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The Courtyard - Hilltop Barn

Winterborne Zelston near Wareham, Dorset (Ref. 1058078)


(17 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "The Courtyard is in a secluded, countryside location, which was ideal for us."

    Local facilities and shops are a drive away. It was exactly as we expected based on the information previously provided. We had no issues during our stay. Very peaceful, very quiet.

    Reviewed by LeslieMay 2022

  • "A fabulous space, thoughtfully and tastefully done."

    Lovely owner, Bill. Could not be more friendly and helpful. Would most definiteley recommend.

    Reviewed by JacquiMar 2022

  • "What a beautifully designed barn conversion!"

    We loved staying here for the week. The property is converted to the highest standard - the underfloor heating was particularly welcome. Winterbourne Zelston is a lovely quiet rural location within easy reach of pubs and other amenities. We would highly recommend

    Reviewed by PhilipDec 2021

  • "A lovely quiet countryside escape."

    We’ll quipped and super comfy bed. Great pub a shirt walk away and easy access to Dorset’s attractions .

    Reviewed by GeoffNov 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Courtyard."

    The accommodation was well located and well equipped bar missing a few useful items in the kitchen such as wooden spoons, scissors and other larger utensils. Water pressure in kitchen very low and found it very difficult to get water to stay in sink (washing up bowl would help) Bed very comfy and lovely decor throughout. Bill and Sian very friendly.

    Thank you for your comments, it is such a shame you did not mention them during your stay. The "missing items"" were in the drawer under the hob. The hot water pressure is lower than the cold water pressure (main pressure). We will be addressing this during the winter by connecting the supply to a pump and this should resolve the issue. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WendyNov 2021

  • "Hilltop Barn is a beautiful property, perfectly located in the Dorset countryside with an easy short drive to all the big local tourist attractions."

    Bill made us very welcome and was very helpful with our queries. The Barn had all we needed for our week's stay, and was very clean and extremely comfortable. We will definitely look to stay again!

    Reviewed by AnnaOct 2021

  • "We had a great week here, unobtrusive but available hosts, great location, as described and clean as a whistle!"

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by KieranOct 2021

  • "The Owners were on hand for information and advice when required."

    The cottage is in a quiet location, very tranquil and relaxing. Good internet, but poor mobile phone signal (O2). The facilities were to a very good standard. The master bedroom was large, but the layout restricted access to the king sized bed. Hot water pressure to kitchen sink needs improving. A very enjoyable two weeks holiday. Ideal location for our trips off walking, seaside, National Trust and coastal paths.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "Wonderful facilities and great hosts."

    Had a very pleasant stay with my family.

    Reviewed by JudyAug 2021

  • "Fantastic location in a beautiful picturesque village."

    So quiet and peaceful, exactly what we wanted.

    Reviewed by SamAug 2021

  • "Bill and Shan were great hosts."

    The Courtyard was just perfect. Clean and well appointed. Very well situated for exploring Dorset. We had everything we needed for our stay - BBQ was great and the surprise of eggs, juice and milk on arrival were much appreciated :-) Loved the walks/runs from our lovely holiday home and the Golden Fox pub was the icing on the cake! Such a lovely place to stay. Thanks! We had a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2021

  • "The accommodation was really high-spec, with everything we needed."

    There was a welcome pack when we arrived, which was really appreciated after a 3 hour journey. The dressing gowns were a really nice thought as I always forget mine! Bill and Shan were helpful about local places to visit and where to eat etc. A great place to stay!

    Reviewed by TamsinJul 2021

  • "Get another bed downstairs."

    Hence the mark down on comfort. Other than that we had a great holiday, and would certainly recommend you to our friends. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by DesmondJul 2021

  • "Lovely stay, very comfortable bed and easy access to the coast."

    The hosts were very friendly and the welcome pack was a nice touch. The only small improvement would be a decent non stick frying pan. Other than that the amenities were great.

    Reviewed by StephanieJul 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation well located for exploring the area."

    Enjoyed days out at Corfe Castle, Studland bay, Kingston Lacy, Lulworth Cove, kayaking from Wareham & coastal walks. Would recommend, great place for UK holiday.

    Reviewed by SusieJun 2021

  • "Very comfortable accommodation in a lovely quiet location."

    Spacious for our granddaughter to crawl around. Private back patio ideal for bbqs. The kitchen lacked enough cutlery, crockery and casserole dishes to stop washing up all the time to be able to fill a dish washer. Bill was very helpful and was willing to take on board the lack of kitchen equipment.

    Thank you for your comments. Whilst we understand your comments regarding the crockery and cutlery, we would state that the cottage is equipped with 6 sets of everything, which should be sufficient for 4 people and the kitchen has been fitted out in line with the Sykes Cottages guidelines. However we do accept this could be insufficient if you are entertaining larger numbers of family and friends. As we live opposite the cottage, we could have helped you with the additional requirements had you mentioned them at the time Kind regards Bill and Shan Many thanks Bill & Shan Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngieMay 2021

  • "High scores but a tiny BUT."

    We had the worst weather ever for this holiday which was a walking holiday. The accommodation had underfloor heating but it proved very difficult to find enough drying areas to dry out our very wet boots and outer clothes. Several nights we laid wet stuff on the floor to get it dried. The barn owner came to our rescue one evening and took our boots in for drying.

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x twin with a living area
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating and underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Private patio with seating barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: This property is self-contained and has its own private patio area
  • Note: This property only accepts children under 3's and over 12's due to the large pond on site
  • Please note: Infants do not count towards the overall occupancy
  • For drying wet clothes and boots the owner has a drying room on request.

The property

Set within the owner's grounds is this wonderfully self-contained quirky detached barn conversion, tucked away in a quiet corner of Dorset, perfect for an escape to a stunning countryside destination.

A spacious private driveway brings you right to the property, enter through contemporary bi-folding doors into a characterful setting, welcomed with traditional low-beamed ceilings and stylish fixtures into the open-plan living area.

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About the location


Corfe Castle 5 miles; Poole 9 miles; Swanage 11 miles;

Wareham, affectionately known as the ‘Gateway to the Purbecks’ is an ancient Dorset waterside market town. Situated between the River Frome and quaintly named River Piddle, its charming riverside location makes the town a popular holiday destination. Dating back to Saxon times, the town was once surrounded by walls, and became an important port with boats bringing supplies up the River Frome from nearby Poole harbour. Today, the river provides a great playground, you can hire a boat from the attractive quayside and chug your way down the stream, take one of the regular organised boat trips, browse the colourful Saturday market or simply just enjoy an ice cream or a drink relaxing on the Quayside. Whilst seasonally there are also numerous popular events taking place beside the river. A short drive takes you to the Arne peninsula jutting out into Poole Harbour, a designated RSPB reserve, where you can stroll down to the water’s edge, taking in glimpses of the impressive bird population and often viewing some of the resident deer. The friendly seaside resort of Swanage is also easily accessible, where you can experience a traditional family-friendly day out on the beach, or take the coastal path and stop off for refreshment at Durlston Country Park. A real treat is to drive to nearby Corfe Castle and take the vintage steam railway to Swanage. Wareham offers visitors a super Dorset holiday destination at anytime of the year.

Region Information

Note: This property only accepts children under 3's and over 12's due to the large pond on site.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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