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Family and pet - friendly secluded, hilltop farm . Versatile accommodation. - Fern Down Cottage Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage



Fern Down Cottage Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms)

A stone cottage with outreaching views of the unspoilt Dorset countryside. Well equipped for all times of the year with oil fired central heating and log fires.

About the property


Enjoy, stunning rural views from the cottage, barn and surrounding land with birdsong, stars and far reaching sunsets in our 132 acres of open spaces, woodland, streams, and pond. Relax in the peaceful surroundings or see our working farm in operation, meeting farm animals and friendly livestock.

Activities include:

•deer and badger watching on the farm

•woodland, bluebell and stream walks included through the local walk network •the Dorset Heritage Coast only 8 miles away

•the bustling local market towns of Bridport and Dorchester

•numerous tourist attractions, from wildlife parks to museums, all local to the farm

•getting involved (not obligatory!) with the every day activities of a working farm

•free pick-up from the local pubs/restaurants after a few pints

•doing as much or as little as you want on holiday. Character detached 1800's barn and cottage.

Secluded peacefulness away from noise and lights; stunning views; beautiful skies; beaches and holiday attractions nearby.

Freedom to explore our farm. Central heating and log- fire, cosy in winter; own large fenced gardens for summer relaxation; safe for children; friendly livestock; freedom to roam farmland, woods and stream - go badger watching!

Central to rights of way.

More Details

David and Sarah Solly
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2017

About David and Sarah Solly

Sarah and I have been farming here for 18 years. A Dorset man, I have taught in local secondary schools for 30 years , retiring to concentrate on the farm and our holiday business 10 years ago , somehow finding time for sailing , motorsport , countryside pursuits and conservation , and travel as well.

Sarah started, and continues to run our sheep flock that she established 30 years ago alongside her passion for riding and competing Western Style , tango and art.

We have 2 grown up children , 2 horses, 5 dogs , 1 pig (Trinny) , 7 chickens and up to 400 sheep on the farm .

We both love sharing this beautiful part of Dorset with our visitors .

David and Sarah Solly purchased this cottage in 1997

Why David and Sarah Solly chose West Dorset District

Needing to increase the size of our previous farm , and to have a house with the land we were incredibly lucky to find Fern Down in a beautiful part of Dorset. Close to the Jurassic coast,and within easy reach of Bridport , a lovely market town of Broadchuch fame, we enjoy peace, tranquility and night time darkness at the end of our 1km farm drive . We are a low input sheep farm so there is very little machinery activity to disturb you. We take pride in encouraging wildlife and improving the ecological balance of our small , yet geologically diverse farm.

Available Rentals


  • Booking Notes:
    Deposit 25% with completed booking form (duplicated - customer retains one copy) Balance payable 4 weeks before date of arrival. Prices quoted are fully inclusive (electricity, central heating, beds made up, logs for fires and towels).

    Changeover Day:
    Please contact owner


Accommodation and facilities for Fern Down Cottage Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms)in West Dorset District in Dorset

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Accept Children Pets Accepted Cycle Storage Outside: Fern Down Farm's self catering holiday barn and cottage are situated three quarters of a mile at the end of a private drive. The situation, low light pollution and road noise offer a peaceful and secluded holiday getaway. There are many reasons why people staying with us come back year after year for their break and find the farm a special place to be.


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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Exeter, Bournemouth/ Bristol
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Dorchester South /Yeovil Junction (main)
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Maiden Newton
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Hive beach, Burton Bradstock
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Unwind in the peaceful surroundings of wide open spaces and long distance rural views. Join us in an environment where children can play in 132 acres of grassland, woodland and streams.

If you want a bit more activity, why not see what's happening on our working farm? David ( a retired teacher) and Sarah love people to get involved .


Beautiful beaches of the Dorset World Heritage Jurassic coastline, amazing sea views and lots of other attractions are a short drive from the farm.

Bridport with West Bay, our local town of TV fame, has much of interest - markets, restaurants, live music , junk shops galore and a great feel about it.