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The Courtyard - Hilltop Barn

(Ref. 1058078)

Winterborne Zelston near Wareham, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "A perfect situation on the edge of an idyllic village."

    The owner was friendly and helpful, and we throughly enjoyed our too-brief visit. The converted barn was comfortable with an idiosyncratic style. We would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was a delightful week's stay in November 2023."

    My wife and I would very happily return here. The location was excellent for us - in the tiny and "Best-Kept" village of Winterborne Zelston: duckpond, ancient church, etc, and yet only five minutes by car from the main Bournemouth - Dorchester dual carriageway. A recent barn conversion, to a very high specification, and with impressive views from its hilltop location on the village outskirts. The cottage was excellently furnished and equipped, and spotlessly clean. The owners - who live twenty metres away, across the courtyard - were excellently helpful and friendly. No negative features at all, and - to repeat - we would very happily return here.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2023

  • "A great property with space and comfortable beds, well appointed and perfectly situated in a pretty village, and for exploring Dorset."

    Beautifully clean and warm …. The owner was helpful, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Definitely recommended.

    Reviewed by Judith4.4Oct 2023

  • "The property was very comfortable and very well equipped, tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean."

    The location is great for you to get to all the coastal areas. The owner Bill was very welcoming and was available if needed. Would highly recommend your stay here.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "Bill was very welcoming and helpful if we needed anything just ask can't be better than that ."

    The barn was perfect for me and my mum . We will be back .

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "Linen and towels were not up to standard."

    Shower was poor with very low rate of flow. Downstairs bed was very creaky.

    We are naturally very disappointed reading your review of your stay with us. We are sorry if the cottage was not at the standard you expected. We do ask our guests to raise any issues during their stay, so we can rectify any problems, at the time. It is difficult to know what quality of linen and towels you expected. These are 100% cotton matching sets and are regularly replaced during each season. These were also changed during your stay. This has never previously been an issue or mentioned before. We supply all cotton linen and towels and would have to strongly disagree with your opinion. I was unaware of any issue with the downstairs shower during your stay, had you mentioned this at the time we could have investigated the problem, However, there is currently no problem with this, and it is functioning properly This is not advertised as a Power Shower and runs off mains pressure. The upstairs shower is working fine and is a power shower and offers an alternative. As far as the bed is concerned, we did discuss this during your stay and had thought we had rectified the issue, which was merely caused by the bed leg rubbing against the skirting board, having been pushed back against the wall. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris3.4Jun 2023

  • "Delightful cottage in a perfect location with friendly hosts, just perfect."

    Reviewed by James4.7May 2023

  • "Fantastic accommodation in a lovely village with lots of things to do and see all within easy reach of the barn."

    Bill and Shan were wonderful hosts. Thank you so much for looking after us.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2022

  • "Bill was a fantastic host, always on hand for any issues or questions."

    The accommodation was great, very comfortable and well equipped for a self catering holiday. There were a couple of pubs nearby that served delicious food - The Botany Bay Inne and The World’s End. If you want a great location for your stay in Dorset, Hilltop Barn is the place to book. Thanks for a lovely week from Jane, John and Lorna

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2022

  • "The property was very comfortable, clean and had everything required for a happy holiday."

    The village is picturesque and peaceful making relaxation an easy option.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Jul 2022

  • "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 Leslie5.0May 2022

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

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

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Mar 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 Philip5.0Dec 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 Geoffrey5.0Nov 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 Wendy4.7Nov 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 Anna5.0Oct 2021

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

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Kieran5.0Oct 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 Peter5.0Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful facilities and great hosts."

    Had a very pleasant stay with my family.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic location in a beautiful picturesque village."

    So quiet and peaceful, exactly what we wanted.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Aug 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 Helen5.0Jul 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 Tamsin5.0Jul 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 Stephanie4.7Jul 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 Desmond4.7Jul 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 Susie4.4Jun 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 Angie4.7May 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 Richard5.0May 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.

Utilise the sleek kitchen space and delight in the fashionable amenities, with a unique black central island, resting next to a classic red brick wall, this space has everything you need to prepare delicious meals throughout your stay.

Meals can be enjoyed at the dining table, a lovely sociable space for you and your loved ones to catch up after a busy day of exploring Dorset, or use the handy breakfast bar for a quick bowl of cereal before heading out.

Spend an evening with your feet up in front of the TV accompanied by a glass of wine and snuggling with your other half, or get comfy on the plush sofa during a rainy afternoon, keeping warm with a blanket and a cup of coffee whilst you get lost in a book.

When you're ready to get some rest, withdraw to one of the two gorgeous bedrooms, either a ground-floor king-size bedroom with full access to the downstairs walk-in shower room, or the incredible first-floor twin room, hiding behind stunning princess-style canopies, accompanied by your very own living area, this space is fantastic for kids to use as their very own play room, with access to another refreshing shower room.

Rustle up a tasty burger on the barbecue, found on the enclosed outdoor patio, a lovely spot to dine alfresco on a summer's day, or enjoy a warming morning cup of tea in the autumn.

Encompassed by stunning countryside fields and tucked away on an idyllic private lane, you're just walking distance away from a choice of two pubs which serve food on an evening when you don't fancy cooking.

This gorgeous property is situated close to the historic market town of Wareham, home to a good selection of shops, restaurants, galleries, bars and a 1930s style cinema, with walks directly accessible from the property.

Explore the Isle of Purbeck, home to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site featuring Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, or venture to close by Wimborne Minster, visiting the National Trust property of Kingston Lacy House, set within extensive Gardens and boasting ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Make sure to try and complete the variety of walking and cycling routes within the Dorset AONB, and the Cranborne Chase AONB just a car ride away, both offering immense landscapes, rare wildlife and opportunities to discover plenty of nearby sandy beaches or Corfe Castle a favourite haunt for adults and children alike, all ages are captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breath-taking views across Purbeck.

Go back in time and explore Hardy’s Cottage the beautiful evocative cob and thatch cottage which is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy.

Visit family-friendly attractions nearby including Monkeyworld, the Bovington Tank Museum and Farmer Palmer's Farm Park.

Spend a relaxing break with your friends or loved ones at The Courtyard, a peaceful retreat for everyone to enjoy.

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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.

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

Note: This property does not accept breaks of less than 3 nights.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas