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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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Fab self catering accommodation. We spent 8 days in the Hayloft. We found the accommodation great- clean, spacious and well equipped. We loved the facilities, we used the indoor pool, sauna and ...

Booked a last minute deal with Penny directly and the price reflected good value for money. The accommodation was great and to a good specification, location was beautiful ( although you will n ...

Perfect place/location to relax. Excellent self catering on small farm with a number of apartments and cottages. Stayed for 5 nights in The Stable as a break group of 4, greeted by Penny who i ...

Excellent accommodation in a beautiful setting We arrived to a spotlessly clean apartment and a welcome tray with hot cross buns, which the family enjoyed very much. We swam every day in the po ...

It was a fantastic stay, in an absolutely perfect location. Our stay at The Victorian Barn at the beginning of March was just fantastic. I was blown away by what I viewed on the website and ju ...

Absolutely fantastic accommodation and facilities Stayed in the Leopold House in the Victorian Barn for a week May Bank Holiday Half Term. We were attracted to The Victorian Barn with its 5 sta ...

We had a good journey home and everything was o.k on our return. We had a lovely time at Plumtree Cottage. On our arrival we were very impressed with the size of the accommodation and the clean ...

Perfect location for peace and quiet. Stayed in The Granary. Penny is fab - loads of advice, very friendly as too is Katy the dog. Accommodation is very good, well equipped, clean and spacious. ...

Helena House. We are a family of 8 Adults and stayed in Helena House for 3 nights. The accommodation was very clean and fresh. All rooms are en-suite, although one of the bedrooms is an "˜inn ...

We had a lovely time staying at Helena House, the accommodation was lovely, clean, comfortable and spacious. Our children loved the pool (as we did) and we hope to book again as we enjoyed the holi ...

Excellent accommodation in a beautiful setting. We arrived to a spotlessly clean apartment and a welcome tray with hot cross buns, which the family enjoyed very much. We swam every day in the p ...

It was a fantastic stay, in an absolutely perfect location. Our stay at The Victorian Barn at the beginning of March was just fantastic. I was blown away by what I viewed on the website and jus ...

What a fantastic location. Myself and 6 friends had a fantastic stay at The Victorian Barn, we go every year for a long weekend to craft and chill. This has been our best accommodation and faciliti ...

We have just returned from a family break at the Victorian Barn. We stayed in Jasmine Cottage. My husband and I took our 3 children, aged 4 and 2 yr old twins.....with 3 young children having a wel ...

Just returned from a weeks stay at the peaceful Dairy House Farm. The accommodation is excellent, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you require. You have at your disposal a large indoor ...

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Fab self catering accommodation.

We spent 8 days in the Hayloft. We found the accommodation great- clean, spacious and well equipped. We loved the facilities, we used the indoor pool, sauna and hot tub every day. Our son took a great shine to Katy the dog and especially enjoyed the lovely walk with her and Penny (the owner) on the last day.

We would definitely recommend it.

Family holiday - stayed August 2013


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Booked a last minute deal with Penny directly and the price reflected good value for money.

The accommodation was great and to a good specification, location was beautiful ( although you will need a car to get around). We found the facilities were very good and useful on the odd cloudy day (pool was perfect as very quiet). Penny was very approachable and helpful. We are thinking about booking for next year.

Family break Mitchell /Morrell Stayed August 2013 


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Perfect place/location to relax.

Excellent self catering on small farm with a number of apartments and cottages. Stayed for 5 nights in The Stable as a break group of 4, greeted by Penny who is a charming lady with great knowledge of the Dorset area and has advise on things to do.


Facility's are marvelous ie gym, heated pool, sauna and hot tub (which we loved). Would love to stay there again.

Stayed July 2013 Friends.

 


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Excellent accommodation in a beautiful setting

We arrived to a spotlessly clean apartment and a welcome tray with hot cross buns, which the family enjoyed very much. We swam every day in the pool and took advantage of the gym and sauna. The view from the apartment was lovely with Bulbarrow Hill in the background. The weather was freezing during our stay but the apartment was always warm, with more than enough radiators to dry swimming towels too. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Dorset and we had a wonderful time - Lulworth Cove,Durdle Door and Lyme Regis being our favourites. We were so impressed with the accommodation that we have already booked next year's stay!

