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Always fantasised about being Lord or Lady of the Manor? Well, now you can be, sort of. This historic gatehouse (built in 1900) is part of a family estate, located in the Dorset village of Hinton St Mary. Recently refurbished by the owners in a modern but classic style (along with the estate’s stables, also available on Plum Guide), it's been opened up to outsiders for the very first time. We loved the balance between period features, such as the original windows, fireplace and kitchen floor, and brand new additions, like the shiny bathroom. Everything is finished in the best possible taste, with some lovely personal touches. The kitchen worktop is made from cedar from the estate, for example. The owners clearly want their new guests to feel at home, as they’re happy to accommodate needs, whims and fancies, from arranging a paid-for chef or babysitter, to offering a choice of seasonal duvets, luggage storage, locally sourced ingredients in the welcome pack and everything you’d need to bring your baby (high chair, cot, dinnerware, pram, potty, etc). The home’s location is another definite selling point. At the end of a small village lane near a cricket green and traditional pub, it’s picturesque and quaint. The nearest town is Sturminster Newton where there are shops and cafes, a great deli and butchers. This home makes a great base to explore the famous Dorset coast and countryside or simply settle back and relax by the wood-burning stove and imagine your servants are just out of sight.

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What to expect


The garden's old tower makes a great sheltered spot to lunch outside

The garden's old tower makes a great sheltered spot to lunch outside

Cosy up by the wood-burning stove

Cosy up by the wood-burning stove

Explore Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast

Explore Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast

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Home truths

    Guests can choose to have a king-size bed or two singles in the second bedroom, so it's good for either a family or two couples

    There are plenty of lovely things around, so watch kids' sticky fingers and boisterous jumping

    It's a great area for walking - but sadly no dogs are allowed

    Entertainment choices are limited to Smart TV and a few books so you may want to bring games/activities for rainy days

    The bathroom is on the ground floor and the bedrooms are upstairs

    There isn’t a microwave, so if you really need one you may have to bring your own

    You'll want a car for this home, but you can park on site

About this stay


Laptop friendly workspace


Parking available

Washing machine



Bedrooms & bathrooms

2 bedrooms, 3 beds

1 bathroom


VIP services

24/7 concierge

Airport pick up

Arrange a chef

Baby sitting

Cab booking

Daily cleaning

Fridge fills

Laundry and dry cleaning

Luggage storage

Restaurant reservations

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide

About Blandford Forum

Sixty-five years after the Great Fire of London wreaked havoc on the capital, the sleepy Dorset town of Blandford Forum was also the victim of a catastrophic inferno that burnt down the vast majority of the wooden, thatched dwellings. From the ashes, local architect brothers John and William Bastard were called upon to draw up a new town plan and using stone quarried from the nearby Isle of Portland, they...

Get around



1 hr 1 min


1 hr 36 min


1 hr 23 min

Train station


25 min

Bus stop

Car Park

28 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

25 min


26 min


25 min

Points of interest


Lake Beach

52 min

Booking policies

House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Events possible (with prior approval)

No pets

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 16:00

Departure before 10:00

Wifi speed: 52Mbps

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until



    Cancel at least 24 hours before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 24 hours away.


This home is managed by Alice

This home is managed directly by its owner who will be your point of contact before and during your stay. A former jockey and mum of four, Alice owns and manages the rental homes on the Hinton St Mary estate. She loves the estate and loves sharing it with others, especially because she gets so much positive feedback.

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