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The Old Forge Garden Room

Blandford Forum (5 mls S), Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Located in the village of Winterborne Whitechurch, this studio-style property sleeping two guests is a fantastic location for a couple’s retreat annex to owners property
  • Single-storey accommodation for ease of access with pretty, shingled seating area, ideal for relaxing over alfresco drinks
  • Ideal location for exploring Dorset, with easy access to beaches, scenic walks, and historic towns
Property code: 40599

Barn conversion studio property, a wonderful couple’s retreat, located in the heart of Dorset, situated within a thirty-minute drive of the county’s stunning coastline, with its numerous beaches.

This property is ideally situated on the A354 in the Dorset village of Winterborne Whitechurch between the Georgian town of Blandford Forum to the north and the town of Dorchester to the south, and is within walking distance of the popular village pub, making it a lovely option for a pleasant evening stroll. Blandford Forum offers a range of shops making it easy to stock up on essentials, as well as a number of eateries. Eleven miles away, the town of Dorchester makes an interesting place for a day trip and offers a number of unusual and unexpected attractions including a Tutankhamun museum, a teddy bear museum, a Terracotta Army exhibit and Monkey World. Dorset is home to some of England’s best-loved beaches, including those at Sandbanks, Lulworth Cove, and Weymouth, which are all within twenty miles of the property.

Glass doors at the front of this property open directly into the open-plan studio room, which comprises a lounge/kitchen/diner/bedroom. The dining area is located close to the door to make the most of the light which floods into the room. Beyond this there is a pleasant lounge/bedroom area with a TV/DVD which can be enjoyed from both the comfortable sofa and the double bed. The kitchen area is tucked away in a corner, and although modest in size, offers the equipment that guests will need to prepare their favourite meals with ease, including an oven, hob, microwave, and fridge with ice compartment. There are no laundry facilities in the property, however, guests are able to make use of the owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer if they need to. Just off the living area, there is a wet room with a shower and WC.

Outside, there is a pretty, shingled garden area with table and chairs to the front of the property, which makes a lovely place to sit and relax over drinks. There is space for one car provided.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • Open-plan studio accommodation with double bed
  • Wet room with shower and WC
  • TV/DVD Wi-Fi included
  • Kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, and fridge with ice compartment
  • Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer available
  • Electric and central heating included
  • 2 small dogs welcome
  • Pub within 1 mile, shop 5 miles, beach 12 miles

Chris Franklin

This property is personally managed by Chris.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Tracey 1st November 2020

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Reviewed by Julie 17th October 2020

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Lovely cosy little place. Well equipped and very warm. Ideally situated for getting to all those places you want to visit and plenty of dog walks all around Pub a few hundred yards down the road serving delicious food

Reviewed by Gina 10th October 2020

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Lovely property - very comfortable and well equipped. Cosy feel but also spacious for two people. Very well designed as a holiday let. Would definitely visit again.

Reviewed by Joshua 7th October 2020

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We booked this for my partners 30th birthday and she loved it. Mrs Appleton had hung banners around the property and provided us with 2 sponge cakes which was a lovely touch. A nice pub was down the road and it was not too far from other destinations such as Weymouth. Very clean cottage. Would go again.

Reviewed by Robert 28th September 2020

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Very clean & well equipped cottage. Great location with a lots of things to see within 30mins travel.

Reviewed by Robert 19th September 2020

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Lovely cosy cottage, with gated area to park and space for doggies to use, well equipped with crockery and utensils, and essentials to cook meals, lovely kitchen, area and wet room, comfy bed, good base most places half hour away, great hosts very helpful and friendly,

Reviewed by Lee 12th September 2020

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Reviewed by Carol 5th September 2020

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The property was a little way out from all the places we wanted to visit, mostly approximately 30 mins from the coast & other popular destinations... but that was no problem as the views of the countryside were beautiful to see !...

Reviewed by Rebecca 5th August 2020

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The Garden Room was the perfect base to explore Swanage, Corfe Castle etc. as all about half an hour drive away. The property is compact but totally functional for a couple and dog as the garden is safe and provides room for both parking and a dog to roam! It was wonderfully equipped with everything you could need for a self catered trip. It was alRead moreso spotlessly clean and very inviting after a long day sightseeing! Steve and Roz leave you to relax but are so helpful and friendly if needed! Hide

Reviewed by Louise 28th July 2020

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A lovely base to explore the Dorset coast & countryside. Roz & her family make you feel very welcome without being intrusive. The Old Forge is lovely & perfect for couples. Great local pub only a few minutes walk. Great view of thatched roofs & cottage garden flowers. Stayed for a few days - wish it could have been more. Very dog friendly & a perfeRead morect holiday for our Cockapoo too. Enjoy as much as we did Hide

Reviewed by Julian 18th July 2020

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Family lives on site with at back of property two thatched cottages off road parking . family made us feel a part of there family dog freindly. Property all on one level with new kitchen equipment new walk in shower . Bed was that comfortable we are now looking at buying are own same make . We stayed 7 days two adults and our dog cano corso ItalianRead more mastive who made friends with there dogs especially there sauage dog benji 5 mounths old lovely hoilday cook on site or take away pub near by . Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 8th July 2020

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Worth mentioning that this lovely little retreat is directly beside a busy main road - so less of a "retreat" that just somewhere to stay / stop over. But - great pub a short walk away.

Reviewed by Dermot 30th September 2019

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Whilst I was out and about a lot, this was a great place to stay and base myself and is ideal for a couple or a single person. The kitchen is well equipped and touches like having all the instruction manuals makes life very easy. The area is quiet with good links to all of Dorset. The wet room is also good too. A lot of thought has been put into thRead moreis property. Hide

Reviewed by Lynn 23rd August 2019

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A perfect cottage for 2 and 2 dogs. The owners were friendly and welcoming, we had a great week thank you Roz and Steve the owners.

Reviewed by Andrew 12th July 2019

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Cosy, comfortable.

Reviewed by Gillian 5th July 2019

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We had a great time the owner is very helpful and very polite was there if we needed anything but left you alone to enjoy your holiday.

Reviewed by Richard 14th June 2019

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Great cottage, good location. Thanks to Roz for a great holiday.

Reviewed by Keith 7th June 2019

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Reviewed by Geoffrey 31st May 2019

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Very nice cottage, well equipped and comfortable, as a disabled person there were some challenges like something to hold on to in the shower, but for an able bodied person it was all you could need.

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Reviewed by Kimberley 29th March 2019

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Our long weekend away in this lovely little cottage was relaxing and comfortable. It was our puppys first holiday and he loved it too. The owners were welcoming and helpful. The facilities were great and the bed was so comfortable. We spent the days out visiting the local area and enjoyed coming back to relax. We ordered a takeaway from the local pRead moreub which was nice too. Hide

Reviewed by Jodie 18th March 2019

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A hidden treasure in the countryside. Beautiful converted garden barn, decorated to a really high standard and so comfortable to come home to at the end of a busy day. Very dog friendly. Wonderfully warm welcome from property owners. Holiday thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Reviewed by Trevor 10th March 2019

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Perfect location for Dorset exploring . Warm and friendly welcome .(even from the lovely dog). Provisions provided Tea Coffee Sugar /All unexpected. first rate.

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