barn owls
(sleeps up to 6 & cot)
beautifully converted from an 18th Century stone barn, the cottage is set in idyllic surroundings in the heart of West Dorset.  The cottage has retained much of its original character with fossils from the Jurassic coastline inset into its stonework and huge oak beams.  The sitting/dining room looks out across the garden and fields towards the village Church of Askerswell, half a mile away.  The dining area, with french windows, opening out onto the stone terrace, provides a wonderful sun-trap for summer lunches under the old apple tree.
1 double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms comprising of:
   5' kingsize bed
   twin bedroom with 3' painted wooden beds
   twin bedroom with 3' wooden beds
Cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher.  The large kitchen is very well equipped and looks onto the garden.  If you would rather let someone else do the cooking for you so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday, there are very good chefs locally who would be happy to discuss some menus which can then be dropped off to your cottage.  Alternatively the award-winning Washingpool farm shop is a wonderful source of home made meals and organic produce. Waitrose and Tesco deliver - all we ask is that you let us know so that we can meet them if you are delayed.
The laundry room is a short distance across the yard with washing machine, tumble drier, iron and board and drying racks.
2 bathrooms upstairs and separate wc downstairs
double bedroom has ensuite bathroom with handheld shower
twin bedrooms share family sized bathroom with shower over bath
Wood-burning stove, oil fired central heating, oak floors throughout ground floor, all linen included (not beach towels) and private spring-water supply, rising on farm.  The panoramic views across farmland towards Eggardon hill and the picturesque village of Askerswell from the cottage and the garden are idyllic.  If you take the cottage for two or more weeks, a service clean is provided at the end of each week with fresh linen.  The Spyway Inn, providing very good food, is only a 10 minute stroll away.
west hembury farm
01308 485289
dining Area:
Danish oak refectory table seats 8 with extra leaves seating a total of 12.
entertainment & activities:
Widescreen TV with DVD player, Freeview channels, Radio/CD HiFi.  Stabling for horses and undercover storage for boats.  Outdoor games are provided, including cricket gear, swingball and a football goal to test penalty shoot out skills, in the field beyond the cottage garden.  There are also a range of toys, puzzles and boardgames for all ages in the cottage. 
Terrace, garden, BBQ, garden furniture with seating for 8.  Garden has a magnificent magnolia and ancient apple tree.  There is a paddock at the end of the garden where dogs can be exercised.  The garden is fenced with a gate leading through to the paddock.  You are also welcome to walk round the farm.  With ancient and newly planted woodland home to an abundance of wildlife and a chalkstream at the bottom of our valley, there is plenty to do if you would rather not take to the road.
restrictions & conditions:
We do allow a well-behaved dog by prior arrangement - please ask at time of booking for prices.  No smoking in the cottage or on the farm - garden only.
booking conditions:
Please refer to Rental notes.
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