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Manor Farm Barn

Dewlish, Dorset (Ref. 1003646)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 15

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 8

  • Pets Yes

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

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "We have visited the property three years running with my Rotary walking group so we knew it was the perfect property and location for the family celebration recently enjoyed by all."

    Sad to say, whilst it is still marvellous it needs some TLC rather badly. The kitchen tap dripped and dribbled constantly whilst the provison of bin bags and tea towels was totally inadequate for our purpose as there was always rubbish to bin and wahing up to do. Out side the ground floor bedroom the light bulb had failed and on examination the shade was incorrectly fitted. I could only find a single candle bulb in the property to replace it with. Most of the showers were reported to be weak and seem badly in need of descaling. The carpet in the family room was full of dog hairs and I felt that the cleaning had been skimped throughout the building. Given the price charged such tiny details should not give cause for complaint; they're not exactly difficult things to rectify. Otherwise, we had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2022

  • "Lovely house, plenty of room."

    However, most of the showers could do with a de scale and some didn’t work very well. The ground floor bathroom seemed to be kitted out for people with difficulties, several grab-handles were in place, but why a bath? Shower curtains would be a good idea, so that one could stand in the bath and not have to sit - difficult with bad knees. My main complaint is the kitchen. 2 bin bags for 14 people for a week. Even worse, one j-cloth and one tea-towel for a week. We had to buy all of these things, which, for the price is not on. We also had a dripping tap on arrival in kitchen, which, by the end of the week was no longer a drip. (Not good in these times of drought). We were reassured several times that a plumber was hard to find. I had already spoken to someone at Sykes and the owner about a “store cupboard”, i.e. salt, pepper, oil, etc. And was told that yes, all that sort of thing was there. Well, no, only empty containers and hence another trip to the shop! Should those things be standard for the high price being charged? I notice that several people have mentioned the lack of cleanliness and I’m afraid I have to agree with them.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2022

  • "Beautiful house in a very friendly village."

    Great size house for big family get together. Could have been a bit cleaner but this did not affect our stay. Many thanks x

    Reviewed by SharonJun 2022

  • "The house size is fabulous, but needs a good thorough clean and a bit of TLC considering the rental price."

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2022

  • "Fantastic property: great pool, amazing games room, loads of space and brilliantly appointed."

    Just a few minor quibbles but I will feed back the owner directly about those.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2022

  • "We all had a great week thank you so much"

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2022

  • "We stayed at Manor Farm Barn for a weekend on 30 April 2022."

    The property was amazing, Vicki was superb, she met us when we arrived and there were flowers, and chocolates waiting for us and she gave us some fresh . She answered our query about the Key for the doors to the garden immediately. The accommodation was amazing, all the bedrooms were very comfortable and there was plenty of room for the 13 of us. We will definitely book again. Thank you Vicki. Julia Bramble

    Reviewed by JuliaApr 2022

  • "We had a great family get together, pool was amazing and the property is perfect for big gatherings the whole stay was made all the better for the children by being able to feed the lambs."

    Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by VivienneApr 2022

  • "Games room superb, lots of outside seating and tables."

    Parking area very good, lots of room in the barn to spread out for different activites. Lovely to see the new born lambs plus donkeys alpacas and chickens. Brilliant to have The Oak pub within a few minutes walk and superb meals and service. The owner was very helpful and timely answering our queries and we enjoyed the lovley fresh eggs.

    Reviewed by KeithMar 2022

  • "Property interior space and location was fantastic."

    Games room was brilliant, even if the snooker cues are a bit warped! Only negatives would be the lack of toilet roll in the property/obvious store of extra rolls, and the hand held showers in several bedrooms, with a lack of curtain is a bit of an inconvenience, but the positives of the property outweigh these. The only real reason why we wouldn't return would be the 10am checkout on the Sunday. This is far too early to be able to enjoy the property to the maximum, and makes the cost of renting which is already a lot, not feel like you are getting your money's worth as it's less than a day and a half in the property itself which is a massive shame. A midday checkout would solve everything and would probably make us look to rebook in the future.

    Reviewed by ChrisMar 2022

  • "Booked with Churn for a weekend with friends."

    This was our fifth visit and already booked for next year. Lovely village pub for Sunday lunch. Nice walks from the property.

    Reviewed by JosephineFeb 2022

  • "Beautiful House, everything you could ask for."

