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Deepest Dorset Scandinavian style Chalets - Hardy Chalet

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights



Hardy Chalet

Hardy Chalet is a Scandinavian style chalet situated on a working dairy farm just 1 mile from the village of West Stour, North Dorset.

Hardy has recently been refurbished and is the perfect place to stay whilst exploring our beautiful county.

Hardy has three bedrooms, two double and one twin. The double downstairs has a new en-suite wetroom whilst the master bedroom has en-suite bathroom and private balcony. The twin room has an en-suite shower room.

The lounge and kitchen/diner are open plan and have all mod cons, including dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.

The leather reclining sofa's allow you to relax after a tiring day sight seeing.

Hardy is a non smoking property and unfortunately cannot accept pets.

The views surrounding the chalet are just astounding and from the master bedroom on a clear day King Alfred's tower can be seen in the distance.

Parking allows for three cars and the tarmac area down one side of the chalet allows for easy access to the back of the chalet

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About the property

Melbury & Hardy Chalets

Melbury and Hardy are two of four Scandinavian style timber framed chalets.set in the grounds of a working dairy farm surrounded by Blue Spruce trees. Melbury has it's own six seater hot tub on the veranda with a wooden gazebo and trellis for all year usage.

Hardy is slightly smaller than Melbury but also has three en-suite bedrooms.Please be aware that Hardy does not have a hot tub.

Melbury and Hardy chalet at Stour Cross Farm are situated on a working dairy farm. We milk approx 140 black and white Freisian Holstein cows twice daily. During the summer months most of the calves are born of which a third are Freisian. These are hand reared by myself and often get spoilt with affection. They become very friendly and don't mind being groomed or cuddled. This seems to set them up right when they join the herd. The cows are housed in a barn over the winter and turned out to grass in spring until November. Melbury looks out on some of the fields and guests are delighted when they wake up in the mornings, pull back the curtains and see all the girls grazing. Some guests have never seen cows before let alone stand within 2 ft of them. Don't worry, there is a fence and although they are very inquisitive they are quite harmless.

We are happy for any visitors to watch the milking in the afternoons. It is a fasinating process to watch.

North Dorset Location: Melbury chalet at Stour Cross Farm sits on top of a hill just outside West Stour village.

It is centrally placed for many attractions which can be reached easily by car. The village itself is very friendly and hosts many fun fund raising events. The local free house pub boasts excellent cuisine and fine ales.

Within the grounds of Melbury and Hardy are two other chalets. Duncliffe and Wessex. All sleeping six with their own parking and surrounded by Blue Spruce Fir trees.

Our games room is available for our guests.. It consists of a table tennis table, Table football, large connect 4 and air hockey. For the little ones they can play on the car mat with a selection of cars.

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Mrs Christina Trim
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2018

What makes this chalet unique

Melbury has a contempory style interior with all the mod cons and en-suite facilities. There are some fantastic views at different angles and being on top of a hill overlook some of Thomas Hardy's Blackmore Vale.

Melbury chalet is unique in that it has it's own hydrotherapy spa bath on the veranda and is popular in the evenings after a busy day sightseeing.

Hardy chalet has recently been refurbished throughout with new wet room to the downstairs bedroom. The first floor has a double room with own balcony and en-suite shower over bath. The twin room has en-suite shower room. The kitchen has had a bit of a revamp and apart from new appliances a new extended tiled floor allows the dining table more room. The open plan lounge has two brand new leather reclining sofa's and a stylish black glass fronted simulated coal fire.

Both chalets are situated on the borders of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire and allow easy access to many attractions.

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When booking weekly or short holidays a deposit is required.
If the holiday falls inside 4 weeks of arrival then the whole amount is due.
Payments can be made by cheque or BACS, credit or debit card. .
Unfortunately deposits cannot be refunded.
Two nights can be booked at certain times of the year. Please email for prices.


