Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset
Bluebell Cottage is a holiday cottage in Pimperne, Dorset, sleeping 2 and pet friendly situated on a working arable farm with horses and countryside views
Bluebell Cottage is located on a working arable farm with horses on the edge of the village of Pimperne near Blandford Forum. A complex of three cottages are set inside a beautiful brick barn conversion, each with a private patio area and access to a shared lawned garden. In addition there is a games room with table tennis, table football and darts and outside is a croquet lawn. The village has a shop and post office as well as two pubs which both serve food. Blandford Forum is just 4 miles away with a number of museums and a twice weekly market.
The accommodation at Bluebell Cottage comprises of an open plan living area with exposed wooden beams and whitewashed walls. The kitchen comes equipped with and electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher with a dining room table with chairs for four. The lounge area has a sofa and armchair as well as a Freeview TV with DVD player. WiFi is enabled throughout. Go upstairs to the bedroom which has a super king size bed which has an en suite bathroom with shower, bath, basin and toilet. A highchair and stairgate can be provided upon request.
Outside is a pretty private patio with Rattan-style furniture and further shared grounds. There is off road parking for one car and one well behaved dog is welcome. The shop and pubs are just 1.5 miles from the front door. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
A market town, Blandford Forum lies on the River Stour and is renowned for its Georgian architecture. Lying between Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs it is surrounded by some stunning countryside with many small villages to explore.Read more
There are a large number of villages around Blandford, all worth an explore as they are just so quaint. However, satnav will help! Heading east you will discover Pimperne and Tarrant Hinton, Stourpaine to the north, to the west Winterborne Stickland and Milton Abbas and to the south Charlton Marshall where the River Stour continues to flow.
By far the biggest event in the area, or maybe all of Dorset, is the annual Great Dorset Steam Fair. Held between Pimperne and Tarrant Hinton the event has grown every year and now sits on a 600 acre site. It is the leading show of its kind in the world, attracts international attention and has now run for the last 46 years as of 2014. Due to the scale of the show there really is something for everyone with the roots of the show still very much steam related. Held at the end of August it's worth a visit if you are a heavy horse enthusiast, music fan, vintage and classic car, caravan, motorcycle, military vehicle or tractor fan, like freestyle motorcycle displays, monster trucks, rural crafts, great food, sheep shows, a countryside arena and even a set of Bernese Mountain Dogs. The music certainly isn't an afterthought with no fewer than six stages with bands such as the Kings of Lyon performing in 2014. All in all, a great weeks worth of entertainment.
Blandford houses its own museum with a wealth of artefacts through the ages including militaria, the railways and archaeology. With free entry, the museum is open 6 days a week between April and October. Blandford also has the Fashion Museum, a collection of fashions from the 18th century to the 1970s, all housed in a classic Georgian building with garden and tea room. Just to the south of Blandford, in the small village of Thornicombe lies Gorcombe, an outdoor adventure centre with a bit of everything. Quad biking, paintball, dirt buggies, an extreme assault course and clay shooting. If you need a bit of adrenaline pumping round the system then this is where to head to. It is also the site of Home Farm where you can stop for a cream tea and the well stocked farm shop full of delightful local produce that puts supermarkets to shame.
The Hall and Woodhouse Brewery is in Blandford Forum and has a visitor centre and brewery tour. With a history dating back to 1777 you can learn about the process of brewing and then get to smaple some of their finest brews. Each tour lasts 2 hours and are run every day except Wednesday and Sunday. The Royal Signals Museum is also in Blandford and has a number of exhibitions that change on a regular basis.
Grab your bike and cycle along the old trailway between Blandford and Shillingstone taking in fabulous Dorset scenery all the way. At Shillingstone you will discover the Railway Project, run entirely by volunteers, they aim to restore the station and the surrounding area to how it was back in the 1950s. One of the first area to be restored is the cafe, offering needed refreshment for your trip back. Have a bite to eat in the cafe, al fresco or in the restored buffet coach.
With just under 50 eateries in Blandford the choice is good with the Yellow Bicycle Cafe, The Woodpecker and the Forum Cafe getting particularly good reviews.Read less
Bournemouth is 18 miles away
Bristol is 46 miles away
Exeter is 69 miles away