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Arne Barn

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Near Wareham, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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This fascinating converted barn with grand piano, is set in a wild, landscaped garden and enjoys views over the farm to the harbour.

If wild things make the heart sing, visit Arne Peninsula (featured on Spring Watch). This fascinating detached house, converted from a barn with great flair and imagination by its architect owner, is idyllically and peacefully set in a landscaped ‘wild’ garden with sitting-out areas, Arne Barn, which has been within the family for many years, offers a very unusual and welcoming retreat. There is an interesting mix of artefacts, ornaments and personal touches using a ‘nature’s theme’, as well as a vast array of books and traditional family games. With views over a farm, and glimpses of the harbour beyond, it is an ideal spot to explore the Dorset coastline, the Purbecks and RSPB nature trail at Arne. Clean sandy beaches at Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. Corfe Castle/Wareham within 10 miles. Poole/Bournemouth within 25 miles. Riding, fishing, boat hire locally. Shops 3 miles.

A large (30ft), unusual and attractive living/dining room with wood-burning stove and ‘boudoir’ grand piano. Cleverly designed kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bedroom with L-shaped built-in bunk beds (2ft 6in). Single bed in its own space at one end of gallery. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove, oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Smart TV
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed, landscaped garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    A very strange house, more like an old fashioned museum than a home. The photos on the web do not reflect the true nature of the property. The lighting is inadequate, it is difficult to find a place to read. The main bedroom and sitting room are fine. The kitchen is small for the potential size of the party. The cottage only has one small shower off the main bedroom.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    Great place to stay, property very quirky and the very last property at the end of a long road over looking fields. Wildlife fantastic from squirrels, rabbits and a large variety of birds in the garden to Sika deer and badgers in all the land around. Ware ham is a lovely place and has lots of eating places and you have a choice of so many other places to visit all within 30 minute drive. The RSPB reserve is just a 10 minute walk and a great place to go (and it's free) again a variety of wildlife and a good walk and views. We wish we were still there, definitely a place to return to. Thank you

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    A charming house where we felt very much at home. However some of the dated decor and fittings might do with an overhaul. Waste bin capacity was a problem for a large group with young children.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/06/2017
    Our second visit to Arne. The RSPB reserve was the main attraction. Arne Barn has great character and is very comfortable. As in 2013 there was need for one or more fly scatters and faster internet ( than 2 mb/ sec). Overall, a great base for visiting the Dorset coastline

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2017
    Great for birdwatchers, lovely location for a peaceful holiday

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    A beautifully decorated house in stunning surroundings. Lots of space, a very well thought out property. Area is a must for nature lovers as the house is within the RSPB Arne reserve. Perfect if you want to get away from everything and everyone!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2017
    Fabulous accommodation in an awesome location. Off the beaten track, but only 10 mins walk to the RSPB Arne reserve cafe for breakfast and lunch. Arne Barn itself is a haven for feathery visitors of all kinds - tits, thrush, finch, woodpecker, warblers, & because of the time of year we went we were lucky to have nests in the car port with chicks in, plus furry visitors fox, red squirrel and deer in the huge untidy but fabulous gardens. Inside the huge barn is an eclectic mix of massive old furniture like something out of a Dickens novel, but with modern touches like the expensive tv and soundbar, leather sofas, velux roof lights and vast picture windows forming the front and back of the barn facades. Comfy beds, perhaps a tad dark in some rooms, fantastic big old bath (no shower in the bathroom, only in the ensuite) hideaway bunks for the kids, grand piano (desperately needs tuning!) and more books than you can shake a library card at, there is no chance you will be bored. Could do with a deep clean especially in the kitchen (tho we bottomed it whilst we were there to be honest due to a rather vile smell from the bin & freezer) but the linen and bathrooms were spotless. There are many many walks through the RSPB reserve (dogs on leads tho, be warned, the RSPB people are always patrolling the reserve & will remind you to put your dog on a lead) and only 20 mins walk to a small beach/wetland area where the avocets and ducks nest, looking over the harbour to Poole, Brownsea Island et al. Nearest village with a pub is 3 miles (Stoborough) - the food there is excellent- and Wareham has a coop and a Sainsbury, lots of local shops, pet shop, lots of places to eat and about 5 pubs! Wareham is right on the river Frome where you can go on boat trips or hire kayaks etc

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8.2 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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