West Stour Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests using the hot tub in Melbury chalet are expected to keep noise to a minimum and vacant hot tub by 10.00 pm
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , Handheld shower aswell
    Twin - toilet , shower
    Ground Floor - toilet , shower , This Wet room has been recently refurbished
  • The downstairs wet room has recently been refurbished with new flooring and wall tiles, A new easy to use shower has also been installed.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Twin - 2 twin/ single
    Ground Floor - 1 double
    Master - 1 double , This bedroom leads out a balcony.
  • The ground floor consists of a double bedroom with open hanging rail and shelves which is situated under the stair well. The bedroom would suit less able guests. Upstairs has a master double bedroom with own balcony and a twin room. The sloping ceilings in both bedrooms are clad in pine and have open hanging rails and wooden slated shelves.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Hardy Chalet
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Overall friendly and welcoming

  • 4 of 5

We had such a lovely stay here

Large comfortable and well equipped cabins with good disabled access

An excellent games room and my daughter loved bottle feeding the calves.

The best thing about deepest dorset is Christina herself who is a friendly and accessible host who is there without intruding in any way. She always had time to talk to us and provided welcoming touches ofor our children. We wish her and her family well and our thanks

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and it was lovely to meet you and your family. I'm so glad you enjoyed your week despite the weather having a couple of off days. I appreciated your daughter helping to bottle feed the calves as it's quite a handful when all 20 of them are hungry at once. Hope the photos came out ok. Do look us up if you are ever in Dorset again. Kind Regards Christina
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

Nice cottage,Lovely cows in field,Nice welcome,cottage very clean and spacious

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious accommodation, well equipped

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the Hardy chalet for a week while attending the Chalke Valley History Festival. It was an excellent base - clean, spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Really appreciated having an ensuite for each bedroom. Lots of good pubs in the area, and plentiful provisions at the Udder farmshop nearby. Flies might have been a problem if we'd wanted to have the windows open, but it wasn't hot, so we didn't.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent accommodation in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Hardy chalet was absolutely perfect. Everything you'd expect for a home away from home, clean, well equipped and within a short drive of Shaftesbury and Sherbourne. Can't wait to go back next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Immaculate place in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

Christina's chalets are absolutely amazing. So clean and much bigger than the pics make you think. Great location too and the nearby Ship Inn pub has the best food.

A wonderful stay thank you

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home from home chalet

  • 5 of 5

Lovely chalet in peaceful location. Very welcoming owner, made to feel at home immediately. Watching the cows giving birth was a bonus, we managed to see 2 from the balcony. Chalet was spotlessly clean & nothing had been forgotten, very well equipped. Ideal for 6 adults( there are 3 bathrooms). We found Dorset to very pretty with Shaftsbury being very close a photo of Gold Hill with a loaf of bread in your hand is a must!

There are lots of places to see including Cheddar Gorge & if it's raining the Haynes car museum is not far, even if you're not really interested in cars it's a very interesting place.

All in all we enjoyed our stay & would recommend these chalets without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Hardy chalet. If you decide to visit Dorset again please do look us up or pop in for a cup of tea. Best Wishes Christina
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Nearest Airport
163 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
The Ship Inn, West Stour
Nearest Ferry
47.7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
43.6 Kilometres
Moors Valley, Ringwood
Nearest Train
4.1 Miles
Gillingham, Dorset
Nearest Motorway
69.4 Kilometres
M5 - Jct 25 Taunton or M3 - Jct 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
The Ship Inn, West Stour
Nearest Ski
46.2 Kilometres
Dorset Snowsport Center, Wareham
Nearest Beach
55.1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Stour Cross Farm is located outside the small village of West Stour. We run a dairy herd of approx 150 Friesian cows alongside four Scandinavian style self catering chalets. Approx 200yds from A30 and 15 min. from A303. Surrounded by pretty villages and country lanes, some with pubs and restaurants. West Stour has it's own pub which can be easily reached on foot serving real home cooked food. Shaftesbury, the Saxon hilltop town, is only 10 mins drive. It features the famous cobbled Gold Hill (Hovis advert) and quaint family run shops. Stourhead, an N.T attraction with it's beautiful house, gardens and lakes is a short driving distance. Family attractions include Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Longleat and Fleet Air Arm Museum. We are also only an hours drive from the Jurassic coast. Other local activities range from Golf, Fishing and Horse Riding. Stour Cross Farm boasts spectacular views across the Blackmore Vale, Somerset and Wiltshire from which endless walks can be enjoyed.

Other Activities: badger watching, quad riding, soft play area for younger children,

Golf: Moors Valley is the ideal place to play golf.


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