Exterior | The Old Tithe Barn, Litton Cheney, nr. Dorchester
Exterior | The Old Tithe Barn, Litton Cheney, nr. Dorchester
  • Barn conversion
  • Litton Cheney, near Dorchester
  • DCCD

The Old Tithe Barn


out of 10

  • 19

  • 9

  • 9

  • 3

Car parking on site
Enclosed Garden / Patio
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.

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, one with additional single bed. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail at cost
  • Elec, full woodchip pellet CH (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels inc
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • 32’’ widescreen Freeview TV
  • Nine further Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table
  • Fishing available at cost by arr
  • Catering by arr 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.

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 19 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, one with an additional single, and four twins), each with TV, and a large kitchen, ideal for self catering with a large group. There is even the added benefit of a self-service bar, so you can keep your friends and family entertained throughout the evening. 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 including the Sea Life Museum, 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.


  • Customers' Choice 2021


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Cot Available

Cycle Store

Decorated at Christmas

Detached Property


Enclosed garden or patio

Games Room

Garden or Patio

Ground Floor Facilities

Highchair Available

Historical Property

Open Fire or Woodburner

Open Plan

Parking - On Site

Pets Allowed

Pub Within 1 Mile


Shower Cubicle

Washing Machine


Woodburning Stove

Working Farm


Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 15:00
  • Depart before 10:00


  • 3 pets allowed - charges apply

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Wifi
  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels


  • No smoking, please

Overall holiday experience

Based on 27 reviews


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  • Livingston

  • Family


out of 10

A family group of 19, we had a lovely 3 night stay at Tithe Barn, including a 2 course meal prepared by the owners on the Saturday night and a very enjoyable Sunday lunch at the White Horse Inn. The owners were pleasant and there to welcome the first arrivals. The barn is spacious and the kitchen is equipped with an assortment of crockery, cutlery and glasses, but the cooking equipment needs to be renewed. The single dishwasher struggled to meet our needs and we were disappointed that washing up liquid and sponges were not provided. We could not find instructions for any of the equipment. The wifi coped quite well. As a group we enjoyed the enormous dining table, the copious sofas, the bar area and the log burner - it really is a wonderful, social space, however most of the mattresses need to be replaced and two of the shower units need to be replaced/repaired, hence the lower score.

21 Nov 2022



  • Family


out of 10

Absolutely perfect for our requirements.The en suites for the bedrooms are a great advantage. The space but with a great feel to it was great for a celebratory weekend.

28 Sep 2022


  • London

  • Friends


out of 10

Amazing house - barn conversion and bedrooms constructed to a high standard, were warm and paintwork was in good condition. Plenty of hot water and every bedroom was clean and had its own bathroom. Kitchen had good fridge, freezer and storage space and there were lots pf plates, cutlery and glasses. However, there are a lot of downsides. One of loos and a shower tray hadn't been cleaned and bathroom extractor fans didn't work - a problem in the much-used downstairs loo. Towels were old, scratchy and stained. Upstairs bedroom nearest the cookers - bed sagged in the middle and needs replacing. Kitchen surfaces not that clean. Dishwasher was unreliable and not always very effective. Kitchen equipment dire - "non-stick" fry-pans with no surface, dirty saucepans without matching lids, lids with melted or non-existent knobs. Lots of flies - a fly paper in the dining area was unpleasantly well-used and not effective as diners were dive-bombed by flies at every meal. The flies meant that a bread bin should have been provided. Our ground-floor bedroom had 20 or so buzzing round so were pleased to find fly spray though we had to exit room for a while because of the fumes. Animal excrement was left on one of the grubby outside loungers and the dog pooed on the top step. The five TV handsets in the Old Barn had no working batteries. When replaced with new, the TV could not be made to work and there were no written instructions to help make that possible. There was no TV handset in the upstairs bedroom closest to the cookers. Other guests did not try their TV’s, but working handsets should be checked before each new let. We had to leave the house early but our friends noticed our room had been "serviced" while they were out. This is unacceptable as it implied that they had no privacy or security for personal items and money left in bedrooms. We consider that, once let, the accommodation becomes totally private for the renters. Site description states “ground floor facilities” implying good access but there were steps to negotiate onto the front path, at the front door and leading to the downstairs bedrooms. This was not helpful for one guest recovering from a hip operation and two other guests with restricted sight.

30 Sep 2022

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