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Swallows Nest

(Ref. 1066081)

Puxey near Sturminster Newton, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "What a fantastic place the accommodation was great so clean and comfortable and set in a beautiful location which was so peaceful and the bonus of the hot tub just added to the stress free holiday that was needed,the barn is situated in a great location central to many great places to visit,many thanks to Nici and Steve such a lovely welcoming couple and we would definitely recommend this place to anyone ."

    Hi Lovely People! It was a pleasure to have you staying at Swallows. You were perfect guests and are welcome any time. Thank you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2024

  • "We had a great week in lovely accommodation but very disappointed that, even following ALL instructions -the hot tub wasn’t maintained and became unusable by the last 2 days."

    It was one of the main reasons for choosing swallows nest.

    We're pleased you enjoyed our barn, but disappointed that you didn't enjoy the hot tub. The hot tubs are maintained every day and had fresh clean water for your arrival. We checked the pH daily and also had to top the water up each time, however it was noted that the water became very cloudy after use. Unfortunately, if it is very bad, due to body/hair products/detergents on costumes, then the only thing we can do is to empty it which takes a full day. I always explain this to guests and it's rarely a problem. My son had been taking care of the hot tub until Thursday, when unfortunately, his partner had a major life-threatening accident at 6am and she was airlifted to Southampton nuero ICU where she has been for 3 weeks. Because of her condition my son omitted checking the pH on Thursday so we can only apologise for that. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic few days, the barn was awesome with everything you needed and a great hot tub."

    We would definitely visit again.

    Thank you so much, you were wonderful guests and left Swallows in near perfect condition. It was a pleasure to have you to stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wow just amazing steve and Nicki are lovely ppl swollows nest is just lovely ..."

    Wow just amazing steve and Nicki are lovely ppl swollows nest is just lovely place the hot tub experiences was made even better by watching the boys in the field Carlos Pedro and bruno the home made cake on the day we arrived were amazing all in all we enjoyed it that much we have already rebooked for next year and can't wait to go back x

    Hi Claire, you were really lovely guests and it's so nice when people appreciate our barns. Thank you, looking forward to seeing you again. Nici x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is a lovely place to stay."

    The house was spotlessly clean and was bright and airey. There was a lovely welcome tray and the owners are helpful and attentive without being intrusive. The llamas are a just gorgeous and young children will love them. We also made good use of the hot tub which was checked by the owners each day. Dorset is a lovely part of the country with much to see and do.

    Hi Rebecca, thanks for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed our alpaca boys, the hot tub and our barn. If you could let me know by email, why the comfort wasn't 100% then we'll be able to improve for future guests. Many thanks. Nici Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Swallows Nest in a beautiful setting."

    The accommodation was spot on, down to the comfy beds and hot tub which was well maintained during our stay. Nic and Steve were friendly and welcoming hosts and looked after us well. Quiet and relaxing setting with the lovely Sturminster Newton down the road with great pubs, shops and takeaways.

    Hi Naomi I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed our barn. Thanks for your feedback, if you could let me know what you found inaccurate about the listing I may be able to change it for future guests. Many thanks. Nici Property Owner

    Reviewed by Naomi4.7Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week staying here."

    It's such a fabulous and stylish place, lots of space, incredibly clean and in such a peaceful setting. It was idyllic sitting in the hot tub and watching the alpacas! The owner was incredibly helpful, and there was delicious cake and fizz on arrival. It's also an ideal location for exploring Dorset. We hope to return!

    Hi Selina Thank you for your lovely comments, you were great guests and we can't wait to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Selina5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage with a great hot tub and funny alpacas."

    I would recommend

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Jul 2023

  • "A beautifully presented barn conversion in a truly quiet part of Dorset."

    Nici and Steve were excellent hosts friendly and helpful. The "boys" ie their alpacas, were an extra bonus!

    Hi Ray, you were perfect guests and thanks for your lovely comments, hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Jun 2023

  • "Really nice modern accommodation in a great position and very quiet."

    Steve and Nici very welcoming and helpful and our thanks for the Prosecco and cake. Lots to do in the surrounding area and great countryside.

    Hi Guys, thank you for being such lovely guests and it's great to have such nice feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a really lovely property."

    Everything is of a very high standard and has been well thought out. The owners are also very friendly. We loved it and if we're down that way again, we'd definitely look into staying there.

    Hi Jenny It was a pleasure to meet you both and thank you for giving us such a great review. We'll look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful setting and lovely property - all enhanced by the delightful Alpacas and very friendly owners."

