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The Old School Room

(Ref. 927196)

East Chelborough near Beaminster, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Really lovely stay, very peaceful - you have a fantastic property."

    Personal touches were lovely, fresh flowers especially were a really nice surprise! :)

    Reviewed by Rosie4.7Apr 2024

  • "First class holiday cottage does what it says on the tin"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "This barn was lovely, very clean and a credit to its owner."

    We loved staying here. The owner was very helpful and unobtrusive. We fell in love with Dorset.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2023

  • "Ideal cottage for two, peaceful tranquil location."

    Very private with all necessary facilities. Having the bedroom etc on the ground floor and the kitchen, lounge on the first floor was no problem. Owners unobtrusive but readily available if needed. Lovely holiday in a beautiful county. Brian Hales

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Old school We had a great time at the old school very clean lovely place ..."

    Old school We had a great time at the old school very clean lovely place enjoyed the dogs the venue was one of the best places I’ve stayed in I highly recommend it to anyone it was so beautiful gets top marks from us

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had everything we could have needed for our weeks stay……peace and quiet, easy access to nearby villages/towns we wanted to visit and very friendly owners."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at the Old School Room."

    And a whole week of beautiful weather - I assume it is always like this in Dorset? All of which made the stay extra special. Beautiful countryside around. Although off the beaten track it is surprising how many vehicles pass by the bedroom windows - some of them tractors - even as late as 11 pm. Ideal getaway for a couple - but be aware that there are no views from the property itself as it is sited on a working farm and surrounded by buildings. None of this was an issue to us as we were aware before we arrived. We would happily book again if we return to the area. Thank you to the owners for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was everything we had hope for."

    It was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and complete with everything needed for an enjoyable stay. The owners, Andrea and Colin were very welcoming hosts to this peaceful little hideway on the working Manor Farm. Highly recommended. 5stars all round. Ian & Jane.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2023

  • "Delightful holiday let , so quiet and peaceful ."

    We felt all our possible needs had been thought of . We loved where the holiday let is , great being within a working farm . Also we'll situated for lots of interesting days out .

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    The cottage was lovely and had everything in it that you would need. It was an upside down cottage and the upstairs open plan lounge kitchen diner had amazing high ceilings and was lovely and bright. We enjoyed having dinner on the patio and then enjoying amazing sunsets on our walks. The welcome pack was really appreciated. Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Aug 2022

  • "We really liked the Old School Room which was spacious and comfortable surrounded by lovely countryside."

    The owners are friendly and helpful. It's out of the way but easy to get over to Beaminster and down to the coast, under a half hour's drive. We would definitely return when staying in the area.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Aug 2022

  • "The accommodation was fantastic, and a great place for dog walking over the road to the farm areas which was Dorset County public walk ways."

    Nice small garden with bench and sunshade. It was very hot when I was there but the property had two great fans. I will be sure to book again. Regards Brian and my dog Sam.(Who also enjoyed his stay).

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2022

  • "A real away-from-it-all experience (including internet and even phone - there is intermittent wi-fi but best make holiday plans at home beforehand)."

    We struggled a bit with setting the shower and the oven - some instructions would help as our own systems are quite different from these. The cottage is lovely and we had a good, relaxing holiday there. When out, we got lost innumerable times but the unintentional scenery we saw more than compensated!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "The old School Room was lovely set in the countryside it was quiet and peaceful but with easy access to main routes if you wanted to explore that area."

    The tea,coffee,milk and biscuits was an appreciated touch as were the flowers on the table. For me the only down size was the firmness of the mattress on the bed - fine if you like that but I prefer a softer one. All in all I can highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2022

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

    Great local strolls on the farm for dogs .

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 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 Joanne4.7Jul 2021

  • "Brilliant holiday - great location and lovely property"

    Reviewed by Claudia5.0Jul 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 Sarah5.0May 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 Russell5.0Apr 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 Sandra4.7Oct 2020

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

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Oct 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 Paul5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great location."

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

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Aug 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 Fay4.7Oct 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 Michael5.0Aug 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 Graham5.0Jun 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 Stephen3.1May 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 Michael5.0Mar 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 Jane5.0Oct 2017

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

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 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 Laura4.8Sep 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 Catherine5.0Apr 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 Nicola5.0Oct 2016

  • "Good location for our needs."

    Easy to get to other parts of Dorset.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Oct 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 Trevor4.2Sep 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 Lynda4.8Aug 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 Bernard4.0Aug 2016

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  • 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
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Mobile and WiFi signal can be intermittent.

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!

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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