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The Unforgettable Escape

Local Dorset Area

The North of Dorset is dominated by a plain, known as the Blackmore Vale


Views from Bulbarrow Hill towards Woolland


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 visitors can spend days wandering in the maze of small roads, footpaths and bridleways.

 Local Towns in relation to the Victorian Barn

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


There is always something to do nearby - click here for our exact location and see just how close we are to lots places of interest



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 Newton and its people and industry is shown in the Mill.

Local Places to Eat & Drink near The Victorian Barn


The Ibberton 

Within walking distance of The Victorian Barn, formerly The Crown Inn, has been the village pub for many years. Real Ale, home cooked delights and good company are always guaranteed at this charming old Dorset pub. 

The Ibberton, Ibberton, Blandford Forum DT11 0EN

Telephone: 01258 817956

Closed on a Monday. 


Fellini - Italian Restaurant & Takeaway

Just a 3 mile drive from The Victorian Barn. A brand new Italian restaurant and takeaway. They can be found on Just-Eat. 

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm 

Closed Wednesday

Sunday 5pm-9pm. 

Woodrow Dairy, Woodrow, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2AH

Telephone: 07540242454


The Antelope Pub - Drinks only 

Within walking distance of The Victorian Barn,  has been Hazelbury Bryan's village pub for many years. 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



The Halsey Arms - Pulham

A 6 mile drive from The Victorian Barn is a friendly country pub offering Sunday Carverys, excellent food throughout the week and exceptional service. 

Open Monday-Sunday 11am-11pm 

Pulham DT2 7DZ

Telephone: 01258 81831


The Fox 

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


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


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 desert trolley.  

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel Sturminster Newton Dorset  DT10 2AF
Telephone: 01258 472507


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