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Longhouse Lodge

Mannington near Wimborne, Dorset (Ref. 976698)


(28 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Super relaxing location, lovely property."

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2022

  • "Very peaceful place to relax in hosts extremely friendly and helpful ."

    Enjoyable week .

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2021

  • "We enjoyed the stay at Longhouse lodge so much."

    The Mann family is very nice, accommodating and friendly. We especially liked having our dog with us and him being welcomed. It is a very quiet and relaxing place. And it is beautiful.

    Reviewed by LauraJun 2021

  • "Pete & Catherine were warm & welcoming from start to finish."

    A tranquil idyll where we felt any cares just melt away. Wood burner for chilly May evenings or the sweet little terrace overlooking fields to recline with an evening glass of wine, listen to birdsong & watch the sun go down. Homely & comfortable & Ruby (my dog) had a fabulous time racing around with the owners dogs. We’ll be returning ...

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2021

  • "It was a beautful, cosy lodge."

    Peace and quiet and exactly what we were looking for. The owners are very helpful and they are there if you need them but keep themselevs to themselves otherewise. Perfect for dog owners and those to be at one with nature

    Reviewed by KatyMay 2021

  • "Great lodge and location + wonderful hospitality."

    Highly recommend for dog owners

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2021

  • "The hosts Catherine and Pete are very welcoming and friendly and went that extra mile to make our first self catering holiday a good experience."

    Lots of places to visit near by and the accommodation is compact but very cosy, clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay there.

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2021

  • "The owners were a lovely couple who were extremely attentive and helpful when we had questions."

    We would definitely like to go back.

    Reviewed by JenniferApr 2021

  • "The lodge is lovely, so peaceful spotlessly clean and cozy."

    the owners are on site friendly and helpful the resident dog is also lovely. Can not recommend enough.

    Reviewed by LindseyOct 2020

  • "The lodge is situated in a beautiful location, 15 mins gets you to the New Forest and other parts of Dorset are really easy to access with a car too."

    The lodge is in a very secluded area which is perfect for a quiet getaway- peace and calm was what we wanted and that’s exactly what we got. The hosts are excellent: very friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them. Perfect hosts for the week.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "Secluded peaceful setting, didn't want for anything, hosts great, made us very welcome."

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2020

  • "Fabulous peaceful location, perfect for getting away from it all."

    Hosts were very friendly and accommodating. Longhouse Lodge is just perfect in every way.

    Reviewed by JackieAug 2020

  • "We needed a 'get away from it all' holiday and this cottage and location did not disappoint."

    The owners - Pete and Cat - provided the ideal atmosphere with their friendly and laid-back approach.

    Reviewed by AntonyAug 2020

  • "The owners of the lodge Peter and Catherine were most welcoming and made our stay very pleasant."

    The lodge was very comfortable and had everything we needed. It was central to all the attractions on the area. Would highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by AnnaMar 2020

  • "The owners make your stay very special and at home they go out of the way to help you ,plenty of info on walks and pubs etc ."

    There is every thing you need in the lodge ,which is very homely and clean.Cant wait until we can go back .

    Reviewed by NicoleJan 2020

  • "Hosts Catherine and Peter made us feel very welcome in their lovely lodge."

    It was a great place to have as a base with our two dogs for a holiday in the New Forest. The lodge had everything we needed and there was a lovely welcome message on the chalkboard outside the lodge when we arrived to make us feel right at home. Catherine and Peter also gave us great information about the area which added to our enjoyment.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2019

  • "Mr & Mrs Mann are very nice people and made us very welcome, including our Dog ( she is very nervous)."

    The cottage is better than it looks in the picture and the area is very quiet. The Cottage is open plan on the inside and has a rustic reclaimed timber lining. It has a good kitchen for self catering. The cottage is a good base too explore the Dorset country side, either on foot or in your car. We would not hesitate to stay in this cottage again in the future. Apart from the cottage the highlight of our holiday was the walking and a visit to Corfu Castle, and the Swanage railway. A ride from Corfu Castle on a wet afternoon to Swanage and back was good and the Sun came out when we returned to Corfu railway station. We also belong to the National Trust and we explored several National Trust estates in the area.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2019

  • "Our holiday was fantastic we had lovely weather a lovely comfy place this longhouse lodge has the best bed ive ever had ,we stayed here when the last people owned it didnt realise it had been sold since 3 years ago and alpacca s gone but 2 lovely horses instead ."

    Good wifi , great jaccuzzi bath and shower a reat place for limited mobility like i have , and the new couple are fantastic . they go over and above to do anything to make the stay comfortable , will definatelt book again thanks sheila and john x

    Reviewed by SheilaSep 2019

  • "A true home away from home."

    Great hosts beautiful rural location.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2019

  • "The owners are so welcoming and it was a pleasure to stay there."

    They go the extra mile with leaving some of their chickens fresh eggs, mulled wine as it was Christmas and went above and beyond with other help.

    Reviewed by LucyDec 2018

  • "Having stayed for a weekend , ever thing was brilliant."

