Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset
The Stables is a holiday cottage in Martin, Hampshire, sleeping 4 in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Cranborne Chase
The Stables is part of two holiday cottages at Higher Farm in the conservation area of Martin, a quiet village close to the Martin Down National Nature Reserve. Close to the Hampshire and Dorset border it makes for an excellent base to explore both counties. The village itself is set in an area known as Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The cathedral city of Salisbury is just 8 miles away with the New Forest National Park just 6 miles away.
The accommodation at The Stables is all on the ground floor and comprises of a living room with wood burning stove, Freeview TV, WiFi and DVD player. French doors lead outside and there is a dining area within the open plan living area. The galley kitchen has a Belfast sink, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. There are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, both with French doors leading outside. The bathroom has bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet. A cot and highchair can be provided upon request.
Outside is a shared, lawned garden as well as an orchard complete with furniture. There is a cycle store and stabling can be arranged with the owner. There is parking available for 2 cars. 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 14 miles away
Bristol is 51 miles away
Exeter is 82 miles away