The Old Tack Room

Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset Rating:

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Sleeps: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Pets: Yes

The Old Tack Room is a holiday cottage in Ibberton, Dorset, sleeping 4 and pet friendly in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Prices and Booking

Prices from £254 per week

Change over day: Friday

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



The Old Tack Room is, as its name suggests, an old tack room now a charming holiday cottage adjoining the owners' house on their small working farm. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Blackmore Vale in the village of Ibberton the cottage has great countryside views towards Bulbarrow Hill, one of Dorset's highest points and where it is well worth a climb for even better views across the county. Surrounding the cottage are many scenic walks with The Ridgeway trail close by and a short stroll will take you to the local pub that serves good food and real ale.

The accommodation at The Old Tack Room is all on the ground floor and comprises of an open plan living area with Freeview TV, DVD player, radio, WiFi and a selection of books and games. There is a dining area with patio doors to the garden and a kitchen equipped with an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and a washing machine in the cloakroom that also has a toilet and basin. There are two bedrooms arranged as a double and a twin. There is a shower room with extra large shower, basin and toilet. A cot and highchair can be provided upon request.

Outside there is an enclosed lawned garden with patio complete with furniture and a barbecue. The Old Tack Room welcomes up to two well behaved dogs. Paddocks and stables are available for guests' horses at £10 per horse per week by prior arrangement. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price. The closest shop is 3 miles away and the nearest pub just 5 minutes walk.


  • The Old Tack Room allows pets in the property
  • The Old Tack Room has a garden with patio area
  • WiFi is enabled throughout The Old Tack Room
  • A television, DVD player and CD player are available for you to use
  • Linen and towels included
  • Off road parking available for two cars
  • The Old Tack Room is a no-smoking property
  • Short breaks are available throughout the year
  • The Old Tack Room has a washing machine
  • A high chair can be provided
  • Pubs and restaurants are just a short walk from The Old Tack Room

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 £254 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 26 miles away

Bristol is 42 miles away

Exeter is 60 miles away

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