Barn Owls Cottage is converted from an 18th Century stone barn and has a fully enclosed mature garden.
The open plan sitting room/dining room has three sofas to choose from and a cosy wood burner. The sitting room is being updated early in 2019.
The spacious well-equipped kitchen has all that you need to prepare a feast.The kitchen is being replaced in early 2019 with a  deVOL kitchen.
Eggardon Hill, an Iron Age hill fort overlooks West Hembury Farm; the views from the top are spectacular.
The sitting/dining-room has a wonderful refectory table that seats eight.
A view of the kitchen from the sitting/dining- room, please mind the step.
From the entrance hall, with the kitchen ahead and cloakroom to the left. Please mind the small step.
The master bedroom has a generous 5ft bed with gorgeous linens and an en suite bathroom.
The spacious en suite bathroom has a hand held shower.
This twin room looks out over the garden to the rear of the cottage.
This twin room looks out over the farmyard; the whole upstairs is flooded with light.
Lovely linens and cushions make you feel immediately at home.
The spacious family bathroom has a shower over the bath.
Care and attention to detail make Barn Owls Cottage feel like a home from home.
Barn Owls Cottage from the farmyard, nestled between the two other cottages that were originally one very long stone barn.
The sign that greets you at your journey's end.
These electric gates at the entrance to the farm  are activated by driving onto a magnetic circuit under the concrete which reacts upon a car driving onto it. The gates will close automatically after
Across the lane the pond has a variety of visitors from summer dragonfly to the owners' Gotland sheep.
One of the beautiful horses on the farm.
The owner's Gotland sheep and hungry twin lambs.
This little lamb was born just two hours before the photograph was taken.
These delightful Gotland lambs were born on the farm in April 2017.
The village pub, The Spyway Inn is a short walk from West Hembury Farm.
The garden at the Spyway Inn Askerswell, has a great south-facing garden.
Lovely decoration shared in the cottage that children will remember long after their holiday is over.
The French doors from the sitting/dining-room lead out onto the sheltered patio.
Looking down through the farm yard, the owner's house is at the bottom and the cottages to the right of the photo.
Barn Owls Cottage sits between Badgers Cottage to the right and another cottage on the left.
Weymouth's sandy beach is a 30 minute drive  and has a traditional Punch and Judy Show during the summer months.
The Isle of Purbeck with Corfe Castle at its gateway is about a forty minute drive from the farm.
Lulworth Cove gets very busy during the summer months but take a walk along the Jurassic coast to Durdle Door, an iconic landmark.
West Bay further along the Jurassic Coast may look familiar if you watched the Broadchurch series.
Meander around West Bay, still a thriving fishing port; choose something tempting for supper from the traditional fish shop.
If you love seafood, visit the Hive Beach cafe at Burton Bradstock. Fabulous local fish dishes are served, or if you prefer there are always delicious home-made cakes on offer.
Drive the Jurassic Coast road between Bridport and Weymouth for spectacular views in both directions.
Chesil beach, taken from the Isle of Portland looking back along the Jurassic Coast towards Lyme Regis in the far distance.

Barn Owls Cottage

3015

3.8 miles E of Bridport / Sleeps 6 + 2 cots

7 Nights from £510 - £1276

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

Nearest pub

The Spyway Inn (½ mile)

A traditional English country pub with amazing views of the Dorset countryside. Locals, walkers and cyclists are made very welcome and it's the perfect place for refreshments after a climb up nearby Eggardon Hill. Bring your dog, they are welcome too.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hammersley August 2017

Wonderful food and a very friendly welcome.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ms Neufeld July 2017

Spyway Inn

Pretty Garden, good food and drinks! The owners are very friendly!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walker September 2011

Good pub food with good service.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Alexander June 2011

Excellent food - idyllic setting.

If you feel like a something to eat in an idyllic setting away from everything, then this is the place to go. The food is excellent, not expensive and the menu caters for practically everyone - I say 'practically' everyone because there is always that one person for whom it won't! For us though, this is certainly an Inn that we shall be returning to.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Scammell July 2009

A freehouse with excellent pub food. The pub garden has won the Best Small Pub Garden and has lovely views. Family run over a number of years, it's well worth a visit.

