Our warm, beautiful Listed Grade 2 traditional Dorset farmhouse, with wood panelled hall and massive newly-restored chimneys, comfortably sleeps 14, and is set in large grounds, part of a 700 acre estate, perfectly secluded and surrounded by rolling countryside. Located in the heart of Hardy Country and 20 minutes from the sea, it's the perfect location for a fabulous family holiday, or groups planning a restful get-together. Dogs are welcome and we are well-equipped for babies and toddlers.
England's first natural World Heritage Site; The Jurassic Coast, is only 20 minutes away, Lulworth Cove, Monkey World and the Tank Museum nearby are very popular. Enjoy BBQ and cream-teas in the garden or hire a private chef to cook for you in our large country-style kitchen, complete with Aga. Play croquet, giant pik-a-stix and Twister on the lawn with your family, or enjoy a spot of lawn cricket, or rounders, with the games kit from our large outdoor toy chest. We also have a football goal net - please bring your own favourite ball. With a huge library of reference books and contemporary fiction, wifi, DVD collection, junior snooker table and loads of board games, you'll be spoilt for choice for indoor activities. Choose something from our pile of sheet music and have a go on the piano and recorder! On chilly nights light the wood-burners in the three reception rooms, and snuggle down into our comfy, cosy sofas. We are a short walk from Puddletown Forest, great for mountain biking, hiking and bird watching; see if you can hear the ravens! A network of footpaths lead from the house, one through to the Blue Vinney pub in Puddletown where you can enjoy really great food, and maybe pick up the Sunday papers from our excellent village shop. Our south-facing terrace with climbing wisteria and grape vine is lovely for al fresco meals. The brick-built barbecue can cater easily for 14. There is a library/TV room, elegant sitting room, dining room with wood burner and banqueting table for 14, huge flagged-floor kitchen with walk-in larder, Aga, American fridge freezer with ice cube dispenser, and an additional fridge and freezer in the pantry. 5 large double bedrooms (two of which are Laura Ashley designed), (one with an additional single bed), one large twin, plus one small but sweet single, with amazing views. We use high quality hotel-style large white bath towels & bed linens throughout. Two large bathrooms both with walk-in showers as well as bath, and a downstairs loo.
Loads of parking and extensive lawns front and back for outdoor activities, the very private back lawn enclosed for safe play and sunbathing. Restored Shepherds' Hut for children to play or for adults to have a quiet drink.