    Just one little thing, would be nice to have shower curtains in the Bathrooms

    Reviewed by BridgetDec 2021

  • "This place is ideally situated for our family to get together, and has a bedroom layout that matches our needs, so we start well pleased."

    The rest of the property is spacious and airy with a well equipped large games room that our children and grandchildren greatly appreciated. The large kitchen is not only good for preparing meals for 14 but suited us for more informal eating too. Mrs Hooper was friendly and allowed the family the opportunity for collecting eggs as well as meeting the sheep, donkeys and alpacas.

    Reviewed by RobinDec 2021

  • "A beautiful spacious property, really well designed, and perfect for a crowd of 15!"

    We were absolutely delighted. The property was really warm when we arrived, which was so welcoming. The kitchen is huge, and we spent most of the time in the kitchen. The games rooms was perfect and used a lot too...We had a fabulous time, and hope to re-visit. There was plenty of parking for us all. There were beautiful walks nearby, so our dogs were happy. We dined in the local pub, which is only a 3 minute walk away, and there is accommodation there too, if more than 15 guests. I would have found a floor plan really handy for allocating rooms, but this was a really minor issue, because we were SO happy with the Manor Farm Barn. It was utterly charming, the living room is HUGE too so we enjoyed using this room to chillax. Can't recommend highly enough...We were a group of mixed ages ranging from 6 years old to 80, but everyone was happy! The house was extremely user friendly too. Wifi was good. It wasn't mentioned in the advert, so we were happy that was there. Thank you SO much to the owners, we had a great weekend in November!! There are chickens, sheep, donkeys, and alpacas in the field opposite, so a real country experience!

    Reviewed by NickyNov 2021

  • "We had an excellent stay at this fabulous accommodation with the shared pool and games room an absolutely winner."

    The house is kept warm and has excellent bedrooms, and we loved the kitchen/dining space and spent most of our time there, although there is another dining room and lounge to use. A magnificent hallways too. We enjoyed the farm animals that reside next to the car parking space which is ample and although a very quiet location the pub food at the Oak was lovely. Our hosts resolved an issue we did have double quick and were lovely, warm and welcoming. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "Fabulous place for families and friends to catch-up."

    We had a chilled week. The couple who own the house were very friendly, went out of their way to make sure everything was ok for us. Everyone around the village is very friendly too. Had a great stay!

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2021

  • "We were rather outnumbered by flies, mainly in the kitchen and although there is a fly catcher, this is far too small and needs a more efficient one."

    We realise that this is natural that some flies would be around near animals and accept this of course but they were a pest. Also we could have done with some egg cups. All in all these were the only complaints we had. Otherwise excellent.

    Reviewed by JenAug 2021

  • "Spacious accommodation, extremely well presented and fitted out."

    Very friendly owners who went out of their way to make us welcome and ensure we had EVERYTHING we needed. Superb swimming pool, grounds and outdoor living facilities. Exceptional property in a lovely location

    Reviewed by TimJul 2021

  • "The facilities were great, the pool was amazing and the games room was an added bonus."

    Reviewed by CarlaJun 2021

  • "A perfect spot for a long-awaited family reunion."

    The children loved the heated pool, we all loved the space and the farmhouse ambience,the eggs, and would have no hesitation in returning. Thank you very much Vicky!

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely family stay."

    The Games Room and swimming pool were a god send as weather was not brilliant. The owners were lovely and very helpful, and the fresh eggs were a bonus. It is fair to say the furnishings are a little tired but having had 3 dogs there we never felt overly anxious about them being in the house. Overall was a great holiday and will definitely be back :)

    Reviewed by YvonneMay 2021

  • "The house is in a very small village which meant we had lovely ( and safe, not much traffic) walks every day with our elderly mother."

    The chickens, donkeys and alpacas were a big plus, especially for groups with small children. The house was spacious and very clean, and the kitchen was well equipped. We enjoyed lunch every day in the covered area which overlooks the pool. We’d definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by JennySep 2020

  • "The setting for our 3 generation holiday was perfect."

    The house met all our needs (constant hot water in all those bathrooms

    Reviewed by ValAug 2020

  • "Wonderful holiday at Manor Farm Barn, facilities were brilliant, our children and grandchildren loved the heated pool and watching the 2 donkeys, sheep, llamas, cockerel and chickens."

