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  • 16 guests

  • 8 bedrooms

  • 5 bathrooms

    +1 extra toilet

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Out in the unspoiled countryside of Cranborne Chase AONB, this Victorian house sits in red-brick splendour. It’s a five-minute drive into the centre of Blandford Forum, a charming town to stock up on groceries and perhaps pause for a cup of coffee. Though there’s plenty to keep you busy on the estate as well – wander between the grapevines of the small vineyard, or head to the private tennis court. There’s over 30 acres of woodland walks to explore too. Within an acre of private garden, this home has its own heated swimming pool, hot tub for six, gas barbecue and croquet lawn. But, if the weather isn’t on your side, you can always while away the days in the games room. Two living rooms and a conservatory offer the group plenty of space to spread out, and you’ll have the choice between a cosy crackling wood-burner or streaming sunshine from glass walls. You can still picture scullery maids bustling around in the country-chic kitchen. In keeping with the Victorian grandeur of the home, bedrooms are a plush medley of chandeliers, silk curtains and four-poster beds and the master comes with a beautiful claw-foot tub.


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What to expect


Highlights

Visit the charming harbour town of Poole, a twenty-minute drive away

Visit the charming harbour town of Poole, a twenty-minute drive away

Take your afternoon tea in the sunny conservatory

Take your afternoon tea in the sunny conservatory

Host a gathering on the patio by the topiaried hedges

Host a gathering on the patio by the topiaried hedges

Soak the day away in the master's claw-footed tub

Soak the day away in the master's claw-footed tub

Rack up a game of pool in the games room indoors

Rack up a game of pool in the games room indoors

Head to the private tennis court for a game of doubles

Head to the private tennis court for a game of doubles

Select your next holiday read from the library of books

Select your next holiday read from the library of books

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Home truths

    Your host can provide a high chair and cot, just ask

    The swimming pool is closed between October and March

    All of the bedrooms are upstairs, so this place may not be suitable for those with limited mobility

    The closest food shop is over a mile away, so having a car is recommended

    There is parking for up to ten cars with this home

About this stay


Amenities

Outdoor fireplace / firepit

Outdoor seating

Laptop friendly workspace

Wi-fi

Pets allowed

Parking available

Bedrooms & bathrooms

8 bedrooms, 12 beds

5 bathrooms, 1 additional toilet

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

Airport

Bournemouth

39 min

Southampton

1 hr 0 min

Isle of Wight/Sandown

2 hr 27 min

Train station

Hamworthy

26 min

Bus stop

Farquharson Arms

6 min

Local shops & services

Supermarket

7 min

Cafe

11 min

Pharmacy

5 min

Points of interest

Beach

Lake Beach

31 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Pets welcome

No smoking

No parties or events

Good to know

Arrival from 15:00

Departure before 10:00

Wifi

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    30

    days

    Cancel at least 30 days before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Up until

    7

    days

    Cancel at least 7 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 7 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Leyla

This home is managed directly by its owner who will be your point of contact before and during your stay. With a handful of unique holiday homes in the grounds of Downwood Vineyard, Leyla and her team aim to provide perfect breaks surrounded by nature.

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