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The Great Barn, Scoles Manor

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

At the end of a 500-yard private road, Scoles Manor is in a fantastic location. The listed barns were converted into three holiday cottages in 1990. Since then we have welcomed hundreds of parties to this lovely corner of Dorset.

The Great Barn has 3 bedrooms. We also have the 2-bedroom Little Barn and 4-bedroom Dairy. As a result the barns can sleep 2-20. (For more details, please see or - if you are on the Holiday Lettings website - click on the link at the bottom of this page).

There are wonderful views of Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills from all over the property. The Purbeck Way footpath runs along one edge of the property, beyond our bluebell copse.

We have free-range ducks and doves, and a golden retriever who likes being taken for walks.

We also have a children's play area with a grounded boat, monkey bars, a mini castle and a tree house.

Access to the world-famous Jurassic coastal path is 2km away at Hounstout.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Chapman's Pool 2 km
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Wareham 8 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 DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

The Isle of Purbeck region

Corfe Castle

The Isle of Purbeck is a great place to go on holiday. The beautiful surroundings, clean air, and general tranquility make it a great place to relax and unwind. However there are also plenty of fun things to do if activities are what you are after. Here are some examples.

Beaches & watersports:

The National Trust beach at Studland is one of the best in the south of England. There is also a good beach at Swanage. Within walking distance of Scoles is Chapman's Pool and the beautiful rock beaches at Winspit and Seacombe. Swanage has got excellent diving with a number of wrecks. Kimmeridge is good for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Poole Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, is a centre for boating and all sorts of watersports.

Walking, cycling & riding:

The Isle of Purbeck is great walking territory with miles of glorious paths. The fabulous Dorset Coastal path passes within two miles of Scoles at Hounstout. You can also explore the countryside on bicycle or horseback. The Purbeck Cycle Way is recently opened. There are several excellent local riding stables.

History & sightseeing:

Apart from Corfe Castle itself, the following are all well worth seeing and are within easy driving distance:

Kingston Lacy (National Trust house)

Maiden Castle (Iron Age fort)

Tyneham (deserted village)

Badbury Rings (Iron Age fort)

Dorchester, Wareham, Weymouth, Wimborne and Blandford are all interesting old towns

Thomas Hardy fans will be in their element. His cottage in Bockhampton is only a half-hour drive. Scoles itself could well have come out of a Hardy novel.

The New Forest

Golf & Tennis

The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club with marvellous views over Poole Harbour is about 10 minutes away. There are testing courses at Parkstone, Ferndown and Broadstone (each around 30 minutes away). There is a fun pitch'n'putt and also good quality public tennis courts in Swanage.

Birdwatching & nature

Many rare species are native to the Isle of Purbeck, including the Dartford Warbler. The Arne RSPB Reserve is 5 miles away. Owls, deer and hares can often be seen at Scoles.

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Review 1-9 of 9

3 Aug 2014


"Excellent family holiday"

Very welcoming and friendly hosts, lovely homemade flapjack on arrival. Plumbs and courgettes from the gardens in the accommodation when we got there.We stayed in the great barn which was ideal for ou… More

So glad you enjoyed your holiday.

Will certainly be taking into account the points in your last para

13 May 2014


"The perfect spot for a country escape with the girls"

I didn't book this stay, it was booked by a friend as a surprise, and what a great one it was. Idyllic location, the barn comfortable, clean and full of character, and loads of room for a group o… More

5 May 2014


"Most amazing spot in Dorset"

My mom and dad booked this as we had a cousins wedding to attend just down the road.We couldn't have asked for better accommodation - my only regret was not meeting Peter and Belinda as we had su… More

27 Apr 2014


"My happy place"

We have stayed at the Great Barn several times and always enjoyed it. The owners, Peter and Belinda are always friendly and helpful. The homemade flapjacks on arrival are a lovely touch.The Great Bar… More

Thanks for your kind comments. We look forward to seeing you here again.

23 Jul 2013


"The perfect place to stay if you want the best that England has to offer"

This really is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the best of dorset - there are loads of pubs doing excellent food, local sandy beaches, amazing local ice cream and also lots of walks (all of which p… More

23 Jul 2013


"Dorset's best kept secret..."

We recently stayed in one of the barns with two young boys (2 and 6), both have not stopped talking about it since. The children's play area is better than any we have ever come across and would … More

22 Jul 2013


"Beautiful and idyllic for families and groups of friends alike"

We have stayed at Scoles on countless occasions and just keep going back as it is so wonderful. It is in an unbeatable setting, with the most wonderful view. There are lots of walks and attractions … More

19 Jul 2013


"Wonderful holiday home in Dorset countryside"

We have stayed at Scoles Manor a number of times both with and without young children and have always been very impressed. The accommodation is excellent - clean, well equipped and comfortable. The se… More

12 Jul 2013



My family of 4 stayed in the barn, which had all the ammenities and very spacious. The surrounding are right out of James Herriot and just beautiful. View of Corfe Castle through the valley. For th… More

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