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Pretty Stone Detached Barn In 10 Acres Of Tranquil Gardens, One Mile From Town



Updated: 19-Jul-2016
Converted Barn in Sturminster Newton, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset, England - A Tranquil Location Yet Close To Local Amenities And Visitor Attractions, 30 Mins To The Coast

Owl Barn, reached down a long private drive is shared only with the owners' property. Many of the original features have been retained and the property has been sympathetically decorated and finished throughout. There is parking for 3 cars, a fully enclosed private garden and two private terraces with views over the gardens. There are three bedrooms; one family room, one double with ensuite and one twin room. The accommodation is spacious with large lounge with doors to upper terrace, hall/dining room and breakfasting kitchen with doors to lower terrace. There is a large lobby with downstairs cloakroom and utility room. Owl Barn, on Wool House Farm, is a haven of wildlife, peace and tranquility and yet is walking distance from a pub and a mile from Sturminster Newton. The town is in the heart of the Blackmore Vale made famous in Hardy's novels. There are many places of interest close by including Sherborne, Shaftsbury, and Wimborne. The coastal town of Poole is 30 minutes.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Paul and Collette and we bought Wool House Farm in April 2011 after a six month search for the right property.

We originate from Kent and after lovely holidays self catering in the West Country knew that this was how we wanted to make our living.

We found a real gem in Wool House Farm; we love it. After settling in we completely refurbished Owl Barn and it has been fully booked since its launch on August 5th. Feedback from our first guests has been wonderful convincing us that we're on the right track - although always looking for suggestions on how to improve!

We have extended our "family" to include a cat, four alpacas, 4 chickens and 2 bantams. In the months and years ahead we hope to expand further with more holiday accommodation and more animals.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely surroundings and very high standard of accommodation. We will recommend to our friends. D family from Kilkenny

A wonderful stay in a beautiful setting. Great hosts. L family Bristol

A lovely setting and great facilities, loved the alpacas. Will recommend to family and friends. B party, London.
Sep 2011
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Stunning Barn conversion, fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with my son's, daughter, and grandchildren. We were just so impressed, the photo's do not do it justice, the house is very large with all the bedrooms spacious, a large dining room and even larger living room. There is also a large fully fitted kitchen with everything you need for your stay and a lovely outside seating area. The fresh hen and duck eggs left for us were lovely as were the biscuits, many thanks. The linens are top quality as were the soap and hand cream. My granddaughter loved feeding the Alpaca's and chickens, and it was just so relaxing sitting outside watching the animals and reading with a chilled glass of wine. Collette and Paul are there if you need them but you have total privacy with your outside space. The garden is totally secure which was ideal as we bought our two dogs. We will most definitely be coming back, it was a beautiful house with amazing views and Collete and Paul were excellent hosts. Many thanks. Bernie

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow what a wonderful review, that's so kind, thank you and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Collette and Paul.
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Lovely peace and quiet in Dorset

  • 4 of 5

What a great place to go and unwind. Wonderful setting in beautiful countryside, yet only a few minutes' drive from great pubs, shops etc. Extremely clean house, very comfortable beds and lovely linen. Lovely walks direct from the house. Very discreet owners, despite being next door. Highly recommend Owl Barn. Thank you Collette and Paul for looking after us so well

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Immaculate with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

There were four adults and our young grand-daughter. We had a warm welcome from Collette and Paul, who just could not have done enough for us. Our grand-daughter loved helping to feed the Alpacas, sheep, pet ducks and visiting the hens. The barn was in a lovely setting with beautiful views all around, and freedom to walk about the grounds. If we could give this lovely place 10 stars we would! The cleanest place we have ever stayed in. We really appreciated the "welcome pack" of tea, Dorset biscuits, and 6 of the tastiest, largest yolk eggs we have ever had from the owners own hens! Thank you Collette & Paul. We hope to see you, and all the animals again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review. Thank you so much. We hope you'll come to stay again. Very best wishes, Collette and Paul.
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Great Holiday Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my husband, parents and 2 children and we didn't want to leave when our week was finished! The property is very clean, well equipped and in beautiful surroundings. It is a great area to stay as there is plenty to do and the cottage is spacious with a good layout and perfect for relaxing and spending time in. We have already booked for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Summary of Holiday

  • 5 of 5

A great holiday accomodation a very high standard just as the description said yes i would recommend this to anyone who wants to explore all areas of Dorset we visited Weymouth, Sealife Centre and Tower, Tank Museum, Monkey World,Lulworth cove, Car Museum and lots more. The Owner was very helpful and provided excellent Customer Service. Will be visited in August next year

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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From the Owner

When searching for our property we had a number of priorities and Wool House Farm matched them all. It is in a beautiful tranquil location with lovely views and no noise pollution. The Farm House and holiday accommodation is Grade II listed and full of character and querky corners, so interesting and different to stay in. Although being off the beaten track it is, in fact, walking distance from a lovely local pub and a mile from a nice town with good amenities and transport links. The property is in a great location in North Dorset with a wealth of lovely places to visit and activities and events to suit every age and taste. So, in summary, for us it has it all. We love it and we hope our guests will love it too.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Angling - just 1 mile from the River Stour where there are 5 local locations for fishing. See Dorchester Fishing Society for more details


Weymouth is 23 miles. This is the venue for 2012 Olympic Sailing Events

Poole is 19 miles or 26 minutes. From here Sandbanks is within easy reach and the ferry to Studland with it's beautiful National Trust beaches. Also ferries to France (Cherbourg and St Malo) and the Channel Islands

Bournemouth is 28 miles with it's sandy beaches and range of night life.


