A large, beautiful and homely farmhouse (late 17thC) set in 17 acres of rolling countryside near the pretty town of Beaminster. Sleeps 11/13, in 3 doubles (one ensuite), a double with adjoining space (& futon for the extra 2), a twin (kids room), a single and two further bathrooms. Downstairs there's a large Aga-warmed kitchen, spacious dinning and sitting rooms with log burners, and a kid's playroom. Outside there's a trampoline, zipwire, treehouse, rope swings & space for kids to run wild in.
Wantsley is a lovely, homely and traditional old family farmhouse that we live in with our two boys, and rent out occasionally. Close to the town of Beaminster and twenty minutes from the Jurassic coast, the house sits in 17 acres of fields and woodland. There are three bathrooms, one en suite (shower etc), one large and fairly luxurious, and one more like a kid's bathroom. The attic room sleeps two, but is adjoined by a playroom with a futon that will take two children if required. On the ground floor there's a large kitchen with an Aga and seating for an easy 8 (plenty more chairs dotted about the house) a kids playroom off the kitchen with a DVD player, The dining room has a fire, a grand piano and a table that will seat ten on its own, or 14 with the extra table on the end. There's a spacious sitting room with a large fireplace and TV, with SKY and DVD. There are two downstairs loos, one in a utility room and one smart one. The house faces south across the gardens and looks over a small stream (that provides the water for the house - all filtered of course) up over the fields to the wood. There are 17 acres to explore, as well as a tree house, zip wire (entirely at your own risk max weight 70k) and rope swings. The chickens produce beautiful fresh eggs when they're in the mood and if you can find them - they're completely free range, and there's a goose and three runner ducks pottering about somewhere.
We rent out the house as a whole with access to six bedrooms and all reception rooms. The garden, fields and woods are yours to roam in, but anyone trying out the zip wire or stream swing does so entirely at their own risk! As we live in the house most of the year, our bedroom and the boys room will have our stuff in it, though we will make sure there is some room for your clothes of course :). It's (in original AirBnB fashion) a family home not a posh hotel, suited best for those who want to immerse themselves in the beautiful Dorset countryside and stay in a traditional farmhouse.
We will endeavour to be there to welcome you depending on your dates, but if not we will drum up a smiling face from somewhere, and we will of course leave extensive and mildly entertaining notes everywhere so you know exactly what's what.
Wantsley Farm is set in the beautiful rolling Dorset countryside outside the town of Beaminster and 20 minutes from the famous Jurassic coast. Our nearest seaside town and beach is West Bay (15 mins), and Lyme Regis & Chesil Beach are nearby. Mapperton House (the set for the film Far From The Madding Crowd) is just up the road. If you're keen walkers then you're in luck as there are dozens of wonderful walks nearby such as Lewesden Hill (the highest is Dorset), Pilsdon Pen, or you can just walk from the farm over the hill with view to the sea, and down to the nearby village of Stoke Abbott for a drink and a meal at The New Inn.
Cars are a must, there's a bus service from the local village, but you have to walk to the village. It's Hardy country, what can I say.
No smoking, no pets, please feed the chickens :)
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I'm a jazz/cabaret singer, ex-actress and Aerialist instructor, and something of a coffee nut, so there is always very good coffee to be had here! I am married to a photographer and have two small slightly noisy, but adorable boys. We love to travel with packs on our backs to distant lands with adventure in mind, but love nothing more than walking through the beautiful Dorset countryside we're so lucky to live in. Theatre, books and swimming are what make me tick, when time from running a busy family allows that is. We have a pretty relaxed and laissez faire attitude as befits life in the countryside.