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Parkfield Cottage

(Ref. 931943)

Sturminster Marshall near Blandford Forum, Dorset Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a great stay in the cottage."

    It's small but cozy and was a nice place to get away to during a rainy week.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Feb 2024

  • "Lovely property and beautiful surrounding area’s, including the pubs nearby!"

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Feb 2024

  • "A gorgeous little property, full of charm."

    Very cosy for a winter stay. The owners were friendly and helpful, but left us to get on with our holiday. It was great to have parking away from the road at the front, which could be quite busy. Everything you would need is provided; in some cottages there is often something you wish you had brought. There's even a hairdryer in the wardrobe. Loved the apple juice and biscuits left out for us; a thoughtful touch. We still managed to get out and about most days, but the weather wasn't great. We'd love to come back when the days are warmer and longer. Thankyou for providing this lovely property. I could live in it!

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Dec 2023

  • "It was very disappointing that the wi fi was not working."

    It was hit and miss but unable to watch any Netflix or online films. The proprietors did try to fix the issue by turning the router on an off which was located in another building. The kitchen lacked a pair of scissors and also could have left a roll of toilet roll.

    Reviewed by Gill3.8Oct 2023

  • "A comfortable, compact cottage on a bus route to Poole/Blandford."

    Minor maintenance issues - bedroom light bulbs, cobwebs and dust on the light fittings, single bed frame broken.

    Reviewed by Geoff4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable,warm and cosy cottage for 2, well placed to visit most of Dorsets attractions,try the fish and chips from the van that visits the village hall on Friday evenings,they are very good."

    Reviewed by Edward4.4Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful location, small and compact but everything for a restful and relaxing break from the everyday."

    Only small issue was spotty Wi-Fi, and 4G flaky in the whole area, 5G none existant! Our thanks for providing a the base for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Sep 2023

  • "A perfect location for exploring that part of Dorset."

    The cottage was ideal for the two of us. Mike and Karen are lovely host and very helpful. Highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cosy clean cottage in a great location to explore Dorset coastline and interior."

    Parkfield provides sufficient facilities to cater for two adults and two 9 yr olds even in variable weather. Garden was available for outdoor dining which provided extra space.

    Reviewed by Anna4.4Apr 2023

  • "Overall a very pleasant stay."

    Unfortunately wi-fi is somewhat unreliable and non-existent in the bedroom. This also affects TV reception from time to time. Some kitchen equipment a little tired eg toaster, kettle, cooking trays. However- very comfortable furnishings, everything clean, very easy heating control. A good location for visiting local area and visitor attractions -all contributing to a restful and enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Douglas4.4Mar 2023

  • "Lovely relaxing stay at Parkfield Cottage It was exceptionally clean and comfortable."

    . Really good location for a lot of attractions. Will definitely return in the not too distant future

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Feb 2023

  • "Cozy cottage."

    Cozy garden. Ideal base for our exploration of Dorets and the Jurassic Coast. Friendly and caring host.

    Reviewed by Ole Vedel4.7Jul 2022

  • "Wonderfull cottage ,lovely setting Hosts were brilliant You couldn't find a better place to stay, Location is great, so easy to get to many interesting places."

    Two great pubs within walking distance. In all a place for a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2022

  • "Cottage is very comfortable and in a great location."

    The property owners are very friendly and helpful. Definitely would recommend this property and would book again.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2022

  • "Comfortable & cosy cottage."

    Ideal to explore surrounding area. Heating & hot water just what we needed in the cold snap we had. Pretty cottage & we enjoyed our break here.

    Reviewed by Zena4.1Mar 2022

  • "We had a great weekend, perfect for our little family, the girls loved the attic room and exploring the garden."

    Reviewed by Philippa4.7Mar 2022

  • "It’s great to walk into a place and feel the welcome."

    The heating was at the touch of a button, also plenty of hot water. Everything was lovely and clean. Nice to have a safe parking place right by your front door. The Christmas lights were lovely to come ‘home’ to. A very useful bolt hole for our visit to see our Family living just 20 mins drive away from the property. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Bev5.0Dec 2021

  • "Loved this cottage ."

    The owners were friendly and helpful and had provided lots of leaflets with walks in local area and other places to go. I would definitely recommend staying here and I will do so again . Clean , comfortable and a wood burner just perfect.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2021

  • "Had a lovely two weeks could not have been better will be back again next year"

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Nov 2021

  • "Had a fantastic holiday, cottage was great with all facilities that we needed, good bus links, only used the car once all week, many walking routes including close to Stour Valley Way."

    Kingston Lacy National Trust close by and many other attractions.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2021

  • "No reading light the living room very dark."

