adults sit and relax with a coffee.

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