Child Okeford, Dorset Cottages
Enjoying an open, uninterrupted view across pasture land to Hambledon Hill beyond, Giddy Acre Barn is peacefully situated a little way down a track on a smallholding on the fringes of Child Okeford. It's an ideal holiday retreat for a family who really want to get away from it all.
Once inside your rural retreat you'll be impressed by the views stretching out from from the French doors leading from the generous open plan living area to the garden. The accommodation, all on one level, is bright and airy and has been sympathetically designed and furnished with guests' comfort in mind. Kids will love the bunk beds, perfect for getting a good night's sleep after an active day out!
Double height, open plan Living Area with two sofas, armchair, TV/DVD player and freestanding wood burning stove.
Dining Area with old pine dining table and chairs.
Fitted Kitchen Area with oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.
Bedroom One with king size bed (5ft), wardrobe and Ensuite Wet Room/WC.
Bedroom Two with double bed (4ft 6) and chest of drawers.
Bedroom Three with bunk beds (6x3ft) and chest of drawers.
Family Bathroom/WC with shower attachment to the bath and heated towel rail.
Large, mostly lawned garden adjoining a field with lovely open views to Hambledon Hill. The garden has solid panel and post & rail fencing and includes a paved area with garden furniture and barbecue. Lockable store for bikes.
Children welcome. Pub within walking distance. Travel cot and high chair provided. One well behaved pet welcome (NB Owners have a dog, sheep and chickens). WiFi broadband. Saturday changeover only. Full weeks between April and September. No smoking. Organic farm shop and cafe on site. Discount of 25% for 4 guests or fewer booking within 30 days of arrival, excluding stays during school holidays.
A great location from which to enjoy the great outdoors - not only are you based on a smallholding where the owners keep sheep and chickens, but the surrounding area is marvellous for walking or cycling.
Join the Dorset 'Trailway' which runs from Shillingstone to Sturminster, explore Hambledon Hill Fort (Iron Age ditches and fortifications), Hod Hill and Bulbarrrow (900ft - the highest point in Dorset) or take a stroll down the network of pathways leading to the village (Child Okeford), where you'll find an exceptionally wide range of facilities including a post office, general stores, weekly fish & chip van, two pubs and a health and beauty salon. Just up the track, you can visit the organic farm shop and art gallery run by the owner of Giddy Acre Barn, with regular exhibitions by major contemporary artists.
For other local shopping and sightseeing, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury and Georgian Blandford Forum are both within 20 minutes' drive. Further afield, take a day trip to Dorset's spectacular and richly varied World Heritage Jurassic coastline with Poole Harbour (Sandbanks, Studland Bay, Brownsea Island) and the Isle of Purbeck (Corfe Castle, Durdle Door and Kimmeridge) being about half an hour's drive directly south of here.
"‘We’ve had a fantastic time talking to the horses and looking at the wonderful view. Very warm and cosy cottage, excellent beds and a lovely log stove. Quiet and quaint but with all the mod cons.’"Mrs Stockton 2015-10-01
"Giddy Acre Barn was situated in a lovely scenic area. The barn itself was superb, the owners very helpful and friendly - we couldn't ask for anything better."Mr & Mrs Farr 2010-08-01
"It has been wonderful to 'stop the world and be at peace'. This truly is a special place to unwind and enjoy the beautiful surroundings."Swinbank family 2009-08-01