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The Old School Room

East Chelborough near Beaminster, Dorset (Ref. 927196)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Very friendly banter and got into the farming way of life."

    Great local strolls on the farm for dogs .

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2021

  • "Great stay at The old schoolroom very quiet , we had a good nights sleep every ..."

    Great stay at The old schoolroom very quiet , we had a good nights sleep every night, the cottage had everything that you needed very clean, flowers, tea, coffee and biscuits and milk very thoughtful of the owners, great place to tour the area we explored from Poole to Sidmouth in the week

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "Brilliant holiday - great location and lovely property"

    Reviewed by ClaudiaJul 2021

  • "This cottage is so beautiful , the cleanliness is out of this world ."

    I was accommodated as a late booking and it all ran very smoothly . A peaceful getaway . Totally perfect in every way.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely week’s stay at the Old School Room."

    Well equipped cottage in the heart of the Dorset countryside, conveniently situated next to a quiet country lane gives easy access to the surrounding area and next to the footpath that leads to the local village. The outside patio is a lovely sun trap in the afternoons, would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by RussellApr 2021

  • "This was a lovely upside cottage."

    Only problem with having the bedroom on the ground floor next to the road was that every morning about 6.15 to 6.30 a car raced by and woke up up. Also good idea to take fly spray as we got bitten quite badly.

    Reviewed by SandraOct 2020

  • "A great place to if you want peace and quiet and enjoying walking"

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2020

  • "The cottage was very clean and our host were very welcoming and friendly."

    The cottage was in the country and very quiet at night. There were footpaths on our doorstep and others around the area, which we enjoyed walking and exploring. We like cycling and cycle route 26 passes by the cottage which we took advantage of. It was a very relaxing time.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2020

  • "Great location."

    Especially for cycling the country lanes of Dorset. Hosts very welcoming, fresh milk on arrival etc....

    Reviewed by TimAug 2020

  • "Lovely cute upside-down cottage, nice and clean with a welcome pack with flowers ready on arrival."

    Everything we needed was provided.

    Reviewed by FayOct 2019

  • "Really lovely cottage, great location for all our trips out exploring the Jurassic coast."

    All you need in the cottage for a comfortable stay Would recommend this accomadation Michael Wood.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2019

  • "The Old School House was very comfortable, friendly owners and their sweet dogs."

    Dorset is a beautiful county, smooth roads, very clean and not much traffic. A wonderful holiday- we will be back! Graham Underwood

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2019

  • "Overall we found the Old School House comfortable and the owner was friendly and welcoming."

    We did however find the noise from the very busy road right in front of the cottage disturbing. There are no amenities close by and it is very isolated.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2018

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    Although it rained a lot the comfort of the cottage offset that.Beautiful part of the country,and the owner of the cottage was very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by MichaelMar 2018

  • "We have had a lovely relaxing time at the Old School house."

    I loved the the fact that it was so quiet but within easy reach of the so many beautiful places.The cottage is lovely and has everything you need.We where very comfy .Thank you

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2017

  • "Extremely well equipped clean cottage in very quiet location."

    Reviewed by KennethSep 2017

  • "Quiet property away from busy traffic."

    Very spacious, clean and comfortable, would recommend this cottage to everyone. Will definitely be staying here again.

    Reviewed by LauraSep 2017

  • "We had a really comfortable stay at the Old School Room."

    It was clean and had all we needed for our stay. It was a great base to explore beautiful Dorset.

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2017

  • "The Old School Room is a really comfy cottage, exceptionally clean, very friendly owners and staff on the farm."

    We really enjoyed our stay there.

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2016

  • "Good location for our needs."

    Easy to get to other parts of Dorset.

    Reviewed by RogerOct 2016

  • "Bedroom downstairs and lorrys whizzed past directly outside also found it risky when leaving the property as you emerged between two stone buildings."

    The farm does not have livestock anymore so there was no noise from farm itself. Only took about 30 minutes by car to the coast or local places of interest . Cottage was well equipped and clean.

