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Willow Brook

(Ref. 1137516)

Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset Show on map

5.0

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • welcome (9)
  • brook (7)
  • andrew (7)
  • willow (7)
  • our (6)
  • local (5)

10 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great week staying at Willow Brook."

    The property is lovely, clean and you have everything you need and more. Superb location for exploring Dorset. Thank you for the welcome tray with lots of local items, Andrew & Janice are very friendly and helpful. We have put this on our list to return at some point. Excellent.

    Thank you for choosing Willow Brook for your stay and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. It really does mean the world to us to know that our guests have enjoyed their time at Willow Brook. It was lovely to meet you and we look forward to welcoming you back in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a great time at Willow Brook - the house was really well decorated and everything we could have needed."

    Andrew was an awesome host, even brought us an umbrella to shelter everyone when unpacking the car as it was hammering down! Very thoughtful welcome package was left with some local produce, and a few essentials that are really handy if you don't bring anything in with you. Would thoroughly recommend and will definitely be back again.

    Thank you, Michael, for sharing such a wonderful review. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and knowing that you had a great experience truly means a lot. We eagerly anticipate your next visit and the opportunity to welcome you again! Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2024

  • "Highly recommend Willow Brook Barn."

    After, reading the reviews, we decided to book this barn and we are so glad we did.We had a very relaxing stay, the barn was very clean and modern and very quiet. With everything that you would need, the attention to detail impressed us. The flowers, the welcome letter, the table already set for two, the bottle of water and glasses in the bedroom,I could go on.The information booklet that tells you about the barn was very clear and well thought out. One of the best we have seen,the booklet included clear information about recycling, that impressed us. As some properties, we have stayed at dont even recycle! We have stayed at other properties and this has to be one of the best.The welcome tray was great, the bread and cookies were delicious.We loved the private garden area and the sound of the brook.There are a couple of public footpaths just steps away from the barn.We went for a very muddy walk and came back and had a lovely bath,the barn was so nice and cosy to come back to.We met both Andrew and Janine who were on hand if we needed anything.

    Dear Sue, Thank you so much for choosing Willow Brook for your stay and for the time you took to share your kind words in a review. It truly means the world to us to hear that our guests have enjoyed their time here. Your lovely review is greatly appreciated, and it motivates us to continue making Willow Brook a special place for all who visit. We sincerely hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future. Should you decide to visit us again, we look forward to making your stay even more memorable. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we are deeply thankful for your support. Warmest thanks, Andrew & Janine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Feb 2024

  • "This was the second time we stayed at Willow Brook Barn and it was just as lovely as we remembered!"

    Even the rainy weather didn’t dampen our spirits as we knew at the end of the day we would be going back to the cosy barn. We can’t thank our hosts enough for their welcome, it really is a special place!

    Thank you both for the wonderful review. It was truly a pleasure to welcome you back for another stay. We feel incredibly fortunate to host special guests like you at Willow Brook and sincerely hope you'll visit us again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2024

  • "A very comfortable property within easy access of this charming Dorset village with its thatched cottages, the Royal Oak pub and historic parish church."

    On a (literally) freezing cold winter's day, the warm welcome of an illuminated, dressed Christmas tree together with a most generous hospitality tray containing sundry essential artisan groceries, all combined to put us in the appropriate mood for what was to become a most memorable stay. The spacious, light and airy living room gives onto a modern, well-equipped kitchen. The bathroom, comprising both tub and drench shower etc, is similarly contemporaneous, the whole being well-appointed and tastefully decorated. Our very personable but unintrusive hosts, Andrew & Janine, who occupy the adjacent property, were on hand to answer any queries we may have. Indeed, we look forward to returning, hopefully to better appreciate the surrounding stunning countryside in more clement weather!

    Thank you for taking the time to craft this lovely review and for the very kind words Philip and Andrea. It really does make it all worthwhile to have such lovely feedback and to know you enjoyed your stay despite the ghastly weather! We do hope to see you again, as you say, with better weather as a backdrop to your stay. Thank you also for leaving the property in such wonderful condition on departure. Many thanks, Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2023

  • "The owner of the property Andrew greeted us on arrival which was a nice touch and there was a small basket of provisions provided which was a really nice touch."

