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We are very proud of The Victorian Barn and all we have to offer, please don't just take our word for it why not browse the reviews below from happy guests.

If you have just stayed with us either at The Victorian Barn or Dairy House Farm Cottages and would like to leave a review please feel free to email us or visit us on Trip Advisor.                                            

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A returning guest has just left a lovely review. They stayed in The Stable a ground floor property sleeping up to 4 guests with stunning views to the lakes and open countryside. Date Submi ...

A 5* TripAdvisor Review from the guests who stayed at The Victorian barn last week. "We stayed in Beatrice House and found it to be spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The hot tub that we ...

We have been three consecutive years as it provides everything for the family. My wife and our two boys love the fishing, we all enjoy the swimming pool and I go for the walks and the silence. As a ...

We had a fantastic weekend break here for a hen party. Penny was fabulous for the whole process and made the booking easy and hassle free. All enquiries were promptly answered and they were ver ...

We always go away as a group every year and usually stay at Centre Parks but wanted a change. We stayed from 8 - 11 May 2015
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A returning guest has just left a lovely review.  

They stayed in The Stable a ground floor property sleeping up to 4 guests with stunning views to the lakes and open countryside.

Date Submitted: 22 Jun 2015  

Location 5 - Excellent
Cleanliness  5 - Excellent
Facilities 5 - Excellent
Service / Staff 5 - Excellent
  
Would you recommend this property to other travellers? Yes

Comments about this property
We love staying at the Victorian barn it's so friendly and lots to do my husband loves the fishing lakes and I love the in-door gym and the pool, we try to visit once a year .

Tips for other travellers
There is a well planned hand book that tells you all about places to go and see and good food places .


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A 5* TripAdvisor Review from the guests who stayed at The Victorian barn last week.

"We stayed in Beatrice House and found it to be spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The hot tub that we hired had already been setup and ready to use upon our arrival on the Friday and it was lovely. The two kids (aged 2 & 3) loved the pool and the trampolines in the park. We found the location to be pretty and quiet and an easy distance to Corfe Castle, Studland Beach, Monkey World, Dinosaur Museum and the Swanage Steam Railway - all of which we visited and enjoyed. Penny made our stay very comfortable and always stopped for a chat and to check that everything was ok".


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We have been three consecutive years as it provides everything for the family. My wife and our two boys love the fishing, we all enjoy the swimming pool and I go for the walks and the silence. As a Londoner, the size of the sky, the sunset, the stars at night and the total absence of aircraft and cars is enough for me.

Excellent food in local pubs and restaurants and no phone signal; quality time with the family. What more can you ask.

Guests stayed over the May half term.


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We had a fantastic weekend break here for a hen party.

Penny was fabulous for the whole process and made the booking easy and hassle free. All enquiries were promptly answered and they were very accommodating throughout.
The accommodation is lovely and very spacious and the surroundings are beautiful with lots of walking routes on the doorstep.
The evening 3 course meal was excellent and easily catered for 13 of us.
All the facilities were of a very high standard and the pool and jacuzzi were a lovely extra treat for a girls weekend away.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend and we would all go again in a heartbeat!

Highly recommend a stay here.

Thank you Penny!

Stayed 29 - 31 May 2015


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We  always go  away as a group every year and usually stay at Centre Parks but wanted a change.  We stayed from 8 - 11 May 2015

I would  recommend this property to other travellers

We stayed in The Victoria Suite

We had an amazing stay! Beautiful accommodation, clean, well stocked kitchen, all amenities you could need. Penny was so friendly and extremely helpful. We have booked straight away for the same time next year!  Thanks Penny 

Lovely lunch at the Fiddleford Inn, we walked the trail there from Sturminster Newton

From Jennie and friends


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Stayed 8 - 10 May with friends...........

Location,  Cleanliness,  Facilities and  Service / Staff were Excellent.

Will certainly recommend this property to other travellers? 

What a wonderful stay myself and 13 others had. Couldn't praise the venue enough. The hot tubs were a nice addition to our stay and glad we hired them. The grounds are beautiful and we got to have fun using them! Most definitely shall return.

Tips for other travellers
The local pub was very friendly and the food was delicious.


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Perfect Easter Holiday

We had a lovely weeks holiday staying in Helena House within The Victorian Barn & Dairy House Farm :) We were 2 families (with 4 kids all together ages 7-12). The house was well equipped, clean and spacious. It was great to have an ensuite bathroom in all bedrooms and we found it very comfortable.

The swimming pool is lovely and warm - we spent a lot of time there. There's also a sauna and we hired a private hot tub which we all really made the most of. There is a lovely play area for kids with trampoline and swings etc, and plenty of space for running around. There is a pond but it is well covered (and full of fish!).
The farm is set in beautiful rolling countryside, it's very quiet and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen (the kids were very excited to see a badger!). This is a wonderful place to kick back and relax.
Penny was lovely and welcoming, really helpful and friendly.
We are already planning our return trip!!

