Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset
Prides Cottage is a holiday cottage in Child Okeford, Dorset, sleeping 4 and pet friendly and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Prides Cottage is located in the village of Child Okeford in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This semi-detached thatched cottage makes the perfect family escape and benefits from allowing 2 pets to accompany you on your holidays. The cosy lounge has a wood burning stove making this an excellent choice all year round. The pretty, enclosed rear garden has a patio area, a mixture of well planted borders and is pet safe. You have views over Hambledon Hill with a large variety of walks to choose from. Prides Cottage is set on the national cycleway which has miles of countryside to discover so another great choice for keen cyclists. There are a number of towns and villages to explore nearby with many attractions and stately homes to discover. A shop is just 2 minutes walk from your door with the local pub being just 3 minutes walk away.
The accommodation at Prides Cottage comprises of a lounge with wood burning stove, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD/radio, WiFi and a selection of books, games and DVDs. The kitchen is very well equipped with a gas AGA with two ovens and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer with dishwasher and washer/dryer in a utility area. The kitchen also house the dining table which seats four and there is a garden room with bifold doors leading to the pretty garden. A shower room rounds off the ground floor accommodation. Upstairs there are two rooms arranged as a king sized double and a double. The bathroom has a bath with hand held shower, basin and toilet. A travel cot, highchair and stairgate can be provided upon request.
Outside is a pretty, enclosed garden including patio area complete with furniture. There is off road parking for one car with alternative roadside parking on first come, first served basis. 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 23 miles away
Bristol is 41 miles away
Exeter is 64 miles away