    Very peaceful location with plenty of local walks.

    Reviewed by David4.1Sep 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage in a great location for exploring Dorset."

    Reviewed by Elsie5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was small and quirky, but very cosy and comfortable."

    During these troubled times we felt very safe there and even ate out in each of the 2 village pubs, which had all the recommended COVID security measures in place.

    Reviewed by Sandi5.0Oct 2020

  • "It's a lovely comfy little cottage with everything you could want."

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation for us just right for a relaxing break owners very to ..."

    Excellent accommodation for us just right for a relaxing break owners very to answer any queries would definitely go again if they would have us as I did not read all the information and consequently did not remove the bedding & towels into the laundry bag my fault entirely the cottage is in a lovely village location

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a lovely week in this tiny but very cosy and well equipped cottage."

    We would definitely stay again and we would recommend it. Thank you to the owner's.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was exceptionally clean, and the beds were very comfortable."

    The kitchen was well-appointed: it included a stovetop, oven, and fridge, and even a washer/dryer. It also included dishes and pots and pans. The owner was nearby and provided us with milk, teabags, and laundry soap pods. The only difficulty we had was finding the place in the dark!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2019

  • "A really comfortable stay, and idea for a couple or small family."

    Reviewed by Gabrielle4.7Oct 2019

  • "Very quiet and quaint"

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful part of Dorset - it was so quiet at the cottage and we ate breakfast outside in the garden."

    Lovely village with the Red Lion pub being just a short walk where we found great service, excellent food and a lovely atmosphere. The cottage is well equipped, although provision of oil would have been useful for cooking (we bought butter and other food with us but didn’t think we needed oil), and single beds upstairs are small - so most suitable for children or shorter adults. We would stay again.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Sep 2019

  • "Television doesn't work reliably despite my adult tech save you son's attempts and the owners."

    ..just replace it ! Tea towels were too stained and grimy to use and in a house with no dishwasher how about leaving more than an egg cup full of washing up liquid. ...just leave clean tea towels and a decent amount of liquid. .easy fix!

    Reviewed by Beverley3.4Aug 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    The owners were nearby if we needed them but respected our privacy. The way the cottage was advertised on the website we had thought it might be slightly more secluded than it actually was (it's closer to the road than we had anticipated) but it was still very quiet and peaceful. The village is idyllic and we enjoyed eating at the Golden Fox and the Red Lion. It's a great base for exploring the local area. We plan to visit again.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was very well presented with every facility that you would need, it was very well laid out and all in good condition, the upstairs bedroom was very quaint and the children loved it."

    During out stay a family member was taken ill, Mr and Mrs Royles could not do enough to help us with our situation and were very kind. We would always like to make a return visit.

    Reviewed by B5.0Aug 2019

  • "The good; location - nice village with two pubs, two shops and whilst it is remote it's actually pretty central to many great days out."

    The price was also ok, one of the cheaper places. We did have a great holiday. The not so good; it is very small for a family of four, we had to spend the evenings in the bedroom or quietly in the cramped living room, whilst the kids went to sleep. It is bit dirty (mouldy bathroom etc) and definitely in need of work doing - just lots of little things that break over the years. As per other reviews the internet is not good and the TV appears to have a broken speaker (I changed the audio to only use one otherwise it was tinny and horrible!). It also felt overlooked. The bad - the kids bedroom had a broken velux window, we were forewarned and told it had now got plastic covering it, but on arrival I was pretty shocked that there were large shards of glass easily in reach of small fingers. The plastic covering was not rigid plastic and held down badly by tape. I personally think it's not unacceptable to not either a) remove all shards of glass or b) cover with rigid plastic or wood.

    Reviewed by Paul2.8Apr 2019

  • "Decided to extend beyond the original 3 nights and your team were excellent at helping out with that"

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Mar 2019

  • "Cosy little cottage with everything you need for your stay owners were very nice ..."

    Cosy little cottage with everything you need for your stay owners were very nice people there if you needed anything will go again

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2019

  • "What a perfect little cottage."

    We expected something small and cosy and we were not disappointed at all. Much bigger than it looks, with everything you could need. Right inbetween two big towns which was perfect. We will be staying again!

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Feb 2019

  • "This cottage was nice and cosy and comfortable."

    It had everything we needed except a view. Unfortunately the windows in the kitchen and bathroom were in the ceiling (velux) and the only small window in the lounge looked directly onto the owners drive. It did feel a little claustrophobic at times. Apart from that the location of the cottage was perfect for exploring the surrounding area. We had some great days out.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jan 2019

  • "Everything was made easy from booking to vacating , many thanks"

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jan 2019

  • "The place was lovely but really in need of some TLC it was very clear no one had been before us for a bit (or if they had it wasn’t clean) so many cobwebs in the place, I had to remove a few spiders."