Stayed April 2013 with Family.


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It was a fantastic stay, in an absolutely perfect location.  

Our stay at The Victorian Barn at the beginning of March was just fantastic. I was blown away by what I viewed on the website and just how incredible this location appeared, but it was more than this when we arrived. Just beautiful and perfect for group getaways, family holidays/breaks and potential wedding locations. I booked this weekend as a surprise for my partners birthday along with eight other guests and a further four visiting us. Penny was brilliant, catered to all our needs and everything was so simple. Thoroughly recommend for anybody wanting to get away in the UK and just relax and enjoy a comfortable and pleasant stay. The barns are fabulous!!! Extremely modern and well looked after, everything was immaculate and clean. Couldn't of asked for a better service. Will definitely be back again in the very near future!!!

Stayed March 2013 Friends and Family.

 


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Absolutely fantastic accommodation and facilities

Stayed in the Leopold House in the Victorian Barn for a week May Bank Holiday Half Term. We were attracted to The Victorian Barn with its 5 star facilities in the Dorset area and it certainly didn't disappoint. It was so easy to book and the communication was first class, answering any queries we had promptly. Leopold House has 4 lovely bedrooms each with its own bathroom and was ideal for our 2 children (age 4 & 6) and 5 adults ranging from mid 30's to mid 70's. Everything was to high standard, clean and well looked after. We loved the indoor pool and the children's play area was great all based in the lovely setting of a Dairy Farm. The surrounding area, lakes and quiet idyllic site made for a very relaxing holiday and we shall be certainly returning. Penny the owner was very accommodating especially as we arrived much later than we had advised a day late on the Saturday and waiting for us was milk in the fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and a gorgeous homemade cake!

Stayed May 2013 


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We had a good journey home and everything was o.k on our return.

We had a lovely time at Plumtree Cottage. On our arrival we were very impressed with the size of the accommodation and the cleanliness and the cake was appreciated!

We all enjoyed the pool and the play area, the children really liked running around on the paths.

Your help during our stay was greatly appreciated and we know that you were keen to ensure that we had a good holiday.

We would be very happy to stay again and would definitely recommend you to friends.

Thanks again for helping make our holiday so enjoyable.

Family holiday early June 2013.


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Perfect location for peace and quiet.  Stayed in The Granary. Penny is fab - loads of advice, very friendly as too is Katy the dog.

Accommodation is very good, well equipped, clean and spacious.  3 fishing lakes you can use during your stay which were a great attraction for our 9 year old son.  Very peaceful location - literally in the middle of nowhere, but ideal for enjoying the birds and appreciating the countryside around you.

A big plus for us was the indoor pool which we used everyday. Penny & her husband definitely have the most photogenic calves we have ever seen, stunning sunsets and beautiful flora and fauna. Heaven for a photographer, what ever level of skill.

A great base for exploring the Dorset coast with under an hours drive. A very pretty drive it has to be said. Ideal location for days exploring Weymouth, then Lyme Regis (kids loved the fossilling), Poole, New Forest, Brownsea Island

Would definitely recommend to families and couples.

Stayed with Family, Whitsun 2013.


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Helena House. 

We are a family of 8 Adults and stayed in Helena House for 3 nights. The accommodation was very clean and fresh. All rooms are en-suite, although one of the bedrooms is an "˜inner"™ room with only a roof window, but still acceptable as a 4th bedroom. It has a very spacious lounge and the kitchen is equipped with everything you need. We would have liked the swimming pool to be open later so that we could have used it after a day out, but when we asked, they did leave it open until 6 o"™clock so that we could have a swim. The hot tub was lovely. There are 3 small lakes where one of our party enjoyed the fishing. This site is very remote, but that is part of its appeal, if you want to be away from the crowds. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family


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We had a lovely time staying at Helena House, the accommodation was lovely, clean, comfortable and spacious.  Our children loved the pool (as we did) and we hope to book again as we enjoyed the holiday.  Best wishes  Liz & Family.

