Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset
Maltings House is a holiday cottage in Milton Abbas, Dorset, sleeping 10 and pet friendly this 5 star luxury cottage is set in the heart of this pretty village
Maltings House is a detached cottage set in one of Dorset's most picturesque villages, Milton Abbas. This spacious holiday cottage sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 star luxury in 5 bedrooms and within walking distance of the local pub, the Hambro Arms. There is lots to do nearby with the market town of Blandford Forum just under 5 miles away with good shopping and lots of choices of where to eat out. There are also a number of small villages to explore with equally good village pubs to discover. Plenty of attractions within a 10 mile radius including Athelhampton House and Gardens, Sculpture by the Lakes, Monkey World, Kingston Lacy House, The Tank Museum and Hardy's Cottage to name just a few.
The accommodation at Maltings House comprises of a sitting/dining room with log burner, comfortable sofas, Smart TV, WiFi enabled throughout and a large dining table with chairs for ten. The kitchen/utility is equipped with an electric range cooker, American style fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and a range of accessories and utensils. A snug is attached to the kitchen with comfortable sofa and additional TV. There is also a small dog room as Maltings House accepts one well behaved pet. There is a ground floor double bedroom and bathroom with bath, shower, basin and toilet. A final cloakroom with toilet and basin rounds off the ground floor. To the first floor where there are four bedrooms, a super king sized double with en suite shower room, a king size double, a twin bedroom and a single bedroom with additional pull out bed.
Outside is a terraced, lawned garden leading to woodland. There is off road parking for 2 to 3 cars. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
A market town, Blandford Forum lies on the River Stour and is renowned for its Georgian architecture. Lying between Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs it is surrounded by some stunning countryside with many small villages to explore.Read more
There are a large number of villages around Blandford, all worth an explore as they are just so quaint. However, satnav will help! Heading east you will discover Pimperne and Tarrant Hinton, Stourpaine to the north, to the west Winterborne Stickland and Milton Abbas and to the south Charlton Marshall where the River Stour continues to flow.
By far the biggest event in the area, or maybe all of Dorset, is the annual Great Dorset Steam Fair. Held between Pimperne and Tarrant Hinton the event has grown every year and now sits on a 600 acre site. It is the leading show of its kind in the world, attracts international attention and has now run for the last 46 years as of 2014. Due to the scale of the show there really is something for everyone with the roots of the show still very much steam related. Held at the end of August it's worth a visit if you are a heavy horse enthusiast, music fan, vintage and classic car, caravan, motorcycle, military vehicle or tractor fan, like freestyle motorcycle displays, monster trucks, rural crafts, great food, sheep shows, a countryside arena and even a set of Bernese Mountain Dogs. The music certainly isn't an afterthought with no fewer than six stages with bands such as the Kings of Lyon performing in 2014. All in all, a great weeks worth of entertainment.
Blandford houses its own museum with a wealth of artefacts through the ages including militaria, the railways and archaeology. With free entry, the museum is open 6 days a week between April and October. Blandford also has the Fashion Museum, a collection of fashions from the 18th century to the 1970s, all housed in a classic Georgian building with garden and tea room. Just to the south of Blandford, in the small village of Thornicombe lies Gorcombe, an outdoor adventure centre with a bit of everything. Quad biking, paintball, dirt buggies, an extreme assault course and clay shooting. If you need a bit of adrenaline pumping round the system then this is where to head to. It is also the site of Home Farm where you can stop for a cream tea and the well stocked farm shop full of delightful local produce that puts supermarkets to shame.
The Hall and Woodhouse Brewery is in Blandford Forum and has a visitor centre and brewery tour. With a history dating back to 1777 you can learn about the process of brewing and then get to smaple some of their finest brews. Each tour lasts 2 hours and are run every day except Wednesday and Sunday. The Royal Signals Museum is also in Blandford and has a number of exhibitions that change on a regular basis.
Grab your bike and cycle along the old trailway between Blandford and Shillingstone taking in fabulous Dorset scenery all the way. At Shillingstone you will discover the Railway Project, run entirely by volunteers, they aim to restore the station and the surrounding area to how it was back in the 1950s. One of the first area to be restored is the cafe, offering needed refreshment for your trip back. Have a bite to eat in the cafe, al fresco or in the restored buffet coach.
With just under 50 eateries in Blandford the choice is good with the Yellow Bicycle Cafe, The Woodpecker and the Forum Cafe getting particularly good reviews.Read less
Bournemouth is 24 miles away
Bristol is 46 miles away
Exeter is 61 miles away