    Hi Sue We really appreciate your kind comments and feedback. The 'boys' can't wait to see Zara back again! Come back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation, very quiet and peaceful, we had everything we needed and the owners left a welcome tray with flowers, Prosecco and a homemade cake."

    ..what’s not to love! Central to lots of lovely places to visit, whether market towns, beaches, national trust or other houses and gardens - we thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Hi Lynne Thanks for your wonderful comments! Let me know when you come again and it'll be a gluten free welcome!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation, very clean and well kept."

    Great location for visiting a range of places - Cheddar Gorge, Poole, Bournemouth, Bath. Hot tub was amazing & very clean.(it’s checked daily by the owners) Alpacas were delightful to watch. Cake & Prosecco on arrival!

    Hi Tim Thank you for your great comments, we really love to hear you've enjoyed our beautiful area. Do let me know when you return and I can give you a gluten free welcome! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Nici and Steve were the perfect hosts. Welcome tray was a treat! Beds were among the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in. Beautiful property and would definitely stay again

    Hi Karen What wonderful feedback from such lovely guests!! Thank you very much and we hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Aug 2022

  • "Excellent holiday."

    We were given a very good introduction to the property and facilities by the owner. The property was immaculate and the alpacas enchanting. We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning in the future.

    Hi Jennie We're so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday with us. Carlos, Bruno and Pedro now have a new hut on the hill where they eat their hay. Hope to see you in our paradise soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennie5.0Jul 2022

  • "We have a fantastic stay at swallows nest."

    The accommodation was spotless, spacious and perfect. Thank you

    We're so happy that you found Swallows 'excellent'. It's a great pleasure to have guests like yourselves, to stay! See you again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2022

  • "A warm welcome awaits you at this great property."

    Ideal for a relaxing holiday, with charming Alpacas to watch, and wild life in abundance in a rural setting. Well worth a visit.

    Thanks very much Fiona, much appreciated, pleased you loved our boys! Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation which was both clean and comfortable with everthing you require ."

    The location is both good for Dorset and Somerset. Owners very friendly and helpful. Extremely dog friendly. Would recommend and stay again.

    It was lovely to meet you and gorgeous Mable who I was hoping would decide to stay!! Come again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Welcome pack, including information book, very useful."

    Space and facilities well designed and well presented. Very tranquil and peaceful. Good base for travelling around. Hot tub a great treat at the end of a day - instructions for usage would be helpful.

    Hi thanks for your great comments, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janis5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Swallow's Nest."

    No complaints, only praise.

    Thanks guys, we really appreciate your kind words. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "This property is absolutely fabulous everything in the cottage was first class , ..."

    This property is absolutely fabulous everything in the cottage was first class , the welcome pack including a home made sponge cake (which was delicious) was lovely, the views over the fields were lovely only broken at times with the beautiful alpacas calos pedro and bruno Steve and Nici are the best hoists you could wish for, it was along drive for us to this lovely part of the country but was we worth it x

    Thank you for being great guests, welcome any time. We really appreciate your kind feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob5.0May 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at the Swallows Nest!"

    Everything was spotless, well equipped and comfortable. The hot tub was used a lot and it is also in a great location to reach beautiful places like Durdle Door. We loved all of the little touches and the owners were especially very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you so much for having us and we hope to come back again soon

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments, we thoroughly enjoyed having you to stay. Please come again on day! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Apr 2022

  • "The barn was fantastic and very clean."

    The location was idyllic and the hosts Nici & Steve were lovely and friendly. We really enjoyed the fact that our kids could run free and be at one with nature. The hot tub was an added bonus, and we really enjoyed relaxing and looking at the stars at night time. The barn is ideally located with Sturminster Newton just a short drive away. There are numerous other villages and towns within easy reach too. One other bonus to mention is that Steve is also a hot air balloon pilot and often has spare spaces. My wife Poppy was extremely fortunate to take a flight and had the most amazing once in a life time experience! We will definitely be back to Swallows Nest in the near future. Many thanks Colin, Poppy, the kids and dog!!

    Thank you for being the best guests, happy and friendly. It's so satisfying to have guests who appreciate the beauty of nature we're so lucky to enjoy. Xxx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Apr 2022

  • "What an amazing place for a relaxing stay."

    The host (Nici) was amazing and so friendly the cottage was very clean and comfortable. The highlight was sitting in the hot tub watching the stars. What a great week away. The cottage is in a farm so it’s really quiet and has Alpaca’s in the field next door. It’s ideally suited for visiting anywhere in Dorset with stunning countryside and coastline within easy reach. This is easily the best holiday cottage we’ve ever stayed in and we’ll definitely be back!

