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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 - 6 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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Member since: 2016
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Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
21 September, 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 around the Wimborne around the 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 4.785714 based on 28 reviews

Superb accommodation and setting

  • 5 of 5

2 The Courtyard is a lovely holiday property with its setting in the Dorset countryside. We were a party of 4 adults, one baby of 21 months and a dog. The interior of the property was spacious especially the main living area. Much thought has gone into the kitchen equipment and the provision of a toy box for children in the lounge plus quality TV. The beds were comfortable and the ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom was excellent. There was plenty of wardrobe space throughout. Externally the garden has an outlook onto fields. There is a table tennis table and badminton equipment provided plus a BBQ area and a small sun terrace as can be seen in the photos on the property website. There is also adequate parking available at the front of the property for 2/3 cars. Wimborne Minster is only 5 minutes away and features many shops both local and national based within a country town environment. We were able to visit many beautiful beaches all with special arrangements for dog owners. Sandbanks, Southborne and Branksome. They are accessible in approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and without any doubts would stay here again

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Roger, Many thanks for your kind comments - we love it there & hope others do too! We'd be happy to welcome you back sometime, with best wishes, Angela
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A comfortable home in an ideal location

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week at The Courtyard. The living space was great for our 3 generations and the beds were very comfortable. The good weather enabled us to enjoy the garden for games and barbecues. The location was ideal for our trips out. We all felt that the bathroom needs a revamp but would recommend it as a holiday home.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice first impression

  • 3 of 5

Very nice first impression.Sat navy took us to a different location to begin with but once in really very good.

Couple of points , lots of flys in kitchen/lounge

Dust bin full on arrival and not emptied till Friday

( 8 people’s rubbish for a week is a fair amount)

Bar b q was filthy, fridge door does not close firmly

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very good

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely, much bigger than it appeared in photos. It was very well equipped indoors and out. All three generations enjoyed the holiday. It was very peaceful and quite.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jacqueline, So glad it all worked out for you & you had a restful time with the family... that’s what holidays are all about! 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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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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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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