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Luxury Dorset Farmhouse - Large Grounds & Beautiful Countryside Location

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse near Puddletown, Dorset - a rural paradise close to the Jurassic Coast with dogs welcome!

Our warm, beautiful Listed Grade 2 traditional Dorset farmhouse, with wood panelled hall and massive newly-restored chimneys, comfortably sleeps 14, and is set in large grounds, part of a 700 acre estate, perfectly secluded and surrounded by rolling countryside. Located in the heart of Hardy Country and 20 minutes from the sea, it's the perfect location for a fabulous family holiday, or groups planning a restful get-together. Dogs are welcome and we are well-equipped for babies and toddlers.

England's first natural World Heritage Site; The Jurassic Coast, is only 20 minutes away, Lulworth Cove, Monkey World and the Tank Museum nearby are very popular. Enjoy BBQ and cream-teas in the garden or hire a private chef to cook for you in our large country-style kitchen, complete with Aga. Play croquet, giant pik-a-stix and Twister on the lawn with your family, or enjoy a spot of lawn cricket with the games kit from our large outdoor toy chest. With a huge library of contemporary fiction, wifi and a DVD collection, and loads of board games, you'll be spoilt for choice for indoor activities. (Junior snooker table on request) Choose something from our pile of sheet music and have a go on the piano! (Full Premier drum kit also available on request!) On chilly nights light the wood-burners in both sitting rooms, and snuggle down into our comfy, cosy sofas. We are a short walk from Puddletown Forest, great for mountain biking, hiking and bird watching; see if you can hear the ravens! A network of footpaths lead from the house, one through to the Blue Vinney pub in Puddletown where you can enjoy really great food, and maybe pick up the Sunday papers from our excellent village shop. Our south-facing terrace with climbing wisteria and gas barbecue is lovely for al fresco meals. There is a library/TV room, elegant sitting room, dining room with wood burner and banqueting table for 14, huge flagged-floor kitchen with walk-in larder, Aga, American fridge freezer with ice cube dispenser, and an additional fridge and freezer in the pantry. 5 large double bedrooms (two of which are Laura Ashley designed), one with a single bed in, one large twin, plus one small but sweet single, with amazing views. Two large bathrooms both with walk-in showers as well as bath, and a downstairs loo.

Loads of parking and extensive lawns front and back for outdoor activities, the back lawn enclosed for safe play and private sunbathing. Restored Shepherds' Hut for children to play or for adults to have a quiet drink.

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Property Manager
Caroline Peters, Georgia Tolley, Katy Peters
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

About Caroline Peters, Georgia Tolley, Katy Peters

My name is Caroline and I own the Farmhouse along with my two grown-up daughters. I have three grandsons. I have lived in the house since 1990 but it has been in my family since 1862. It is part of a small estate, including the farm and woods.

I have downsized to a smaller property less than a mile away, and enjoy welcoming guests to the house which still has all our family furniture and portraits and plenty of books, toys and games. I personally supervise the changeovers and always provide fresh flowers and meet the guests if they wish.

We love the house to bits and our visitors seem to, as well, especially multi-generational family groups.

Caroline Peters, Georgia Tolley, Katy Peters purchased this farmhouse in 1862

Why Caroline Peters, Georgia Tolley, Katy Peters chose Dorset

We inherited this house and realise how lucky we are! In the family since 1862, we did it up in 1990 and have added further improvements as we brought up our daughters here. It's a Grade II listed building, and a specialist stonemason has just finished rebuilding the eight nine-foot high chimneys! These serve the Aga and three wood burners, so with the central heating, it's always warm and cosy.

We have invested in pristine white linens and towels, and have a rolling decorating programme to keep the house fresh. The house has a lovely peaceful feel, set apart in rolling countryside, but not isolated.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Steeped in history with many original features, set in its own grounds, this house has a lovely 'feel' - many of our guests have said what a great atmosphere it has, and how comfortable it is, and we get lots of repeat bookings! Very quietly located, off the road, but with 3 cottages not too far away so one does not feel isolated. Long views in all directions, and a footpath from the front gate into the unspoilt Dorset countryside.