    Very helpful owners... the eggs, biscuits and fresh flowers were appreciated! The flies in the kitchen and lounge were a nuisance, maybe due to hot weather? Sticky tape/ spray as deterrent? 2 garden benches a bit worn and rickety, seats need replacing. Great games room. Lovely, spacious living areas.

    Reviewed by MargoAug 2020

  • "Lovely place for a great staycation, whilst keeping safe with COVID-19"

    Reviewed by DarylAug 2020

  • "Excellent owners who went beyond the norm to make us welcome and were always available if required."

    Very well laid out accommodations and facilities. Even allowing for Coronavirus, Dream Cottages were a nightmare to deal with and totally unorganised.

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2020

  • "The property was fantastic, really clean and well presented."

    The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of pots and dishes for entertaining and catering for large groups. The lounge was super warm, cosy and sociable with enough room for everyone to relax together. The bedrooms were lovely and every room has an en suite which is great. The games room is a bonus and large enough for groups to have some fun and games together. The property was really cosy for the colder weather but we’d love to come back in the summer and make use of the pool! Thanks for a fabulous weekend. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2020

  • "A beautiful Large barn set in Idealistic surroundings."

    Facilities were brilliant either the games room lots to do and local pub meals were excellent.

    Reviewed by ClareFeb 2020

  • "Had such a lovely weekend for my brothers 20th."

    4 kids included but plenty to keep them busy with all games there. The kitchen was so well equipped. Only problem was the underfloor heating was way too warm, so didn't have a fire at any point as we were all roasting. Otherwise it was perfect and loved from 7 year old to 60 year old

    Reviewed by JamesJan 2020

  • "We were welcomed by the owner after we arrived to make sure we were happy with the property."

    the owner also helped us find a caterer for Sunday lunch. There was plenty of cooking equipment, cutlery, glasses and mugs which helped with a large party. There was plenty of room meaning although we were a large group, we were not on top of each other.

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2020

  • "We had a wonderful weekend in this beautifully converted barn."

    There were Christmas decorations and fresh flowers. The whole house was very clean, warm and comfortable and very well equipped. The games room was a real bonus too. A great area for exploring and a very friendly pub nearby. We are hoping to go again next year.

    Reviewed by ValerieDec 2019



    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2019

  • "Certain items could do with care and attention."

    Reviewed by RaymondAug 2019

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  • Seven first floor bedrooms: 2 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x single with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor twin with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Games room in external building.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range cooker with gas hob, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, stereo/CD player, 2 x TV’s
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden, seating areas, BBQ and outdoor furniture
  • Shared heated outdoor pool (open 15 April - 15 October), games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: By prior arrangement, catering can also be provided and the games room can be converted into a conference room

The property

Set in the pretty Dorset village of Dewlish, Manor Farm Barn is a beautiful conversion of an 18th century barn that faces into a courtyard.

With large flagstone floors, a farmhouse kitchen with a table big enough for everyone and spacious rooms, this is the perfect place for the whole family to come together and enjoy a countryside holiday.

This humble dwelling is bursting with character, with exposed beams and brickwork elevating each room.

There are eight beautifully presented bedrooms and eight bathrooms, meaning Manor Farm Barn can cater for large groups and special occasions.

The handy en-suite facilities allow you to get ready with ease.

One of the bedrooms is a twin and rests on the ground floor, ideal for those who prefer not to navigate the stairs up to bed.

The ground floor also plays host to a large sitting room with plenty of space for all the family to settle down in front of the fire and catch up on their favourite films or TV shows.

For those wanting to cook for the group, the large farmhouse-style kitchen has underfloor heating along with a fabulous range cooker, the perfect place for whipping up a delicious meal.

You can get together in the separate dining room and share stories of the day, washing down dinner with a good bottle of wine.

There are several outside areas with tables and chairs, so you can all be together or enjoy a glass of wine and a good book in a quiet corner of the courtyard.

The heated outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place for everyone to relax and you also have use of the games rooms for a competitive round of pool or table tennis.

Stroll to the village pub for a pint just across the road and continue along a choice of local bridal paths and footpaths, offering delightful Dorset countryside walks.

Dewlish is on the doorstep of Thomas Hardy countryside and his cottage and monument are just a short drive away.

The County town of Dorchester is 9 miles away and offers everything you need from high street shops to local boutiques.

Weymouth and its golden sandy beaches are also within reach, delivering a traditional day at the seaside.

Choose this superb barn conversion as a to explore a beautiful part of the country.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1003641, together they can sleep 23 people.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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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