Views from Bulbarrow Hill towards The Victorian Barn Woolland
As in Hardy's day its chief agricultural pursuit is dairying, which has preserved a landscape on intimate scale - often tiny fields defined by ancient hedgerows and winding lanes. There has been no great pressure here for the removal of hedges and hedgerow trees which has been so damaging in other parts of the country. In summer this is a lush pastoral landscape and the visitor can spend days wandering in the maze of small roads, footpaths and bridleways.
We are four miles south of Sturminster Newton (Brown Tourist Signs from A357)
We are eight miles west of Blandford Forum
We are fourteen miles northeast of Dorchester
We are twelve miles south east of Sherborne (the nearest rail link)
We are fourteen miles south of Gillingham (rail link) and eighteen miles from A303
We are twenty miles north of Weymouth (nearby beaches)
* All distances are approximate
Sturminster Newton is a traditional Dorset town, which built up to serve the surrounding agricultural area of North Dorset. It stands halfway between Blandford Forum and Sherborne on the River Stour, across which spans a six-arched 17th century bridge of medieval origin.
On the south side of the Town Bridge is Sturminster Newton Mill which has been restored to working order in the 1980's and where the public can see the grinding machinery working. It is of particular interest as the less efficient water mill was replaced by a then state-of-the-art water turbine in 1904. The history of Sturminster and its people and industry is shown in the Mill.
The Antelope Inn
Within walking distance of The Victorian Barn, has been Hazelbury Bryan's village pub for many years. Home cooked food, Real Ale and good company are always guaranteed at this charming old Dorset inn.
The Antelope Inn, Pidney, Hazelbury Bryan, Sturminster Newton. DT10 2EB
Telephone: 01258 817295
The Green Man
Just a short 5 minute drive from The Victorian Barn is this excellent rustic pub. Great choice of ales, lager and wines. Sample the extensive menu offering mouth-watering choices. Service is good, fast with polite staff. Guaranteed a pleasant experience every time.
The Green Man, Kings Stag, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2AY
Telephone: 01258 817338
A 10 minute drive from The Victorian Barn or for the more ambitious a hearty walk over Bulbarrow Hill. You will have earned your great Sunday carvery. Fresh and homemade prepared food, superb selection of vegetables and meats, desserts and fine wines and very child friendly. Open for weekday lunches and evening meals.
The Fox Lower Ansty, Ansty, Dorset DT2 7PN
Telephone: 01258 880328 www.anstyfoxinn.co.uk
The Hambro Arms Inn
A 15 minute drive from The Victorian Barn. Offering quality food at an affordable price. Today, Milton Abbas features on many picture postcards of rural Dorset with 36 quaint white-washed and thatched cottages each fronted by a lawn. With the wonderful School and Abbey just a short distance from the pub.
The Hambro Arms Inn,The Street, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0BP
Telephone: 01258 880233 www.hambroarms.co.uk
Plumber Manor Country House Hotel
For that special occasion why not try dining in this stunning Manor House Hotel that has been in the same family for generations. Really wonderful food, great wine cellar and an amazing dessert trolley.
Plumber Manor Country House Hotel Sturminster Newton Dorset DT10 2AF
Telephone: 01258 472507 www.plumbermanor.co.uk