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Churn House

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Dewlish, Dorset Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Comfortable beds."

    Well equipped kitchen. Pool and games room exceeded expectations. Local pub very close and served good food.

    Reviewed by SheridanSep 2023

  • "We had the best week at Churn House."

    It was so well equipped, it had everything we needed and more. Location was beautiful, the pool was heated to a lovely temp and kept the kids entertained all week, it was clean and had a lovely shallow end for smaller children. Our first time in Dorset and location wise it was perfectly situated to get to all the main attractions. Thank you for being wonderful hosts!

    Reviewed by NicAug 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Excellent swimming pool. Attentive and professional hosts. (Mrs Booth came round immediately to fix a problem with the pool temperature). Great pub in the village, and a couple of nice walks from the house,. Dogs and children thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Only small negative is the access roads to the village are all very narrow, so a lot of patience and courtesy were needed to negotiate trips out. On the whole, the best cottage we've ever had as a big family group.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2023

  • "Great property and facilities."

    Set in a beautiful village with a fab local pub. We loved the games room, pool, very fresh and delicious eggs (thanks ladies!

    Reviewed by ThomasApr 2023

  • "Fantastic property and stay, definitely recommend for both families or groups of friends."

    I will be returning!

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2023

  • "Loved the location."

    Really close to a local pub Oak of Delwish, which is a family run pub so friendly and dog friendly. Anything we needed form the accommodation was dealt with very quickly. I would definitely return. We were sad to leave and would consider coming for longer next time

    Reviewed by DawnMar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at churn house."

    The owner was very helpful. All bedding and sheets crisp, white and clean. Kitchen was fully stocked and we even arrived to biscuits, chocolates and milk in the fridge. The only criticism I have is that it was a bit tired, the back bathroom needs some tlc, the sofas in the lounge were very uncomfortable and they were quite smelly! Also the plug socket in the lounge was broken, so you couldn’t have the fire on the TV on at the same time. Overall it was very pleasant and cosy stay

    Reviewed by AlisonFeb 2023

  • "Churn house is very homely and clean."

    Vicky was very helpful with any questions. We met the beautiful donkeys which made our little 1 year old very happy. The games room was absolutely brilliant fun. we did not expect a full size snooker table. Definitely will be on our list for a return visit.

    Reviewed by AdeleDec 2022

  • "Having coincided our stay with the coldest weather for quite a few years I was concerned about whether the cottage would be cold."

    After contact with the owner Vicky I was assured it would be lovely and warm, and indeed it was. Every contact I had with Vicky was very promptly responded to and extremely helpful. Dewlish is a lovely peaceful area and well placed for access to the coast and countryside. Churn House is part of a working farm and all around is farming area so there are a lot of tractors moving around (especially the treat of seeing the Christmas decorated, lit up and horn sounding tractor parade coming past the kitchen window). My bed was very comfortable and with all bedrooms facing the mini garden and shared pool one didn't get disturbed by any traffic driving past.Being a family of tall people we did find the shower cubicles rather tiny but bathrooms were impeccably clean. We had an issue with the dishwasher not working and Vicky was amazing in trying it herself and then getting it replaced immediately by a spare one they had and so apologetic. The only place a dishwasher is moved about by JCB I'm sure which tickled us. There was another problem with the microwave which couldn't be sorted out - and more sincere apologies - we could cope without so it didn't matter. We all loved Churn House and the area - and the Booth family. The pub (The Oak at Dewlish) is a must - ony 150 yards from the property, very friendly and very good pub food. Thank you Vicky, Josh and family.

    Reviewed by CherylDec 2022

  • "Hi, We had a lovely family week, with everything we needed provided."

    The facilities were what were stated and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Great rural location, to get away from it all and focus on relaxing and easy access to the rest of Dorset too! Thanks to Vicky for being a great host and even showing us the amazing Dairy Farm.. an unforgettable experience! The Jones Family

    Reviewed by SaraOct 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday to Churn House."

