This is an excellent base for exploring rural and coastal Dorset. Cranborne Chase (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is on the doorstep, and the beaches of the Jurassic Coast an easy drive away. Set in the wide open landscapes of east Dorset, Old Down Cottage is tucked down a private lane in a completely peaceful location. This semi-detached cottage has been lovingly furnished to create a welcoming, spacious home-from-home. The well planned accommodation is very flexible, and you can enjoy the peace and quiet in the enclosed front garden or on the decking at the back. Poole harbour with beaches and watersports, the National Trust’s Brownsea Island and the ferry across to Studland and Swanage are great outings from this location.
From Old Down Cottage the New Forest is just across the border in Hampshire – another excellent family outing. Wimborne, with its historic minster, is the nearest market town, and beyond is Bulbarrow Hill, the highest point in Dorset and a beautiful picnic spot with panoramic views. Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge, a short drive away.
Kitchen/Diner with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player, CD player and open fire
Bedroom 1 with twin beds and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin (also accessed from hall)
Bedroom 2 with double bed (6') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with twin beds
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
*A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome (1 dog over 2 years only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH
Old Down Cottage is in a beautiful rural location with a fully enclosed front garden.
The spacious sitting-room has a cosy open fire.
The rear decked terrace has uniterrupted views across the surrounding fields.
The kitchen is very well-equipped with plenty of space for the dining-area.
The stable-door allows the fresh country air in to add to that holiday atmosphere.
Cranbourne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretches between Blandford and Salisbury.
The pretty front garden is fully enclosed so that you can relax with your four-legged friend.
Stairs lead from the sitting-room and a door at the foot of the stairs is for the ground floor bedroom.
French doors from the ground floor bedroom open onto the garden with views across the fields (Bedroom 1).
The en suite shower-room for Bedroom 1 has access from the utility-area too.
Bedroom 2 on the first floor has exposed beams, lovely throws and an en suite shower-room.
Bedroom 2 has real character; exposed beams create storage and a dressing-area.
The pretty twin room on the first floor (Bedroom 3).
There is a really good-sized family bathroom on the first floor.
The family bathroom on the first floor has fabulous views across the surrounding fields.
Access down the side of the cottage to the back garden and safe storage for bikes.
The enclosed front garden has beautiful flower borders and shrubs.
Holiday memories that linger on.
The rear terrace opens out onto fields with wide expansive views.
The fields behind the cottage change with the seasons.
Old Down Cottage is in a tranquil setting, well away from road noise.
Enjoy riverside walks along the River Stour as it runs through Blandford Forum.
Dorset's famous coastline includes Lulworth Cove, another great day trip from the cottage.
The National Trust's Kingston Lacy house and gardens are a beautiful place to visit nearby.
The wonderful sandy beaches between Christchurch and Poole are an easy day trip.
Salisbury Cathedral and green make a really good day trip.
The New Forest, famous for the free-range ponies, is idyllic for walks and cycle rides.
Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument and World Heritage Site is a 40 minute drive away (photograph copyright English Heritage).