|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Stunning two bedroom stone barn conversion in peaceful Dorset valley. This, very comfortable, newly converted two storey stone barn will be available from July 2013. As a new conversion it has all modern facilities, modern insulation, large windows, ,underfloor heating downstairs and ensuite facilities with each bedroom. The very large vaulted sitting room is at the centre of the house with a beautiful oak staircase up to the main bedroom. and a large woodburning stove. There is a spiral staircase to the second bedroom which has a round window overlooking the walled garden with views across the fields. The sitting room has large windows overlooking the garden on one side and the farmyard on the other. The large Kitchen has all modern facilities and seating for six people.. The main bedroom has a bath and the second a shower. The downstairs utility and cloakroom room has a washing machine and toilet. A very cozy winter let with a highly efficient airsource heat pump.
The Hayloft and Courage Cottage are two detached barn conversions situated in an historic Georgian farmyard.They are both totally individual and are situated in a very quiet, rural setting. The local village of Winterborne St Martin has a pub and excellent farm shop: both with restaurants. Dorchester is 2 miles away and has every facility including good rail connections in all directions.
Local attractions within easy reach by car include: Durdle Door and the famous Lulworth Cove, Weymouth and Portland with Olympic sailing facilities, Hardy's Cottage, Maiden Castle, Radipole lake (for Bird watching), Dinosaur museum, Cerne Abbas Giant, stunning coastal walks along the Jurassic coastline, Horse riding, Tank museum, Monkey World, Abbotsbury Swannery, Chesil Beach, Corfe Castle, Swanage steam railway, Nature reserves, many beautiful country houses and excellent unspoilt beaches and coastline.
We booked to have our Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the Venue and with that, we booked to hire the cottages before and during the stay for us and some other guests. We cannot fault it. When you arrive here, the owners are so welcoming and you feel right at home. Our stay with Ashton Barn will remain some of the best few days and will always have a special place in our hearts. We are hoping to book again soon and revisit. The pictures do not do this place justice! Thank you again Richard & Marieke x :)
Enjoyed our stay!
Pros - location (near Jurassic coast, Dorchester and Waymouth), light and bright rooms, spacious living room and kitchen, comfortable winter heating, friendly owners.
Cons - bedding was heavily pilled due to a low thread count - quite uncomfortable for 14 nights (almost bought replacement sheets), horrible pillows (maybe a British thing), we needed to wash/clean out freezer draws - major defrosting is necessary, descriptive commentary on most TV channels (unable to turn off).
Location of barn was perfect and is as described so on these counts really couldn't be faulted however I have only graded it, very generously I think three out of five, it doesn't do halves else it would have been 21/2 because of it's other failings. On our arrival which was after four on a Sunday afternoon we had to spend over two hours cleaning the whole of the place until it was of a standard that we were happy with. To put it mildly it was very dirty. We were a party of two couples in our late 50's and were aware of the spiral staircase, though narrow didn't really cause a problem what did though was the bed in this room which had broken slats and was very noisy indeed. To alleviate the noise we even spent some time trying repairs which helped somewhat. The small shower in this room was filthy.The oven was so dirty we didn't even use it. After staying there a week the place was far cleaner when we left than when we arrived. To sum up a lovely place with great potential, just let down badly by the cleaning standards. Looking very tired for a place only three years old.
When we first saw this listing, we thought it was too good to be true but the reviews were good so we decided to trust them. Boy, we were so glad we did! What an amazing place! Spacious with all the necessary amenities and a pool to boot. So relaxing. Our kids just loved the place too. Sheeps, bunnies, chickens, and friendly dogs roaming around, we even had a herd of cows stroll by and say hi. It was also very close to the beach in Weymouth and close to Dorchester and grocery store. It was also nice being in a place where we didn't feel like we had to lock the doors. Even the wifi wasn't locked. :-)
Richard and Marieke were great hosts. We highly recommend this place (and have already to a few of our UK friends).
We were very happy with our visit. Quiet, beautiful situation, lovely garden and pool and very relaxed. House well equipped and comfortable. A few small issues re missing bathroom and kitchen things, possibly due to wedding booking happening the previous day. Quickly put right. House only set up for two people in one room but we required both rooms. This was not required on Owners Direct website , therefore property owners unaware of needs. Never received directions to property from Owners Direct.
Lovely property with lots of space. Close to touristic places and lovely places to walk all around. Tucked away in a farm area and owned by a lovely family. Only thing for families with young toddlers or babies is that the spiral stairs is not as easy to climb up or down in the middle of the nights. We had a great relaxing time and Richard, Marieke and their children were so welcoming and engaging and attentive to our comments. We'll use again and the kids had a great time.
This quiet valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located between Dorchester and Weymouth and therefore within easy reach of shops, restaurants museums and the numerous seaside activities available in and around Weymouth. The Abbotsbury Swannery and gardens are within easy reach as are many footpaths leading to the coast as well as the many remote beaches reached situated along the famous Jurassic Coastline which is a World Heritage Site. The properties are in the old farmyard and reached down a private road and therefore well away from traffic.
Golf: Several Golf courses within a few miles in stunning scenery