|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
We offer holiday and short break accommodation for two people (perhaps accompanied by a baby) in an idyllic setting just outside the village of King's Stag in North Dorset. We are ideally located for exploring as far south as the Jurassic Coast while at the same time being within easy reach of many other places of interest in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, including the old market town of Sherborne (formerly the capital of Wessex), with its abbey and two castles, Athelhampton House near Dorchester, Stourhead Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Montacute House, and the picturesque towns of Wells, Glastonbury and Bath, not forgetting, of course, West Bay near Bridport, home of the TV program Broadchurch.
We are close to a number of SSSIs, and our garden is visited by a variety of wildlife. Alner's Gorse, a local butterfly sanctuary is a short walk down a green lane. We also maintain a small flock of sheep and in the spring there may be lambs in our paddocks.
The accommodation we offer is located in an annexe that adjoins the main house. It has recently been refurbished throughout. Guests are welcome to bring a dog, as long it is well behaved (we have our own dog, cats and sheep).
Ridge Farm Annexe was completely refurbished during 2014, with brand new bathroom fittings, new carpets and a redesigned kitchen. The accommodation consists of a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hall.
The sitting room is equipped with a comfortable sofa and armchairs, and there is access to the patio outside through sliding French doors. A TV is provided, as is wireless broadband, and there is also a selection of games and jigsaw puzzles -- and two bookcases full of books in the hall.
The bedroom is furnished with two comfortable 3' beds with pocket-sprung mattresses and duvets, 2 chairs, 2 bedside cabinets, each with a bedside light, a small chest of drawers, and a built in wardrobe with shelving. A cot or camp bed (in the sitting room) can be provided for a child.
The recently completely refurbished bathroom is equipped with a corner bath, walk-in shower, basin and toilet. There is a mirrored cabinet over the basin and a shaver point suitable for both 240v and 115v appliances.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a ceramic-topped, two-oven electric cooker, a microwave cooker, a fridge with a small freezer compartment and a washing machine (3kg wash). In the winter there is also a condenser tumble drier in the porch. Crockery and cutlery are supplied, together with cooking utensils and all other normal kitchen equipment. For dining there is a table and chairs. Towels and linen are provided. Meals are not provided, but a supply of basic provisions, including bread, butter, milk, coffee, tea, sugar, flour, salt and pepper, will await you on your arrival. If you would like us to, we can also supply additional provisions at cost (payment on arrival). Please order these at least 48 hours beforehand.
Access to the Annexe is via a private porch and you will be free to come and go as you wish. You will also be very welcome to make use of the patio and the rest of the garden.
Madeline and Mark have lived at Ridge Farm for 36 years. Madeline trained as a cook and is a keen upholsterer. Mark is a former writer turned photographer, designer and IT consultant. He has worked from home for the past 41 years.
The Owner purchased this bungalow in 1980
Mark & Madeleine were gracious hosts and always on hand to answer questions. The cottage was spotless and well-supplied with all equipment needed plus starter butter, bread, etc. The location was great for day trips to Sturminster Newton - scenic little village 10 minutes way (don't miss meat and baked goods at Holbrooks), Cerne Abbas, Sherborne (great guided tour T,Th) , Montacute(NT) & Ham HIll and trips to Jurassic Coast.
Only negatives were one rather saggy bed, and prominent wires from electric blanket.
Excellent spacious accommodation, well maintained and a brilliant location. The owners were very welcoming and helpful and made our stay very pleasant. We would highly recommend this property.
We had a lovely two night break. The accommodation was spotless, the best that we have stayed in. The gardens are well maintained, perfect for a relaxing afternoon. The owners thoughtfully provide bread and milk in case you arrived late. We would definitely recommend this property.
In the local area Sherbourne Castle grounds are worth a visit.
Très calme, très bien aménagé, accueil très cordial, je recommande vivement cette location.
L'appartement a été refait et équipé récemment, l'ameublement est chaleureux, les équipements tout à fait pratiques.
Mais ce que nous avons le plus apprécié est le calme parfait du lieu, en pleine campagne mais néanmoins pratique et bien situé pour visiter ce coin d'Angleterre.
Un grand merci à nos hôtes !
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|