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Farmhouse Annexe For 2 People In A Peaceful Location In North Dorset

Bedrooms 1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The perfect place for a peaceful, romantic break in a 'home away from home'

We provide comfortable, beautifully furnished accommodation for two people (perhaps accompanied by a baby or small child) in an idyllic setting in North Dorset, UK, within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast and many other places of interest in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. These include the old market town of Sherborne (formerly the capital of Wessex), with its abbey and two castles, Athelhampton House near Dorchester, Stourhead Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Montacute House, and the picturesque towns of Wells, Glastonbury and Bath, not forgetting, of course, West Bay near Bridport, home of the TV program Broadchurch.

We are close to a number of SSSIs, and our garden is visited by a variety of wildlife. Alner's Gorse, a local butterfly sanctuary is a short walk down a green lane. We also maintain a small flock of sheep and in the spring there may be lambs in our paddocks.

The accommodation we offer is located in an annexe that adjoins the main house. It has recently been refurbished throughout. Guests are welcome to bring a dog, as long it is well behaved (we have our own dog, cats and sheep).

Ridge Farm Annexe is often described by our guests as being 'like a home'. And that's exactly what it was for 25 years when Madeline's mother lived here. The Annexe was completely refurbished during 2014, with brand new bathroom fittings, new carpets and a redesigned kitchen. The accommodation consists of a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hall.

The sitting room is equipped with a comfortable sofa and armchairs, and there is access to the patio outside through sliding French doors. A TV is provided, as is wireless broadband, and there is also a selection of games and jigsaw puzzles -- and two bookcases full of books in the hall.

The bedroom is furnished with two comfortable 3' beds with pocket-sprung mattresses and duvets, 2 chairs, 2 bedside cabinets, each with a bedside light, a small chest of drawers, and a built in wardrobe with shelving. A cot for a baby or camp bed for a child can be provided.

The recently completely refurbished bathroom is equipped with a corner bath, walk-in shower, basin and toilet. There is a mirrored cabinet over the basin and a shaver point suitable for both 240v and 115v appliances.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a ceramic-topped, two-oven electric cooker, a microwave cooker, a fridge with a small freezer compartment and a washing machine (3kg wash). In the winter there is also a condenser tumble drier in the porch. Crockery and cutlery are supplied, together with cooking utensils and all other normal kitchen equipment. For dining there is a table and chairs. Towels and linen are provided. Meals are not provided, but a supply of basic provisions, including bread, butter, milk, coffee, tea, sugar, flour, salt and pepper, will await you on your arrival. If you would like us to, we can also supply additional provisions at cost (payment on arrival). Please order these at least 48 hours beforehand.

Access to the Annexe is via a private porch and you will be free to come and go as you wish. You will also be very welcome to make use of the patio and the rest of the garden.

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Calendar last updated:
6 April, 2018

About The Owner

Madeline and Mark have lived at Ridge Farm for 36 years. Madeline trained as a cook and is a keen upholsterer. Mark is a former writer turned photographer, designer and IT consultant. He has worked from home for the past 43 years.

The Owner purchased this bungalow in 1980

Why The Owner chose Sturminster Newton

We bought Ridge Farm in 1980 almost entirely because of its peaceful location some distance from the nearest road. At the time the house was in a fairly dilapidated state, but over the years we have carried out repairs and made improvements and now we have no intention of ever moving out if we can possibly help it.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Sturminster Newton in Hazelbury Bryan

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Check-in and checkout times may be flexible by prior arrangement if we do not have other guests leaving or arriving on arrival or departure days
  • The use of room fragrances other than those we provide is not permitted.
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Farmhouse Annexe For 2 People In A Peaceful Location In North Dorset
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Plenty of space in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

Its accessible up a muddy bumpy track so be careful if your car has lowered suspension like mine! We only stayed for 2 nights. The hosts greeted us on arrival and we chatted with them a couple of times over the duration. . The rooms are all a good size. The bedroom and lounge are at the rear and feel colder than the kitchen and bathroom at the front.. We particularly enjoyed watching the birds at the feeder at the kitchen window while having breakfast and a bird identification book was on hand which was useful. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, well equipped, friendly couple.

  • 5 of 5

Property is well equipped, in the country with pleasant surroundings. Two nice towns within 15 mins for shopping and supplies. Doncaster within a reasonable distance and two pubs serving food within walking distance. All the comforts of home, good internet with nice hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grantown on Spey, Highlands, Scotland

Just as described. Peaceful accommodation in North Dorset

  • 5 of 5

Cosy cottage accommodation with enough equipment for two. The weather was wet and cold while we were there but the owners thoughtfully provide Electric blankets and additional heating appliances so no problems indoors! Nice bathroom with large bath and separate shower cubicle.

Bread, butter, milk, tea and coffee provided on arrival which is a nice touch. Washing machine and tumble drier provided.

Friendly welcome from the owners.

Free wifi, good O2 and BT Mobile signals.

Note that this cottage is attached to the owners house, as stated in the details.

Would definitely use again.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful cottage

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we received a warm welcome from the owners, who also very kindly supplied some fresh provisions to get us started - thanks. The cottage was very well presented, clean, warm & comfortable. It was located in a lovey part of North Dorset with great countryside all around.

A relaxing time had by all.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable week in this property which is ideally situated for touring the local area with easy access to both the coast and local towns and villages. There is plenty to see and do – of course, the Jurassic Coast, but also beautiful countryside, interesting local towns and historic houses (Sherborne Castle, Athelhampton and Forde Abbey to name a few!) as well as open gardens and other sites.

The annexe is lovely; quiet and in a beautiful location, surrounded by Madeline and Mark’s truly wonderful garden. It is very comfortable, spotlessly clean and has everything you might need to make you feel at home (even to the radio in the kitchen already tuned to Radio 4!).

So many, many thanks to Madeline and Mark for being very gracious hosts! It was a pleasure to meet you both, and we would highly recommend this property (and this area) to others

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and central location for touring Dorset

  • 5 of 5

Mark & Madeleine were gracious hosts and always on hand to answer questions. The cottage was spotless and well-supplied with all equipment needed plus starter butter, bread, etc. The location was great for day trips to Sturminster Newton - scenic little village 10 minutes way (don't miss meat and baked goods at Holbrooks), Cerne Abbas, Sherborne (great guided tour T,Th) , Montacute(NT) & Ham HIll and trips to Jurassic Coast.

Only negatives were one rather saggy bed, and prominent wires from electric blanket.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments and the note about the bed. No one else had commented until now, but we were aware that one of the beds was a possibly bit too soft. Both beds have now been replaced, and are brand new divans with medium firm pocket-spring mattresses.
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Green Man, King's Stag
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Green Man, King's Stag
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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