Gillingham Railway Station is 9 miles - routes to London.

There is a bus stop on Glue Hill about a quarter of a mile from Owl Barn.

Bournemouth International Airport is 28 miles.

Bristol International Airport is 47 miles.

Poole Ferry terminal is 19 miles and operates crossings to France and the Channel Islands.


Shaftsbury 8 miles. Location of Gold Hill made famous in the Hovis advert and of Shaftsbury Abbey.

Sherborne 12 miles, called by some the most beautiful town in Dorset. Has the Minster and lovely shops and amenities.

Wimborne, 19 miles another very pretty town with it's own minster.

County town of Dorchester with the County Museum, 20 miles.

Salisbury 40 minutes by car

Bath 45 minutes by car

The Dorset Coast - 20 miles or half an hour.

Further Details:

Sturminster Newton, one mile from Owl Barn has a supermarket, bank, chemist, doctor, dentist, vet, takeaways and three pubs and also the Exchange cultural and entertainment centre. The restored and working water mill is a short walk from the property.

Within one hour of Sturminster there are National Trust attractions of Kingston Lacy, Stourhead, the birthplace and home of Thomas Hardy as well as the National Trust coastline at Studland. Chesil Beach and Golden Cap are also within easy reach. There are a number of good golf courses and opportunities for riding, fishing, hang-gliding and extreme sports in the Blackmore Vale and nearby in Cranborne Chase. Most watersports are available at Poole and Sandbanks. A Childrens indoor play centre is half a mile from Owl Barn.

There are many Dorset Villages to explore as well as over the border in Wiltshire. The Blackmore Vale is terrific walking country with footpaths leading right from our own doorstep. Thomas Hardy lived in Sturminster Newton for a short while and his novels are set in much of the surrounding area.

There are some fine restaurants, especially for fish lovers. Some are in the local towns but many are off the beaten track.

There are cinema complexes in Poole and Yeovil. Nightclubs can be found in Poole and Bournemouth.

Throughout the year there are many local events to attend including: The Dorset Steam Festival at Blandford, The Dorset Show, The Bath and West Show, the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival and the Carnival.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
Booking Owl Barn at Wool House Farm couldn't be easier. Just telephone 01258 473923, email or complete the booking form on website. A 33% non-refundable deposit if booking more than 8 weeks in advance. balance 8 weeks before date of arrival. Payment in full for bookings 10 weeks or less from date of arrival. A £100 deposit for damage or breakages refundable at the end of your stay. Dogs £25 per week. Please bring dog bed and dog towels.

Changeover Day: - Friday. We welcome short breaks especially out of season and can be flexible for changeover. Arrival is 3pm and departure at the end of your stay is 10am. Sometimes during spring and autumn we offer special rates for parties of three or less, just call to enquire.

Please pay one third of total cost at time of booking and the balance eight weeks prior to arrival. If you are making your booking within ten weeks of arrival please pay the total amount at time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

A feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, beside a tranquil river, while actually being close to amenities. A lovely location with 10 acres of grounds to explore. We love our animals! There are the four alpacas, two sheep, chickens and ducks, all of whom reside here, but of course there are also resident deer, pheasants, owls, and kingfishers. We also get the occasional visit from otters and badgers. A character property with beams and woodburners, great facilities including spacious accommodation, lovely terraces with views and a safe private garden. In the middle of the lovely countryside of the Blackmore Vale and Cranborne Chase with walks starting right at our doorstep. Within easy reach of the jurassic coast, towns and and the cities of Salisbury, Bath and Bristol. Longleat, Monkey World, Stouhead Garden, and Kingston Lacy are all within easy reach.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Television


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom: on first floor. Bath with shower and WC. Ensuite to bedroom 2: shower and WC. Separate cloakroom on ground floor.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom with vanity basin. King size bed and single 2'6" sofa bed and space for cot. Bedroom 2 double with en-suite. Bedroom 3 with two single beds.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is spacious and all the rooms are of a good size. Owl Barn has many character features including beams in many rooms, flag-stone and tiled floors on the lower levels and woodburners in the hall/dining area and sitting room. From the kitchen, dining room and sitting room, there are lovely views over the river and alpaca paddock. The fixtures, fittings and linens are all of a high quality comensurate with a Gold Award (VB) and we provide flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, WiFi and Ipod Dock. Outside: There is a long private driveway to Wool House Farm and Owl Barn. The lower terrace has garden furniture with space for BBQ area. The terraces are paved. The private garden can be reached via the parking area or either of the terraces and is fully enclosed. The grounds of Wool House Farm include a four acre paddock, great for exercising dogs; an orchard with lots of space for ball games; a woodland area where deer can be seen; a paddock for our four alpacas and our chickens; the stream and pond area, often home to visiting ducks and moorhens; and the Mound where we often have sheep grazing. Guests are welcome to explore the gardens and orchard of Wool House Farm but at their own risk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There are deep waters and steep inclines that may be unsuitable for small children or those with mobility problems. Utility Room: Large Utility room with double sink reached via downstairs lobby. Washing machine and large indoor drying area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and Towels are included. The property is cleaned once per week. Guests staying for two weeks will have clean linen provided for week 2 of their stay. Other: Hall/Dining Area with flag stone floor. Dining table by full length windows overlooking gardens. Wood burning stove.

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