A historic market town boasting splendid Georgian architecture, Blandford Forum rests cosily on the banks of the River Stour, breaking through the chalk ridge of Dorset Downs. It offers visitors a fine choice of self catering accommodation for those planning a holiday exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. You’ll find lines of boutiques in the town centre, such as the family-owned Hambledon Gallery. Let yourself be spoilt for choice with inviting cafes and restaurants, and try out Forum Café’s home-baked treats. Of course, there’s a fine selection of pubs, too and even a brewery, (the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery) offering guided tours, tastings and sales of their particularly fine ales.
Tarrant Valley House is a grand rural cottage boasting elegance and sophistication. The pet-friendly cottage on a working farm in Blandford Forum, Dorset, spoils guests with an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, mature gardens, beautiful views, a children’s play area and country charm.
Foxditch Barn at Chisel Farm is a new self-catering barn conversion on a working farm in a peaceful rural location near Blandford Forum in Dorset. This pet friendly holiday property offering beautiful rural views over the Stour valley sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. Stabling for guest's horses available.
Chisel Farm Barns comprise two new and stylish self-contained barn conversions, Foxditch and Whites Ground, near Blandford Forum in Dorset sleeping 10 guests between them. Being both child and pet-friendly they are perfect for dual family holidays in rural Dorset.
Downwood Vineyard boasts refined luxury and is ideal for a special holiday. The pet-friendly cottage with a swimming pool and a hot tub near Blandford in Dorset sits in extensive grounds and a vineyard also offers a tennis court, croquet lawn, plus a games room, conservatory and subtle elegance.
Tarrant Valley House offers an indoor swimming pool and sauna, an open fire and luxury finishes in combining two delightful Dorset cottages near Blandford Forum. The pet-friendly cottages on a working farm enjoy rural seclusion, contemporary comforts, en-suite rooms and extensive gardens.
Prides Cottage is an authentic thatched cottage in the lovely village of Blandford Forum and it enjoys the country charm and wonderful rural views of Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage with an open fire rewards guests with modern features, exposed beams, a mature garden and the promise of seclusion.
The Old Manor is a large Dorset holiday cottage in the countryside between Blandford Forum and Poole. This dog-friendly and large, 9-bedroom manor house offers luxury country house self-catering holidays with a hot tub and tennis court for large family gatherings or groups of friends.
Whites Ground, offers self-catering accommodation in Dorset at Chisel Farm with far-reaching, stunning rural views for 2-4 guests. Furnished to a high standard this single-storey holiday home even has stabling for guests seeking somewhere to bring their horse on holiday.
Beautiful Old Farmhouse in village setting in the heart of rural Dorset. This lovely old large 4-bedroom farmhouse sleeps 8 and welcomes pets. There are 2 reception rooms plus a south facing conservatory. This house is accessible for those with limited mobility as it has a lift to the 1st Floor.
The Blandford Forum Town Museum shares the area’s fascinating history with all. There’s also the Blandford Fashion museum, showcasing clothing from 1740-1970. Enjoy the tea room and gardens while the kids explore a trail and try on replica clothing. Also perfect for the whole family is the lively spectacle that is Great Dorset Steam Fair, now in its 47th year in nearby Pimperne at the end of August. Further keeping to tradition, there’s also a weekly outdoor market – however, a variety of activities like golfing, clay-pigeon shooting and horse-back riding are also available. There are plenty of enjoyable days out to be had within easy reach of the town, It’s a relatively easy 45-minute drive to the Dorset coast and gorgeous locations such as Swanage, and Lulworth Cove, and less than that to the larger resorts of Poole and Bournemouth.
The surrounding landscape is breathtaking, such as the Dorset ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ to the west of the town. Additionally, the parish church, Corn Exchange and town hall all have an English Heritage status – not to mention Coupar House, Pump House, and even the local Natwest building!
Why the graceful architecture? After a fire in 1731, the town was rebuilt, and its surviving Georgian style presents visitors Blandford Forum with an unforgettable experience. Going even further back in time is the Iron Age fort atop Hambledon Hill, now a National Nature Reserve.
Blessed with stunning views, this gorgeous town has something to offer everyone. A self-catered cottage can give adventure-seeking families the freedom to discover Blandford’s gems, while couples can enjoy a relaxing escape with awe-inspiring views year-round. Take a leisurely cycle to the Jurassic coast, or go for a walk along the luscious Stour river. Alternatively, come find out what inspired Thomas Hardy to include Blandford Forum – or shall we say ‘Shottesford Forum’ – in his novels.