Puddletown Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Large Green Bathroom with bath, separate shower, wc. Large Blue Bathroom with bath, separate shower, bidet, wc. Downstairs wc with wash hand basin.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 Blue Room - 1 king , 1 baby crib , With sofa and sound system, views to back garden and fields
    Bedroom 3 Red Room - 1 queen , TV with DVD player, views to fields and front garden
    Bedroom 6 Pink Room - 1 queen , Sloping ceiling but spacious character room
    Bedroom 7 Purple Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Sloping ceiling attic room high window overlooks back garden
    Bedroom 2 Sea Room - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Chaise longue, view to back garden
    Bedroom 5 Rose Room - 1 twin/ single , Views over front garden
    Bedroom 4 Green Twin Room - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds, Balinese "pod" sofa, views to front garden
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The Sea Room (very large) with SuperKing bed 6 ft The Blue Room (very large) with SuperKing bed 6 ft The Red Room (pretty large) with King bed & TV/DVD The Green Room (pretty large) with twin beds The Rose Room (small but sweet) with single bed The Pink Attic Room with King Bed The Purple Attic Room with Queen and Single Beds 1 cot & 1 travel cot
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house is set in 3-acre grounds, the south-facing back garden is totally secure & private, perfect for sunbathing and outdoor dining on the stone terrace. There is plenty of seating at the shaded outdoor table. There is a large gas BBQ, and our toy chest includes beach gear, croquet and lots of other kit to keep children happy. We also have an adorable, traditional Shepherd's Hut. Fully renovated (if not modernised), it's the perfect den for children, or a quiet spot for adults to read a book, or enjoy a drink before dinner. Our large utility room houses the washing machine, dryer, and a huge butler's sink for washing wellies/small dogs! All bed linen & bath towels (white & fluffy), & bright beach towels are included. We provide fresh bottom sheets for the cot & travel cot. A maid service can be arranged at an extra cost. We can also recommend excellent private caterers. The Dining Room has a large antique table with a neat extension that comfortably seats 14 to dine by the cosy wood burner & surrounding family portraits! Make music in the Sitting Room with piano, recorder, sheet music and a "Premier" Drum Kit on request ! (are you sure?)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Luxury Dorset Farmhouse - Large Grounds & Beautiful Countryside Location
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

A stunning Georgian farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

This property is a gem in a peaceful country location. We celebrated my 60th birthday with a group of friends spending two nights at the property. The house is very welcoming, full of character with large bedrooms over the first and second floors and 3 delightful reception rooms on the ground floor. We loved the large farmhouse kitchen complete with Aga, spending breakfast mornings around the large pine table and dining in the adjoining dining room around the large oak table. There is also plenty of outdoor space with a large table and seating for over 10 guests. It was a real effort to leave on Monday!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

We booked the farmhouse for a 70th birthday weekend with the whole family, all 14 of us, and what a glorious place to stay. The house itself is fabulous and everything you might need is provided. Without doubt it is one of the best equipped properties we've stayed in and we all had a brilliant weekend - walking in the beautiful countryside, enjoying the local pubs and eating & chatting round the kitchen table. Fabulous!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Fantastic homely stunning house that catered for all our needs.

  • 5 of 5

We all loved the house, the garden, the location.....all the fabulous furniture in the house, it was just beautiful.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic house with everything you could need i

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed with two other families (including 7 children ranging from 3 - 11) for a long weekend. The house provided plenty of space and great facilities for our whole group. The gardens are stunning as is the surrounding countryside and Puddletown Forest has great walks. Our dogs loved it too....! Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Grand comfortable house would recommend

  • 5 of 5

We spent a family weekend here to celebrate a birthday with 12 adults, one child, two babies in our party. It was grand but homely and the ideal base for four generations to get together.

There is plenty of space for everyone but a lovely layout so that you don't feel left out by being in any particular area.

There are three large dinning tables and we could eat together at all of them - a causal meal in the kitchen, more formality in the dinning room and outside when the weather is good. The gardens provide great spaces for games or a stroll, they were safe for young children and the shepherds hut was an interesting feature that we all had a look in.

The house was clean and well equipped. There are plenty of games, books, DVDs etc, even music sheets for the piano you can use. Everyone said their bedrooms were comfortable and all except the single room were large (some of them huge).

The owner is friendly and helpful and it was easy to find out information before we went.

