Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Orchard Farmhouse is set in a beautiful and peaceful part of Dorset. It is a large Georgian farmhouse, built in 1800 and improved recently with a fine new wing with wooden cladding featuring a spacious new sitting room with wonderful views.
There are 6 main bedrooms with an additional living and sleeping space we call the Gallery. There is also an additional baby bedroom connected to a bedroom which has a cot, so baby can sleep peacefully but be close to Mum and Dad.
The house is full of interesting features, it is warm and comfortable with lots of space to spread yourselves. There are nearly 8 acres of gardens and fields in which to roam. Most rooms have panoramic views to the Dorset Hills. There are two little orchards and grand willow trees.
The main sitting room has a fine upright piano, two guitars and an electronic keyboard to play. It also has a woodburning stove, French windows to the terrace and a large screen tv. There is a second sitting room with an open fire and small library.
The gardens are full of fruit and herbs, all organically grown, which guests are welcome to pick in season. There are strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and more. One of the fields has a newly planted woodland garden, there is a wildflower meadow and a new orchard. Lots of space to play and wander, talk and share.
Every season has its beauty at Orchard Farmhouse. In spring there are swathes of daffodils. Then the magnolia and the lilac come out in their full glory. Throughout summer the flower beds are full of colour. Roses continue through from summer to autumn.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Abbotsbury 50 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 87 km, Nearest railway: Sherborne 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The West Country region
North Dorset is an excellent holiday base. It combines access to the coast as well as rural, unspoilt countryside.
There are many beaches within an hour's drive, from Studland Bay to Lulworth Cove to the Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis. To the north there are stately homes such as Stourhead (just 40 mins) and Longleat with its safari park. Bath and Bristol are major centres to the north and Bournemouth is a fine resort on the coast. To the east is the New Forest and to the west is Devon.
Dorset is a quiet, rural county without airports or motorways but is easily accessible by car and train. It is a region of small fields, little woods, fine hills and pretty old villages.
Hazelbury Bryan is one of the most peaceful parts of England. It is a village of six little hamlets with an old church, an old pub, The Antelope, and a village shop. Dorset is often overlooked as tourists rush down to Devon and Cornwall. We like it that way, because even in high season, the roads are quiet and you can cycle and walk and see only the occasional car.
Within a few miles though, you have all sorts of interesting towns.
Sherborne is a gem, with its fine Abbey and interesting main street of independent shops and cafes. There are pubs, three excellent restaurants and two castles! Shaftesbury is famous for Gold Hill, one of the most picturesque views in England. It has a range of shops, a super little market, a ruined abbey and some very interesting cafes. Beggars Banquet, a tiny tucked away vegetarian cafe serves wonderful cakes such as orange polenta. Dorchester is the county town and has museums and plenty of shops of all kinds.
The area was made famous by the writer Thomas Hardy and Orchard Farmhouse has the footpath the "Hardy Way" pass by the house. We wonder if Tess Durbeyfield walked by and perhaps warmed herself against our chimney breast. Hardy called our village Nuttlebury, and the woodland and wildlife project is therefore called Nuttlebury. There are many other villages to explore, many of them unchanged since the times of Hardy. Milton Abbas, for example, with its thatched cottages and remarkable abbey, Cerne Abbas with its famous giant on the hillside - he is unmissable!
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2 Aug 2014
We travelled as a large group, 11 adults and 2 babies. The house is huge, with plenty of room for everyone to stay, and a large kitchen to fit everyone in at mealtimes. The garden is massive, with a f… More
25 Dec 2013
"A hugely enjoyable stay"
I stayed at Orchard Farmhouse for five days during May 2013, and I must say that I was very impressed by what the house had to offer. The rooms were clean and well-presented with a healthy selection… More
17 Dec 2013
"A beautiful house in beautiful surroundings which was very well equipped."
Lovely large house, in a idyllic setting. It had every thing you could possibly want/need and more. Fresh flowers, board games and organic local fresh fruit and essentials (milk, bread, eggs) all wait… More
16 Dec 2013
We stayed at Orchard Farmhouse at the end of November 2013. The house was beautiful. It is also very large which makes it perfect for big families. It was only towards the end of our stay that I finally knew my way around the house!
Rupert made the booking process very easy. Jenny, the manager of the house, also lives locally so was able to quickly pop over when we found we needed more bedding.
The weather was kind so we got to spend some time in the garden and going for walks. I would love to see the house in the summer when the fruit garden is fully stocked! I particularly liked the short walk (1k) through the fields to the Antelope pub! The kids also loved the play park opposite the pub.
In the evening when it cooled down somewhat, we loaded the huge woodburner in the music room. The good supply of wood from the woodpile kept us nice and toastie.
We tend to book a new house each year for our family group (7 adults, 5 kids and a baby). Next year I won't be looking any further than Orchard Farmhouse.
15 Dec 2013
"Great house, nice views, lovely surroundings"
I stayed at Orchard Farmhouse in April 2013 for 2 weeks and enjoyed every minute of my stay. The house is warm, welcoming and of course clean, the rooms are cosy and the kitchen spacious. The views from the bedrooms on the first floor are breathtaking - overlooking the huge garden with the orchards. It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy the nature around the house. There is enough parking space for several cars, and there's also a busstop right in front of the house to explore the area. The sea and some beautiful villages are closeby, and within a 15 minutes drive, there's a great pub with delicious food! You will have a lovely holiday there as well, I'm sure :)
Just to be clear, the bus stop is 40 yards away, at the bottom of our road. The buses are not regular, but they will take you to local towns in the morning and back on the same day. One service is daily, others are more occasional. Buses do not pass the house itself. Ours is a very quiet no through road.
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