Surrounded by open fields in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cider Barn sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms. Cider is no longer brewed in this lovingly converted barn. It is now a tastefully furnished, warm and cosy holiday cottage combining modern conveniences while retaining much of the character of the barn, such as its original oak beams.
The Cider Barn overlooks the original Hembury Mill which still boasts a working water-wheel
The living area seats four on comfortable sofas, and should conversation lapse, there is a flat screen TV with Freeview, a DVD and CD player to play with. While the whole house is centrally heated, between October and April, a basket of logs is provided to fire-up the woodburner in the lounge.
The kitchen and dining area is reached by seven external steps. This is a large open plan space with a vaulted oak-beamed ceiling accommodating kitchen and dining areas. The kitchen incorporates new appliances including a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, electric hob and fan oven microwave and toaster plus all the necessary utensils to prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinner for four. If required, an iron/ironing board and vacuum cleaner are available, as is a cot and high chair.
Bedrooms comprise a master bedroom with a king-sixe double bed and fitted wardrobes standing on a flagstone floor. The second bedroom is also blessed with a flagstone floor and contains twin beds, a wardrobe plus a travel cot.
To the rear of The Cider Barn is a fenced and gravelled area with BBQ and furniture for outdoor dining on warm days and evenings. This leads through to an orchard, a lovely landscaped garden containing the original Millpond and leat. While the gravelled area is enclosed, children should be supervised in the orchard garden due to the presence of the pond, mill leat and streams. There is off road parking for up to two cars, one within a carport alongside the cottage, meaning no long-distance manhandling of heavy suitcases when arriving and departing.
Hembury Mill is nicely located for days out in some lovely locations along the Dorset Coast. The attractive seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Weymouth offer traditional bucket and spade days on the beach, while smaller seaside villages well worth a call are West Bay, Burton Bradstock and Charmouth. For walkers- well, spoilt for choice is an appropriate phrase. Take a calorie burning stroll to the iron-age fort atop nearby Eggardan Hill for superb ‘Hardy Country’ views, or walk stretches of the Dorset stretch of South West Coast path along cliffs above Chesil Beach.