We had a great time, the house was perfect for us and we had all round agreement that we want to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house for a family get-together. Really warm and comfortable with excellent dining and lounging facilities. Very quiet deep in the Dorset countryside. The kitchen is well equipped, although the hob was a bit of a mystery.There are no en-suites but the 2 bathrooms are clean and spacious. Excellent and responsive owner who was easy to deal with. Would definitely use again.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Puddletown - Blue Vinney
Nearest Ferry
19 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Came Down Golf Course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Moreton Station
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Puddletown - Blue Vinney
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Snowsport Centre Warmwell
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Car: recommended

We are most popular for multi-generational family celebrations and have welcomed family members aged from one month to 101 years of age! The ground floor is all on the level and a bed can be moved downstairs if required: doorways are wide.

The house and grounds and extensive parking are also available for weddings, we charge the normal house rate plus £500. The flat front lawn is perfect for marquees, the shepherd's hut fun for photo opportunities, and the bride can prepare for her big day with her family in the house.

We have two lovely churches nearby. One in Puddletown, the other in Tincleton.


Ringstead Beach - 7 miles - 15 minutes drive

Weymouth Beach - 25 minutes drive

Lulworth Cove - 9 miles - 30 minutes drive

Bournemouth Beach - 40 minutes drive

The famous Sandbanks Beach - 45 minutes drive


Bournemouth is our nearest airport, 40 minutes away. Southampton about 1 hour, Exeter & Bristol about 1-2 hours

Rail service to/from Waterloo Station (London) at Dorchester South, 10 minutes drive from the Farmhouse or Morton, 5 minutes drive from the Farmhouse. Taxis easily arranged.

Sorry no buses! In an emergency the owner can provide a lift.


We are close to all of Dorset's most popular tourist attractions.

Puddletown - 2 miles (one mile on foot)

Hardy's Cottage - 3 miles

Warmwell Leisure Resort - 5 miles (indoor pool with wave machine & all weather skiing!)

Dorchester Sports Centre a new facility with 2 pools & gym

The Tank Museum - 5 miles

Dorchester - 6 miles (nearest Waitrose)

Monkey World - 7 miles

Weymouth - 13 miles (Sea Life Centre)

Cerne Abbas Giant - 13 miles

Corfe Castle – 15 miles

Lulworth Cove - 12 miles

Lyme Regis - 30 miles

Salisbury - 36 miles

Bournemouth - 25 miles

Further Details:

Nearby Puddletown (2 miles) has a beautiful church, an excellent village shop / post office / butcher, and a great gastropub, serving good food - The Blue Vinney.

The Jurassic Coast, Dorset’s World Heritage coastline, offers stunning views, coastal walks, marine activities and the seaside towns of Weymouth, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Poole.

Discover Dorset’s market towns, Dorchester the county town, Shaftesbury with its famous Gold Hill and Sherborne with its beautiful Abbey and castles or explore the pretty rural villages.


Rates & Availability

Puddletown Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 29 2017 - Jul 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Summer 2017
Jul 21 2017 - Sep 7 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Autumn Half Term
Oct 13 2017 - Oct 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Autumn
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
New Years Eve
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 5 2018 - Mar 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Easter Week 2018
Mar 30 2018 - Apr 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Spring Hols 2018
Apr 6 2018 - May 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring Bank Holiday
May 4 2018 - May 10 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 11 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer Half Term
May 25 2018 - May 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Jul 12 2018
2 night minimum stay
High Summer 2018
Jul 13 2018 - Aug 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Oct 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
Autumn Half Term 18
Oct 12 2018 - Nov 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $646.81
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
Oil for central heating and Aga, electricity and first bottle of Gaz for the barbeque are included. Three baskets of free logs provided, thereafter a small charge. Linens, towels and beach towels provided. Small supplies of household essentials and cooking basics supplied.
The house can be partitioned and smaller parties of 9 or 7 can be accommodated at lower rates.
The fully refundable security deposit is £500.
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Changeover Day: For whole week, or weekend bookings: Friday. Midweek bookings : flexible
Check in at 3pm, Check out at 10am after a week, 7pm after a weekend.
Weekend and mid week bookings check in at 3pm, checkout at 7pm
Discounts are available for bookings of varying time periods. Please enquire for more information. The owner will be happy to tailor your holiday requirements. Mid week breaks can also be accommodated, please don't hesitate to ask.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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