Nearest beach

Hive Beach (3 ½ miles)

Take in the views and let the salty sea air whip your worries away. Found near Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is a sweeping sandy strip backed by regal golden cliffs. With parking nearby and a celebrated café, Hive Beach is a lovely destination for a day's wandering and relaxing. Eagle-eyed visitors may even be so lucky to spot some fossils hidden along the beach.

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

Helen August 2010

Hive Beach Cafe serves superb food suitable for all the family from an informal premises right on the beach. Get there early as it's very popular, but even when busy the service is usually reasonably quick.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans July 2009

Brilliant place; so popular you may have to wait! Food is more top-class restaurant quality than cafe.

Nearest walk

Eggardon Hill (1 ½ miles)

Crowned with the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, Eggardon affords king-of-the-castle-views across the Dorset countryside. There are two Bronze Age burial mounds here too.

See the skies above Eggardon Hill alive with colour at the annual Eggerdon Kite Festival, held here in September.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Helen March 2011

This hillfort is easily accessible from the road and provides fantastic panoramic views of the coastline of Lyme Bay, and inland over the Marshwood Vale.

Nearest town

Bridport (3 ½ miles)

A busy and thriving market town, Bridport is one of the most popular gateways to the Jurassic Coast. The town still has three weekly markets, including a farmer’s market. Shopping in Bridport reveals its strong arts and crafts heritage. Bridport lies just inland from West Bay, with a gorgeous sweep of sandy beach and a pretty harbour that perfectly complement Bridport’s charms.

Also nearby

The Marquis of Lorne (1 ¾ miles)

This 16th Century country inn serves excellent food and real ales. There is a children’s play area and walkers will find The Marquis also makes a good starting point for walks up the famous Eggardon Hill, where there are the remains of an Iron Age fort and Bronze Age burial mounds, as well as great views across the Dorset countryside and coast.

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

Helen August 2010

A warm welcome

We eat there whenever we are too tired to cook at home! Always a warm welcome and a tasty meal.

Hive Beach Cafe (3 ¼ miles)

This beach café right by the sea on Chesil Bank bagged the Coast magazine award for Best Coastal Café, Pub or Restaurant 2009. Local fish and shellfish are specialities.

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

May 2013

Car park free if you are with NT.
Cafe packed so just had coffee and cake. Beautiful beach


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Ayres June 2012

The service was good and friendly - the system works extremely well. The food was delicious. An enjoyable experience even on a rather damp day.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walker September 2011

Excellent seafood and cakes. Only open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from early September.
Marie


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans August 2009

More restaurant quality than cafe - terrific place.

Ant Hill Trail (2 ¾ miles)

Venture through meadows and pastures, across streams and up sunken lakes along the 6km trail from South Poorton Nature Reserve to Loscombe Nature Reserve in the countryside near Bridport. Keep an eye out for foxes, deer and buzzards, as well as the ant hills that gave the trail its name.

Visit The Dorset Wildlife Trust website for more Nature Reserve walks in the area.

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

Helen January 2010

Ant Hill Trail

This fascinating nature trail runs through the grounds of Marlpitts Farmhouse so is easily accessed from the property

Taj Mahal Restaurant (3 ½ miles)

Offering the finest Indian cuisine, freshly prepared on the premises with the flexibility of dining at the restaurant or taking it away to the comfort of your home!

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

Mrs Alexander July 2011

This restaurant has been given 4* status by the local Council. The menu is varied and the cuisine is excellent. You can either eat in or have a take-away; the staff are very friendly, polite and obliging. This is a restaurant that I would highly recommend and if you love Indian cuisine then the Taj Mahal is certainly worth a visit when in Bridport.

The Half Moon (3 ¾ miles)

A grade II 17th Century thatched village pub, the award winning Half Moon offers a seasonal menu and daily specials crafted with local produce. With proud oak beams and cosy inglenooks, this pub is perfect for all months with a suntrap beer garden for the summer and roaring open fires in the winter. Dogs are welcome and there is a play corner for kids too.

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

Mrs Scammell January 2011

At last our pretty, thatched pub with its lovely garden has the publican it deserves with a young, local couple taking over. The chef has received AA Rosette awards at the other pubs where he has cooked, and his wife ensures there is a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The food is certainly a cut above the usual pub fare, so much so that Dan, the chef has a dedicated army of followers and so booking for a meal is essential. Its not just for diners though. Popping in for a drink is much encouraged and the cottage garden with lovely views makes it the perfect place for a summer pint.

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