Broadwindsor Farmhouse

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5
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Broadwindsor Farmhouse holds a wonderful location nestled within thirty-five acres of land in the very heart of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural beauty in the Marshwood Vale Area. While guests will enjoy a completely tranquil escape, helpful amenities in the village of Broadwindsor are just ten minutes away, while Bridport itself is just a twenty-minute car journey away.

The Grade II-listed farmhouse dates back to the 18th century and boasts endless character and country charm with its thatched roofs and Ham stone walls. Broadwindsor Farmhouse can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests across six well-appointed bedrooms. On the ground floor is the main living accommodation which comprises of a cosy drawing room with open fire, dining room and fully-equipped kitchen complete with Aga and all the tools a budding chef could possibly need. Upstairs, on the first and second floors are the six bedrooms, two super king-size double rooms, one queen, a four-poster double room and a twin room, which share the use of five bathrooms.

Outside, guests have plenty of room to explore with six acres of private gardens, an orchard, three large fields, perfect for children to play games and let off steam. The tree house makes the perfect hideaway for children!

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What you should know…

  • The gardens are large and so small children should not be left to explore alone
  • Due to the rural position of the house a car will be needed in order to fully explore the area and reach amenities and attractions

Property Features

Heritage Collection Wi-Fi/Internet Satellite TV DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Ground Floor
- Drawing room with open fireplace
- Living room with TV
- Fully-equipped kitchen with Aga and dining facilities
- Study

First Floor
- Bedroom with four-poster double bed
- Bedroom with king-size bed
- Bedroom with king-size bed
- Bedroom with king-size bed
- Bedroom with twin single bed
- Five bathrooms

Second Floor Attic
- Bedroom with king-size bed and ensuite bathroom

*Please note as this room is located in the attic there is a very low ceiling when climbing the stairs to the room and entering.

Exterior Grounds
- Six acres of garden
- Pond
- Orchard

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- TV & DVD
- Plenty of parking

Location

About the surrounding area of Broadwindsor Farmhouse
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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Broadwindsor Farmhouse lies in a rural position in the very heart of Dorset’s Thomas Hardy country, the closest pub however is conveniently just a 20-minute walk from the house! Broadwindsor is the nearest village and is just a 10-minute car journey from the house, here is a helpful community shop and another pub. The market town of Bridport is a 20-minute car journey and here visitors will find a much wider selection of amenities, including a variety of shops, supermarkets and restaurants.

The famous Jurassic Coastline is just a short distance from the farmhouse, the popular resort of Lyme Regis is less than 30-minutes away, while dramatic West Bay, made famous from the ITV series Broadchurch, is just 25-minutes away. For keen walkers, there are excellent hikes and rambles through the countryside surrounding Bridport & West Bay which offer both spectacular views and a diverse range of wildlife.

Pubs & Grub
- The Shave Cross Inn in Shave Cross (DT6 6HW) – our closest pub, a 700 year-old thatched pub with a very nice beer garden for the summer (with separate children’s play area) and England’s oldest skittle alley.  Sadly past its best, poorly visited and can wait a long time for food. Does not open on Mondays
- The Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury (DT6 6HD) – nice old pub in a pretty village on the outskirts of Bridport
- The New Inn in Stoke Abbott (DT8 3JW) – very attractive old pub in picture perfect village with a nice garden and good food
- Symondsbury Kitchen (DT6 5HQ) – local estate Manor Barn converted into a very good local produce café. A popular recent addition to the local scene and a good place to start your day if you don’t want to cook breakfast
- The Hive Beach Café (DT6 4RF) – enormously popular and extremely good local fish ‘café’ on the beach at Burton Bradstock.  Open until 9pm.
- Watch House Café (DT6 4EN) – the is the beach café at West Bay which has recently been taken over by by the same people who run the Hive Beach Café so similar menu, relaxed style and buzzy atmosphere. Excellent fish at both cafes and Watch House also serves breakfast.
- Other local restaurants of note are Bridge House Hotel in Beaminster (DT8 3AY) and Le Petit Canard in Maiden Newton (DT2 0BE) note, Le Petit Canard closes at 9pm. There are also several pubs and restaurants in Bridport.
- The Bull Inn (DT6 3LF) in Bridport has recently been upgraded and serves the Dorset equivalent of gastro food.  Bridport is also good for a variety of coffee shops and independent cafes (avoid Costa!).


Things To Do & See

Towns
- Bridport (market town)
- West Bay (charming harbour and famous cliffs)
- Beaminster (market town)
- Lyme Regis (famous seaside town with the historic “Cobb” harbour fortifications which featured in the film “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”).
- Abbotsbury (famous for its Swannery, Abbey, tropical gardens, charming village and views of Portland Bill and the Chesil Beach at Fleet).
-  Dorchester (county capital / market town) with new cinema/plaza complex.
- Honiton (popular destination in East Devon for antique hunters!)

Stately Homes (be sure to check opening times which vary)
- Athelhampton – Lovely 15th Century country mansion and gardens near Puddletown; has beautiful interiors, antique furnishings and paintings.
- Forde Abbey – Former Cistercian monastery near Chard, Somerset that has long been converted into a country mansion with 30 acres of award winning gardens.
- Montacute House – Magnificent National Trust Elizabethan mansion located near Ilminster, Somerset; the house’s Long Gallery is the longest of its kind in England, displaying over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection.
-  Sherborne Castle and Sherborne Abbey. 17th Century castle once occupied by Sir Walter Raleigh as well as the ruined medieval castle and fine town church / market town with a limited selection of antique and local shops.

Beaches
All local beaches are unfortunately shingle/pebbles rather than sand, with the exception of Lyme Regis and a small part of Charmouth Beach where sand has been imported.  Consequently, we feel the beaches offer as much in autumn/winter for bracing walks along the shoreline or the surrounding cliffs (“Jurassic Coast”) which are really spectacular but PLEASE BE CAREFUL, especially if walking with dogs, as there is not fencing along the top of the cliffs.
- Eype – quiet local chesil (pebble) beach
- Charmouth – best local sandy beach below the Golden Cap cliff (but a longer drive)
- West Bay – attractive fishing harbour; good cliff walk
- Burton Bradstock – Chesil Beach

Walks
-  Hackeridge Fields – the two large fields adjacent to the house are part of the property. The local farmer doesn’t mind us walking on his land but be aware of cattle and be sure to shut the gates.
-  Pilsdon Pen – Spectacular Ancient British hill fort directly above the house. Owned by National Trust; has wonderful 360 degree views of the Marshwood Vale and Dorset coast.
-  Lewesdon Hill – beautiful hill near Broadwindsor covered with a large beech wood; highest hill in Dorset that is owned by the National Trust.
- Lambert’s Castle – good views of Marshwood Vale; located outside Marshwood (past the Bottle Inn).
- Eggardon Hill – impressive Ancient British hill fort above Askerswell with excellent views of the Marshwood Vale and Dorset coast; owned by National Trust.
- Maiden Castle – Dorset’s largest hill fort, outside Dorchester; owned by National Trust.
- Dartmoor – This involves a 90 minute drive but it is a lovely National Park with various walks to the many Tors (rocky granite outcrops on the top of hills).

Local / Regional Shopping
-  The nearest local village shop is the community shop in Broadwindsor. This is good for newspapers, milk and other daily essentials.  Turn left at the junction in the centre of Broadwindsor with the church in front of you and it’s 300 yards on the left.
- Morrison’s in Bridport is the largest local supermarket with a large car park. It is located on West Bay Road, in between Bridport and West Bay.
-  There is also a Waitrose in Bridport located at the end of the town at 42/44 West Street. The car park tends to get congested at peak times such as Saturday mornings.
- There are two good butchers in Bridport – Framptons on the ground floor of the Town Hall (Market House, East Street) and Rawles (38 East Street). Also RJ Balson, the oldest family butcher in England, since 1515 (9 West Allington).
- Palmer’s Wine Store, opposite the entrance to Morrison’s on West Bay Road in Bridport offers an excellent selection of fine wines with knowledgeable and helpful staff.
- The Washingpool Farm Shop on the Dottery Road on the outskirts of Bridport is very good for fresh vegetables, local produce and all manner of typical farm shop ‘goodies’.
- Honiton (Devon – 30 minute drive) in has many interesting antique shops.
-  Yeovil (Somerset – 45 minute drive) has the main high street and discount stores, a giant Tescos and a good multiplex cinema / bowling complex (but it is not an attractive town, and is best saved for a rainy day).
-  Exeter (Devon – 1 hour drive) has a new shopping centre with the main high street fashion brands such as Top Shop, New Look and River Island.

Local Amenities
Nearest Town/City Bridport

(10.4km)

Nearest Village Broadwindsor

(5.3km)

Nearest Supermarket Broadwindsor Community Stire

(5.1km)

Nearest Restaurant The Shave Cross Inn

(2.3km)

Nearest Beach Lyme Regis

(18km)

Nearest Golf Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

(14km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Broadwindsor Farmhouse makes an excellent choice for families travelling with children who are bound to enjoy playing games in the large gardens. This home makes a fantastic option for families wanting to enjoy the great outdoors with beuatiful countryside on your doorstep and, for the beach bums, a famous coastline just a short car journey away!

