Located in Dorchester, Dorset
Armswell House is a holiday cottage in Plush, Dorset, sleeping 18 and pet friendly surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside set on a 650 acre farm
Armswell House is an 18th century farmhouse surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside about a mile from the village of Plush. The house has retained many original features with high ceilings and ornamental fireplaces. There is a large, walled garden and the property stands on the owners 650 acre organic dairy farm and there are lots of walks directly from the doorstep. The Dorset Gap is nearby for more stunning walks and scenery with the Jurassic Coast only 18 miles away with a huge choice of beaches to explore or just relax on for the day.
The accommodation at Armswell House comprises of an entrance hall and not one but two living rooms both with open fires and flagstone floors, TV, DVD player and WiFi. There is a spacious dining room with large table and chairs for fourteen. The farmhouse style kitchen has a breakfast area, a Belfast sink, French doors leading to the walled garden and is equipped with a range-style cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher with a washing machine and tumble dryer in a utility area which also has a toilet.
On the lower ground floor you will find the games room that has table tennis and a pool table. There is also a spa room with a hot tub and shower cubicle.
Two sets of stairs lead you up to the first floor where there are two double bedrooms both with ornamental fireplaces, one with a four poster bed and an en-suite shower room the other with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, shower cubicle basin and toilet. There are two twin rooms each with a sofa bed for plus two, one with another ornamental fireplace. The bathroom has a bath with shower attachment, shower cubicle basin and toilet. There is also an additional shower room with basin and toilet.
Up to the second floor and there are three attic rooms with beams and sloping ceilings, one double with en-suite bathroom with basin and toilet and two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom, basin and toilet. Travel cots and highchairs can be provided upon request.
Outside there is a splendid, walled garden with lawned area, flower borders and 650 acres of dairy farm to explore. There is a patio complete with furniture and a barbecue. Armswell House accepts up to two well behaved dogs. There is parking available for 7 cars. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset with a long history dating back to pre Roman times. Best known perhaps as the birthplace of Thomas Hardy his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, is based on Dorchester. Being the county town there are lots of attractions, both indoor and out with plenty of museums, country houses and gardens and historical sites to visit.Read more
Although there is a lot happening in Dorchester the surrounding villages are also worth a visit. In Charminster you will find Wolfeton House, an Elizabethan House set in water-meadows. Kingston Maurwood is just 1.5 miles from Dorchester and is a Georgian mansion surrounded by 35 acres of gardens, 5 of which is a beautiful lake. Lots of events happen here throughout the year including open air concerts so do have a look to see if events coincide with your visit. Tolpuddle houses the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, birthplace of the Trade Unions. Cerne Abbas has the largest hill figure in Britain, aptly named the Cerne Abbas Giant, standing at 180 feet in height and carrying a club a sizeable 120 feet in length. While in Cerne Abbas have a walk around Cerne Abbey.
In May the Dorchester Festival is held over 5 days with both free and ticketed events. The festival is broad in nature, with comedy, theatre, music, sculpture, food, painting and much more. The Forever Sun Festival is at the end of July and is a music festival with five stages. August hosts the One World Festival with world food, music and activities. In August, the Dorset Food and Arts Festival takes place in the square in Poundbury with huge farmer's market, music and a mixed programme of arts and performances. From April to October join the Dorchester Town Ghost Walks form the Kings Arms. Dorchester Corn Exchange has events on all through the year, from top comedians to music acts. Finally, the Dorset County Show is held at the start of September and features two days of events, animals, farming, crafts, gardening, shopping and food and drink.
There are many attractions in and around Dorchester, too many to list here to do the area justice but I will do my best. In Dorchester itself lies The Keep Military Museum, 4 floors of military history focusing on the Dorsetshire regiment over the past 500 years. Dorchester also has the Dorset County Museum, a remarkable museum with ever changing exhibitions alongside permanent galleries covering ancient Dorset, Jurassic Dorset, rural Dorset, Writer's Dorset, the Victorians and Dorchester itself. The Dinosaur Museum is also located in Dorchester and has been running since 1984. This award winning museum has life-size dinosaur reconstructions, fossils, skeletons and hands on displays. A must for the dinosaur lover. Finally, the Teddy Bear Museum is a celebration of all things stuffed in teddy form that will delight those young of heart. Aside from the museum is the Teddy bear house and a shop.
If you are looking for a peaceful day out then head to Sculpture by the Lakes. Set in 26 acres of beautiful countryside, this attraction is equally good for lovers of the outdoors as well as the arts blending nature’s beauty with inspiring art. Run by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon, the attraction is open all year round but is only bookable online to keep visitor numbers capped so you can enjoy the experience as it was intended.
To the east of Dorchester lies Max Gate, the childhood home of Thomas Hardy now owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Staying with If you want one of the best views over the county then head to Hardys Monument, a monument to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy who served with Lord Nelson. Set on the hills to the south west of Dorchester, the view from here is far reaching and on a clear day, from the top of the tower, you will be seeing pretty much all of the county of Dorset. Also worth a visit is Athelhampton House and Gardens. Dating from 1485, the house is a great example of Tudor architecture while the gardens have many areas to explore including the Great Court with its pyramid shaped yew trees, the private garden, octagonal pond and out towards the River Piddle where the gardens change from formal to natural. Just to the south-west of Dorchester lies Maiden Castle run by the English Heritage, one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort's in Europe with a 4,000 year history.
Food lovers won't be disappointed with the offering in and around Dorchester with huge variety. You have tastes from around the world, from Japanese to the Mediterranean, traditional English to a French Creperie. Dorchester also has the only restaurant in Dorset with a Michelin Star, Sienna. I suggest you book!Read less
Bournemouth is 30 miles away
Bristol is 42 miles away
Exeter is 55 miles away