    The house itself was lovely and plenty big enough for us all (8adults, 2 babies & 2 Dogs). We loved the games room and the heated pool and as we visited in October it was a nice surprise that the pool was still warm enough to use. We were there for the last week the pool is heated/used and we noticed the pool cleaner still visited. There were a few animals which we enjoyed visiting in a morning with our little one who absolutely loved the Donkeys. The owners/staff that we met were all very friendly and happy to help. There were a couple of boxes of biscuits waiting for us when we arrived with some tea, coffee and milk which went down perfect while we waited for our food shop to arrive. The WiFi worked perfectly. The location of the house was also brilliant. It is located in a quiet village so it was very peaceful but it was only a 50minute drive to Bournemouth and about 40 minutes to Weymouth. The local convenience store was a 10minute drive away and the local town was about 20minutes away so we had plenty to do. We would definitely recommend visiting. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by JennieOct 2022

  • "Lovely spacious comfortable cottage - very quiet - in the middle of beautiful countryside -half an hour drive from most tourist areas."

    Great for a baby and a dog - fully equipped - with the added bonus of a heated swimming pool which we used during the first week of October!! Would definitely come again…

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2022

  • "Had a fabulous week."

    The pool was amazing as was the barn. The living room was very spacious and comfortable. Was lovely to receive the welcome pack of goodies.. Also a nice treat of fresh eggs from the farm for our breakfast. Would certainly go again.

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2022

  • "We were exceptionally fortunate with the weather."

    Wall to wall sunshine every day so it couldn't have been better in that respect and I think really made our week. The pool was warm as reviews had suggested and we all made great use of it each day. It really was a blessing in the heat! However, the cleaning of it twice per week we didn't feel was enough as the bottom of the pool was a bit grubby. Maybe something to consider. Upon arrival we noticed the house looked a bit tired which in some ways with kids is better than pristine, however, some honest feedback is that it wasn't clean either. The windowsills were dusty as were the skirting boards, they clearly hadn't been cleaned for some time. The windows were well overdue a good clean. Attention to this kind of detail is important. The walls in some bedrooms could do with a repaint. The shower in the bathroom is very small and the shower in the shower room had some mould. Pretty easy fix to sort the latter The dishwasher tray at the bottom is broken and I did notify the owner. The kitchen tap was also constantly running. A plumber did come on our last day so all good for the next people, however, communication about this when we arrived would have been good. We had an ant nest in our room, or at least outside, and they all came in through the windowsill cracks and were on the floor and in our bed! The owner was very apologetic and did come to sort that asap, as well as sending a new peeler as the one we had broke. We did really enjoy our stay and the cottage is in a beautiful location, but it does need a bit of work in our opinion and hopefully this will be addressed Andrew, the farmer who owns the cottage took us up to the dairy farm and that was a lovely visit for the kids. He was a really lovely person who clearly runs a very ethical dairy farm and cares about the animals which was reassuring to see. With a bit of work this really is a perfect place for a family holiday.

    Reviewed by KellyAug 2022

  • "Churn house is ideal for families as the cottage is big enough to spread out and the pool and games room keep everyone amused."

    It's clean and comfortable with everything you need for self-catering with a lovely little pub just a short walk away, can recommend the food there. You can also help yourself to eggs in the morning from the chickens that roam around. Even though two cottages share the pool, we never found it an issue, we just took our turn. Located near to local attractions like Durdle door and Money world which we visited. Plenty of outdoor space too, and the owners were quick to answer any questions. I would highly recommend and would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2022

  • "We had such a lovely week at churn house."

    The weather being so lovely and hot allowed us to make use of the wonderful heated pool and bbq facilities. The games room was a very nice touch with a full size snooker table as well! The beds were so comfortable and slept like a log every night. The guests in the larger cottage were very quiet too between the sleeping hours so this was good as could have been an issue with a noisy party of people but all worked really well due to the friendly atmosphere. The dogs had a lovely space wjwre they could just come in and ans out of the cottage as there was a gate on our patio area. Nice touch for more relaxation.

    Reviewed by LynneJul 2022

  • "Churn house is a lovely holiday home."

    Beds were extremely comfortable . Sofa was difficult for the older people in our group to get out of ..The guests in the farmhouse were brilliant & made the holiday perfect . Swimming pool is amazing & we used it most days . Even my 80 year old mum enjoyed it . Games room perfect . Dogs were safe on the patio , as it had a gate . Would recommend this house . Local pub is so welcoming and food is very good .

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2022

  • "I would have scored higher but unfortunately the showers were mouldy, shower head broken and the folding door would not close - all sofas in lounge were old and needs a clean, and we had to put towels on them to sit down."

    For the price being paid for both cottages to have these repaired, new sofas and deep clean should be considered. Outdoor pool was amazing - but again please clean the outdoor areas I would not return due to worn out furniture mouldy showers and not being clean .