    Thank you guys, you were perfect guests! We're so pleased to be able to share our paradise! Xxx Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2022

  • "Amazing beautiful place that is swallows nest!"

    Amazing amenities and lovely hosts. Can’t fault it. Book it you won’t be disappointed !

    Thanks Caroline! It was lovely to meet you and appreciate your kind words. Very uplifting and hope you come and see us again. Xxx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Feb 2022

  • "Owners were lovely people."

    Cottage and location was stunning Lovely weekend

    Thank you for your great comments, hope to see you again! Xxx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay ."

    Extremely clean and very spacious . If we needed anything , Nici was always available to help . Would thoroughly recommend this property. Russ

    Thanks for your great feedback! You were very patient as I had to sort the heating out for you, our first winter season! Appreciate your kind words. Hope to see you again. Xxx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Dec 2021

  • "We enjoyed a 2 night stay here in November, a beautiful modern accommodation, had everything we needed on hand, shame it was too cold to enjoy the hot tub (maybe next time!"

    ) Lovely having the alpacas around to watch too, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and very much looking to visiting again when it’s warmer.

    We'd love to have you back again! The hot tub's waiting! Xxx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Nov 2021

  • "The experience at swallows nest was perfect from start to finish."

    We was greeted with a lovely welcome package to start our vacation. We was given a warm overview of the place by Nici who also showed us the adorable alpacas that you could watch. The prime location for your getaway!

    Reviewed by Omar5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely stay at Swallows Nest."

    Very clean with everything to hand, the hot tub was a real bonus. Would certainly highly recommend to families of couples. A real gem of a find!!

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great break in a lovely location."

    The property was just as described and perfect for us. Newly converted to a high standard.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Oct 2021

  • "The barn was extremely spacious with beautiful views."

    In a peaceful location alongside another barn- but both with private outside areas and hot tubs. Nicci and Steve were so welcoming and helpful- we enjoyed the lovely cake and prosecco. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2021

  • "My friend and I booked Swallows Nest for a quiet place to write and we weren’t disappointed."

    Nici and Steve were perfect hosts, welcoming us upon arrival, letting us know about local walks and the surrounding area. The barn is new and was perfect for our needs. The beds were comfortable, the hot tub was lovely, and the welcome gifts added the wow factor. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent place lovely couple Nici and Steve couldn't fault anything."

    This is a must place to stay 5 star quality and the place is done to a high standard. We will definitely return

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2021

  • "A wonderful cottage in the countryside with lovely hosts we would defiantly recommend and stay again"

    Reviewed by Tamsin5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful barn with excellent views, so quiet and peaceful."

    Wonderful hosts. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great hosts, excellent accomodation and a lovely peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Krystyna5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic apartment, really spacious and comfortable."

    Owners were super friendly and really helpful. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Aug 2021

  • "Swallows Nest was a lovely holiday rental, the hot tub we absolutely loved."

    We were greeted by Nicci and any questions answered. Immaculately presented, the addition of the flowers and welcome tray was a nice touch. Swallows Nest is set in a peaceful location compete with Alpacas! We would go again.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2021

  • "We made our booking for Swallow's Nest very last minute and it seems we stumbled on it on the very first day it was listed on the Sykes site."

    We loved the look of it and booked it immediately. The property was brand new and we were only the second group to stay in it and we absolutely loved it. The house has been beautifully designed and built to a very high standard - as has its neighbouring property. The accommodation is comfortable and spacious - the hot tub was great and we loved watching the three alpacas in the adjacent field. The location is perfect for walking and generally exploring the many towns and villages around Dorset. The owners, Steve and Nicci were wonderful hosts and gave us many great tips on places to visit and restaurants & cafes for meals out. We had a superb holiday there and really hope to go back again next year.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2021

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting
  • Ground-source underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV (no terrestrial available but Netflix is available), WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Designated parking
  • Graveled garden with hot tub, furniture and barbecue
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • Please note: Sunday changeovers not accepted
  • Please note: Bookings can only start from a Friday
  • Note: This property accepts Holiday bookings only and can not accept worker or local authority bookings.

The property

Sturminster Newton 1.7 miles.

Resting in the quaint hamlet of Puxey, on the grounds of the owners organic dairy farm, is this striking stone-built barn conversion, Swallows Nest.

