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1 Aplands

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Child Okeford, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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3 Customer Reviews

  • ""A welcome sight after our long drive, charming, compact and inviting."

    This elegant space is a real delight and rewards both inside and out. By day the cottage is relaxed and airy, by night it becomes snug and welcoming. I loved the sparkling fittings and elegant interiors, they show real attention to detail. The kitchen was better than our own, we left several appliances untouched! The washing machine and dishwasher looked most tempting and I'm sure are every bit as good. The village was peaceful and quiet, almost like stepping back in time. I loved the tranquil views and rural ambience, the church proved a lovely focal point. Thank you for the welcome tray which awaited us, the goodies brightened up our shop-bought fare! While the seating area at the front is charming, the lack of rear access threw us slightly. The description ought to make it clear that there is a steep staircase and access to the the double bed is quite cramped. The property is definitely not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. I think the request to hang washing outside is misleading -not many people want their smalls on show in the front and only garden! -John

    Thank you for the very kind words of feedback John - we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Aplands and the charming village of Child Okeford. We thought it might be helpful to address some of the points you raise about the accuracy of the listing for the benefit of others who may be considering a stay at our lovely cottage. In terms of rear access, 1 Aplands does not have any which is mentioned in the listing: we'll make sure this point is made as clearly as possible to future guests. What guests might like to know is the cottage does have a lovely little sun-trap area with seating at the front of the property as shown in the pictures. It is also a stones throw from the highly-regarded Saxon Inn which is a great place to sit outside in the Summer or snuggle at in the Winter. To help others to understand the layout regarding your point on the stairs and the bedroom: the staircase is certainly no more difficult than most comparable properties of this type and it is a fairly 'normal' staircase by most standards. The master bedroom is cosy and hopefully the pictures serve to convey this. There is space to access the comfy double bed from either side. The bed in the adjacent single bedroom is easily accessible. All that said, guests with walking or manoeuvrability issues may find it more convenient to stay in a property based on one level. We offer such a property which has great accessibility in neighbouring Okeford Fitzpaine: type 'Willow Brook Barn' on the Sykes website for more details. Lastly on the subject of washing drying clothing - we'd certainly not wish to embarrass anyone and so guests benefit from use of a large capacity washer/dryer or clothes airer which can be found in the kitchen. Thank you again for your kind feedback and we hope you will choose to visit Dorset again soon. Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.4Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was absolutely spotless and met all our needs ."

    The food package was a complete surprise and very welcome .The wine was extremely good.

    Thank you for the very kind words Janet. It really does mean a lot to hear that guests enjoyed their stay and the cottage. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. Andrew and Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2023

  • "This little cottage is a real gem of a place to stay in a beautiful part of the country."

    Easy to find, close enough to main routes but far enough away for some genuine peace and quiet in a lovely village setting. The cottage itself was beautifully presented, immaculately clean and had everything that we could have asked for (and more!). By far the best place we have stayed and we would definitely visit again and 100% recommend it if you are looking to stay in this part of Dorset. Six stars!!

    Thank you both for such a fabulous review. It really means the world to know our guests enjoy the cottage and the stay. We hope to welcome you back in future. Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Enclosed front garden with gravelled area and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Please note: There is no rear garden

The property

Nestled in the picturesque town of Child Okeford, Dorset is this wonderful, two-bedroom abode, 1 Aplands.

Perfect for an unforgettable family retreat, this enchanting dwelling accommodates up to three guests, ensuring a remarkable and hassle-free, self-catering experience in a picturesque location.

Upon arrival, unwind in the inviting sitting room, clicking on the TV and lighting the woodburning stove, perfect for immersing yourself in a world of relaxation, especially on cooler evenings.

Meanwhile, allow your partner to showcase their skills in the well-equipped kitchen/diner, crafting a culinary masterpiece that will ignite your taste buds.

Come together at the dining table or venture out to the enclosed garden, ready to indulge in a delectable meal while toasting to a joyous and adventure-filled escape with your cherished ones.

As the evening unfolds, retreat to the elegant bathroom for a leisurely soak in the tub or rejuvenating shower, preparing yourself for a tranquil night’s rest in on two neatly-presented bedrooms.

In the morning, take a hike up Hambledon Hill, perfect for exploring the rolling countryside on foot and marvelling at the panoramic views from the top, delighting a picnic amidst the natural beauty.

Head to the nearby Shaftesbury and visit Gold Hill Museum, learn about the local history and heritage through a range of exhibits, including artefacts, photographs and interactive displays; here you can also explore Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden once one of the wealthiest nunneries in England.

Nature enthusiasts should visit Fontmell Down, a nature reserve known for its diverse flora and fauna, perfect for admiring butterflies and wildflowers.

With the Cranborne Chase AONB also within accessible reach, you’ll have plenty to explore.

Experience all of this and more at 1 Aplands.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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