House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Family run luxury self catering holiday accommodation in Dorset in the heart of a small beef farm
Leopold House within The Victorian Barn Sleeps 8
Leopold House sleeps up to eight with four bedrooms. One king size bedroom with en-suite shower room, one double bedroom with en-suite shower room and two twin bedrooms both with en-suite bath/shower rooms. All bedrooms have wall mounted flat screen televisions. Your beds will be made up for your arrival with crisp white linen and towels. Please bring your own cot bedding and swimming towels.
The lounge is very spacious with ceiling lights and soft wall lights. There are leather sofas which you can sink into at the end of a long fun packed day and a 32” television with free view and DVD player.
There is a separate fully fitted large kitchen with electric double oven cooker, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator with freezer compartment, toaster and kettle. There are plenty of pots and pans, crockery, glasses and cutlery. A large pine kitchen table which can accommodate 8 with rattan/pine chairs.
What's included in your stay: Ample parking, electricity, heating, use of our onsite facilities including indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, hot tub, children's play area & three coarse fishing lakes, Wi-Fi, a starter pack of dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, tea towels, dishcloth and toilet rolls.
Washroom with washing machine, tumble dryer and sink available on site. A small charge will apply.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Weymouth 40 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth 40 km, Nearest railway: Sherborne 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The West Country region
Family run 4* luxury self catering holiday Houses & Apartments in Dorset with indoor heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and hot tub.
The Victorian Barn set within a 65 acre farm, was originally built in 1849 and lovingly restored to maintain many period features. The self catering accommodation graded 4* by the ETB is ideally situated for guests to enjoy the glorious Dorset countryside famous for Thomas Hardy.
The seven holiday Houses and Apartments (sleeping 2 - 8) are completely self contained, circumventing the perimeters of The Victorian Barn.
The Cottages and Lodges accommodation were beautifully renovated and restored in 2012 to create a spacious and contemporary ambience.
The Cottages have solar Photo Voltaic panels on the roofs which will produce the electricity for the air source pump to run the underfloor heating throughout and the hot water.
The north of Dorset is dominated by a plain, known as the Blackmore Vale. As in Hardy's day its chief agricultural pursuit is dairying, which has preserved a landscape on intimate scale - often tiny fields defined by ancient hedgerows and winding lanes. There has been no great pressure here for the removal of hedges and hedgerow trees which has been so damaging in other parts of the country. In summer this is a lush pastoral landscape and the visitor can spend days wandering in the maze of small roads, footpaths and bridleways.
Local Towns in relation to the Victorian Barn
We are four miles south of Sturminster Newton (Brown Tourist Signs from A357)
We are eight miles west of Blandford Forum
We are fourteen miles northeast of Dorchester
We are twelve miles south east of Sherborne (the nearest rail link)
We are fourteen miles south of Gillingham (rail link) and eighteen miles from A303
We are twenty miles north of Weymouth (nearby beaches)
* All distances are approximate
Sturminster Newton is a traditional Dorset town, which built up to serve the surrounding agricultural area of North Dorset. It stands halfway between Blandford Forum and Sherborne on the River Stour, across which spans a six-arched 17th century bridge of medieval origin.
On the south side of the Town Bridge is Sturminster Newton Mill which has been restored to working order in the 1980's and where the public can see the grinding machinery working. It is of particular interest as the less efficient water mill was replaced by a then state-of-the-art water turbine in 1904. The history of Sturminster and its people and industry is shown in the Mill.
Also south of the bridge is the castle, ruins of a small 14th-century building set within the crescent-shaped grassy mound possibly of an Iron Age fort. Across the bridge, near the mill and castle are thatched cottages and an old coaching inn, The Bull.
The parish church was rebuilt in 1486 by one of the last abbots of Glastonbury and the carved wagon roof is of this period, although much of the remainder is of 19th-century rebuilding. The beautiful carved screens are by local craftsmen. The church is set back from the main street which leads into the triangular market square. The base of the old market cross stands at one end of this in between two 15th to 16th-century houses. Also old are the nearby thatched White Hart Inn of 1708 and a bow-fronted Georgian shop. The Assembly Rooms date from about 1800 and the nearby brick-fronted Swan Hotel is a mid 18th-century structure.
Market stalls fill the square on Mondays even though what was the largest calf market in Britain has long since closed. As also has the Artificial Insemination Centre at nearby Rivers Corner, which was set up in 1947 and served the whole of south-west England.
The town has strong literary links - the Dorset poet William Barnes was born and educated in Sturminster Newton, where the small stone school survives. Thomas Hardy, Dorset's most noted author wrote The Return of the Native during the two years he lived in the town.