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Extraordinary Grade II* listed house in superb grounds on the Rushmore Estate

People15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

An historIc house on the edge of the charming village of Tollard Royal.

To stay in this extraordinary, historic, Grade II* house is a unique experience. Deeply atmospheric, the principal rooms exude a tremendous sense of history and contain many fine examples of period features. Set in superb grounds on the Rushmore Estate, on the edge of the charming village of Tollard Royal, King John’s House is perfect for a special celebration be it a ‘milestone’ birthday, important wedding anniversary or a large family reunion. The medieval entrance hall provides a wonderful reception area and guests will be able to dine in style in the Tudor panelled dining room.

The Rushmore Estate lies within the larger area known as the Cranborne Chase, once a royal hunting ground, and perhaps one of the best examples of a typical ‘English’ landscape anywhere in the country. The higher ground affords wonderful views as far as the Isle of Wight and there are superb walks in the area including a number of ‘droves’ – green lanes where once oxen and cattle were herded to market. Comprising 7,000 acres in total, the estate contains one of the largest swathes of broad-leaved woodland in southern England and is a wildlife site of national importance. The estate includes the Larmer Tree Victorian pleasure gardens, a 20 minute walk from the house while for keen golfers, Rushmore Golf Club, an excellent 18 hole parkland course, is a few minutes’ drive. In Tollard Royal itself The King John Inn serves mouth-watering food, a good selection of ales and fine wines.

ACCOMMODATION:

The House

Ground floor: Entrance through ancient oak door from courtyard into the medieval hall with its huge open fireplace and flagged floor. Impressive, oak-panelled dining room in the Tudor addition to the house with original fireplace now containing a gas fire. Large, well-equipped kitchen with breakfast table. Outer room incorporating a big walk-in larder, utility area and secondary entrance at the side of the house. Study on other side of hall with wall-mounted, HD 60” TV. Inner hall leading to a shower room/wc and connecting door to the annexe. Main, wide oak staircase to landing and inner lobby.

1st floor: Large, beautiful drawing room corresponding to the hall below in the original part of house with large window overlooking the garden below and open fireplace. From inner lobby, two bedrooms, both with half-tester canopies and zip & link beds offering a choice of super kingsize doubles or adjacent twin beds; en suite shower room/wc in both bedrooms. Twin bedroom with Tudor panelling and decorative, herringbone brick fireplace. Separate bathroom/wc with independent shower over bath (adjacent to the bedroom but also accessible to others). Master bedroom with kingsize bed, dressing area and luxurious, contemporary shower room/wc with big walk-in shower. On landing, cupboard containing a small drinks ‘bar’. Further narrow stairs to landing.

2nd floor: Large attic bedroom with twin beds Large attic bedroom with twin beds which can be made up as a super king-size double if required. (Please specify on your guest details form if you require this). Smaller single bedroom. Bathroom/wc with roll-top bath and separate shower cubicle.

Annexe: (accessed from main house or from outside via courtyard): Large sitting room with view over the garden. Two bedrooms, one with zip & link beds offering a choice of super kingsize double or twin beds and one with twin beds. Bathroom/wc with shower over the bath. Small fitted kitchen with electric oven/hob.

The Gardens

The beautifully maintained gardens at King John’s House are enchanting. Laid out in a formal manner close to the house, further away they blend seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. A long vista at the rear of the house leads the eye past a series of ascending rectangular pools and a fountain to a folly in the far distance. The long grass pathways passing through avenues of pleached lime and cypress trees are a wonderful way to explore this imaginatively landscaped outdoor space. One of these walkways leads down to the exotic ‘Japanese’ garden where a pagoda overlooks a series of ornamental ponds containing coy carp and various aquatic features. This is a perfect place to relax with a drink or enjoy a barbecue. Inside the pagoda there’s a shower, sauna and some wet-weather seating. (NB children must be supervised in the grounds at all times).

Further afield, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury, the cathedral city of Salisbury and the New Forest National Park are all easy destinations for a day’s exploring. The beautiful Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is an hour’s drive and richly rewards a visit.

The original building on the site of the house was a hunting ‘box’ used by King John in the very early years of the 13th century. He held a ‘knight’s fee’ through his second wife Isabella, and would meet the other huntsmen under the nearby Larmer Tree, originally a wych elm which was later replaced by an oak. Later they would eat at the lodge.

The central part of the current King John’s House was built in 1240, shortly after the King’s death in 1216; and this is where guests will enter, into the medieval hall with its huge fireplace, long stone-mullioned window overlooking the garden and water feature, and very unusual small ‘loophole’ window. Further rooms lead from the oldest parts of the house to the Tudor additions where some of the original fine panelling still remains.

SMALL PARTY DISCOUNT:

30% discount applies for parties of 8 guests or fewer using 4 bedrooms. NB not including Christmas & New Year.

If you would like to take advantage of this discount you will need to call the office on 01747 828170 to make your booking. NB. Where applicable, the Small Party Discount supersedes any other Special Offer, available at the time of booking.

SHORT BREAKS

Short breaks are available all year round, although for peak weeks in the summer this is normally at shorter notice.

More Details

Property Manager
Hideaways
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
40%
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in North Dorset District in Wiltshire

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to bedroom 1.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to Bedroom 2.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite-to Bedroom 4 (Master bedrrom).
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , On second floor
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This bathroom is in the Annexe.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 2 Single Bed , This bedroom is in the Annexe.
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This bedrooms is in the Annexe.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom
  • The beds in Bedroom 1 & 2 have half-tester canopies and are zip & link beds offering a choice of super kingsize doubles or adjacent twin beds. Bedroom 7 and 8 are in the Annexe. Bedroom 7 has a zip & link bed offering a choice of super kingsize double or twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna

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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bournemouth International Airport
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Poole
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Tisbury
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
King John Inn
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Poole
Car: recommended

The Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury, the cathedral city of Salisbury and the New Forest National Park are all easy destinations for a day’s exploring. The beautiful Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is an hour’s drive and richly rewards a visit.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in North Dorset District, Cotswolds

No rental rates available - please contact the owner

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

PRICING FOR KING JOHN'S HOUSE:
The prices quoted on the OwnersDirect and HomeAway websites for 3 and 7 nights are correct. However, these websites are unable to compute prices for 4 and 5 night stays. You can make a booking request for these durations and when we reply we will give you an accurate quotation. You can contact Hideaways by email at enq@hideaways.co.uk or by calling us on 01747 828170 if you need further help or information.

PAYMENT TERMS
For bookings made more than 8 weeks before the holiday date an initial deposit of one third of basic rental price is due. We will send you a confirmation showing the balance due date. For bookings made within 8 weeks of the holiday date full payment is due on booking.

SMALL PARTY DISCOUNT:
30% discount applies for parties of 8 guests or fewer using 4 bedrooms. NB not including Christmas & New Year.

If you would like to take advantage of this discount you will need to call the office on 01747 828170 to make your booking. NB. Where applicable, the Small Party Discount supersedes any other Special Offer, available at the time of booking.

SHORT BREAKS
Short breaks are available all year round, although for peak weeks in the summer this is normally at shorter notice.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Book securely online using the hideaways.co.uk website. Pay by card online or over the phone, by bank transfer or by cheque.

For reservations made more than 8 weeks before the holiday start date an initial deposit of 1/3 of the rental cost is due. In the case of bookings made less than 8 weeks before arrival full payment is due on booking.

CHANGEOVER DAY FOR KING JOHN'S HOUSE
Normally Saturday for weekly bookings in high season otherwise this is quite flexible throughout the year.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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