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Luxury Dorset Farmhouse - Large Grounds & Beautiful Countryside Location

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 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. 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! (Karaoke machine, 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 (summer only) 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Caroline Peters, Georgia Tolley, Katy Peters
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 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.


Puddletown Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please do not camp/sleep/light fires in the shepherd's hut or grounds.
  • Please ensure house is securely locked up whenever you go out.
  • Sorry, for our guests' safety, no candles. (Battery ones supplied!)
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 Super King bed 6 ft The Blue Room (very large) with Super King bed 6 ft (can be 2 singles) The Red Room (pretty large) with King bed & TV/DVD & cot The Green Room (pretty large) with twin beds The Rose Room (small but sweet) with single bed The Pink Attic Room with King Bed (good size) The Purple Attic Room with Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed (good size) (you choose location)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:
  • beachcombing
  • 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
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • 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?)


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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

A beautiful place, perfect for a weekend escape

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A really great house

  • 5 of 5

Really lovely house, with just about everything you could need in a nice quiet rural location

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family group

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Ken and we're so glad the birthday celebration went well.
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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: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We loved having you! Caroline
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words, we're really glad you enjoyed your time here, family birthdays do seem to be really successful in the house! Caroline
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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
5 Miles
Dorchester Station
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Puddletown - Blue Vinney
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Snowsport Centre Warmwell
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $27.9
Damage Deposit $697.45

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.
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Changeover Day: For whole week, or weekend bookings: Friday. Midweek bookings : flexible
Check in at 3pm, Check out at 10am.
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

  • 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.

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