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Rowdens Barn

Winterborne Stickland, Dorset (Ref. 905898)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Electric car charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous cottage in a stunning location."


    Reviewed by AnneApr 2022

  • "A large group comfortably accomodated."

    Hopefully we will return

    Reviewed by LucyDec 2021

  • "Very highly recommended."

    Wonderful location, and every need catered for (including a fully decorated Christmas tree!). Spotlessly clean and warm and comfortable. The manager and owner have made us feel really welcome and have gone out of their way to make sure we have everything we need to enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by SandyOct 2021

  • "Had a fabulous stay at Rowdens Barn, the cottage was clean and very comfortable, lovely walk off up the bridle path opposite the cottage and through the woods, you can also do a shorter route through two fields which leads you to the village centre and down to the pub."

    Will definitely be staying again as it’s such a good base for local exploration.

    Reviewed by JenniferSep 2021

  • "My family and me had a wonderful stay in the barn and will come back at some point."


    Reviewed by DalvinderAug 2021

  • "Cottage was great every thing you needed every body enjoyed there stay would go again"

    Reviewed by TerenceJul 2021

  • "Great holiday stay, fresh and clean open plan barn with everything you could need."

    Only down side is no paths to walk on into the village and no real amenities without driving somewhere. Otherwise excellent

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "We loved our break here."

    The cottage is well equipped to a high standard, which is refreshing as not all holiday lets are. It is well placed for accessing all the sights and what beautiful sights they are, such stunning countryside. Great if you’re a runner and you want to get fit

    Reviewed by AliceMay 2021

  • "The comfort issue relates to the sagging sofa and chair in the living room which were very uncomfortable."

    The cottage lighting was too dim for reading or board games.

    Reviewed by BrandonOct 2020

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Rowdens Barn at Hedge End Farm."

    The property is in an amazing location but what really stands out is the quality of everything inside. From the power of the shower, to the high spec of the white goods and tv, right down to the fantastic knives and utensils which are available. The property is also really welcoming on arrival, with little touches like the heating being on low on a rainy day so its warm when you walk in and the cake on the stand on the dining table. Going away during COVID, it was also great to be able to speak to the property manager before arrival to agree on what would be in the property in terms of bedding and towels in advance, so we felt very comfortable throughout our stay, as well as being reassured by how spotless the whole property was. Lastly, we were very impressed by the communications from Sykes Cottages, especially the brilliantly helpful email about what to remember to pack and checking the car in advance etc! We would be very happy to book through them again in the future.

    Reviewed by ChristopherOct 2020

  • "The lighting in living room is poor needs down lighters like bedroom not a clumsy search light ."

    No oven trays . heater in small bedroom is behind bed which could cause fire.if used . Broadband fast ,smart TV , no problem with mobile service .

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2020

  • "Very pleased with the property, although the listing didn't make it clear that all cottages in this complex face inwards around a square, which although pleasant felt a tad claustraphobic - there were no windows looking outside the square to the lovely countryside."

    Owners / managers were helpful in ensuring an urgent item we needed mailing to the cottage arrived very promptly and with no issues. Kitchen was very well equipped but had so many items there was no cupboard space left for guests to place groceries. A side cupboard by the lounge was empty so perhaps some crockery could be placed there so there is room in the actual kitchen for guest groceries. The bathroom badly needs shelving or storage for guests - a shame this wasn't already provided as there is ample space. A couple more side lamps in the lounge would also help make the place more cosy (we ended up moving a bedside lamp behind the tv, and bringing our own to place in the dining area). A pleasant surprise was that the tv was a smart tv (it wasn't listed as such) so we could access our netflix etc. The woodburner is extremely efficient. Would stay again

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2020

  • "The holiday home was literally a holiday from home."

    Clean and well equipped. It was great to have cleaning products and soap. Towels were of a good quality as were the furnishings. A comfortable bed too! The owners' information booklet was extremely helpful and informative and well written. The site was well maintained too. We loved the area which was an excellent location for trips out. Loved our holiday.

    Reviewed by SueMar 2020

  • "We have one of the best holidays ever , absolutely stunning property everything ..."

    We have one of the best holidays ever , absolutely stunning property everything you need on your doorstep fantastic walks , fantastic beaches , brilliant pubs , everything you need or a perfect holiday

    Reviewed by IanNov 2019

  • "Easy to access - given key safe number."

    Cake, tea, milk in house for us to use upon arrival. Fantastic games room - something for each member of the fsmoky.

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2019

  • "Great last minute booking."

    Excellent cottage will be visiting again

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2019

  • "!. My wife and I are both in our early 70's and find it difficult to get in and out of the Bath."

    The shower was adequate but we did not feel safe showering and standing up in the Bath as there was no where to hold onto to prevent us slipping. A handle on the Bath wall would have been ideal. 2. Although the facilities in this property were adequate and excellent the aged leather sofa and armchair emitted a bad feet smell which was quiet unpleasant at times, 3. Otherwise, we would be quiet happy to recommend this excellent property ( plenty of room)

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2019

  • "Well located clean comfortable cottage."

