Mosey on down to the Wessex Ridgeway, where a luxurious pioneer's paradise awaits. Time for a ranch-inspired family escape complete with cedar cabins that chart the history of the Wild West...
When the demands of a stressful daily life start to get you down, there's no better time to pack up the family (including the dog - or indeed the horse!) and head to Loose Reins, where you'll find time has slowed down especially for you to enjoy the finest of natural living.
Your setting is the stunning Dorset countryside - Blackmore Vale to be exact, part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a breath taking and varied panorama. It's simply the perfect place for you to reconnect with your loved ones and indulge in some well-deserved downtime, surrounded by birdsong, forest greenery and wildlife.
The calming Loose Reins atmosphere is ever-present, waiting to embrace you as soon as you arrive and lead you right back to nature. Choose from a comfy cabin - Ranchers, Trappers or Goldpanners - all sleeping up to four people, or a luxury canvas lodge that sleeps up to six.
The cedar cabins each feature wood-panelled interiors for that authentic Western feel, and you'll find plenty of style and character infused throughout. Enjoy little touches like faux fur and fleece in Trappers, Victorian light shades in Ranchers and golden Navajo wood in Goldpanners. The attention to detail helps make everything about Loose Reins quite unique.
You'll find a well-equipped kitchen with wood burner, gas hob and oven, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas to enjoy your meals in comfort. A super comfy king-sized bed is the perfect place to snuggle up under an American quilt after a long day of adventuring, with the dining area seats cleverly folding down to provide sleeping space for an extra adult or up to two children.
Fluffy towels and a welcoming hot shower await you in your private bathroom, and the cabin porch is the ideal place to enjoy al fresco coffee and conversation as you light up the fire bowl, toast some marshmallows and watch the golden sun setting over the horizon.
For larger groups, or those who prefer to sample life under luxury canvas, the three Loose Reins lodges, nestled at the edge of the forest, are the perfect resting place. With plank floors and wooden room-dividing walls, this is outdoor-style living at its most opulent!
A stylish living area, complete with sofa, armchairs and a wood burner, is the ideal place to congregate and swap stories, and on sunny days (or balmy nights!) you can even open up the living area to become part of the outdoor deck...why not crack open a beer or two and keep a watchful eye out for a shooting star?
Enjoy your meals in the spacious, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, then claim your beautifully made up bed from the king-size four-poster, king-sized cabin bed (with space underneath for a kids' play area including plenty of pens, paper and a desk!) and twin singles.
Your bathroom is built for relaxation, with a deluxe rain shower and plenty of fresh, soft towels to wrap yourself in after a long day of exploration.
Your accommodation is equipped with books and board games for when you don't feel like meandering outside - but when you do, you're in for a treat! Discover all the animals that are ready and waiting to meet you. This is an area with plenty of wildlife, so see if you can spot deer, foxes and squirrels - not to mention the two friendly resident pygmy goats, Butch and Sundance, and the small flock of gentle rare breed sheep. Further afield, why not try learning some rural crafts, maybe explore the North Dorset Trailway by bike, or pack a picnic and head to the Jurassic Coast?
Enjoy fantastic walking routes available all around...not to mention a choice of country pubs nearby. Back on site, why not start a scavenger hunt, build a leafy den or try lassoing the model bull - all perfect activities for working up an appetite!
The Loose Reins General Store will provide you with plenty of mouthwatering ingredients to whip up your own ranch-style feasts, and you can also choose from a selection of tasty home-style specialities waiting to be heated and served! Breakfast and barbecue hampers will tempt you, and the on-site cellar will ensure you're well-equipped with the finest beverages available, from local brew to fine wine.
If you prefer exploring on your horse, then you're in luck - you can now take your horse with you! Unwind on the porch and watch your horse graze in the paddock in front of you. Ride through stunning open country from an easily accessible bridle path, right from the front gate. Make life long memories on a holiday with your own four-legged best friend.
So for a truly unique break that all the family - whether two legged or four! - can enjoy in luxury, head on down to Loose Reins for a holiday you won't forget in a hurry.
Things to note
Up to two well behaved dogs are permitted upon prior arrangement; dog bowls, towels, beds and treats are provided; £25 per dog per stay. Horse stays are £30 per horse per night with DIY livery - paddock or stabling with bedding and hay. No smoking please, check-in time 4-6pm, groups of 6+ may be possible upon application. A general store is located onsite in a characterful shepherd's hut.
Please click here for information on Loose Reins policy regarding safety during the pandemic, including social distancing and virtual check-in measures.
Tried and tested
"Please can we stay forever??! Thank you for a perfect stay. The cabin is totally adorable and cosy, the views are beautiful and the horses are gorgeous.
We had the best time and hope to return soon!"
Ella and Joe
"We have had a super time. Everything about this place is perfect. It is also very peaceful. The riding and the weather yesterday was fantastic. Great views. You have all been very welcoming and friendly, and we will definitely be back."
Caroline, Mimi and Irvin
"Wow, what an amazing place! Peaceful, tranquil, breathtaking, home from home are just a few words I could use to describe it but it really wouldn't do it justice! We had a really lovely family holiday, the kids love it and moaned on our last night that they had to go home (my kids are home bunnies so that's a huge compliment). Gorgeous Safari lodges, fabulous fire pit, just perfect - we will be back and maybe bring some friends too!!!"
Region: Shillingstone, Dorset
Cost (from): £99 per night (cabin midweek low season)
Sleeps: 4-6 per unit
Bathrooms: 1 per unit
Minimum stay: 2 nights (low season)
Property ref: 314
Cabins sleep 2+2, king-size bed, 1 extra bed in dining area, bedding & towels, private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, wood burner, fridge, gas hob, storage, dining area, crockery, cutlery, utensils, basket of essentials, candles, al fresco porch, dining table, free WiFi, board games, cards,
Lodges sleep up to 6, king-size four-poster bedroom, twin bedroom, king-size cabin bedroom, bedding & towels, private bathroom, double rain shower, fully equipped kitchen, fridge, crockery, cutlery, utensils, gas hob, combi microwave oven, basket of essentials, living/dining area, wood burner, candles, sheltered wooden deck, free WiFi, board games, cards.
Onsite: Relaxation and recuperation, star gazing, children's activity club.
Offsite: Walking, hiking, Nordic walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, stone age ramparts, architecture, Thomas Hardy country, Jurassic Coast, beaches, museums, castles, surfing, kayaking, sea swimming, fishing.
At a glance
- Luxury family and romantic couples accommodation in Dorset, consisting of cedar cabins sleeping up to four people, and canvas lodges that sleep up to six, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that's easily accessible by car.
- Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
- Linen, towels, cutlery and cooking essentials are provided, along with lots of goodies to welcome you, including locally made brownies, conserve, organic coffee, Dorset tea, bread, milk and butter.
- The Loose Reins General Store is equipped with holiday essentials, and you can pre-order a selection of cooked meals. The cellar is well-stocked with local brews and wines for you to purchase.
- Communal and private BBQ pits. Communal games area including a static cow to practice roping skills and horse shoe hoopla.
- The Loose Reins resident animals include Butch and Sundance, our two pygmy goats, tame chickens, fluffy-legged bantams, gentle sheep, beautiful horses and sweet Shetland ponies.
- Close to the Jurassic Coast, with an array of local attractions, shops and dining establishments nearby.