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Little Willow

(Ref. 1003500)

Farrington near Child Okeford, Dorset Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "We spent 5 nights at Little Willow and had the most amazing time."

    The cottage was located in a lovely setting and was close to all of the main attractions. The cottage felt really homely, was well equipped with everything you could need, and had a lovely welcome pack. Our 2 doggies settled in really quickly and enjoyed their holiday, just as much as we did. The garden was really secure and we felt extremely safe at the cottage. From start to finish, the hosts had lovely communication and ensured we were comfortable. We will definitely be coming back to Little Willow and look forward to another relaxing break here. Thank you again for everything.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely property, lovely people, dog really welcome."

    Secure garden, really warm. VERY comfortable bed. Have already rebooked.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautifully light & airy property…luv the wild patio."

    .very colourful at the moment…very relaxing..1 slight downside for us lanes very scary at times…but overall a fantastic holiday.. thank you

    Reviewed by Ingrid5.0Aug 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Little Willow."

    The cottage itself was wonderful, a mixture of old and new with some lovely touches. The little fairy lights around the bed head were beautiful and everything had been thought of. The garden was lovely and completely enclosed and safe for our dog and had beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. We loved sitting out on the verandah even in the rain. We would definitely recommend the property to others and fully intend to return ourselves.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely Retreat, great location with plenty to see and do, without too much travelling around."

    The facilities were excellent, very well equipped. The dogs really enjoyed the open space. Will definitely use again Lynn & Claire Jacob & Pippa

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7May 2023

  • "We have been travelling and staying in many different places and Little Willow is the one we like the most."

    It is very spacious open plan living/dinning/kitchen area. We really enjoy it.

    Reviewed by Meifen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great, dog friendly property."

    Suzy was a fantastic host and made sure we had everything we needed. The enclosed garden was perfect for our Labrador and we loved the open plan living/kitchen space. The log burner was a great touch on a chilly evening and made the place feel really cosy. The directions were clear to follow and the location was great for exploring lots of different areas. The suggestions in the folder provided were really useful too- we went to the local cricketers pub and visited some of the places like Tyneham which we might not have done otherwise.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Apr 2023

  • "What a lovely cottage."

    Warm in winter, well equiped, very friendly owners, great starry nights and sooooo quiet. A real retreat! We will be back.

    Reviewed by Willemijn4.7Feb 2023

  • "Suzy thought of everything with lovely welcome treats, even for our puppy!"

    Comfortable and cosy with a lovely wood burner that threw out the heat! We would love to go again in the summer and try out the pizza oven! Thank you

    Reviewed by Willow5.0Feb 2023

  • "What a wonderful hidden gem."

    We had a restful and relaxing stay over Christmas at Little Willow and we could not fault it in any way. The hosts were so welcoming and helpful. Just perfect

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2022

  • "Little Willow, is very cute and comfortable."

    It was lovely sitting on the verandah, on fine evenings, with our drinks before dinner. There was plenty of outside space for our bikes and many country lanes and paths to cycle on, without having to use the car too much. There are some great walks in the area also. The owner, Suzy, welcomed us just after we arrived and checked that we had everything we needed. She even offered us bike covers at it was raining but we put the bikes under the verandah.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2022

  • "Ideal secluded cottage, even more so if you have a dog."

    Only one that I have ever stayed in that had its own private dog proof courtyard and garden.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely cozy place, had everything we needed for a relaxed stay."

    So peaceful with beautiful views. We loved sitting out at night. The bed is so comfortable. Suzy & Rob were lovely hosts. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2022

  • "Perfect getaway for us and the pooches."

    Cosy with all the creature comforts, amazing outdoor space. Lovely walks and great eateries nearby. A beautiful part of the country, will definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jan 2022

  • "Suzy and Rob are very helpful and friendly we had everything we needed beautiful ..."

    Suzy and Rob are very helpful and friendly we had everything we needed beautiful cottage with beautiful surroundings every thing is lovely would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Little Willow, so peaceful!"

    The property is well equipped with everything you need & totally dog friendly! The owner was helpful and friendly & we would love to return!

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Nov 2021

  • "It was the best holiday home we have been in and the owners are fantastic"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, fantastic to sit outside of and just take in the beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2021

  • "Wonderful enclosed garden for the dogs."

    Peaceful, beautiful countryside it made us feel at one with nature. Lovely, friendly and helpful owners we couldn't wish for anything more. We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0May 2021

  • "I have no hesitation recommending Little Willow, it is an excellent cottage in a beautiful location, the views of the countryside are outstanding."

    The owners who lived close by were helpful but not interfering. We and our two dog would love to return for a further visit.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2021

  • "An excellent, well equipped cottage with very hospitable and welcoming owners."

    The garden was completely enclosed and safe for the doggies, so we could relax and not worry about them escaping. Everything immaculately clean. We were very happy with our stay.

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    We had a wonderful time and so did our little dog Belle.

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Jul 2020

  • "Wonderful little house in a quiet secluded area."

    Very comfortable. The lovely hosts went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay. One of the very best short breaks I've had in years.

    Reviewed by Derrick5.0Jul 2020

  • "What a wonderful place to have a quiet getaway."

    Hosts, Rob and Suzie, were friendly and informative. Little Willow is comfortable and has a welcoming feel. We will be returning and thoroughly recommend Little Willow especially for dog people!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2020

  • "A lovely cottage, and extremely nice owners who were unobstrusive but always helpful."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Oct 2019

  • "Everything about Little Willow was sublime."