    Ideal base to see Dorset Jurassic coast and countryside.

    Reviewed by MalcolmAug 2019

  • "Wow! Beautiful accommodation with absolutely everything you need."

    Lovely welcome pack. Beaches only 30 minutes away and wonderful countryside on your doorstep. Games room was really good. Enclosed garden for the dogs.

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage was amazing but found mud in sofa and bed was very uncomfortable ..."

    Lovely cottage was amazing but found mud in sofa and bed was very uncomfortable needs new mattresses but apart from that would recommend

    Thank you for your feedback. We’ve ordered new mattresses and replaced these in the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KathleenJun 2019

  • "The enclosed area with lawn and patio associated with each cottage is ideal for dogs (or children!"

    ). There are lots of great places to visit within 40mins by car from the cottage.

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2019

  • "Clean, comfortable, cosy and convenient cottage that we would return to if in the area, which is very pretty."

    The only negative is that the cottage abuts a road and, although it is rural and isn’t busy, you can hear vehicles travelling past, particularly in the double bedroom.

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2019

  • "A relaxing place to stay for a break away in the countryside."

    Always love somewhere with a log burner! The enclosed generous-sized garden was fantastic for our dog. Most self-catering places struggle with adequate kitchen facilities, but this was far above average, although could do with some more cutlery due to having a full-sized dishwasher. We both found the sofa and double mattress a bit uncomfortable, but other than that it was great and I would recommend to others.

    Reviewed by OliviaMar 2019

  • "We loved Rowdens Barn, the open space was very much enjoyed."

    We have 2 children and found the size perfect for all 4 of us. We had great weather for February but the temperatures did drop at night and found the heaters provided a great amount of warmth to keep us comfortable. It was very much appreciated that the barn was equipt with cleaning products and all the kitchen amenities and thank you for the cake and milk left in the fridge for our arrival. We will definitely book again

    Reviewed by ClaireFeb 2019

  • "It was just perfect for us right down to the little finishing touches."

    Leanne was very helpful when we arrived . We was so delighted with the welcome cake and doggy treats and a pint of milk for us on arrival the log burner was also lovely and basket full of logs clean towels and bedding . What else can I say I don't think we have ever stayed anywhere as good as here , you could tell Leanne wanted to make sure we was comfortable and felt like we was at home

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2018

  • "This was our 2nd time to this property as we liked it so much last time."

    .. Warm, clean, relaxing and well equipped... we have recommended it, and the option to hire a couple for a bigger gathering.

    Reviewed by VickiNov 2018

  • "Apart from the above - location - sweet fresh unpolluted tap water - quiet."

    Happy foryou to publish our reccommendation anonymously

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2018

  • "This is such a lovely place, it's home from home."

    So easy to relax and the place is so well equipped, even with tea, coffee, milk and a cake what more could you ask for! The secure garden is brilliant for dogs- just love it.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2018

  • "Very pleasant stay in well equipped, clean, accommodation."

    Pretty garden and liked the 'play barn' - would consider bringing our grandchildren here for a holiday. Visiting dogs very well behaved. Well up to the standard of the other Sykes cottages in which we have stayed. Nice variety of day trips within easy reach.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2018

  • "The cottage was modern and well appointed with high quality fittings all working perfectly."

    Very clean, very comfortable and well designed with plenty of accommodation and storage space. The location is quiet and would have benefit from having a shop in walking distance to save using the car, but this is a very minor point. The beds are comfortable and the pillows nice and firm. At the time we were there the temperature was very high, but the cottage remained tolerably cool. Overall, an excellent place for exploring the county's attractions and we would not hesitate in returning.

    Reviewed by KevinJul 2018

  • "Lovely quiet location, made a great base to visit attractions, of which there are many, in Dorset."

    The farm manager & his wife were very friendly. Lovely touch to have a chocolate cake set on the table upon arrival as well as tea,coffee, sugar & milk. There were even two bowls and a little bag of biscuits for our dogs! Definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2018

  • "What a lovely cottage, everything supplied and thought of ."

    High spec fittings throughout.Spotlessly clean.Close by Blandford Forum for all your shopping needs and lovely Stour meadows.We felt very comfortable staying here, and amongst beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by YvonneJun 2018

  • "Home from home they have thought of everything."

    Cake, full coffee,tea,sugar containers,milk in the fridge. Two dog bowls and dog biscuits. Amazing welcome lovely small garden fenced in no worries about letting dogs out. Cottages spaced in such a way it felt private. Communal garden beautiful and well kept. Tubs of herbs and flowers outside the door. Dishwasher,washing machine including soap capsules and comfort amazing ....

    Reviewed by GloriaMay 2018

  • "Stunning location, exceptionally well kept courtyard, beautifully presented cottage."

