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Apple Tree Cottage

Blandford Forum, Dorset (Ref. 1003180)


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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Review(s)

  • “We had high expectations for our week away.”

    Sadly we were left disappointed. ...

    Sadly we were left disappointed. The positives were the beautiful thatched character property with plenty of room for our 3 families. The kitchen was a great social area and the lounge too. We were a family of 4 so used the adjoining rooms. This was quite awkward as had no access to a bathroom unless you went downstairs (or through either of the other two guest bedrooms) which wasn’t practical in the night for small children. The strong smell of damp in parts of the house was slightly masked by the plug-in air fresheners, but was unpleasant when going to sleep at night. It’s a very old property, but the windows are in a very poor state - some don’t close properly. The black mould in the showers was particularly bad and temperature gauges didn’t work properly in either bathroom. Bath towels were old and stained. We really missed the attention to detail we’ve found in other properties of this price bracket. Cupboard door handles falling off, kitchen tap doesn’t function as it should, were a couple of the many broken things. The place is in a state of general disrepair and needs some serious TLC. The hot tub water hadn’t been changed in some time and the dirt in the filters and bottom was unacceptable. The owners were helpful when we asked them to fix a broken shower but there were so many things wrong…the price is really not justified. Ultimately, every recent review seems to say the same thing but the owners clearly have no inclination to do anything about it.

    - Matt, October 2021

    Thank you for your feedback. The cottage dates back to 1600 and We lived there with our 5 girls for 10 years prior to holiday letting the cottage. As it’s built of cob and has no damp proof course and despite being damp proofed internally it will never be like a modern property. We have a program of works scheduled for November which will address the issues caused by a long summer of holiday let’s with only 5 hours between change overs to do essential works and cleaning. I popped up to the cottage and adjusted the temperature gauge on the shower so it was working and the cleaners have informed me the other two showers are working normally. We look into the bath towels and remove any stained or old one, this is done by a laundry company so we will look into this. I personally emptied and cleaned the hot tub on the morning of your arrival and cleaned the filters. The residue in the bottom would have either been limescale from the heating element in the hot tub or chlorine that hadn’t yet dispersed as the hot tub would not have been up to temperature when you arrived. This year seems to have been a struggle with reviews I have to admit, but we have guests who come back year after year so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The review blow yours is 93% happy, followed by 81, 56 and another 81%, so not all negative. Property Owner

The property

Blandford Forum 5.1 miles.

Apple Tree Cottage is a fabulous Grade II listed detached cottage located in Tarrant Monkton, Dorset.

Internally, the property has stunning contemporary furnishings, including three high-quality fitted bathrooms, while still retaining a wealth of character with its exposed beams.

Offering five spacious bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor and would be ideal for those with limited mobility, it makes a great base for a family retreat.

The further four bedrooms are on the first floor and are ideal for large families or a group of friends to catch up on their rest.

The ground floor hosts a spacious sitting room with a range of sofas, benefitting from a large woodburning stove to keep you warm during those chilly winter months.

Take advantage of the provided books and games and use the dining table as a social space to play or read quietly.

The kitchen has a wonderful set of fitted units and sleek worktops; with all the appliances you could need during your stay, as well as boasting some of the most magnificent countryside views from every window.

Outside has an enclosed lawned garden and a patio area with furniture and a large hot tub; take a relaxing soak with those fabulous bubbling jets and wash away those aching muscles, with plenty of space to sit out and enjoy the afternoon sun, with a refreshing glass of wine.

There is off-road parking available for several cars.

While you're in the area, why not visit Hall and Woodhouse Brewery?

Established in the 18th century, it offers detail on the beer making process, with tastings and an on-site bar and restaurant.

Or take a trip toward Bradbury Rings, which are on the former site of an Iron Age hill fort.

With plenty of shops and eateries in the area, you will not be short of things to do.

Apple Tree Cottage is the ultimate location for friends and families to relax and unwind.


  • Four bedrooms: First-floor: 2 x Double bedrooms with en-suite, 1 x Double bedroom which is linked to a further Twin room
  • 1 x Ground-floor double snug room/sofa bed
  • Downstairs wet room with shower, WC and hand basin plus a separate downstairs cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with Aga oven
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating, underfloor heating, woodburning stove
  • AGA oven and hob, toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, TV, a selection of books and games and WiFi
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for several cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden and patio area with hot tub and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles and pub 0.8 miles, local micro-brewery open Fridays 4pm-8pm
  • Note: There is a sofa bed in the snug, a further two guests can be accommodated for upon request

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Thornicombe 2.7 miles; Child Okeford 6.5 miles; Moors Valley Country Park & Forest 17.9 miles.

Blandford Forum is a market town in Dorset, England, situated by the River Stour. Notable for its Georgian architecture, most of the town was rebuilt in the 18th century after it was destroyed by a fire in 1731. King George II made a donation to rebuild the town centre with designs from local architects John and William Bastard. The Blandford Georgian Fayre is an annual event held in the first week of May and celebrates its Georgian heritage, with presentations, historical re-enactments and music and dancing. One of the town’s biggest events takes place on the late Bank Holiday weekend, the Great Dorset Steam Fair. A largely colourful festival with over 2,000 exhibits and an old time steam funfair. Offering a wide selection of independent store, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, cafés and a Georgian tearoom. So much to visit within this quaint town and makes for a wonderful tourist attraction, whatever the season.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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