    The most perfect retreat set in the beautiful Dorset countryside. We can’t recommend it enough! We stayed for a week, and spent two of the days just relaxing in the cabin. There’s nothing quite like reading a good book cosied up on the veranda, whilst watching the pizza oven fire up for homemade pizzas. The little touches like fairy lights, blankets and beautiful decor really made it a home-from-home and we will definitely be back - next time with our dog, who would absolutely love it here. Thank you to the owners who built this magical place. Incredibly welcoming and so helpful if you need, but otherwise leave you to enjoy the peace and quiet. Thank you again! R & M xx

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Oct 2019

  • "Peace and quiet with lovely hosts and beautiful weather what more do you need"

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Sep 2019

  • "Hosts went out their way to make us have a wonderful week away in Little Willow."

    The most delightful cottage, everything you could need to hand, views to die for. Cannot wait to return!

    Reviewed by G5.0Aug 2019

  • "A gem of a find in a tranquil setting."

    Absolutely beautifully fitted out and a real home from home. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2019

  • "I was made to feel very welcome by the owners at the cottage and everything I could need was supplied."

    I wanted a relaxing break and I got exactly that.

    Reviewed by Elena5.0Jun 2019

  • "Little willow cottage is a nice place to be."

    Insite the cottage it has a lovely atmosfere. Outside it has a veranda with a stunning view at the countryside. It so quiet there. The owners of little willow are most kind and helpfull. Its higly recomendeble for those who seek a quiet and relaxing stay. Chris & Joyce The Netherlands.

    Reviewed by C.4.7May 2019

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  • All-ground floor
  • One double bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking is available
  • Enclosed patio garden with furniture, fire pit, barbecue and pizza oven
  • Secure bike shed
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.1 miles
  • Note: Though the property is pet-friendly, caution is advised as the owner's live in the adjacent property and have 7 rescue dogs, so pets must be quiet and well-behaved so as not to cause distress to their dogs
  • Note: No children please
  • Note: The washing machine is housed in an adjacent building
  • Note: The sofa bed is there for flexibility for extended family or close friends
  • Note: If Tiny Willow and Little Willow are booked together a door links an outside space, but if booked separately they do not overlook each other

The property

Child Okeford 2.2 miles.

Perched in the rural countryside settlement of Farrington, near the thriving town of Shaftesbury, is this delightful quirky, detached property.

Little Willow was partly constructed from a shipping container, and offers a welcoming retreat for couples looking to holiday in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

After a long day sightseeing, kick off your boots and coats and enter the wonderful open-plan living space, offering all the necessities for a relaxing evening in.

This cottage houses a tastefully decorated sitting room, with a sofa, where you can curl up on an evening and catch up on your favourite shows, with the lovely woodburning stove to keep you warm.

The kitchen has been equipped with high-quality appliances, so you can easily rustle up a scrumptious meal, while the dining area has seating for four and is the perfect spot for planning the day's events, or enjoying a lovely romantic meal together over a glass of wine.

The property boasts a double bedroom, served by an en-suite shower room, with high-quality fixtures and fittings for a relaxing stay.

On a warm summer's evening, why not sit outside your holiday home on the delightful veranda, great for alfresco dining or to simply enjoy a relaxing drink, with the delightful fire pit to keep you warm.

Or take advantage of the provided barbecue and outdoor pizza oven and cook up a storm, or simply sit out and enjoy the fabulous sunsets.

While you're in the area, take a drive into the market town of Blandford Forum, or the beautiful Shaftesbury with the famous Gold Hill and Shaftesbury Abbey Gardens.

You will discover a wealth of attractions in the surrounding areas such as Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton, which include plenty of pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets for all of your amenities, such as the excellent organic farm shop in Child Okeford.

If historical attractions are your cup of tea then why not visit Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, dating back to 1777, and showcase the beer-making process with tastings, or venture towards Hambledon Hill, a prominent Iron Age hillfort with plenty of pathways for walking and cycling.

Bring your pets along and enjoy some picturesque country views.

The owners are members of the Dorset Wildlife Trust and have leaflets containing information about the local reserves, ideal for those who enjoy a country walk and spotting a variety of wildlife!

Other thrilling attractions for fun-filled days out include Adventure Wonderland Theme Park, the Tank Museum, Monkey World, National Trust’s s Kingston Lacy House, and the incredible Jurassic and West Dorset Heritage coastline further afield.

Use Little Willow as your base for exploring this wonderful rural area of Dorset.

Note: This property can be booked with Tiny Willow Ref: 1050805, together sleeping up to four guests.

Collectively, they are ideal for two couples or extended family, providing a linked outdoor space.

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About the location


Blandford Forum 6 miles; Shaftesbury 7.5 miles.

Child Okeford is a pretty village set on the edge of The Blackmore Vale, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Blandford Forum in North Dorset. The village offers good pubs and shops, whilst the nearby ancient Iron Age Fort of Hambledon Hill dominates the landscape and provides wonderful walks and fine country views. A short drive takes you to the bustling market town of Blandford Forum, situated on the banks of the River Stour. It is renowned for its Georgian architecture, local brewery and Cavalcade of Costume Museum. Shaftesbury, an attractive hilltop town is close by, plus within easy reach is the county town of Dorchester, Sherborne's lovely castle and the breathtaking Jurassic Coast. This is an idyllic rural base for an interesting and relaxing holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas