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A stylish bolthole on a welcoming Dorset farm, perfect for an eco-friendly, all-weather rural escape from everyday life.

If life and work are getting too much, grab your loved ones and head for Higher Kingsland Farm in Dorset, where you'll find The Cider House ready and waiting for you to relax.

Lovingly styled and ridiculously cosy, friendly owners Eddy and Caroline have put a great deal of care into transforming The Cider House from a humble stone and cob barn into the ultimate rural retreat.  Eco-friendly and designed to be cool in summer and toasty in winter, you can enjoy the beauty of this rustic corner of Dorset in every one of its changing seasons.

Sleeping up to four people, you'll find an inviting kingsize bedroom and a mezzanine area above the living space (accessed by a fixed ladder) that features a super kingsize bed or two singles - whichever you prefer.  

The sociable living space itself is gorgeously homely, with plenty of comfy seating, a well-equipped kitchen and a dining area you're likely to spend hours chatting in, surrounded by warm-toned décor and lively pops of colour.

You'll find great attention to detail has been paid to those self-catering additions that make holiday life that much easier, such as proper pans, sharp kitchen knives and plenty of high-quality accessories.  Meanwhile, the bathroom is generously equipped with soft, fluffy towels and indulgent ideal setting for holing yourself up with bubbles and a good book.

Home entertainment is given high priority too, with a selection of board games, books, a TV and DVD player, and DAB radio with Bluetooth connection all available (translation: you'll never be bored, even when it's raining outside!)  On fine days, there's an OS Map available to borrow, helping your exploring along.

Of course, you could always while away those sunny afternoons in the garden instead.  The outdoor areas are shielded for privacy and feature a lawn, a fixed barbecue area and plenty of seating for you to enjoy a sizzling supper...before a spot of stargazing in the clear night sky.  

Fourteen acres of farm fields surround the house, complete with soothing views across rolling Marshwood Vale countryside - perfect for inspiring a restful night's sleep.

You'll find a separate utility room too, with a handy washing machine and tumble dryer, a freezer, and storage space for at least two bikes. Ask Eddy for advice on the local routes - as a keen cyclist himself, he's always very happy to share his knowledge!

Slightly further afield, just four miles away is the bustling market town of Bridport, a haven for vintage lovers and ideal for antique-hunting.  West Bay is a mere mile further, from which you'll have access to the windswept World Heritage site of the Jurassic Coast.

Chat the mornings away over a hearty breakfast, as you plan out yet another exciting day.  With so much on offer both in and out of The Cider House, you may be a while!

Things to note

The mezzanine stairs should not be used by those aged under 7.  No pets permitted. No smoking. Prices start from £105 per night for 2 people then £10 per additional person per night (plus booking fee). Minimum stay is 3 night weekends and 4 night weeks outside school holidays. During holidays minimum stay is 1 week.

Tried and tested

"Wow! What a wonderful space you have created here. The inside of The Cider House is absolutely stunning; modern, cosy and very welcoming. We can see a great deal of care and attention has gone into it. The area is beautiful and the views are gorgeous - and lots of space outside to enjoy warm summer evenings. We are absolutely sure you won't mind 2 stowaways since we have zero desire to leave this place and return to London! Good luck with this new venture. We've no doubt it will be a roaring success - it really is a magical place and hats off to you for making it so. We'll definitely be back....(if we ever leave of course!)"
"The Barn Hunters"
"You have created a beautiful place here - full of rustic charm but with modern twists, comfortable, tastefully decorated, well presented and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. All that combined with a peaceful location and great views of the Dorset countryside make for a winning combination. Loved our stay so 10/10 from us"
"The House Hunters"
"The Cider House is in a lovely location and is very well equipped with some lovely finishing touches. We will definitely be returning in the near future for another stay"
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The basics

Region: Near Bridport, Dorset
Cost (from): £105 per night
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 3 nights (weekends)
Property ref: 919

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Sleeps up to 4, king size bedroom, mezzanine sleeping space with king/twin beds, bedding & towels, private bathroom, bath, shower, bathroom amenities, living space, wood burning stove, fully equipped kitchen, gas hob, electric fan oven, kitchen equipment, TV, DVD player, board games, DAB radio, bluetooth connection, books, private garden, lawn, outdoor seating, fixed BBQ area. A separate utility room has a freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, bike storage, parking.

Local activities

Jurassic Coast coastal walks, cycling, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, fishing, arts centre, cinema, sailing, golf, birdwatching.

At a glance

  • Stylish, eco-friendly holiday home for up to four people, lovingly converted from a stone and cob barn on a family-run farm in Dorset, four miles from the bustling market town of Bridport and within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast.
  • The owners are very happy to make adjustments to accommodate babies and toddlers if needed - everybody is welcome!
  • Private parking is available on site, with heating, towels, linen and kitchen accessories all provided. You'll also find a selection of books and games provided, along with the all-important tea, coffee and milk.
  • Please note that the mezzanine sleeping area is accessed by a fixed ladder that is not recommended for children under 7.
  • Friendly owners Eddy and Caroline are a wealth of information about the local area - just ask them for ideas!

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