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The Old Tithe Barn

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Litton Cheney, near Dorchester, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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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
  • NB: Lake on farm

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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
  • Christmas Themed Cottage
    Christmas Themed Cottage
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/02/2017
    This barn is absolutely amazing. I booked it for a hen do and it was perfect. The bedrooms are all great sizes and it's not often you get 9 rooms that all have their own bathrooms. The barn is really speacious and has the wow factor. Julie who owns the barn is lovely and was really accomadating. She cooked a fantastic meal for 18 on the Saturday night.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 23/01/2017
    A beautifully converted barn, with generous accommodation for 18 people, spoiled by unacceptable standards of linen, towels, china and utensils. There were no toiletries and a shortage of lavatory paper. We arrived on the coldest day of the year with little heating on and no instructions on how to use it. No welcome pack as advertised. What a shame that such a beautiful property is spoiled by not being more professionally cleaned and run.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/12/2016
    Excellent location for large groups. Enough space to not get on top of each other. Plenty of good walking, either from the house or within short drive. Local pub within few minutes walk.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2016
    Celebrated our golden wedding with friends and family. There was plenty of space but still managed to to have a cosy and relaxing feel. Julie was very friendly and prepared us a lovely meal on our special day.We loved the dogs

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2016
    Great week perfect location and weather owner very friendly and helpful our group all over 76 enjoyed the terrace and large kitchen dining room immensely .Perhaps the towels need a little rejuvenation but otherwise perfect house .

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2016
    Had a fab holiday as the Barn was great for a big party of people, children especially had great fun running around the large lounge, needs a thorough clean. Should be mentioned in the listing that it is in the middle of a farm and therefore some of the rooms are effected by noisy cows and tractors from early morning.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/08/2016
    Very spacious property on a working farm in a quiet village with lots of interesting places to visit nearby. The only downside was that things like the beautiful windows at the front of the property needed a really good clean.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2016
    Had a great time.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/06/2016
    Felt relaxed on arrival as we had a friendly welcome and milk for our tea. The barn was well equipped clean and very spacious. The farm didn't really affect our stay but was there for our interest, the local 5 mile walk was in pictureque country. Wifi was available and all the facilities supported a great weekend for 18 people from 22 to 90! The peacocks were an added bonus and our dogs were befriended by their dogs which great.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/06/2016
    What an amazing place to stay especially with lots of people. We had a fantastic time and loved all the space inside and out. Having ensuite in every room was an absolute bonus. Loved this property and would love to stay here again.

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 22 reviews collected by Reevoo
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