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Apple Tree Cottage

Blandford Forum, Dorset (Ref. 1003180)

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Review(s)

  • “We had high expectations for our week away.”

    Sadly we were left disappointed. ...

    Sadly we were left disappointed. The positives were the beautiful thatched character property with plenty of room for our 3 families. The kitchen was a great social area and the lounge too. We were a family of 4 so used the adjoining rooms. This was quite awkward as had no access to a bathroom unless you went downstairs (or through either of the other two guest bedrooms) which wasn’t practical in the night for small children. The strong smell of damp in parts of the house was slightly masked by the plug-in air fresheners, but was unpleasant when going to sleep at night. It’s a very old property, but the windows are in a very poor state - some don’t close properly. The black mould in the showers was particularly bad and temperature gauges didn’t work properly in either bathroom. Bath towels were old and stained. We really missed the attention to detail we’ve found in other properties of this price bracket. Cupboard door handles falling off, kitchen tap doesn’t function as it should, were a couple of the many broken things. The place is in a state of general disrepair and needs some serious TLC. The hot tub water hadn’t been changed in some time and the dirt in the filters and bottom was unacceptable. The owners were helpful when we asked them to fix a broken shower but there were so many things wrong…the price is really not justified. Ultimately, every recent review seems to say the same thing but the owners clearly have no inclination to do anything about it.

    - Mr Sturgess, October 2021

    Thank you for your feedback. The cottage dates back to 1600 and We lived there with our 5 girls for 10 years prior to holiday letting the cottage. As it’s built of cob and has no damp proof course and despite being damp proofed internally it will never be like a modern property. We have a program of works scheduled for November which will address the issues caused by a long summer of holiday let’s with only 5 hours between change overs to do essential works and cleaning. I popped up to the cottage and adjusted the temperature gauge on the shower so it was working and the cleaners have informed me the other two showers are working normally. We look into the bath towels and remove any stained or old one, this is done by a laundry company so we will look into this. I personally emptied and cleaned the hot tub on the morning of your arrival and cleaned the filters. The residue in the bottom would have either been limescale from the heating element in the hot tub or chlorine that hadn’t yet dispersed as the hot tub would not have been up to temperature when you arrived. This year seems to have been a struggle with reviews I have to admit, but we have guests who come back year after year so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The review blow yours is 93% happy, followed by 81, 56 and another 81%, so not all negative. Property Owner

The property

Blandford Forum 5.1 miles.

A traditionally thatched cottage holding original charm and a combination of contemporary delights, Apple Tree Cottage makes an ideal base for a family gathering in this scenic spot of Dorset.

Surrounded by luscious countryside lands and the Cranbone Chase AONB, you are perfectly situated for a variety of outdoor adventures.

The kitchen area is sure to be the social hub of your holiday; a spacious room holding a variety of appliances for all your self-catering needs, here you can enjoy your meals together around the rustic wooden table taking centre stage in the room, or choose to unwind into the sofa with a glass of wine for some quality time with your partner as your dinner simmers on the AGA cooker.

Spend the remainder of your evening in the sitting room amongst the woodburning stove; boasting plush sofas and a homely ambiance, it makes a great area to catch up on your reading or flick on your favourite television programmes before retiring to one of the five bedrooms to count some sheep.

The bedrooms consist of a flexible arrangement to allow each member of the group to indulge in a bright and airy sleeping spot; home to a ground-floor double with en-suite shower room, a further ground-floor double, a family room made up of two interlinking rooms with a double and twin beds, a double with en-suite bathroom and a final double with en-suite shower room, each of these luxurious rooms boasts its own contemporary charm with a touch of tradition.

The dwelling also benefits from holding its own large lawned area, with a patio and a hot tub, there’s no better place to spend your evenings beneath the stars in the warmth of the soothing bubbles.

The immediate area of the property is remote and tranquil, ideal for those seeking a rural base in the stunning countryside of Dorset.

If you’re seeking a vibrant atmosphere, the nearby town of Blanford Forum hosts a wide selection of amenities; from historic landmarks and museums to a selection of leisure facilities and busting bars, this area holds something for every taste.

Explore the natural wonders of the Cranbrone Chase AONB, or venture out to the coast of Bournemouth for a day at the beach.

Whatever adventure you’re seeking, Apple Tree Cottage is the ideal base for your exploration of Dorset.

Summary

  • Four bedrooms: First-floor: 2 x Double bedrooms with en-suite, 1 x Double bedroom which is linked to a further Twin room
  • 1 x Ground-floor double snug room/sofa bed
  • Downstairs wet room with shower, WC and hand basin plus a separate downstairs cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with Aga oven
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating, underfloor heating, woodburning stove
  • AGA oven and hob, toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, TV, a selection of books and games and WiFi
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for several cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden and patio area with hot tub and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles and pub 0.8 miles, local micro-brewery open Fridays 4pm-8pm
  • Note: There is a sofa bed in the snug, a further two guests can be accommodated for upon request

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

About the location

BLANDFORD FORUM

Thornicombe 2.7 miles; Child Okeford 6.5 miles; Moors Valley Country Park & Forest 17.9 miles.

Blandford Forum is a market town in Dorset, England, situated by the River Stour. Notable for its Georgian architecture, most of the town was rebuilt in the 18th century after it was destroyed by a fire in 1731. King George II made a donation to rebuild the town centre with designs from local architects John and William Bastard. The Blandford Georgian Fayre is an annual event held in the first week of May and celebrates its Georgian heritage, with presentations, historical re-enactments and music and dancing. One of the town’s biggest events takes place on the late Bank Holiday weekend, the Great Dorset Steam Fair. A largely colourful festival with over 2,000 exhibits and an old time steam funfair. Offering a wide selection of independent store, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, cafés and a Georgian tearoom. So much to visit within this quaint town and makes for a wonderful tourist attraction, whatever the season.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute