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Fabulous character barn conversion, in a gorgeous rural Dorset haven.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

L-shaped, 4 double bed, 2 bath, huge main room. Surrounded by garden & country.

A unique, 4-bedroom barn conversion in the corner of a secluded courtyard.

Rated 4 star by 'VisitEngland' recently, who described it as 'a striking conversion, providing a very good standard of self-catering accommodation'.

The house has just been re-decorated and furnished to a high standard. Original features of the old stables have been retained, in the sympathetically restored master bedroom, including beams and names of the former equine residents!

The master suite includes a Kingsize bed with en-suite shower and garden access. A double bedroom also has French windows to the garden. Two twin bedrooms complete one side of the L- shaped house. All beds & mattresses are brand new. There is also a family bathroom with bath & shower.

The other 'half' of the L houses the enormous living room and kitchen, with wood-burner, flat-screen TV, large French windows to the garden, which surrounds the house. The old wood kitchen table seats 8. There's even a bed for a well-behaved dog, who has easy access to the garden & great walks in the surrounding countryside.

A trip to the renowned 'Old Inn' pub across the road is a must, if you don't feel like cooking. They cook delicious pizzas in an outdoor oven.

There's a washer/dryer in the well-equipped kitchen. There's also a travel cot and high-chair for babies and hair dryers in the two double bedrooms.

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Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Mrs AMH

We are a family of 5 - with 3 teenagers, who need plenty of sleep and activities in equal measure. We've fallen in love with East Dorset, for it's countryside, stunning coastline and fun things to do. Based in London for a decade, we now divide our time between Dorset and Switzerland - as we love nature and the great outdoors - be it the mountains or seaside.

Mrs AMH purchased this bungalow in 2016

Why Mrs AMH chose Wimborne

Having looked for a couple of years, we decided being near to the New Forest AND the Jurassic coastline was ideal. It's very quiet, but there's plenty to do - and nearby Wimborne Minster has all the amenities you could want. Having room for 8 people and a garden were also important for us. We wanted a property with character, but easy to manage. This ticked all the boxes for us, and the kids love it as much as we do.

What makes this bungalow unique

We've been amazed at the variety of things to do, from a waterski school at a nearby lake, to a sanctuary for monkeys, and a 'Go Ape' activity centre in the forest, with zipwires (at Moors Valley country park). There are also great restaurants in Wimborne Minster, with its' own theatre, that also shows movies. It's a corner of paradise, where you can chill out, unwind and do something different every day, if you want to. Every time I visit I want to stay longer...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Wimborne in Holt

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1) No dogs in bedrooms or on sofas. 2) All dog mess to be cleared from garden. 3) Please leave house as you found it (esp furniture, indoor & out!)
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , Family bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , Large en-suite to master bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , New Kingsize
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , New Double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , New Twin beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , New twin beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Everything about 'The Courtyard' is easy, from parking, to access, & no stairs. Great for a mix of generations, or two families sharing a holiday together. It's what you make it, but there's plenty on your doorstep to have lots of fun for all the family, whatever age group.


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Fabulous character barn conversion, in a gorgeous rural Dorset haven.
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Great property and location

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay and not far to all the great places to visit

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Neil - Many thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed your half-term week & hope to see you back again sometime! With best wishes, Angela
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Wonderful for family reunion and local wedding

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable and beautifully furnished property in a lovely quiet position in Holt Village and 5 minutes walk from great pub, The Old Inn.

Only down side were the bathroom facilities with one en suite for 2 & one family bathroom for 6 adults but we managed !

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patricia - Many thanks for your review & kind comments. We’ve taken on board your feedback about the bathrooms. Glad the family weekend went well. With best wishes, Angela
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Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

Barn was in lovely setting and location loads of room for all 8 of us

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just Wonderful! Perfect getaway for us ladies celebrating a 40th Birthday.

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at the Courtyard we were amazed at the living space, it is so much bigger than how it looks in the pictures. Everyone was overwhelmed with how idyllic it was. A lovely and big well kept garden with views on to the adjacent field, just a shame we didn't have the weather to utilise the garden more. The kitchen was well equipped with plenty of crockery & cutlery and good quality utensils/appliances. The separate fridge and freezer were of a standard size but being a big group, if staying for longer than 3 days we would have needed more fridge space. The wine cooler was a godsend.

Throughout the barn it is tastefully decorated with the odd ornament/fixture adding some quirkiness to the place. We all loved the wooden elephant shaped seat in the hall way. I felt the main bathroom was average compared to the rest of the property however perfectly adequate.

A few things such as a cake on arrival and some wellies in the cupboard added an extra touch.

We had a lovely meal in The Kings Head in Wimborne, so due to time only went for a drink in the friendly pub opposite (will try The Old Inn next time for food).

We all left thinking, 'I wish this was my home' and have already looked at future dates to come back for a family holiday!

Thank you Angela, from start to finish it was seamless - making the enquiry, booking and staying in your beautiful property.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tracy, So glad it all worked out for you... and belated Happy Birthday! We will take on board your comments - and thanks for all the lovely, positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back again sometime, with best wishes to all, Angela
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Cozy and welcoming in a peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this well furnished barn conversion. It was in a lovely peaceful rural location. The pub at the end of the lane served excellent food with a good range of local beers. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew, So glad you enjoyed your Easter break at 'The Courtyard'. We'd be happy to welcome you back! all the best, Angela
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  • 5 of 5

Property very comfortable and well equipped.

Central base for everything we wanted to do.


  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lynn, Thanks for your lovely review. So glad your New Year trip to our cottage worked out. Hope 2018 is a great year for you all. With best wishes. Angela
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Nearest Airport
14 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
16 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
19 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Holt is a very typical rural English village in Dorset, with thatched cottages. The wonderful pub, the Old Inn, is the heart of village life and across the road from The Courtyard. Being equidistant from the New Forest and the Jurassic coastline, the location offers a great variety of holiday activities; from forest cycle rides and dog walks, to the seaside and inland lakes & waterparks. The Moors Valley Country Park is only 10km away with an adventure park and bikes for hire.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £70
Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

We will issue a rental agreement for you, before confirming holiday let, which will set out a few more house rules, that we'd like you to know in advance. Especially with regard to pets, whilst one dog is welcomed, no cats are allowed, as our son's allergic to them! The double room is set up with 'anti-allergy' bedding, for anyone who can't handle feathers...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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