Parkfield Cottage

Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset Rating:

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Sleeps: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Pets: No

Parkfield Cottage is a holiday cottage in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, sleeping 4 in this restored, detached barn with woodburner and full of charm

Prices and Booking

Prices from £224 per week

Change over day: Friday

You can check availability and book this property by calling 01244 746188 or by using the button below:



Parkfield Cottage is a cosy, restored detached barn set in the grounds of the owners cottage in the village of Sturminster Marshall. The transformation has been handled sympathetically with beamed and vaulted ceilings but with modern conveniences. There is a south facing patio and the nearby pub serves real ales and good food. All within 2 miles are the Iron Age for at Badbury Rings giving panoramic views over the Dorset countryside and Kingston Lacy House and Gardens which is run by the National Trust. The coast is also within easy reach so why not take a boat trip from Poole and explore Brownsea Island for the day, or just enjoy one of the several sandy beaches along the Dorset coast.

The accommodation at Parkfield Cottage is mostly ground floor and comprises of a sitting room with dining area with wood burning stove, Freeview TV, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi and a selection of books and games. The kitchen is well equipped with gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. There are two bedrooms, a double with en-suite bath with shower over, hand basin and toilet and an eaves mezzanine twin that is only suitable for children and has 2' 6" beds. A travel cot and high chair can be made available upon request.

Outside is a private patio and small lawned area complete with furniture and barbecue. River Winterborne flows through the garden, although often drying up in the summer so young children should be supervised. There is off road parking for one car. The Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.


  • No pets are allowed at Parkfield Cottage
  • Parkfield Cottage has a garden with patio
  • WiFi is enabled throughout Parkfield Cottage
  • Parkfield Cottage has a washing machine
  • A travel cot and high chair can be provided
  • Pubs and restaurants are just a short walk from Parkfield Cottage
  • Parkfield Cottage is a no-smoking property
  • Short breaks are available throughout the year
  • Parkfield Cottage has a woodburner in the lounge
  • A television, DVD player and CD player are available for you to use
  • Linen and towels included
  • Off road parking available for one car

Area details

Blandford Forum

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.

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Surrounding Villages

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.

Activities and Attractions

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.

Eating Out

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.

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Prices and Booking

Prices from £224 per week

Change over day: Friday

You can check availability and book this property by calling 01244 746188 or by using the button below:



Nearest Airports

Bournemouth is 13 miles away

Bristol is 53 miles away

Exeter is 71 miles away

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