5*


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"Location  Excellent   Cleanliness Excellent   Facilities Excellent  Service / Staff Excellent"

I would thoroughly recommend this property to other travellers

A fabulous hidden gem!  Plumtree Cottage worked perfectly for our extended family, much bigger than we expected and very well equipped.  A great mixture of onsite facilities and local trips made for a relaxing week enjoyed by all, thank you Penny!

Some tips for other travellers
Monkey World is a must, you can hire scooters for those that can't walk far. The Antelope Inn is really close and a lovely place to eat. The Royal Oak is a little further at Milton St Andrew and does a fabulous carvery on Friday and Sunday.

Would also recommend a supermarket grocery delivery as shops not too close and why waste relaxation time!

Date of stay 21 Mar 2015


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“Fabulous Hen Party”

We recently stayed at the barn for my sister’s hen party weekend. We selected the hen party package and decided to add the lunch hamper. From the moment we arrived everything was as described and more. Penny was extremely helpful and accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was fantastic and had space for everybody. The facilities were of a very high standard.

The breakfast arrived at exactly the agreed times both mornings.

The dance class was absolutely brilliant and was made easy enough for us to do. Tara couldn't have been nicer.

After the dance class we had the lunch time hamper which included local breads, cheeses, chutneys and scones - delicious.

We also had the chef cook dinner for us. Everything was delicious and again nothing was too much trouble. We had decorations and Prosecco which they were happy to put out and serve. Even when I had forgot to order a veggie starter they made one up straight away.

Overall everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we would definitely return again.

Thanks again Penny!        

Stayed 13 - 15 March 2015

Thank you also to:

Tara of Hendanceparty - instruction with party dancing

Julian and Heidi of Elseeventscatering - evening catering

Lisa of Bethellbridgebakery - savoury hampers


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'Thank you for the pleasant stay at The Victorian Barn. The whole family really enjoyed our stay and only has positive things to say about the accommodation and its facilities. The location of the property is stunning, the layout of the apartments was brilliant and suited us as a family well, along with being very spacious. The facilities provided were brilliant. Overall we as a family thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be recommending it to our friends and family.'

Regards

Nikunj

Stayed over the Christmas period 2014

 


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We are all absolutely over the moon to be staying here. Helena House has exceeded all our expectations which were high !

Very Many thanks

Julia

18 November


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Would just like to say thank you very much for yet another fantastic weekend at The Victorian Barn, all 10 of us had a great time and enjoyed your facilities, especially the hot tub!  Where else can you scrapbook, swim, go on farm walks, eat, have fun with your friends and spend time in a hot tub...

We are looking at the next dates in 2015 

Please send me options and prices as we can"™t wait to come again

Thanks Paula
 


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"Three weeks of bliss"

Had a wonderful three weeks staying in the Lodge. Used it as a base for touring to near by towns and villages. Set in a wonderful area of natural beauty, The lanes from the Victorian Barn are full of wildlife and not that busy with traffic, so able to drive at own pace to enjoy the scenery. 

Penny and Claire were most helpful, Penny was great with the circus act into the loft.

Would recommend the use of the nearby local Pubs i.e. The Green Man at Kings stag and The Royal Oak at Okeford Fitzpaine both of which have very good food and drinks every day of the week.

If you require a place to stay in mid Dorset then this is the place to go.

Stayed September 2014, travelled with family

5 of 5 stars


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Location Excellent,  Cleanliness Excellent, Facilities Excellent, Service Excellent

We would certainly  recommend this property to other travellers?

Comments about The Victoria Suite
We have just had such a special week end at the Victorian Barn. As can be seen above, it was perfect. Penny and Claire could not have been more helpful. There were nine of us in the party (including an active two year old) and we wanted for nothing. We had planned to visit other villages, country fairs etc but all we did was enjoy the facilities, the location and each other's company. The whole weekend was based on a family get together to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday and it all proved to be excellent, including the complimentary birthday card, the bottle of wine and a welcoming Dorset apple cake! What more could we want? We celebrated by having a traditional home cooked roast beef Sunday lunch. The kitchen facilities to do this were superb. We wanted for nothing! Thank you so much for everything! This all helped my husband to have a very memorable 60th birthday!


Tips for other travellers
Fishing facilities were used and thoroughly enjoyed, swimming facilities were excellent and the location for walking was great. We would definitely return for a second visit.
 


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"Perfect Family Getaway"

We rented Jasmine Cottage.

The week passed all our expectations.

The atmosphere was relaxing. Safe environment for our daughter to have more freedom than she would normally be allowed. We allowed her to the playground giving her a time to be back (every 10-15 minutes) and it gave her independence too. She made a few friends which was lovely. We had expected to daily go out on day trips. We only left twice. Once to Weymouth and once to Longleat. The rest of the time we chilled. We walked, swam, fished. My daughter is 8 and was very sad to leave. We are blessed to have travelled a lot and she has stayed in many places and countries. But this was one of her best holidays up there with Disney!

The homemade cakes are a must - our only regret was not buying more to take home.


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