    Reviewed by OliveJun 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Churn House."

    We were made very welcome and the home was perfect for our family. We would recommend Churn House to all.

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2022

  • "The accommodation was very high standard, very clean and all the beds were very comfortable."

    The outdoor pool was amazing clean, warm and just the right size for the family. The games room was a bonus having a full size snooker table, pool table, air hockey and table tennis. The farm surroundings and animals were a great bonus, the owners and staff were friendly and always there if you need assistance. We have loved it so much we have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by LyniceMay 2022

  • "Fantastic place to stay with family and friends."

    Great facilities and situated in a lovely village. Hosts really made us welcome and will definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful place to stay, everything you need, perfect place to stay with family or friends, the owner was very helpful, we stayed as a family of eight adults and one dog, the outside area was lovely, personal area, games room was lovely, would definitely return, in the warmer weather it would be perfect, if you got young ones they would love the farm animals, little extras like the fresh eggs and biscuits were very welcome."

    100% recommend this churn house

    Reviewed by TeresaMar 2022

  • "Lovely holiday cottage!"

    Stayed there with my girlfriends for a weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Will be returning in summer to get use of the pool too!

    Reviewed by GeorginaMar 2022

  • "Great cottage and facilities."

    Just needs a deep clean as a lot of cobwebs and dust on lights, overall it was great, many thanks.

    Reviewed by LanceFeb 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage with a cosy lounge and really tasteful Christmas decorations in hallway/lounge."

    Friendly owners who brought biscuits and milk on arrival and that answered text messages when we required weighing scales for our NYE dinner party! Can’t fault our stay :)

    Reviewed by KatieDec 2021

  • "We had such a wonderful time."

    It was absolutely perfect for what we needed. Super well equipped for making Christmas Dinner. The cottage itself is in a really good location. Peaceful but not too far from anything. Vicky was so lovely and had the perfect balance of being warm and welcoming, yet leaving us too it as well. We really hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by JamieDec 2021

  • "Loved Churn House, it had everything we could possibly need."

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2021

  • "Really lovely holiday property."

    Well laid out, comfortable and everything provided. The games room is a really high standard. Some lovely touches like leaving milk and treats when we arrived. Brilliant location for exploring. It would be great if the front step could be made disabled friendly as this would have helped my Dad, but I realise it won't help that many people

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2021

  • "We had an amazing stay as a family of 8."

    The facilities on site were great and we were able to use the pool every day in early October. We had a nice little welcome pack and fresh eggs in the kitchen on arrival. The beds were super comfy and bedding and towels spotless and great quality. The fridge in the kitchen is on the small side and you could do with a second or larger one in the laundry room. We had a lot of problems with flies in the house - not sure if its because its a working farm or the time of year. It was a pain but we didn't let it spoil our time there. All in all this is a lovely place to stay and the local pub serves great food and is "crawling distance". The only thing missing was a local shop for provisions but it did not detract from our stay. Highly recommend for families and large groups.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week as a family with 5 adults and a 7 year old."

    Loved the pool which was warmer than we expected and we swam every day. It's a decent size, clean and safe. We loved it. The location is a tiny bit remote from the beaches but has donkeys, hens and alpacas to see and the donkeys loved an apple in the morning. It was good to have the large utility room with washer and dryer and chest freezer. Perhaps it could do with a larger fridge but it was all fine. Wifi worked well and we all had enough space to chill out on our own or sit outside on the patio. The weather was mostly lovely which helped our only week away in over a year. Thank you Mrs Booth, loved it.

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2021

  • "Very helpful hosts."

    Pool was lovely and warm and bigger than expected. Dewlish is a quiet and secluded spot with walks from the door, but the local narrow roads are a bit hairy. Local pub is good. We also recommend The Rivers Arms at Cheselbourne, a 30 minute walk away over the fields.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2021

  • "What a wonderful location."

    The animals were a constant source of entertainment for the toddlers. The swimming pool is fantastic although could do with a rail next to the steps. The games room a brilliant place if raining. Definitely hope to return.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2021

  • "Churn Cottage is a fabulous place to stay in beautiful rural Dorset."

    Very friendly owners and village, excellent facilities, fantastic pool and games room and a well equipped clean cottage. We had a really good holiday and would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by FionaJun 2021

  • "What a brilliant staycation!"

    Only disappoint was the swimming pool being open but understandable given the circumstances. The cottage was lovely, location great for walking etc. And close enough to drive to the beach. The kids were thoroughly entertained by the farm animals on site and what a great surprise when we got a full tour of the dairy farm

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2020

  • "The setting was in a beautiful little village."

    We received a very warm welcome from the owner and a lovely welcome gift. The swimming pool was an absolute treat and the house was very clean and well-furnished. The village pub was an added bonus! Although this was a last minute booking Skyes kept us well informed with regular emails

    Reviewed by JacquiSep 2020

  • "We had an enjoyable stay however there were a couple of things that need improving."

    Firstly we had a fly problem in the kitchen, the owners did leave sticky pads and spray but this was not enough however the owner soon rectified this by providing us with an electric fly trap. Secondly there need to be more mirrors in the house and definitely needs a full length mirror. Also the kitchen was very well equipped but needs more basic utensils such as clippers and a spatula and a bigger fridge considering the amount of people that are staying there. Finally I think it would be useful to have a separate gate on each property as it is somewhere that is dog friendly and unfortunately our granddaughter is allergic to dogs and the dog from the other property kept coming into our property. Despite this few issues there were a couple of nice touches from the owners, they provided us with fresh eggs from the chickens nearby and even showed the children around the farm which was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2020

  • "Fantastic location and facilities."

    The owners were super friendly and extremely helpful We are looking to book another family holiday here in 2022

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2020

  • "Churn House is in a good location."

    However when the other property is let out, the common areas eg pool/games room become too crowded. In fact on our visit we felt the other property’s guests dominated both these areas. And what we thought was going to be a relaxing holiday turned out less so because of their noise. This was brought to their attention but to no avail. However the owners were helpful - few things had to be repaired.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJul 2020

  • "Facilities and cottage were amazing It was so."

    Nice to not have to go and find things to do. One of our party is elderly and disabled and even she managed to get into the games room and have a go at ping-pong! The hosts are very thoughtful Lovely biscuits in the kitchen Soaps in each bathroom very nice indeed.

    Reviewed by AebbeOct 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • Four bedrooms: 2 x super king-size double (zip/link can be twins on request), 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC, shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric coal-effect fire
  • Oil central heating with electric coal-effect fire
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x TVs, Stereo/CD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Private patio with furniture, shared enclosed courtyard with barbecue
  • Shared heated outdoor pool (open 15 April - 15 October), games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: This property has a security deposit of £150
  • Note: By prior arrangement, catering can also be provided and the games room can be converted into a conference room

The property

Nestled in the sleepy village of Dewlish, surrounded by rolling Dorset hills and tranquil landscape scenery, is Churn House.

This 18th century converted barn enjoys a quiet corner of a courtyard, embracing the edge of a 500-acre dairy and arable farm.

This is the perfect getaway for celebrating a special occasion with your loved ones or for bringing large groups together for corporate events, in the heart of Dorset countryside.

Full of character, Churn House offers attractive brick and flint walls, pine panelling and exposed beams, highlighting its charming framework.

Gather around the fire in the sitting room on a wintry evening and catch up on your day together, there is plenty of space to spread yourselves out and make the most of your down time.

The farmhouse-style kitchen is well-equipped for rustling up a tasty meal for everyone, with a dining table, traditional-style dresser and plenty of storage.

You have a choice of bedrooms to catch your rest in the evening, two of which offer flexible sleeping arrangements with zip/link beds.

There is also a travel cot available for those travelling with little ones and a lovely bathroom and shower room to accommodate all.

Enjoy an afternoon on your very own patio with a refreshing drink in hand or make the most of the shared heated pool and games room on-site.

With bridle paths trailing from the farm and many picturesque walks to enjoy with the family, you won't be stuck for things to do.

There are also several inns nearby and the local village pub is just a stroll away, for those evenings you fancy a pint on draft or a bite to eat out.

The area offers a rich history, with much of the landscape featured in Thomas Hardy's novels.

Pay a visit to the village of Tolpuddle, made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs, National Trust's Cloud Hills and Athelhampton House and Gardens.

The Dorset coast is also easily accessible, with unspoilt chalk cliffs, and the notable beauty spot of Lulworth Cove.

Choose Churn House for a superb Dorset holiday with the whole family.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1003646, together they can sleep 23 people.

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About the location


  • Dorchester 7 miles
  • Blandford Forum 7 miles

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.

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