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The Old Tithe Barn

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Litton Cheney, near Dorchester, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 3
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With 9 en-suite bedrooms, each with TV, this Grade ll, 13th century detached stone tithe barn is ideal for touring and 2 miles from Chesil Beach.

Within 2 miles of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast and between West Bay and Portland Bill, this Grade II 13th-century stone tithe barn, situated in Litton Cheney on a working farm, has been restored and extended to provide excellent detached character accommodation for eighteen guests, in this sought after part of West Dorset. It offers a great location for enjoying this holiday area, and boasts nine en-suite bedrooms (five doubles and four twins), each with TV, and a large kitchen, ideal for self catering with a large group. The original stone barn, now a very impressive vaulted and beamed living/dining room, comfortably accommodates eighteen. There is plenty of room for all; guests can relax and unwind in the large garden, the children can play in the games room equipped with pool table, there is fishing (by arrangement with the owner) in the 2-acre coarse fishing lake, or simply wander down to the village pub to wine and dine, or enjoy some glorious country walking.
Within a few minutes’ drive is Chesil Beach at Burton Bradstock which stretches for 17 miles from Portland to West Bay and is a unique shingle ridge and natural beauty spot. The pebbles on the beach are said to increase in size from east to west, the largest being at Portland where a centre for wind and kitesurfing can also be found. West Bexington and Abbotsbury are a short drive away with opportunities for swimming and fishing. Abbotsbury is home to the swannery which is a popular family attraction for holidaymakers and where visitors can walk amidst colonies of nesting mute swans in a natural wildlife habitat. Originally established by Benedictine monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury, the swannery was used to provide food for their banquets and has been featured in films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens, which were established in the 1700s by the Countess of Ilchester, are another place of interest to visit. Magnolia and camelia collections are of particular note as well as rhododendrons and hydrangeas; a gift shop, restaurant and plant centre complete the facilities for a good day out. There is much to see and do in Dorset for families, especially at Weymouth, a short drive away, which offers many attractions ranging from the Sea Life Museum, Deep Sea Adventure to the Time Walk, or visit Dorchester with its many attractions and shops. Further afield, family days out include Wool with its Tank Museum and Monkey World, or admire the natural arch of Durdle Door and the almost circular cove of Lulworth on the way to Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. To the west one can see the magnificent World Heritage Coast and visit West Bay, Eype, Charmouth and of course the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its pretty harbour and Cobb. Shop 3 miles and pub 400 yards.

Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling, wooden floor and corner bar. Large kitchen with walk-in larder and stone floor. Games room. Three twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor (three staircases): Five double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full woodchip pellet central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • 32’’ widescreen Freeview TV
  • Nine further Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table
  • Fishing available at cost by arrangement
  • Catering by arrangement with owner
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Please note: There is a lake on the farm. This property has a security deposit of £50.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    This was a great place for our group of 15. The fact everyone had their own bathroom was great. The place is full of character and so spacious you are never on top of each other. One big moan is the Wi-fi. Owners need to invest in upgrading it. Super fast broadband is in the village so it’s possible! Seeing as no phone signal there either Wi-fi would have made all the difference

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/01/2018
    This property is stunning in its appearance and features which exceeded our expectations. There is definitely a wow factor as you first step in to the barn. The rooms are all en-suite and the communal areas are spacious. There is plenty of parking for cars. Underfloor heating downstairs is welcome and the woodburner was very welcome in the evening. The owners lit the woodburner for us twice and provided extra fee logs. There were a few issues with housekeeping which could easily be resolved in order to bring this property up to a 10/10 standard. Some items such as towels and bedding were a bit tired and could do with replacing. The owners were also difficult to reach at times as the property is on a working farm. With these amendments I would recommend this property to families and friends looking for a large, private house for a weekend or a week's holiday.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2017
    Although the barn was an ideal size for our party it was sadly lacking in creature comforts. The bed linen was dated and worn and the towels were very thin and rather small. The kitchen was poorly equipped with a variety of mixed cutlery and china ; some of which was chipped. The entire barn needed a complete deep clean - the high ceiling was covered in large cobwebs. Also we had problems with the heating upstairs and one of the toilets didn’t work. Having said that the toldlers with us enjoyed the space to run about and we could all spread out and not get under each other’s feet. The whole place needs a thoroughly good clean and the towels, linen and kitchen equipment needs replacing.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2017
    We had a lovely relaxing stay and would really recommend. Only itsy bitsy picky things for improvement.... there was no folder found giving us info which would have been nice, sorry but the table mats all need replacing in such a lovely barn,deciphering tv controls in main room was a wee bit difficult, spare loo roll in each room would have been nice touch if folk only there for a weekend ...but being good scouts we brought some extra. We positively love dogs and the farm dogs were very, very gorgeous & friendly to ours but had someone booked, who was not a dog lover, that might have posed difficulties. Also a ladle in the kitchen would have been great. However these are all minor issues and just hopefully helpful suggestions. Lovely accommodation and perfect for our group. Great to arrive to a roaring fire too. Easy to get to, well signposted.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2017
    The space is fantastic , the beds are very comfy , overall a really good place to stay with a large group , it had everything you needed , needs a little bit of tlc and could be cleaner , but it did not spoil our stay , I would go back . The local pub was good , very friendly and good food .

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/09/2017
    Lovely local pub down the road. Great quiet location. Barn cosy and beautiful. Kitchen has everything. Rooms comfortable. Could be a little cleaner in some parts but overall wonderful. We will be back!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    The Old Tithe Barn was unique in our experience and provided a great place for our large group of different ages and interests. The accommodation meant that there was space for everyone to be together easily. The large dining table meant that family meals were easy to accommodate. There were sufficient sofas for everyone and plenty of outside patio furniture. The games room kept the children occupied for hours.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 30/06/2017
    An ideal building with all of the bits and pieces needed for a large gathering. Only four years old it has not been maintained well and is already 'tired'. In a lovely location with a good pub in easy walking distance. Owners very welcoming and proactive to all requests. Could be just about perfect with a bit more tlc.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    We had a wonderful week here celebrating Mums 70th birthday. Fab location and fantastic place to stay. Julie the farmers wife was lovely. It was great to have all en-suite rooms. The only downside was no mobile signal and very poor wifi in the barn. However we would love to go back.

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