    Reviewed by TrevorSep 2016

  • "Our host, Mrs Ridout could not have done any more to make our holiday a success."

    She even had one of the farm lads pump up our car tyre that was looking a bit low. The cottage was well equipped and spotlessly clean, and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by LyndaAug 2016

  • "The cottage was comfortable, clean and in a great location for a varied week of exploring the local countryside and wider Dorset area, and perfect for recovering from a busy work life."

    The cottage is well equipped, clean and is generally blissfully quiet, and the welcome pack was indeed very welcome! Re feedback, and this may well be to do with time of year - an occasional smell from the farm was detectable, but that is to be expected on a working farm. Within the cottage, if one was to be somewhat picky, I thought the two sofas could do with being renewed, the bathroom extractor fan was not working during our visit, and I missed having a larger frying pan to cook with than those provided. I like the fact that the cottage was pet friendly, though we did not have one with us. I also thought the walk from the cottage to Evershot could be mapped out and provided to guests, as it took us a while to work it out and several others commented in the guest book that they were defeated. The walks from the cottage to Evershot and Halstock were lovely, and from the cottage we drove easily to Bridport, Cerne Abbas, Sherborne, Dorchester, West Bay, Lulworth Cove, Tyneham and Studland beach, taking in a variety of 5-9 mile walks, museums, parks, sites and beaches. All totally worth a visit! All in all a very lovely week was had. Thank you.

    Reviewed by BernardAug 2016

  • "A really delightful cottage set in the heart of rural Dorset."

    It is an ideal base to visit the many attractions Dorset has to offer. We were made very welcome and would certainly visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by AllanJul 2016

  • "The property was clean, light and airy, well laid out, modern and very comfortable."

    The location is stunning and we enjoyed every moment of our week. Would recommend this holiday to all.

    Reviewed by JuliaSep 2015

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The property

If you wish to escape 'Far from the Madding Crowd' then look no further than this charming Grade ll listed former schoolroom, situated on the owner's working beef farm in deepest Dorset, right on the border with Somerset.

A truly rural spot, appealing to those who really want to experience the country life, this attractive cottage offers upside down holiday accommodation.

A comfortably furnished double bedroom is on the ground floor next to the shower room, whilst the first floor opens up into a good-sized social space, with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area under an impressive beamed vaulted ceiling.

Outside, there's a sun trap private patio area, a great place for enjoying time together listening to the sounds of the countryside.

The cottage is right on National Cycle Way 26, offering lovely byways to explore, as well as scenic rural walks straight from the door, including Castle Hill, a small Iron Age earthwork from which there are lovely views.

Within an easy drive you can take in a trip to ancient Sherborne, the beautiful gardens of Forde Abbey, the famous Cerne Abbas Giant, cut into the chalk hillside, or visit the bustling Dorset county market town of Dorchester, and even the gorgeous Dorset coast.

In fact you really are spoilt for choice as to what to visit whilst staying at this unusual rural cottage!


  • One ground floor double bedroom
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Night storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, video, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Bike storage
  • Private front patio furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times due to livestock
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Mobile and WiFi signal can be intermittent.

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About the location


Yeovil 7 miles; Beaminster 5 miles; Crewkerne 8 miles; Sherborne 11 miles; Dorchester 15 miles.

The peaceful rural hamlet of East Chelborough sits on the Dorset side of the Somerset/Dorset border, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 7 miles south of Yeovil, and 2 miles from the picturesque village of Evershot, which features in the Thomas Hardy novel ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’. This lovely area is dotted with walks, and pretty villages of thatched cottages, and lies just south of the 125-acre Sutton Bingham reservoir, home to many migrant birds including osprey, as well as having excellent facilities for fishing. A short drive takes you to ancient Sherborne with its lovely abbey and castle, and boasts a wealth of fascinating shops to explore. Alternatively, Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester, Montecute House, Forde Abbey and Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum are all easily accessible. An attractive rural hamlet, also an easy drive from Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast, offering a tranquil and convenient base from which to tour this superb area.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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