- Sleeps 14
- Beach Nearby
- Games Room
- Hen Parties
Imagine a stylish mix of Georgian elegance, French linens, white washed wooden floors with bright kilims, and you have Dorset Lodge.
Originally the gate house to a country estate on the outskirts of historic Wimborne in Dorset, it is now a spacious country property with plenty of room for groups of 14 friends and family to get together under one roof.
The Estate dates as far back as the 8th Century and became a Deanery in the 11th Century. During the Dissolution of the Chantries in 1548, Edward VI gifted the estate to ancestors of the current owners and it has stayed in the family ever since.
Enter through the arched front door into the main lobby, from where you can access most of the ground floor rooms. The homely kitchen has an Aga set into a wonderful old inglenook and also has a conventional oven and hob. The breakfast room leads off from the kitchen, making for sociable eating arrangements and there is also a separate, more formal dining room for those atmospheric, candle lit dinner parties.
The sunny sitting room, with log fire and squishy sofas is perfect to kick back and relax, with views through the sash windows out to the gardens. For the active and competitive, the games room is the place to be, especially when the weather is kind, as it has large garage-style doors opening out onto the back garden, creating a great indoor and outdoor entertaining space with barbeques in the summer.
There is a twin bedroom on the ground floor with en-suite shower room.
Climb the turned wooden staircase to the first floor and you’ll find five beautiful bedrooms. They all have antique furniture, sumptuous bedding and pretty soft furnishings. There are two double bedrooms (one with an en-suite shower room), two twin bedrooms and two separate bathrooms.
Climb the stairs again to the large second floor double bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
A few small points..
Dorset Lodge is part of a small private estate, within the estate grounds there is a thriving walled permaculture kitchen garden, if you are interested in having a look round, our gardeners Linda & Teresa will be happy to show you round. Please contact Jonathan Cornish.
Arrival & Departure Times:
Weekend: 4.30pm Friday to 10.30am Monday (3 nights are the same price as 2 nights)
Midweek: 4.30pm Monday to 10.30am Friday (4 nights are the same price as 2 and 3 nights)
During your stay
The estate has a café and farm shop selling lots of goodies and you can also stroll into Wimborne from the house to visit this historic town and farmers market. The children may like to visit the model village and the history buffs can walk to the ancient Minster dating from the 8th century.
Fly fishermen will love the private beat on the chalk stream (River Stour) that holds a strong wild brown trout population and is heaven for dry fly purists. There is room for 2 rods and charges will apply.
You are on the Jurassic coast so plenty of seaside fun too!
The nearest train station for trains to London is Poole (15 minutes away), where trains generally run every half and hour. The service to London stops at Clapham Junction and Waterloo and takes approximately 2 and a half hours.