About the area
Explore the fossils and stunning beaches of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, visit historic Sherborne and Shaftesbury, or enjoy the footpaths, country lanes and thatched-roof pubs Dorset offers.
The idyllic small Dorset village of Dewlish nestles in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, west of the Purbeck Hills, beside the chalk streamed Devil’s Brook, a tributary of the quaintly named River Piddle. Surrounded by chalk downland, rich in agriculture and beloved by Thomas Hardy, Dewlish offers visitors a tranquil rural Dorset village holiday base. There are numerous well-marked footpaths extending out across this unspoilt countryside, and after enjoying a scenic stroll you can reward yourself with refreshment at the friendly local pub. A short drive takes you to the county market town of Dorchester, where you are spoilt for choice when it comes to a bit of retail therapy offering an array of interesting outlets from small independent shops to the usual high street retailers, together with a wide selection of different types of eateries, catering for all budgets. Take in excursions to the Dorset Jurassic Coast, picturesque Milton Abbas, or Tolpuddle, the home of the trade union movement, Athelhampton House or Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum, all an easy drive.
Set in the pretty Dorset village of Dewlish, Manor Farm Barn is a beautiful conversion of an 18th century barn that faces into a courtyard. With large flagstone floors, a farmhouse kitchen with a table big enough for everyone and spacious rooms, this is the perfect place for the whole family to come together and enjoy a countryside holiday. This humble dwelling is bursting with character, with exposed beams and brickwork elevating each room. There are eight beautifully presented bedrooms and eight bathrooms, meaning Manor Farm Barn can cater for large groups and special occasions. The handy en-suite facilities allow you to get ready with ease. One of the bedrooms is a twin and rests on the ground floor, ideal for those who prefer not to navigate the stairs up to bed. The ground floor also plays host to a large sitting room with plenty of space for all the family to settle down in front of the fire and catch up on their favourite films or TV shows. For those wanting to cook for the group, the large farmhouse-style kitchen has underfloor heating along with a fabulous range cooker, the perfect place for whipping up a delicious meal. You can get together in the separate dining room and share stories of the day, washing down dinner with a good bottle of wine. There are several outside areas with tables and chairs, so you can all be together or enjoy a glass of wine and a good book in a quiet corner of the courtyard. The heated outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place for everyone to relax and you also have use of the games rooms for a competitive round of pool or table tennis. Stroll to the village pub for a pint just across the road and continue along a choice of local bridal paths and footpaths, offering delightful Dorset countryside walks. Dewlish is on the doorstep of Thomas Hardy countryside and his cottage and monument are just a short drive away. The County town of Dorchester is 9 miles away and offers everything you need from high street shops to local boutiques. Weymouth and its golden sandy beaches are also within reach, delivering a traditional day at the seaside. Choose this superb barn conversion as a to explore a beautiful part of the country. Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1003641, together they can sleep 23 people.