Boasting captivating views across the surrounding countryside, Swallows Nest offers an idyllic base for a small family looking for a tranquil escape to Dorset.

A spacious driveway offering ample off-road parking greets you upon arrival to this lovely dwelling, making loading and unloading your staycation essentials an easy task.

Stepping over the threshold, you'll be delighted by the traditional character of the open-plan living space, beautifully-decorated with exposed wooden beams and a neutral décor, homing a contemporary kitchen fit with a stylish island taking centre stage in the sociable space, perfect to share a bottle of wine with the designated chef as they rustle up a heart-warming meal.

Gather your loved ones around the intimate dining table, or if you're lucky enough to experience the warmer weather, step outside to indulge in a spot of alfresco dining on the patio.

Settle down for the evening with a seat on the sumptuous sofa in the snug sitting area to enjoy a movie marathon, or treat yourself to a spot of luxury with a dip in the hot tub, soaking in the scenic views across the stunning countryside as the alpacas roam nearby.

When it's time to rest your head, prepare for bed with a rejuvenating rinse in the contemporary family bathroom before retiring to one of the two fabulous bedrooms, where you have the choice between a twin room and a spacious king-size room, benefiting from it's own en-suite walk-in shower for your convenience.

Note: This property can be booked with ref: 1066082, together sleeping up to eight people.

Puxey Farm Barns

Two elegantly appointed barn conversions nestled on the grounds of the owners working farm in the quiet hamlet of Puxey, a stone's throw away from the quaint town of Sturminster Newton. Tucked away in a picturesque rural setting, enveloped by scenic fields and farmland, Puxey Farm Barns are both beautifully presented to a high standard, featuring a tasteful traditional yet contemporary interior throughout. Whether you're looking to enjoy a solace retreat to the country, or head off on foot to explore your stunning surroundings, Puxey Farm Barns offer a promising choice to spend some well deserved quality time with your loved ones. Each dwelling boasts a stylish open-plan living space featuring an amply-equipped contemporary kitchen, a grand dining table and a snug seating area, inviting you to gather together and enjoy a movie marathon after a fun-filled day. There is a private outdoor space provided alongside each cottage as well as a courtyard, offering the perfect sociable space to hold group celebrations. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the grounds on the farmland, meeting the friendly alpacas on your way, or venture into the heart of Sturminster Newton where you'll find a number of eateries, including traditional pubs, takeaways and quaint tea rooms as well as a well-stocked supermarket and a handy convenience store for picking up the essentials. The area is known for hosting Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival each September, as well as being a walkers haven with the Hardy Way foot trail which runs through the farm itself! Just a scenic stroll away, enjoy a round of golf at Foulke and Henstridge Golf Courses, home to 9 holes on luscious greenery, or venture out to the renowned Ashley Wood Golf Vlub just outside of Blandford for a day on the superb course before stopping for a delicious lunch at the course's Clubhouse 1896. A notable attraction you won't want to miss is the fantastic Longleat Safari Park, which boasts a fun-filled day out for all the family along with a touch of history from the magnificent manor house and gardens encompassing the site. For more peaceful walks around manicured gardens, make your way to Stourhead and explore the picture-perfect lakeside gardens. Sturminster Newton Mill is also within easy reach from the farm and is popular among tourists for its four ancient flour mills still standing and operating strongly today. Within easy reach is the bustling town of Yeovil, where you can explore the heritage locomotives on display at Yeovil Railway Centre or venture to the quaint village of Shaftsbury home to the famous Gold Hill, a delightful and charming cobbled hill, lined with characterful cottages. Travel further afield and explore the marvellous landscapes of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to dramatic coastal cliffs, beaches and heathland, offering something to suit everyone. Puxey Farm Barns offer contemporary accommodation in an idyllic location for all to enjoy, whatever time of year.

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

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About the location


Blandford Forum 11 miles.

The small, attractive market town of Sturminster Newton is set on the banks of the River Stour, reached via a graceful, six-arch, 15th century bridge, carrying a warning of deportation to those who may damage it! The whole area acted as inspiration for the works of Thomas Hardy, who wrote Return of The Native whilst living in the town. The region is dotted with thatched cottages, rural walks, stunning country views, and fascinating towns, such as Sherborne, with its abbey and castle, whilst the beautiful Dorset Heritage Coast is also within easy reach, making this an ideal base all year round!

Please note: Sunday changeovers not accepted.
Please note: Bookings can only start from a Friday.
Note: This property accepts Holiday bookings only and can not accept worker or local authority bookings.