Chapel Conversion, Sturminster Marshall, Nr. Bournemouth, Dorset
John & Penny Ross
About John & Penny Ross
Hello Everybody, I grew up in Cheshire, spent 11 years in London but John and I have lived in Dorset for 29 years. During that time I have worked as a teacher in the Sturminster Marshall village school. We've lived in Sturminster Marshall for 23 years and love the village and its community. When the Chapel closed down in 2008 we were keen to preserve it and shape its future. We would love to welcome you to our Chapel - it won't disappoint !! Best Wishes Penny
John & Penny Ross purchased this House in 2009
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The beautiful beaches of Sandbanks and Bournemouth are approximately 20 minutes drive away. All local beaches have 'Blue Flag' awards and ample parking. Other beaches include Studland Bay, Chesil Beach, Weymouth, Swanage. Poole Quay is 15 minutes drive away.
Nearest airports are Bournemouth (20 minutes drive); Southampton (35 minutes drive), Heathrow (1.5/75 hours drive), Gatwick (2 hours drive).
Nearest Ferry ports are - Poole (15 minutes drive), Weymouth (30 minutes drive), Southampton (35 minutes drive), Portsmouth (50 minutes drive). Car hire is recommended.
10 minutes drive - Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum and good pubs. 20 minutes drive - Poole Quay. Boat rides to Brownsea Island. Take the famous chain ferry from Sandbanks to the Isle of Purbeck for Studland Bay, Corfe Castle, Swanage. Bournemouth, with its 7 miles of golden sands is one of the UK’s top holiday attractions. 30 - 40 minutes - visit the New Forest or Jurassic Coast. Salisbury, Dorchester and Shaftesbury, as well as Weymouth, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach.
You really are spoilt for choice, as the village is within easy reach of many attractions The beautiful beaches at Sandbanks and Bournemouth are a mere 20 minutes away, just enjoy lazing on the beach or learn to windsurf – there’s an excellent hire shop in Sandbanks!! If you’re into horse riding, then we can recommend a livery stable in nearby Lytchett Matravers, where we keep our horses – just let us know and we can put you in touch with the owner. Visit Poole Quay with its famous harbour and good restaurants or enjoy a boat ride to Brownsea Island. You can also take the famous chain ferry from Sandbanks to the Isle of Purbeck and visit Studland Bay or Corfe Castle and Swanage. As well as shopping, Poole also has the Lighthouse Theatre which regularly features both national and international acts. Wimborne Minster is a mere four miles away, with its ancient Minster and ‘chained library’. It also has a variety of pubs, shops and restaurants, as well as an excellent weekend market. Wimborne’sTivoli Theatre regularly features plays, films and live musical performances. Additionally, Wimborne hosts its famous Folk Festival during the summer. The Georgian market town of Blandford Forum is also within easy reach of the village and is where the Hall and Woodhouse brewery is located, which brews the local Badger beer – it’s well worth taking the tour! Blandford is also near where the Great Dorset Steam Fair is held. This national Heritage show is held annually, usually starting on August Bank Holiday weekend.
Bournemouth, with its seven miles of golden sands is a mere 20 minutes drive from the Chapel and is one of the UK’s top holiday attractions. In addition to its shops, nightlife, theatre/cinemas and gardens, Bournemouth now has Europe’s first artificial surf reef. Further afield, you can visit the New Forest or the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. Additionally, the Swannery at Abbotsbury is worth a visit, especially in May/June when the cygnets are hatching.