Set in the pretty village of Dewlish, these attractive cottages are perfect for larger groups seeking a family friendly Dorset holiday. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool and an indoor games room, while guests also benefit from a village pub nearby and attractive countryside on your doorstep.
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Contact details & location
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Address: Dewlish, Dorset
The cottages are based in the small village of Dewlish, itself part of an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty. The market town of Dorchester is around seven miles to the south; while day excursions to the Dorset Jurassic Coast, Milton Abbas or Tolpuddle are all possible.
There are two self-catering properties to choose from here, both of which are large enough to accommodate larger families or extended gatherings of friends or relatives.
Churn House, sleeping eight, is an 18th century converted barn, full of character and charm with its exposed walls and beams. There’s a farmhouse-style kitchen, a cosy sitting room with electric fire, and four bedrooms – two double, and two super-king (or twin on request). The property also benefits from a private patio with furniture, and a shared courtyard with bbq.
Larger Manor Farm Barn, also a tastefully converted barn with exposed beams and brickwork, sleeps 15 people in 8 bedrooms, and benefits from a large farmhouse kitchen with underfloor heating, a well-appointed sitting room and several comfortable outdoor areas.
For an idea of prices, a summer stay for a week will cost around £6600 at Manor Farm Barn, or £2840 at Churn House. We think that’s pretty competitive when you take into account the number of people who’ll be enjoying a holiday!
CHILD FRIENDLY HOLIDAY FEATURES
The two cottages here benefit from some excellent shared on-site facilities. Top of the list is a wonderful heated outdoor swimming pool (open April-October), providing a handy space for children of all ages – and indeed adults! – to swim, splash and relax in the sunshine.
There’s also a well-equipped indoor games room with table tennis, pool table and table football. An excellent distraction from screens, and somewhere for older children to escape and unwind if the weather is unfavourable.
Outside there’s plenty of safe open space to enjoy, and the friendly neighbouring farm animals always enjoy a morning hello!
PARENT FRIENDLY HOLIDAY FEATURES
The cottages are set on the edge of a 500-acre dairy and arable farm, offering a scenic countryside getaway with plenty of safe open space for the little ones and all the sights and sounds of the countryside. Bridle paths lead straight from the farm providing picturesque walks on your doorstep.
Travel cots and high chairs are available to borrow for those travelling with younger tots.
There are several country inns nearby and there’s a local village pub just a short stroll away, perfect for evenings when you don’t fancy cooking or for an afternoon pint in the sunshine.
For cosy evenings inside, both cottages benefit from a lovely open fire in the sitting room.
Pets are welcome to stay at both properties and WiFi is available.
These tastefully converted barns provide comfortable, cosy yet spacious and child friendly holiday accommodation perfect for bigger groups; and the outdoor pool looks like a great place for families to enjoy during the summer months!