    Internally, a really pleasant surprise. Spacious, very clean, well equipped and well laid out cottage. Spacious rooms, quality furnishings and the log burner was a nice surprise too. ( although weather was too nice to fire it up). Kitchen fully equipped to cater for a family of up to 8 people, with all mod cons on site. Beds very comfortable, in both our bedrooms. Even our 16 year old was happy, which can be a challenge with most teenagers!! Games room was also very good, catering for many ages. Already looking at booking again for a longer stay. Not normally one for doing reviews, but Rowdens Barn certainly deserves all the praise it receives.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2018

  • "Excellently equipped accommodation, spacious and clean."

    Fantastic games room; really sorry not to have my grandchildren with me! Lovely countryside, pubs serving tasty food and in easy reach of the beautiful and striking Jurassic Coast

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the country."

    Having a properly enclosed garden with grass for the dogs was brilliant.

    Reviewed by GillianFeb 2018

  • "Fabulous large cottage spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    Lovely and quiet setting with great walks.

    Reviewed by PatDec 2017

  • "Everything was great; Sykes were very helpful as too was the Hedge End Farm Cottages manager."

    Rowdens Barn is well fitted out with everything you could need; a real home from home. Will definitely use Sykes again for future holidays.

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2017

  • "We only had a long weekend, however the cottage and the area was lovely will certainly be booking for a longer stay next time."

    Reviewed by DerekNov 2017

  • "Such a lovely cottage."

    Enjoyed staying there so much in March we came back in October. Wonderful holiday and will come back again.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2017

  • "The location was very comfortable and we were provided with everything that was needed."

    Clean, modern, easy living. Excellent!

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2017

  • "Used as a base to visit locations around was good, and relaxing to come back to after a busy day."

    Reviewed by SheilaJun 2017

  • "Fab location lovely accomodation clean, welcoming and warm woodburner was fab comfortable and relaxed."

    . lovely surroundings too

    Reviewed by VickiMar 2017

  • "Rowdens Barn exceeded our expectations."

    It is much larger than appears in the photos. The barn was very clean and comfortable with a lovely woodburner and quality furnishings. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and would highly reccommend.

    Reviewed by LorraineDec 2016

  • "Really clean and smart excellent space to let dog's out so impressive overall , the quality of the barn conversion is second to none, cosey,functional- just not enough words to describe it ."

    We will be back, just what we were looking for thank you.

    Reviewed by WilliamNov 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Beamed open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Further fuel can be purchased from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Covered bike storage
  • Enclosed, private garden with lawned area, patio and picnic bench
  • Shared front lawned area
  • Shared games room with pool table, table football and air hockey
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Dogs to be kept on a lead whilst on the premises due to nearby livestock
  • Please note: The communal games room may be unavailable for your stay due to the current situation.

The property

A stunning end-terrace, rural Winterborne Stickland holiday cottage, created from a former Victorian barn, set in an attractive shared courtyard but enjoying its own private outside space.

Open plan living, benefiting from a warming woodburning stove, stable door and a family bathroom.

Shared games room, plenty of local walks nearby.

Note: This property is in a courtyard with Refs. 18978, 19285, 905895, 905896 and 905897, together they sleep 28.

Hedge End Farm Cottages

Winterborne Stickland 1 mile. A cluster of six impressive, imaginatively-converted, single-storey barn conversions, nestling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in an idyllic rural location a mile from the picturesque village of Winterborne Stickland, 4 miles from Blandford Forum. Grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard on the owner's 1350-acre working farm, these Winterborne Stickland cottages have been sympathetically converted to an extremely high standard, and where possible, feature many original oak beams and vaulted ceilings. Each of these Winterborne Stickland cottages has its own charm and character, all boasting cosy woodburning stoves, and most offering en-suite facilities. Outside each Winterborne Stickland cottage is a private garden area, as well as attractive shared lawns to the front, and use of a shared games room in one of the larger barns on site; a super place to have fun after your day out. With a variety of accommodation on offer at these Winterborne Stickland cottages, up to 28 people can enjoy the delights of this lovely rural location, from the glorious country walks across the nearby Bulbarrow Hill, one of Dorset’s highest points, to the stunning Jurassic Coast, an easy drive. These luxurious Winterborne Stickland cottages provide an excellent rural base from which to explore this stunning area.

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About the location


Blandford Forum 4 miles.

The attractive village of Winterborne Stickland is located beneath the majestic Dorset Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Winterborne Stickland is situated in the peaceful, chalk-streamed Winterbourne Valley, which boasts spectacular views from Bulbarrow, one of the highest points in Dorset. The centre of this charming village features several picturesque cob and thatch cottages including the 17th century inn, and a 13th century church, whilst the surrounding countryside offers wonderful rural walks. Just 3 miles away is the pretty village of Milton Abbas, with its beautiful Benedictine abbey and exquisite, whitewashed, thatched cottages, often featured on Dorset picture postcards. Tour the striking Georgian architecture, visit the fascinating Fashion Museum, or sample real ale at the local brewery at nearby Blandford Forum. Alternatively, explore the colourful market and array of shops, pubs and restaurants at Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester, or enjoy the delights of the scenic Jurassic Coast, both within easy driving distance. You are truly spoilt for choice at this wonderful location.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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