About the property
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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. We also have a football goal net - please bring your own favourite ball. With a huge library of contemporary fiction, wifi, DVD collection, junior snooker table and loads of board games, you'll be spoilt for choice for indoor activities. Choose something from our pile of sheet music and have a go on the piano! (full Premier drum kit & recorder also available on request!) On chilly nights light the wood-burners in the three reception 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 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 an additional single bed), one large twin, plus one small but sweet single, with amazing views. We use high quality hotel-style large white bath towels & bed linens throughout. 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.
Caroline Peters, Georgia Tolley, Katy Peters
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- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 22, 2018
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 personally supervise the changeovers 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 Puddletown
We inherited this house and realise how lucky we are! In the family since 1862, and mentioned in Thomas Hardy's novels, 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 recently 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 hotel 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. Do look at our reviews to see how comfortable people feel here.
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Excellent, lavish, roomy and well appointed property
We had a great time at the property to celebrate my birthday weekend with my extended family. Brilliant time and a special thanks to friendly communicative owners.
A beautiful place, perfect for a weekend escape
The house is stunning and in a lovely quiet spot. It was clean, comfortable and very well-equipped. The kitchen was great for cooking for a big group and we loved using the very grand dining room. The place is perfect for a weekend away with friends, but would suit families brilliantly as well. Caroline was extremely helpful, although fortunately we didn't need much as we had everything we needed. We did run out of hot water for showers but I think that was our error (should have read the information folder more carefully!). Overall it's a fabulous house and I'd recommend it to anyone.
This is an incredible house. Ideal for large families. The owner was very approachable and although we didn't need to contact her, popped in to ensure things were ok. Very impressed and thoroughly recommend this place.
A really great house
Really lovely house, with just about everything you could need in a nice quiet rural location
Great place for a family group
Ilsington Farmhouse is a lovely old place, plenty of room and well equipped. We really enjoyed our stay for my wife's birthday, and it was great to have the whole family under one roof. I only found out late on that there are only 2 bathrooms for the 7 bedrooms, but it wasnt a problem for us. A very rural location as you'd expect, but easy to find with the directions supplied.
Thank you for your kind review, Ken and we're so glad the birthday celebration went well.
A stunning Georgian farmhouse
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!
Thank you for your lovely review. We loved having you!
Jurassic Coast beaches to visit: Ringstead 8 miles, Weymouth 12 miles, Lulworth Cove 9 miles, Studland, Sandbanks & Bournemouth around 35 mins drive Nearest airport, Bournemouth 40 minutes away. Southampton about 1 hour, Exeter & Bristol about 1-2 hours Rail service to/from Waterloo Station (London) to Dorchester South, (Taxis available) 10 mins drive from the Farmhouse or Morton Station, 5 mins drive from the Farmhouse. We are close to all of Dorset's most popular tourist attractions. Puddletown - 2 miles (one mile on foot) Hardy's Cottage,Warmwell Leisure Resort (indoor pool with wave machine & all weather skiing!) Dorchester Sports Centre, with 2 pools & gym The Tank Museum, Monkey World, Sea Life Centre, Dinosaur Museum, Farmer Palmer's, Cerne Abbas Giant, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove all within 20 mins drive, Lyme Regis and Salisbury around 40 mins. 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.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Oil for central heating and Aga, electricity and three baskets of free logs provided, thereafter a small charge of £6-00 per bag is charged. 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. For more pictures www.facebook.com/luxurydorsetfarmhouse Changeover Day: For whole week, or weekend bookings: usually Friday. Midweek bookings : flexible Check in at 3pm, Check out at 10am. 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.