The Owl Box

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Throop Hollow, Dorset
The Owl BoxThe sitting and dining areas and gallery aboveThe double bedroom in the gallery above the main living area

The Owl Box is a delight. Situated deep in the countryside, down a very quiet country lane in the tiny hamlet of Throop, this is a Grade II listed, detached, thatched, brick and cob barn which has been expertly converted into a small cottage.

The location is ideal for walkers and cyclists, who can use the network of footpaths and cycle routes and there is good chalk stream fishing on the nearby River Piddle. The South Dorset beaches at Lulworth Cove, Ringstead Bay and Kimmeridge are some 8-10 miles away and the Isle of Purbeck a little further. For keen birdwatchers, a large number of migrating birds pass through the area and barn owls are resident on the adjoining farmland. This part of Dorset also has a number of interesting stately homes and museums to visit, such as Athelhampton, Hardy's Cottage and Cloud's Hill (both National Trust), Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum. Throop is about 12 miles from Blandford and Dorchester and about 2 hours' drive from London.

Special features of The Owl Box are its spacious, galleried open plan living room, original beams and timber cladding. These are combined with a high degree of comfort and modern convenience.

What our guests say

I just wanted to e-mail you and say thank you for your help with our booking at the Owl Box for the jubilee weekend. We absolutely fell in love with the Owl Box, and definitely want to go back sometime (and try some other places from your site!). I will definitely be recommending your site too - everything was so easy.

Miss L Friend, June 2012

A fantastic bolt-hole for us - a week of real rest and relaxation and the weather was brilliant!

Mr & Mrs Higgins, October 2011

Wonderful cottage in a wonderful part of the world. The cottage was perfect. It had everything we needed and was so homely. The perfect base for exploring the Dorset countryside.

Mr Neville, September 2010




Entrance into open plan, galleried living room with well equipped fitted kitchen and dining areas and a sitting area with an electric 'woodburning, look-alike' stove. Separate bathroom/w.c. with independent shower above the bath and heated towel rail. Stairs to a double bedroom in the gallery with views over farmland.

Rear garden with a paved patio area.


  • Effective night storage heating and electric 'woodburning' stove
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Colour TV & mini stereo system
  • WiFi broadband
  • Auto washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Village shop 1 mile
  • Pubs 2 miles
  • Ample driveway parking
  • Sorry no pets
  • Non - smokers only
  • Not suitable for babies or small children
  • Friday-Friday bookings
  • *Short Breaks*

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