    Nothing to much trouble for Peter and Cathrine our hosts. Lots of walks plenty to do. Nice and peaceful place to unwind. Really would recommend. Hope to return soon. Bruce Diane and Dusty

    Reviewed by BruceOct 2018



    Reviewed by JohnSep 2018

  • "Loved it"

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2018

  • "Catherine & Peter are great hosts, and very welcoming."

    We will go back soon

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2018

  • "Owners very friendly & helpful"

    Reviewed by JonAug 2018

  • "Lovely welcome with a chalk board - much appreciated."

    The lodge was well equipped, comfortable and our hosts friendly. The jacuzzi bath not heeded and it takes a lot of water to get a normal bath depth. Other than that we had a lovely stay, peaceful location, suited our needs to go to Lymington and Bruton for planne£ excursions. Thanks for the welcome fizz and eggs - good touch. Best to warn people about horses as I have a severe allergy but luckily had medication. Would be happy to return - thanks Pete and Catherine!

    Reviewed by RayAug 2018

  • "The longhouse lodge was everything Sykes said."

    Quirky, different. A home from home. Everything inside you could possibly need. Welcoming hosts lovely family. Met on arrival which was a nice touch. Our names up on a welcome board outside. Lovely field walk for our little dog gem around the lodge and a short drive away a lovely vast area to walk her. Had our own private space which we called 'the secret garden'. Had a lovely three night break and perfect weather.

    Reviewed by DeniseJun 2018

  • "Peter and Cath are the owners and had only taken over the longhouse recently and they excelled in making my partner and l stay exceptional."

    A bottle of bubbly was waiting in our lodge on arrival. All facilities for one week was in place and the lodge was close to their own property. They were at the end of the phone or at home if we needed something. The actual lodge was within the owners own grounds and the environment was quite and an idealic location. I would highly recommend this wonderful lodge as everything is catered for. On the plus side is you are close to tourest location and the beautiful Dorse countryside. My partner and l will return because l know Peter and Cath are the perfect hosts who also laugh at my lame dad humour.

    Reviewed by JacquesJun 2018

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  • All ground floor Open-plan studio accommodation with one king-size double bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area with wood-burning stove Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower over, basin and WC.
  • Electric oil-filled heaters with woodburning stove. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freesat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars. Enclosed gravelled area with furniture near by (can not be accessed through the rear). Sorry, no smoking. Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1 mile. Note: The cottage is accessed via 0.2 miles of unmade track.

The property

Set in the rural East Dorset hamlet of Mannington is this unique, single-story timber lodge, imaginatively renovated from a former barn. It's found in the grounds of the owners small holding & Grade ll listed Dorset Long House.

The lodge is full of charm and character featuring attractive wood-paneling throughout and a cosy wood-burning stove in the sitting area, a snug place to toast your toes after a day exploring this lovely area.The small, fitted kitchen area is well-equipped to satisfy your self-catering adventure, and the wood-paneled bedroom is next to a superb Jacuzzi bath, where you can soak your aches away as you lie in the warm bubbles.

Outside you have a private south-facing patio area overlooking paddocks, ideal for relaxing after a day out exploring, for dining outside enjoying the countryside views and abundance of wildlife, or stargazing at the dark sky with no hint of street lighting.

Locally you can walk or cycle, via a footpath or country lane, to nearby Holt Heath Nature Reserve where you can walk for miles in stunning scenery, or enjoy a trip to Moors Valley Country Park.

There is a quaint country pub within walking distance, and are several dog friendly pubs nearby.

Take a trip to the nearby market town and ancient Minster of Wimborne.

Alternatively, explore the New Forest National Park, the stunning coast line, lovely sandy beaches and attractions of the seaside resort of Bournemouth, the charm of Poole Harbour and its islands, or Salisbury's splendid cathedral - all easily accessible from this lovely lodge.

A delightful and romantic rural Dorset holiday lodge, a perfect escape to the country at any time of the year.

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About the location


Wimborne Minster 5.5 miles; Ringwood 7 miles; New Forest National Park 9 miles; Bournemouth 16 miles.

The pretty hamlet of Mannington can be found in rural East Dorset, close to the borders of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, and only 6 miles from both Dorset’s Wimborne Minster and Hampshire’s Ringwood. Mannington is situated on the edge of Holt Heath, a designated National Nature Reserve, managed by the National Trust, and is one of Dorset’s largest areas of heathland offering plenty of marked footpaths and bridleways, making it a lovely place to walk or cycle and also provides habitats for a wide range of plants, birds and animals, including Sand Lizards and Dartford Warblers. Within a short drive you can explore Moors Valley Country Park, where you can stroll through the wooded glades, take a ride on the little railway, take part in the Go Ape hire wire activities, or just simply enjoy a cream tea! Alternatively, take a trip to the Heavy Horse Centre, visit the picturesque ancient town of Wimborne Minster with its colourful three day market, or the New Forest National Park, famous for its wild ponies, deer, pretty villages and quaint inns, as well as the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Whilst an easy drive south takes you to the award-winning sandy beaches, great shops, theatres and cinemas at Bournemouth. Mannington makes a super rural base from which to explore this fascinating area.

Region Information

Note: Babes-in-arms only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas