Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset Cottages
Garden House is full of charm and has been lovingly restored in a rustic style, with careful attention paid to the furnishings, lighting and colour schemes to bring out the building's original character. Combine this with fabulous features, such as underfloor heating, and it makes a wonderfully homely base for any family wishing to explore this idyllic part of the country.
The accommodation has been graded 4 stars by Visit England.
Small entrance hallway.
Living Room/Dining Room with two sofas, wood burning stove, TV, dining table/chairs and French windows leading out onto a paved terrace.
Farmhouse style Kitchen/Breakfast Room with oven, dishwasher, washing machine and farmhouse table/chairs.
Family Bathroom/WC with hand shower attachment to the bath and separate shower cubicle. Two bedrooms:
Bedroom One with king size bed (5ft), dressing table, chest of drawers and exposed beams to roof height.
Bedroom Two with twin beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers and dual aspect windows.
Additional WC with wash basin.
Fenced and partly walled garden with lawned and paved areas. Barbecue.
Non-smokers only. Sorry no pets. First basket of logs included in rent. NB small changes in level on both floors and one or two low doorways.
Nestled in the Stour Valley beneath Bulbarrow Hill (which rewards an energetic climb of 900ft with magnificent view across several counties), this part of Dorset offers excellent opportunities for walking and cycling.
A beautiful stretch of the South Dorset heritage coastline from Poole - don't miss Browsea Island and Sandbanks - to Portland Bill is within easy driving distance and offers something for all the family whether a lengthy walk or fun on the beach.
There is an abundance of visitor attractions in the area to suit all tastes and pockets, including Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Tower Park leisure complex as well as Stourhead, Hardy's Cottage (birthplace of the author Thomas Hardy), Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacey (all National Trust).
The market towns of Sturminster Newton and Blandford Forum are three and six miles away respectively, whilst Okeford Fitzpaine has its own Post Office/village stores and pub. There are also a number of country pubs in the surrounding villages, which are well worth a visit for a well-earned drink at the end of a busy day.
"An extremely well appointed place to stay, tucked away in a peaceful village setting. A truly authentic cottage experience complete with wood burner and everything you could want from a country escape. The warm and friendly welcome from Sue (the host) soon had us settled in, and with a number of friendly locals in the Royal Oak across the road we soon felt very much at home. Some excellent local restaurants, in particular Plumber Manor and The Ibberton rounded off our days exploring the Jurassic coast. Don't leave the Lulworth Cove area without visiting the ghost village of Tyneham. The Garden House is a terrific place for doing as much, or as little as you want."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-05-01
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was beautiful with large airy rooms. The owners were very helpful and left us a lovely bottle of wine and a cake which my partner demolished single handedly! The cottage was also very well equipped with everything we could have wanted. A local shop and pub is on the doorstep (although pub was closed when we were there). All in all a very enjoyable stay and would happily stay longer next time!"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-04-07
"Lovely Cottage and surroundings. Thank you for a most enjoyable and comfortable stay; (staff at The Royal Oak very welcoming even to noisy children!)"Mr Cadbury 2017-04-01