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Fabulous character barn conversion, in a gorgeous rural Dorset haven.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

L-shaped, 4 double bed, 2 bath, huge main room. Surrounded by garden & country.

A unique, 4-bedroom barn conversion in the corner of a secluded courtyard.

Rated 4 star by 'VisitEngland' recently, who described it as 'a striking conversion, providing a very good standard of self-catering accommodation'.

The house has just been re-decorated and furnished to a high standard. Original features of the old stables have been retained, in the sympathetically restored master bedroom, including beams and names of the former equine residents!

The master suite includes a Kingsize bed with en-suite shower and garden access. A double bedroom also has French windows to the garden. Two twin bedrooms complete one side of the L- shaped house. All beds & mattresses are brand new. There is also a family bathroom with bath & shower.

The other 'half' of the L houses the enormous living room and kitchen, with wood-burner, flat-screen TV, large French windows to the garden, which surrounds the house. The old wood kitchen table seats 8. There's even a bed for a well-behaved dog, who has easy access to the garden & great walks in the surrounding countryside.

A trip to the renowned 'Old Inn' pub across the road is a must, if you don't feel like cooking. They cook delicious pizzas in an outdoor oven.

There's a washer/dryer in the well-equipped kitchen. There's also a travel cot and high-chair for babies and hair dryers in the two double bedrooms.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Mrs AMH

We are a family of 5 - with 3 teenagers, who need plenty of sleep and activities in equal measure. We've fallen in love with East Dorset, for it's countryside, stunning coastline and fun things to do. Based in London for a decade, we now divide our time between Dorset and Switzerland - as we love nature and the great outdoors - be it the mountains or seaside.

Mrs AMH purchased this bungalow in 2016

Why Mrs AMH chose Wimborne

Having looked for a couple of years, we decided being near to the New Forest AND the Jurassic coastline was ideal. It's very quiet, but there's plenty to do - and nearby Wimborne Minster has all the amenities you could want. Having room for 8 people and a garden were also important for us. We wanted a property with character, but easy to manage. This ticked all the boxes for us, and the kids love it as much as we do.

What makes this bungalow unique

We've been amazed at the variety of things to do, from a waterski school at a nearby lake, to a sanctuary for monkeys, and a 'Go Ape' activity centre in the forest, with zipwires (at Moors Valley country park). There are also great restaurants in Wimborne Minster, with its' own theatre, that also shows movies. It's a corner of paradise, where you can chill out, unwind and do something different every day, if you want to. Every time I visit I want to stay longer...


Wimborne Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1) No dogs in bedrooms or on sofas. 2) All dog mess to be cleared from garden. 3) Please leave house as you found it (esp furniture, indoor & out!)
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , New Kingsize
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , New Double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , New Twin beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , New twin beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Everything about 'The Courtyard' is easy, from parking, to access, & no stairs. Great for a mix of generations, or two families sharing a holiday together. It's what you make it, but there's plenty on your doorstep to have lots of fun for all the family, whatever age group.


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Fabulous character barn conversion, in a gorgeous rural Dorset haven.
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Property very comfortable and well equipped.

Central base for everything we wanted to do.


  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lynn, Thanks for your lovely review. So glad your New Year trip to our cottage worked out. Hope 2018 is a great year for you all. With best wishes. Angela
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Beautiful peaceful country retreat

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our visit to this beautiful country property. We were a party of eight adults. The fixtures and fittings are luxurious and we found the beds and sofas extremely comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped. The pub at the end of the lane was lovely, great food and a lovely atmosphere and only having to walk for two minutes from the property was a big bonus. We would definitely all return, thank you Angela :-)

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel, I'm glad you all enjoyed your time at our house for your birthday weekend, Rachel. We look forward to welcoming you back, all the best, Angela
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Great pub a stones throw away literally

Cream carpets with dogs allowed is the only thing we thought was a little off putting especially in autumn and winter.

All in all a lovely place. Beautifully designed and decorated. Spacious too

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ian - Thanks for the feedback - hope you and the dogs had a good time! All the best, Angela
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Comfortable and cosy barn conversion

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location and accommodation for our Dorset weekend stay. Well equipped and cosy with a very welcome cake on arrival. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Glenn, so glad it worked out for you, after booking so much in advance. All the best, Angela
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This is a lovely house in a beautiful location. Lots of kitchenware etc. very well equiped. Thanks

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed for just a few days. We walked and visited the wonderful Wimborne market, Poole and Mudebanks - super!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sue, I'm so glad you had a good time. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime, with best wishes, Angela
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Stunning space, well resourced and beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with family and my bridesmaids to get ready for my wedding day. It was beautiful, perfect and lots of space. The process of booking was easy, with good communication with the host who answered questions and dealt with queries. I could not recommend a stay at the courtyard more highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ruth, So glad it all worked out & hope it helped to make the build up to your wedding even more special. With best wishes, Angela
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Nearest Airport
14 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
16 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
19 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Holt is a very typical rural English village in Dorset, with thatched cottages. The wonderful pub, the Old Inn, is the heart of village life and across the road from The Courtyard. Being equidistant from the New Forest and the Jurassic coastline, the location offers a great variety of holiday activities; from forest cycle rides and dog walks, to the seaside and inland lakes & waterparks. The Moors Valley Country Park is only 10km away with an adventure park and bikes for hire.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $96.94
Pet Fee $69.24
Damage Deposit $346.21

We will issue a rental agreement for you, before confirming holiday let, which will set out a few more house rules, that we'd like you to know in advance. Especially with regard to pets, whilst one dog is welcomed, no cats are allowed, as our son's allergic to them! The double room is set up with 'anti-allergy' bedding, for anyone who can't handle feathers...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.