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The Old School Room

East Chelborough near Beaminster, Dorset (Ref. 927196)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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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
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20 Customer Review(s)

  • Mrs Fernie

    “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.

    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.

    - Mrs Fernie, October 2020

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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