Stayed Easter 2013.


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Excellent accommodation in a beautiful setting. 

We arrived to a spotlessly clean apartment and a welcome tray with hot cross buns, which the family enjoyed very much. We swam every day in the pool and took advantage of the gym and sauna. The view from the apartment was lovely with Bulbarrow Hill in the background. The weather was freezing during our stay but the apartment was always warm, with more than enough radiators to dry swimming towels too. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Dorset and we had a wonderful time - Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Lyme Regis being our favourites. We were so impressed with the accommodation that we have already booked next year's stay!

Reviewed April 12, 2013. Stayed as a family.


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It was a fantastic stay, in an absolutely perfect location.

Our stay at The Victorian Barn at the beginning of March was just fantastic. I was blown away by what I viewed on the website and just how incredible this location appeared, but it was more than this when we arrived. Just beautiful and perfect for group getaways, family holidays/breaks and potential wedding locations. I booked this weekend as a surprise for my partners birthday along with eight other guests and a further four visiting us. Penny was brilliant, catered to all our needs and everything was so simple. Thoroughly recommend for anybody wanting to get away in the UK and just relax and enjoy a comfortable and pleasant stay. The barns are fabulous!!! Extremely modern and well looked after, everything was immaculate and clean. Couldn"™t of asked for a better service. Will definitely be back again in the very near future!!!

Stayed March 2013.  Surprise Birthday  Gathering.


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What a fantastic location.  Myself and 6 friends had a fantastic stay at The Victorian Barn, we go every year for a long weekend to craft and chill. This has been our best accommodation and facilities so far, we look forward to returning

Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
 


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We have just returned from a family break at the Victorian Barn. We stayed in Jasmine Cottage. My husband and I took our 3 children, aged 4 and 2 yr old twins.....with 3 young children having a well prepared cottage, comfortable surroundings and leisure facilities is an absolute must. The cottage was very clean, very well equipped and the children settled in fantastically well. The pool is an excellent asset to the site - it meant that we were able to take the children to do "something" even when it was a cold, autumnal day.

Penny was most helpful when we queried the heating, and spent some time with a colleague resetting all the timers to ensure we were warm - and it worked a treat! We were enjoying the break so much we actually enquired about staying for an extra night - which we did. All our correspondance was acted on very quickly-even though we were 2 mins from Penny's house we sent a couple of emails about the heating and staying on when reception was closed. The mobile reception is pretty non-existant (which was lovely!!!!!) so having the wifi in the cottage was great.

Penny's dog Katie is a gorgeous little Jack Russell who made the children's mornings when she wandered round to see them - we were missing our 2 dogs a lot!!!!!

The Victorian Barn is in a lovely, rural location - Sturminster Newton is about 4 miles away along some pretty potholed lanes.....and there is a very limited supply of shops. However, we had some fantastic days out in Blandford, Sherborne (the abbey is well worth a visit!) and we took the children to the East Somerset Railway nr Shepton Mallet. Sturminster Newton is also home to the Food company Olives Et al, a worthwhile trip to the Deli to buy some fab "foodie" thank you gifts for our friends.

All in all, it was a fantastic break - Jasmine Cottage has already become a firm family favourite - we shall definitely be looking to return in the very near future. 


Millie, Travelled with Family: November 2012
Chandlers Ford, England, United Kingdom


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Just returned from a weeks stay at the peaceful Dairy House Farm.  The accommodation is excellent, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you require. You have at your disposal a large indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gym with an outside hot tub. In addition there are 3 coarse fishing lakes which I can assure you offer first class sport and most of the week I was the only one fishing, brilliant.

There are ample places to eat if you feel like a meal out, notably the Green Man at nearby Kings Stag. All major towns are within easy driving range and with the beautiful surrounding countryside you will never be short of anything to do. Peaceful setting in a small hamlet, if you want to chill out this is a hidden gem.


Mr & Mrs Kingman Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple


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