Family Activities
- X-Country Bike Trail – a new activity on the Symondsbury Estate, 8km of scenic track, sea views and rocky descents! Hire bikes from Bridport Cycles in Manor Yard.  Great for teanagers and the adventurous.
- Mackerel Fishing – can book boat in summer from West Bay or Lyme Regis.
- Henley Hillbillies – Quad biking, hovercraft and archery (near Buckland Newton).
-  Beer Quarry Caves – These are the stone quarries in Beer (East Devon) originating in Roman times and are fascinating for adults and children alike. The stone from Beer Caves was used to build Salisbury Cathedral and many other fine churches and buildings in England. Take warm clothing as it is cold below ground even in summer.
-  Bovington Tank Museum. Best military tank museum in the world at Bovington, East Dorset, with fine examples of tanks dating from WWI, WWII and more recent times.  Special note of interest, Henrietta’s great uncle, Sir Percy Hobart, was one of the pioneers of tank warfare and commanded 11th Armoured Brigade at the start of WWII (“Hobo’s ‘Funnies’) and is commemorated at the Tank Museum.
- River Dart Adventure Park – Lots of outdoor activities including climbing, water adventures and zip wires near Ashburton in Devon.
- Wookey Hole – A longish drive, near Wells in Somerset. Has incredible caves as well as other amusements.
-  Cheddar Gorge – England’s largest gorge with prehistoric caves; also a long drive (between Wells and Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset).
-  Corfe Caste and Swanage Steam Railway. Wonderful ruined castle which was abandoned after the English Civil War. Can also take Swanage Steam Railway between Corfe and Herston.

For Younger Children

-  Pecorama – An adventure park near Beer (East Devon) for smaller children, including a miniature railway.
-  Diggerland – Operate your own JCB digger and joy similar theme rides. Near Cullompton, East Devon.
-  Seaton Tramway – Travel on a narrow gauge heritage tram between Seaton and Colyton in East Devon.
- Crealy Adventure Park – An adventure park with lots of rides, near Exeter, Devon. This is a hot favourite with children.
- Splashdown Water Park. Includes 8 water rides and is located near Poole, East Dorset.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price. Please note that it is a rural connection and does not reach upstairs or the bedrooms.
Changeover day Friday
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay
Pets welcome? Well-behaved dogs allowed on a request basis
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Other 2 No fireworks or Chinese lanterns
Other 3 The lead booker must be 30+ years
Other Ts and Cs No stag or hen do's

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 4th 2020 - Jul 3rd 2020 £1,613 £1,882 £2,150 £2,419 £3,135
Jul 3rd 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 £1,744 £2,013 £2,282 £2,550 £3,354
Sep 4th 2020 - Oct 16th 2020 £1,613 £1,882 £2,150 £2,419 £3,135
Oct 16th 2020 - Oct 23rd 2020 £1,667 £1,935 £2,204 £2,473 £3,225
Oct 23rd 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 £1,473 £1,742 £2,011 £2,279 £2,903
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - - £3,870
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 £1,388 £1,670 £1,953 £2,236 £2,784
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 £1,754 £2,037 £2,319 £2,602 £3,394
Feb 19th 2021 - Apr 9th 2021 £1,551 £1,834 £2,117 £2,400 £3,057
Apr 9th 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 £1,754 £2,037 £2,319 £2,602 £3,394
Apr 23rd 2021 - Apr 30th 2021 £1,551 £1,834 £2,117 £2,400 £3,057
Apr 30th 2021 - May 7th 2021 £1,754 £2,037 £2,319 £2,602 £3,394
May 7th 2021 - May 21st 2021 £1,551 £1,834 £2,117 £2,400 £3,057
May 21st 2021 - May 28th 2021 £1,754 £2,037 £2,319 £2,602 £3,394
May 28th 2021 - Jul 2nd 2021 £1,698 £1,981 £2,264 £2,547 £3,301
Jul 2nd 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 £1,938 £2,237 £2,535 £2,834 £3,728
Sep 3rd 2021 - Oct 15th 2021 £1,698 £1,981 £2,264 £2,547 £3,301
Oct 15th 2021 - Oct 22nd 2021 £1,754 £2,037 £2,319 £2,602 £3,394
Oct 22nd 2021 - Dec 6th 2021 £1,551 £1,834 £2,117 £2,400 £3,057

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 4th 2020 - Jul 3rd 2020 €1,692 €1,961 €2,230 €2,499 €3,290
Jul 3rd 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 €1,830 €2,099 €2,368 €2,636 €3,520
Sep 4th 2020 - Oct 16th 2020 €1,692 €1,961 €2,230 €2,499 €3,290
Oct 16th 2020 - Oct 23rd 2020 €1,749 €2,018 €2,286 €2,555 €3,384
Oct 23rd 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 €1,546 €1,815 €2,083 €2,352 €3,046
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - - €4,061
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 €1,456 €1,739 €2,022 €2,304 €2,921
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 €1,841 €2,123 €2,406 €2,689 €3,562
Feb 19th 2021 - Apr 9th 2021 €1,628 €1,911 €2,194 €2,477 €3,207
Apr 9th 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 €1,841 €2,123 €2,406 €2,689 €3,562
Apr 23rd 2021 - Apr 30th 2021 €1,628 €1,911 €2,194 €2,477 €3,207
Apr 30th 2021 - May 7th 2021 €1,841 €2,123 €2,406 €2,689 €3,562
May 7th 2021 - May 21st 2021 €1,628 €1,911 €2,194 €2,477 €3,207
May 21st 2021 - May 28th 2021 €1,841 €2,123 €2,406 €2,689 €3,562
May 28th 2021 - Jul 2nd 2021 €1,782 €2,065 €2,348 €2,630 €3,463
Jul 2nd 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 €2,034 €2,332 €2,631 €2,929 €3,911
Sep 3rd 2021 - Oct 15th 2021 €1,782 €2,065 €2,348 €2,630 €3,463
Oct 15th 2021 - Oct 22nd 2021 €1,841 €2,123 €2,406 €2,689 €3,562
Oct 22nd 2021 - Dec 6th 2021 €1,628 €1,911 €2,194 €2,477 €3,207

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 4th 2020 - Jul 3rd 2020 $1,899 $2,168 $2,437 $2,706 $3,692
Jul 3rd 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 $2,054 $2,323 $2,591 $2,860 $3,950
Sep 4th 2020 - Oct 16th 2020 $1,899 $2,168 $2,437 $2,706 $3,692
Oct 16th 2020 - Oct 23rd 2020 $1,963 $2,231 $2,500 $2,769 $3,798
Oct 23rd 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 $1,735 $2,004 $2,272 $2,541 $3,418
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - - $4,558
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 $1,634 $1,917 $2,199 $2,482 $3,278
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 $2,065 $2,348 $2,631 $2,914 $3,997
Feb 19th 2021 - Apr 9th 2021 $1,827 $2,110 $2,393 $2,676 $3,599
Apr 9th 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 $2,065 $2,348 $2,631 $2,914 $3,997
Apr 23rd 2021 - Apr 30th 2021 $1,827 $2,110 $2,393 $2,676 $3,599
Apr 30th 2021 - May 7th 2021 $2,065 $2,348 $2,631 $2,914 $3,997
May 7th 2021 - May 21st 2021 $1,827 $2,110 $2,393 $2,676 $3,599
May 21st 2021 - May 28th 2021 $2,065 $2,348 $2,631 $2,914 $3,997
May 28th 2021 - Jul 2nd 2021 $2,000 $2,282 $2,565 $2,848 $3,887
Jul 2nd 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 $2,282 $2,581 $2,879 $3,178 $4,389
Sep 3rd 2021 - Oct 15th 2021 $2,000 $2,282 $2,565 $2,848 $3,887
Oct 15th 2021 - Oct 22nd 2021 $2,065 $2,348 $2,631 $2,914 $3,997
Oct 22nd 2021 - Dec 6th 2021 $1,827 $2,110 $2,393 $2,676 $3,599

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

History
- Broadwindsor Farmhouse was built in the mid-1600s, although parts of it almost certainly date from a much earlier period. Attractive features are the exterior walls and mullion windows which are made from cut stone from the famous Ham Hill quarry, flagstone flooring throughout the ground level, original oak panelling and dry “moat” with stone walls.
- Having been allowed to deteriorate into a very poor condition, the house underwent a major restoration in 1993/4 which included the creation of a new wing which includes the front hall, study and twin bedroom/bathroom, entirely new electrical wiring, plumbing, and heating and modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.
- The property is Grade II listed and located in the Marshwood Vale which forms part of a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. Nearby is the “Jurassic Coast” which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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