Converted from a former stable, Brookland Barn offers an immaculate property all on one level in fabulous surroundings. The south-facing barn looks out over the enclosed garden and catches the sun all day long, the perfect place to relax and enjoy being on holiday. A tranquil location just four miles from the historic hilltop town of Shaftesbury, one of the oldest and highest towns in England, and the Jurassic Coast is a short drive away. The open plan kitchen, dining and sitting areas are perfect for spending time together and French doors open out on to the patio and garden. At the end of a day spent doing as you choose, the super-comfy beds beckon.
So much is on your doorstep; for the energetic lace up your boots and explore the nearby National Trust’s Hambledon Hill – an Iron Age hill fort which from the top rewards with stunning views across the Blackmore Vale. Or visit Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, home to Thomas Hardy and a delightful dinosaur museum where children can see fossils and dinosaur skeletons. The Cathedral City of Salisbury is about 45 minutes away, home to one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals; a small city surrounded by countryside with a very relaxed atmosphere. Venture slightly north and marvel at mysterious Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If beaches are your thing, there’s plenty of sand and safe bathing at Weymouth and Sandbanks. If you feel like taking to the water, you can take the Sandbanks car ferry across the mouth of Poole harbour to explore the Isle of Purbeck. The Jurassic Coast begins at Old Harry Rocks, a very pleasant stroll from the ferry. If you want to escape to an island, catch a boat trip to Brownsea Island to see red squirrels, peacocks and an array of overwintering or summer breeding birds on the lagoon.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. TV, Blu-ray DVD player, CD player with Bluetooth and log-effect electric fire. Electric hob, double electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with twin beds
There is a mill stream that runs behind the cottage, a sturdy fence is in place, but please supervise children. There is a step to the shower cubicle in the en suite shower-room.
- Regret no pets
- Travel cot
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 3 medium-sized cars
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Patio furniture
- Full oil-fired CH
Brookland Barn is all on one level in a tranquil setting facing south, with rural views from every window.
The open plan living-room is a bright and sociable space, the perfect place to relax.
The kitchen area has all that you need to create a special holiday feast, the village shop always has fresh local produce.
The master bedroom has a high quality 5ft bed and looks out onto the garden.
The fully enclosed garden is the perfect place to relax and listen to the birds.
The front door is a stable-door and the south-facing patio and terrace are a sun-trap.
Brookland Barn is in the most tranquil rural setting.
The French doors open onto the patio, perfect for a lazy breakfast.
The French doors allow the light to flood in.
Nearby, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury has a Benedictine Abbey, which at its peak had the largest women's religious community in England.
The local pub is just half a mile away - a two minute drive or a ten minute walk from Brookland Barn.
The en suite to the master bedroom.
The en suite shower-room has a large shower with a small step up into it.
An array of books invite you to relax and indulge.
The light twin room has super comfy 3ft beds and a narrow French door looking over the garden.
The family bathroom has a fitted shower with drench head.
The south facing patio is perfect for afternoon tea.
There is even more, a delightful summer-house with electricity and the mill stream trickling away behind it.
The summer-house is an unexpected little haven, and has beautiful hand-made curtains.
Nearby Sturminster Mill, an ancient flour mill on the River Stour, with three floors of working machinery to explore.
Salisbury Cathedral is a magnificent building, the cloisters and green give a relaxed feel to this small city, about 40 minutes from the barn.
Stonehenge, where you can marvel at the creation of our Neolithic ancestors. Picture courtesy of English Heritage.
The New Forest is about 50 minutes away, perfect for a day trip, you can wander through the ancient woodland or hire bikes in Burley or Brockenhurst and explore miles of paths and tracks.
Nearby woodland offers beauty all year round.
West Bay and the Jurassic Coast is an hour away, there is a quirky vintage centre near the coast; this working fishing port offers day fishing trips.
The market town of Wareham gateway to the Jurassic coast has much to offer, including kayak hire, summer boat trips to Brownsea Island or just sit and watch the world go by.
The Isle of Purbeck looking back towards Bournemouth bay, home to some fabulous heath species and the RSBP nature reserve at Arne is well worth a visit.
Dorset Wildlife Trust manage the lagoon on Brownsea Island, breeding ground for many species of bird, a day boat trip can include a tour of Poole harbour too. The lagoon has a webcam.
The village of Corfe is dominated by the castle, the guided tour gives some fabulous views.
Lulworth Cove is spectacular and busy most of the year round.
Dorset's iconic Durdle Door, with the Isle of Portland in the far distance.
Further afield, Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb is on the Jurassic Coast and offers a chance to relax by the coast.
The Abbey town of Sherborne has a relaxed feel to it, with some fabulous indpendent shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Jurassic coastline all along the Isle of Purbeck is spectacular.
Every window has a beautiful rural outlook.