    The property is very modern, clean and welcoming which gave me and my family the half term respite we were looking for. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone and would certainty come back again.

    Craig, Lisa and family - thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. Thank you also for leaving the property beautifully on departure and for the very kind gifts you left for us and our children. Hopefully see you all again. Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Oct 2023

  • "We can’t say enough about our stay at Willow Brook Barn."

    Our hosts Andrew & Janine were so helpful and gave us great advice from the best places to walk to a wonderful farm shop (Udder in Gillingham). Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation can’t be faulted, it was spotlessly clean, very well equipped and what a joy to arrive to the best welcome ‘tray’ we’ve ever seen and fresh flowers in the hall and living room. We hope to go back before too long!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We very much enjoyed hosting you both and would love to welcome you on another visit. Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Willow Brook Cottage."

    Andrew the owner gave us a warm welcome on our arrival and assured us if we needed anything, just to give a knock as he and Janine lived next door. It was a pleasant surprise to find a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, local eggs, local butter, a cookie jar of biscuits and a jar of locally made strawberry jam all laid out on a traditional wooden tray in the kitchen. A bottle of local milk was in the fridge and tea, coffees and sugar were also supplied. Unfortunately we couldn’t enjoy sitting out up on the terrace due to the bad weather at the time, but It would have been very relaxing to hear the babbling brook behind the terrace below. A little gem in the countryside!

    Thank you so much for the lovely review Susan - and for leaving the barn in such immaculate condition! We loved having you here and hope to see you again. Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2023

  • "The barn was renovated and presented to a high standard."

    We were welcomed with essentials such as tea, coffee, local butter and eggs not to mention fresh bread. There was a nice bottle of red wine to welcome us also. The home comforts were just what was needed at the end of a busy day exploring and the bathroom has just the right amount of towels for 4 tired adults to use. A beautiful private garden area to sit out on a sunny evening.

    Wow. Thank you for the lovely feedback Amanda. It was lovely to host you all and we are so glad you brought the fabulous weather with you! Please come again. Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage set in a very peaceful location on the edge of a pretty Dorset village."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean and the owners had thought of everything to make our stay comfortable . They even provided some delicious local produce to welcome us We would highly recommend Willow Brook as a base to explore Dorset and the surrounding areas We hope to return there sometime again just to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet in the lovely secluded garden surrounded by birds and squirrels.

    Thank you for the lovely words Helen - it means a lot and makes all the hard work worthwhile. We do hope you will come and stay again. Andrew & Janine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2023

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Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, freestanding bath, shower over, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric double oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden with patio furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.4 miles
  • Please note: Owners live next door, on site

The property

This delightful barn conversion sits on the edge of the village of Okeford Fitzpaine, in the picturesque county of Dorset.

Presented to an excellent standard with superb attention to detail, Willow Brook is a lovely escape for a family or two couples, nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Step inside and make yourself at home in the living room, where you can lounge on the settee and choose something to watch on the TV.

Carry the conversation into the kitchen/diner, where the head chef can impress the group with hearty dish, before sitting down at the dining table and taking in the views over the brook.

When sleep calls, choose from two double bedrooms to catch your rest, each neutrally presented and offering ample space for your personal items.

Start the morning with a rinse in the bathroom before heading out the French doors and relaxing on the private terrace.

Lace up those walking boots as the local area offers stunning walks, and you will be rewarded with fine views across the Blackmore Vale from the wonderful Bulbarrow Hill, one of Dorset's highest points, just a short drive from your Dorset holiday cottage.

Within easy reach you can explore charming Sturminster Newton, beloved by Thomas Hardy, the bustling Georgian market town of Blandford Forum, ancient Shaftesbury and historic Sherborne, with its castles and abbey.

Further afield, escape to the wonderful Jurassic coast for golden beaches, fossil hunting and a wealth of attractions.

Willow Brook promises a superb Dorset holiday base, to be enjoyed in any season.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

OKEFORD FITZPAINE

Sturminster Newton 4 miles.

Surrounded by a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village of Okeford Fitzpaine boasts a local shop and pub, with further shopping facilities at nearby Sturminster Newton. The small 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 for those who 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 coastline is also within easy reach, making this an ideal base all year round!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas