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Fernlea

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Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps14
Bedrooms7
Bathrooms7
Pets 1
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Description

Each of the 7 bedrooms boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together.

In a conservation area just a mile from the cliffs and sea at Dancing Ledge, this attractive and very well-equipped stone house enjoys superb views across the countryside towards Swanage Bay. Set with its own garden on the edge of the small hamlet of Acton, it has been completely renovated to a good standard throughout, and includes an extension at the rear (part of which is the owners’ accommodation). Each bedroom boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together. Swanage (2½ miles) has a lovely sandy beach, and offers a wide variety of attractions, including shops, inns and restaurants, a theatre, and facilities for tennis and swimming. There are steam trains to the little town of Corfe Castle, and odd pieces of architecture brought from London, including the Wellington Tower on the beach, which once stood near London Bridge. The unspoilt village of Studland (4 miles) has another excellent beach (NT) and is close to woods and downs. North of the village is Studland Heath National Nature Reserve, home to a variety of wildlife ranging from wildfowl to lizards. A ferry runs from Studland across the bay to Sandbanks, from where the bay stretches on to Bournemouth. Excellent walking can be found in this area, with the coastal path running nearby along the cliffs, and the hills at Nine Barrow Down within easy reach. Riding stables at Wareham, 8 miles. Golf 4 miles. Poole and Bournemouth, both 20 miles. Shops ½ mile, three inns within a mile.

Living room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Stairs to dining room with tiled floor. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin, all with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and Aga (£45 per short break, £90 per week in winter, by arrangement at cost in summer). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Eight Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Broadband.Telephone–incoming calls only. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

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Features

  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Telephone
    Telephone
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
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    Celebration Houses


Customer Comments

  • 8

    30/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    A great holiday house. Lots to do around, come rain or shine.


  • 9

    21/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 16/07/2018
    We had a excellent 3 nights celebrating a special family birthday being together in the wonderful surrounds was amazing! Great for families having there own bathrooms, made staying so much easier. We will return at some point in the future.


  • 7

    28/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    Good location, needs a BBQ!


  • 8

    31/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    There are 7 decent double bedrooms with ensuite, small desk and TV. They are comfortable and light. Downstairs the kitchen is very well equipped with all the utensils, crockery and cookware you could need. We used the electric cooker rather than the Aga or the microwave/grill. The sitting room has several large sofas and a long table that will seat 6-8 at a push. It is more pleasant than the dining room which is in a sort of basement and is a bit cold and miserable, though with more seating at the table. Also has 2 fridges in addition to the two fridges and a freezer in the kitchen, which is very useful. Lovely big garden with distant view of Isle of Wight. Front space can take 5 cars. Good walking round about, but car needed for shops or pubs. Coop in Swanage is reasonable supermarket and we had a great meal at the Greyhound in Corfe Castle. Monkey World is about 30 mins away, wonderful day there, and the Swanage steam railway is fun too. Bear in mind the price advertised doesn't include central heating or electricity. We thought we could get away without the heating, but the sitting room is very cold in the evenings. Given the overall cost of the cottage, these extras just seem penny pinching and inconvenient. In the end we weren't charged the full rate, but we've rented cottages a lot over the years and never had those surcharges anywhere else. Overall, though, a pleasant place to stay for a large group in beautiful surroundings and an enjoyable part of the country.


  • 9

    04/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 26/03/2018
    Sure enough, the owner (Guy) was there to meet us when we arrived. He introduced us to the house and the rooms. Very friendly. A great house for a family/group getaway, well equipped, some comments about this by others but for me it's a positive. Should be handwash in the cloakroom - probably an oversight. Very cosy but the cellar dining room seemed a bit overcrowded - could make a great games room with the dining room moved upstairs. We all enjoyed our first holiday her and hope to return.


  • 9

    04/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 26/02/2018
    Really enjoyed our weekend at Fernlea and the house had a very comfortable/homely feel to it. The sitting room is very large & comfortable and the kitchen is very well equipped with loads of cutlery, crockery, cups etc that you don't run out of anything. We were a family group of 12 with ages from 16-80 and the house suited everyone very well. All rooms being en suite was a real bonus. The garden is well kept & spacious and there was sufficient parking room for our 6 cars. The local village is walkable but you do need a car to travel into Corfe/Swanage etc. We would definitely consider returning to this property as a big group again.


  • 8

    17/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2018
    Excellent cottage for large parties. Warm, well equipped & comfortable. Good location for walking. We really enjoyed our stay.


  • 10

    10/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 29/01/2018
    Fantastic house and location! Had a brilliant weekend and would highly recommend this house to others. Would definitely stay here again!


  • 8

    09/01/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/01/2018
    14 of us (including 6 teenagers) stayed at Fernlea over the New Year. The owner gave us a warm welcome and showed us around the property. It is an ideal house for large groups with every bedroom having an ensuite so no arguments about who has which room! The house was really well equipped with plenty of kitchen equipment and loads of fridge space. I understand the kitchen is being refurbished and whilst it was perfectly functional, it would improve the property. Really nice garden which I should imagine would be great in the summer but it was a bit cold and wet for us to spend too much time outside. We had a really enjoyable and comfortable 3 nights and would wholeheartedly recommend Fernlea to anyone else looking for a house to accommodate a large group. Thanks for having us!


  • 6

    15/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 27/11/2017
    The best aspect was the number of twin beds and that every bedroom had an ensuite bathroom. Obviously had been a B&B in the past which meant loads of crockery and cutlery and pots and pans which in some ways was good but would benefit from rationalising and tidying. Basement dining room was depressing and full of chairs - looked more like a store room/furniture shop. Decor was drab in desperate need of a brighter more up to date look. It worked out ok and the location was fab. But we wouldn’t want to return.


  • 9

    23/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2017
    Our booking was for a group of 6 mature males who are enthusiastic walkers. The location couldn't have been better with many good walks in the immediate vicinity. Fernlea, though a bit dated in places, was perfect; plenty of space for a large group, we each had our own room and facilities, and the house was unbelievably well equipped. We would have absolutely no hesitation in returning.


  • 10

    06/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Simply everything we needed for a wonderful family celebration


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