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Richard and Marieke Hosford

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, French, German, Dutch

Characterful Barn conversions, quiet location and heated swimming pool - The Hayloft, Ashton Farm

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday barn in Dorset - ASHTON FARM

Two unique barns in Grade 2 Listed farmyard

The Hayloft and Courage Cottage are two detached barn conversions situated in an historic Georgian farmyard.They are both totally individual and are situated in a very quiet, rural setting. The local village of Winterborne St Martin has a pub and excellent farm shop: both with restaurants. Dorchester is 2 miles away and has every facility including good rail connections in all directions.

Local attractions within easy reach by car include: Durdle Door and the famous Lulworth Cove, Weymouth and Portland with Olympic sailing facilities, Hardy's Cottage, Maiden Castle, Radipole lake (for Bird watching), Dinosaur museum, Cerne Abbas Giant, stunning coastal walks along the Jurassic coastline, Horse riding, Tank museum, Monkey World, Abbotsbury Swannery, Chesil Beach, Corfe Castle, Swanage steam railway, Nature reserves, many beautiful country houses and excellent unspoilt beaches and coastline.

Details for holiday barn The Hayloft, Ashton Farm, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

A characterful converted Hayloft with stunning views from the very large studio room. This main room has a vaulted ceiling and also contains a kitchen with dining table. sofas and a large wood buirning stove. The bedroom has a large double bed and there are 3 further folding beds in the main studio room.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Richard and Marieke Hosford (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch


based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

The Hayloft, Ashton Farm
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Fantastic!! Stay in August 2015

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 5 days in the Hayloft with 5 children between us.....Richard and Marieke were very accommodating and the children had an absolute ball......safe environment for them to be "children" and explore. The gardens were beautiful and the pool a welcome addition. Good situate as near to most of the tourist attractions. The Hayloft is "rustic" but very comfortable and we all had such a great time we hope to return in 2016.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Perfect location and property

  • 5 of 5

We have visited many places over the years but neither my wife, kids, or I can recall a more beautiful and peaceful place than Ashton farm. We stayed in the Hayloft, one of the 2 properties on site and instantly felt at home in its atmospheric and homely style. Richard and Marieke were very welcoming. We can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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Peaceful retreat close to many sights

  • 5 of 5

Courage cottage is an outstanding destination. Large windows create a bright and beautiful living space. All amenities listed in the property description were available and functional. The farm shop in Martinstown and Tesco in Dorchester took care of all our shopping needs (both are a short drive away). Very friendly owners.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Courage cottage was a delight

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Courage Cottage. We took our 2 children (aged 7mth and 2 & 1/2 yrs). The kitchen was well equipped. the whole cottage was light and airy. There is a covered passageway out of the back door and this was perfect for drying washing in all weathers. The Main bedroom had plenty of room for a travel cot. Our toddler loved the spiral staircase to the second bedroom and there was plenty of room for running around outside. The cottage was only 5 minutes from Dorchester with a very easy to find Tesco supermarket. Maiden Castle is worth a visit and is walkable from the cottage (our toddler walked all the way including "up the mountain" as she called it). There was plenty to do in the area to fill our week long holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Christmas at the Hayloft

  • 5 of 5

I'm rather late in submitting this review. It's currently August 2012 - we stayed at the Hayloft over Christmas 2011. I found myself thinking of our stay again and thought I would finally submit a review after never quite getting round to it for months! The owners, Richard and Marieke, really made us feel at home, setting up a Christmas tree for us and giving us some wine. It's a quiet retreat and a thoughtfully restored spacious area to live in for a little while. It was formerly an artist's studio, and there is an unfussy calmness to the place, with the wooden floors, solid furniture and the light from the roof windows. Everything had been thought of for us, such as a few food extras on top of the usual basics. There were some fresh flowers from the garden too. We also enjoyed wandering in the grounds and up to see the site of Maiden Castle, an Iron Age fort which also has a Roman history, only a few minutes walk away. The owners' home is fairly close to the barn, but this wasn't a problem at all - we felt relaxed and had plenty of privacy. We will hopefully be back soon! Vic and Thad.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2011
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Everything on your doorstep

  • 4 of 5

I would definitely recommend a stay at the Hayloft. My husband and I have just returned from our week holiday in Dorset. The Hayloft is exactly as pictured and as described, set in beautiful surroundings. The owner's walled garden is lovely and we were lucky enough to have amazing weather so took advantage of the pool every day (what a bonus for the good price).

You definitely feel that you're in a rural location with so much wildlife nearby. Within the surrounding lanes and fields there were badgers, rabbits, deer, owls and other birds of prey. The short walk up to Maiden Castle is a must. Having been to a number of castles sitting on mounds in the past, this iron age fort simply takes your breath away due to it's size and scale. It's a great vantage point for views.

We normally holiday in Scotland and so were surpised how we could fill everyday with activities nearby. We didn't even use a full tank of petrol. Our favourite village was Cerne Abbas, it was charming. After a few pics of the giant on the hill we took a short walk round the village to see the old Abbey. Other places we enjoyed within easy reach were Poole (the futhest at a 40 minute drive), Swanage, Wareham, Weymouth, Dorchester for market day and Portland. There is a great walk which follows the costal path around Portland and there are some amazing views of the coast from here.

The final place that is an absolute must is the tank museum at Wool. We combined our trip here with a trip to Durdle Door. Be careful at Durdle Door the path is quite steep and loose under foot. Going back to the tank museum, it was my husbands choice and he was happy taking pictures of the hundreds of tanks. I didn't think it was going to be my kind of thing but there were so many other things to look at and information to read I was happy to stay for the 2 hours we were there, in fact I could have stayed longer. The ticket is £12 per adult and is worth every penny. You can return for free within 12 months. I wish we had gone there earlier in our stay because I think we would have gone back later in the week to spend a little longer.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Dorchester South or West
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
M5 junction 5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Winterbourne St Martin
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: recommended

This quiet valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located between Dorchester and Weymouth and therefore within easy reach of shops, restaurants museums and the numerous seaside activities available in and around Weymouth. The Abbotsbury Swannery and gardens are within easy reach as are many footpaths leading to the coast as well as the many remote beaches reached situated along the famous Jurassic Coastline which is a World Heritage Site. The properties are in the old farmyard and reached down a private road and therefore well away from traffic.

Golf: Several Golf courses within a few miles in stunning scenery


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
early summer
24 Apr 2016 - 27 May 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
summer half term
28 May 2016 - 5 Jun 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Jun 2016 - 2 Jul 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
summer holidays
3 Jul 2016 - 4 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

For short lets we charge a small fee for linen and towels. Firewood is £5 a basket after the first basket

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Dorset in West Country

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , sleeps 2 + 1 child
    studio room - 2 Single Bed , sleeps 2
  • There is also sleeping for 2 further people in the studio room. So a maximum of 4 full size beds and a childs bed which can be moved from bedroom to studio if required
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Linen and towels can be provided by arrangement and for a small charge. There is a small charge for firewood after the first basket has been used.

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