Located in Dorchester, Dorset
Manor Farm Barn is a holiday cottage in Dewlish, Dorset, sleeping 15 and pet friendly with outdoor swimming pool and set in beautiful countryside
Manor Farm Barn is situated in Dewlish and surrounded by gently rolling hills beside a 500 acre dairy and arable farm. The village pub is just 150 yards away and Dorchester with its museums, restaurants and cafes just a short drive. Weymouth with its sandy beach is about a 25 minute drive but from here the whole of the Jurassic Coast is accessible. This is one of two holiday properties on the site and they can be booked together to house a total of 23 guests - see Churn House.
The accommodation at Manor Farm Barn comprises of an entrance hall with cloakroom and a large central hall with a vaulted, beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and minstrel gallery. This leads to a spacious living room with a cosy wood burning stove, arrow slit windows, flagstone floor and patio doors leading to your patio. For your entertainment there is a TV, DVD player and stereo/CD player. Two steps take you to the dining room with a wooden floor and French doors leading to a further patio area. The farmhouse style kitchen has a breakfast area, flagstone floor and French doors leading to yet another patio area, hand made French-style units and equipped with a combined fuel range, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. A twin bedroom with a zip and link bed and en-suite bathroom with basin and toilet rounds off the ground floor.
Up to the first floor where there are three double bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet and basin and two with en-suite shower room with basin and toilet. There are two twin bedrooms, one with zip and link beds again giving you the option for a double and each has an en-suite bathroom with toilet and basin. A single bedroom with en-suite shower room, basin and toilet rounds off the first floor.
The second floor has a twin bedroom with an en-suite shower room with basin and toilet. A cot and highchair can be provided upon request.
Outside there is a shared, enclosed courtyard as well as a private patio complete with furniture and barbecue. The shared outdoor, heated swimming pool operates from the 15th of April until the 15th of October and is 15ft x 30ft with a depth of 3ft to 5ft. There is ample parking and 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 26 miles away
Bristol is 47 miles away
Exeter is 58 miles away