    The bedding was musky smell so I had to wash it again as couldn’t bare to sleep in it. The internet isn’t very good as keeps dropping in and out and so I used up my own data. No welcome pack or information but lucky I know the area so well. Mrs royal greeted us for 3mins on arrival then left, the outside light not working until the day before we left which was annoying as we were out all day and arriving home late at night. It’s a lovely place but could be so much more.

    Reviewed by Louise3.1Dec 2018

  • "The cottage was in a good location for exploring Dorset and the Jurassic coast."

    It was very comfortable, and we appreciated having the central heating available if we needed it. The cottage had a good parking place, and a quiet and peaceful setting within the grounds of the owner's house. The owner was friendly and welcoming and on hand if any problems should arise. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely consider booking this cottage again next time we are in Dorset.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.4Sep 2018

  • "Really lovely property the area is beautiful with masses to see and do and the ..."

    Really lovely property the area is beautiful with masses to see and do and the owners are really helpful and friendly pleasure to stay there

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2018

  • "The owner did told us about bats in the roof space on our arrival this did not ..."

    The owner did told us about bats in the roof space on our arrival this did not worry us at all as we enjoyed watching them fly out at dusk but i think this would put a few people off and people need to be aware of it qverall it was a very good holiday nice area to stay not too far from poole harbour [ 9 miles ] we had lots of lovely boat trips including one to guernsey where we came back with loads of duty frees which more than paid for that trip

    Reviewed by Les4.7Jul 2018

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    lots of light and perfect location.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2018

  • "The owner was extremely friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Everything we needed. The owner was there when we arrived and showed us around. We would certainly go back if we wanted to explore that area again

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2017

  • "Lovely little cottage just perfect four our family of four."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. Just about as far as you'd want to be from Poole/Bournemouth/Christchurch as you'd want to be.

    Reviewed by Martin4.2Dec 2016

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x eaves mezzanine 2'6" child's twin
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and fuel for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private patio and small lawned area with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: The River Winterborne flows through the garden, although often drying up in the summer, young children should be supervised
  • Note: The only bathroom is the en-suite to the double
  • Note: The first floor bedroom has no door, limited head height and is a mezzanine situated above the sitting room making it only suitable for children
  • Note: Max
  • 2 adults and 2 children.

The property

This compact and cosy, detached restored barn is set in the grounds of the owner's cottage in the attractive East Dorset village of Sturminster Marshall.

The imaginative conversion features a lovely, bright double bedroom with a charming beamed and vaulted ceiling and an en-suite bathroom.

From here, a glazed door opens out onto your private, south-facing patio, a sunny place to relax over a cup of coffee while you plan your day's activities.

In the evening, after your busy day out, treat yourselves to some good food and real ales at the nearby local pub.

You can then return to your comfortable cottage where you can snuggle up in front of the warming woodburning stove.

You're not short of things to do from this charming cottage; within two miles is the Iron Age fort at Badbury Rings giving panoramic views of the Dorset countryside and nearby is the National Trust property, Kingston Lacy House and Gardens.

Take a fascinating boat trip around Poole Harbour and its islands or explore the stunning Dorset Jurassic Coast from Poole towards Weymouth and beyond.

Have a relaxing day and browse the colourful array of stalls at the famous three day market at Wimborne Minster, or take the gentle drive up through Blandford Forum and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Blackmore Vale, beloved by Thomas Hardy.

A delightful, bijou cottage offering a comfy and cosy holiday base at any time of the year.

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About the location


Wimborne Minster 5.5 miles; Blandford Forum 7miles; Poole 8 miles.

The east Dorset village of Sturminster Marshall, on the banks of the River Stour, is the ideal base for a holiday within easy driving distance of some of England’s finest beaches. The village boasts two pubs, a farm shop, golf course, village shop, including a pharmacy and Post Office, and a parish church. At the end of the village on the banks of the river stands White Mill, a former mill, now owned by the National Trust and open at weekends in the summer months. To get to the mill you have to cross the medieval arched White Mill Bridge, the oldest bridge in Dorset. You can sit here and picnic on the riverbank in one of the most beautiful corners of rural Dorset. An easy drive takes you to historic Wimborne Minster with its popular antique market, the Georgian town of Blandford Forum or magnificent Poole harbour where you can take one of the regular boat trips around the islands. Alternatively, enjoy the coastal route towards Swanage or to Weymouth. The village makes an interesting base from which to explore this beautiful area.

Note: Max. 2 adults and 2 children.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas