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.
Bedroom 2 on the first floor has exposed beams, lovely throws and an en suite shower-room.
French doors from the ground floor bedroom open onto the garden with views across the fields (Bedroom 1).
The pretty front garden is fully enclosed so that you can relax with your four-legged friend.
The enclosed front garden has beautiful flower borders and shrubs.
The pretty twin room on the first floor (Bedroom 3).
The en suite shower-room for Bedroom 1 has access from the utility-area too.
The stable-door allows the fresh country air in to add to that holiday atmosphere.
Bedroom 2 has real character; exposed beams create storage and a dressing-area.
Cranbourne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretches between Blandford and Salisbury.
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.
Stairs lead from the sitting-room and a door at the foot of the stairs is for the ground floor bedroom.
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).

Old Down Cottage


5.7 miles N of Wimborne Minster / Sleeps 6 + cot*

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Inn at Cranborne (3 miles)

A lovely 17th century pub which has been recently refurbished and offers an excellent locally sourced menu along side chilled cask ales. Take the kids and the dog as all are welcome here!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Vallance June 2012

We stayed at Old Down Cottage Horton (1934) and would recommend the Inn at Cranborne. Family and Dog friendly, recently refurbished, excellent food reasonably priced and the staff were friendly and attentive.

Nearest beach

Rockley Sands Beach (12 miles)

Rockley Sands beach in Poole is a small sand and mud beach, with facilities including a cafe, shop, toilets, equipment hire and parking. There is also disabled access and the beach is dog-friendly all year. Swimming at low tide should not be attempted due to strong currents.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Rated 2 out of 5 stars

April 2019

Not suitable for dogs

Not very dog friendly as too rocky at shore edge.

Nearest walk

Horton's Rebel King Walk (1 mile)

A seven and a half mile circular walk following footpaths, tracks and some road through mixed woodland. Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, there are fifteen stiles en-route and dogs are allowed but must be on a lead.

Nearest town

Wimborne Minster (5 ¾ miles)

Surrounded by rivers and set on water meadows, Wimborne Minster occupies a lovely position. The Minster itself is breathtaking; built between the 12th and 14th centuries, it has an imposing central tower that dominates the town’s skyline. You could spend a fortnight exploring the town and still not see everything of note, but don’t miss the Priest’s House Museum and Garden, the market and the Tivoli Theatre.

Also nearby

Kingston Lacy (5 ¾ miles)

This beautiful National Trust property is well worth a visit for its art collection, Egyptian artefacts and Edwardian Japanese tea garden. With a house, garden and estate to discover you will find plenty to keep you busy here!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Weate September 2020

Kingston Lacy

Wonderful--we were privileged to be allowed inside in these challenging times.Excellent outside space for exploring.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans May 2019

Rich History - combine with visit to Corfe Castle

Kingston Lacy (now National Trust-owned) was the home of Lady Mary Bankes who 'retired' to the house as part of the settlement of the second siege of Corfe Castle during the English Civil War. The Bankes family owned large tracts of land in Dorset, including the Studland Bay area, also now part of the National Trust. Kinsgton Lacy is a relatively modest stately home but is rich in history and the extensive grounds and gardens are a delight.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Rawlings March 2016

Kingston Lacy

Our trip to Kingston Lacy was a highlight of our west country visit. The gardens were some of the best in a national trust site from our experience .The house was also one of the best we have visited.

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest (5 miles)

Cycling, fishing, walks, golf, rope swings; there are loads of activities to try here. Choose how active you want to be - swinging through the trees on the Go Ape rope swings, chugging along taking in the scenery on the narrow gauge steam railway, or just relaxing with a picnic by the lake. A great way to spend the day in the Dorset countryside.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2010

You won't want to leave!

Come for the day and bring a packed lunch! Parking is around £8 for a full day and entry is free! There are no bins so bring bags with you and take your rubbish home. Fantastic place for kids of all ages, there are two play areas, one for young children which is sandy and lots of things to swing and climb and play on. The other area for older children which is just brilliant. There is a walk in the forest and every few hundred yards there is another climbing frame or challenge for the kids to do. You can organise to walk through the trees (age restriction) and you walk several feet up attached to a cable. There is a land train (small charge) which takes you right around the park and to a small purpose made station. There is a picnic park with picnic tables and refreshments available. A wonderful find and you won't want to leave!

Studland Bay and Nature Reserve (16 miles)

A National Trust nature reserve, this three-mile curve of sand is home to many breeds of rare bird. Voted the UK's 4th top beach by Which? Magazine - though locals would probably place it higher. Studland is also a popular family beach famous for its nudist section at Knoll Bay, the National Trust's only designated naturist beach. With safe shallow waters, sandy beach and a cafe this is a great place for children. National Trust members can park for free.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans July 2009

Gets pretty busy at peak times, but it's a great place all year round - as sandy as the Bournemouth beaches but totally sheltered from the prevailing south westerly breezes. National Trust Membesr park for free. Use the road from Corfe or chain ferry from Sandbanks.

Stourhead (23 miles)

Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe October 2014


This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Merriman September 2013


A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.

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