Crawford House

Blandford Forum, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast


An elegant home with an easy atmosphere – Andrea is a great host. Comfortable bedrooms with window seats overlook the pretty walled gardens

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

Below, the river Stour winds through the valley and under the medieval, nine-arched bridge. Above, an Iron Age hill fort; between is Crawford House. The sun streams through the tall windows of the downstairs rooms and you feel very much at home.

Andrea is fun and has lots of local knowledge. There are plenty of historic houses to visit, you can get to Poole with its stunning natural harbour in half an hour, and the gate from her garden leads on to the North Dorset Trailway – useful for dog walking.

Sit out in walled gardens full of roses with lemon drizzle cake and tea, read by the open fire, sleep well in warm comfy bedrooms. Andrea’s delicious breakfasts include homemade marmalade and seasonal berries.

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We think you'll love

  • The relaxed elegance of this country house
  • Wandering the colourful gardens
  • Andrea's fresh seasonal fruit salad for breakfast every morning
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Home truths

  • Mobile phone coverage can be variable in the bedrooms

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Usually late afternoon, but different times can be arranged if necessary.
Check out
By 11am.
Booking restrictions
One night stays available.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Pub 10-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £75
Surcharges
Singles £40.
1 Twin
From £75
1 Twin/double
From £75
1 Twin
From £75

Reviews

Andrea welcomed 3 generations of my family to Crawford House despite our greatly varying needs! The relaxed atmosphere and beautiful garden contributed to a really lovely holiday. Andrea's warm character, local knowledge and delicious breakfasts were also very much appreciated. I would strongly recommend Crawford House to anyone visiting this beautiful part of the British countryside.

Simon

Ours was a flying visit. My husband was running at Bournemouth Athletics Centre, and we needed to lay our heads down for one night and set off with a hearty breakfast. Andrea was accommodating from the start, and made us feel entirely at ease, greeting us with tea and lemon drizzle cake which never hurts anyone! The beds were cosy and comfortable, and we slept for longer than usual because of it. In fact, The Athlete won his race, such was his rested state. The breakfast was perfect in size for us, and I am now a marmalade convert! We only use Sawdays, and have yet to be disappointed...

Yasmine, Esher

We had an absolutely delightful experience at Crawford House with Andrea, where we stayed for 2 nights in Jan 2017. We had a lovely welcome, with a beautiful ensuite room, overlooking the garden and our 'own' sitting room with roaring fire. The bed was supremely comfortable. The house was elegant and had a wonderful feeling of relaxed, serene warmth. Andrea was clearly interested in her guests and we spent two lovely breakfasts chatting over the superb food. It was one of the most charming and lovely experiences we have had and came away feeling upbeat, restored and refreshed. Thank you.

Kate, Dorchester

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Location

The neighbourhood

There are some good walks around the village and through the water meadows; all can be accessed from the old railway line, now a Trailway, through Andrea's garden gate. You can stop at The Woodpecker pub on your way back. Dorset Opera at Bryanston stage two operas at the end of July. Visit the scent farm across the valley at Tarrant Keyneston – you can buy their perfumes and there’s a café. It’s four miles to Blandford Forum, a Georgian town with a farmers’ market, good pubs and independent shops. You can get to Dorchester, Wimborne and Shaftesbury in about half an hour, the beautiful sandy beaches of the Dorset Coast too.

Local points of interest from Andrea Lea

  • Gardens: Knoll Gardens, Wimborne; Mapperton House near Beaminster; Compton Acres, Poole; Kingston Lacy House and Gardens, Wimborne: Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens.
  • Family days: Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour; The Tank Museum; Monkey World at Bovington, The Swannery at Abbotsbury.
  • Walkers: Garden gate directly on to the North Dorset Trailway and Spetisbury Rings .WHS Dorset Coast; lovely inland walks with good local pubs.
  • Take a local walk to the fascinating St Mary's Church, Tarrant Crawford with its beautiful 13th century faded murals
  • Moreton Church - magnificent etched windows by Laurence Whistler. Well worth a visit. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury.
  • Just across the river visit Keynston Mill, where acres of local herbs are grown and distilled to make perfume. Here also is The |Scented Botanist restaurant/café and Parterre gardens. Access by footpath to the River Stour.

Introducing

Andrea Lea

Andrea is well-travelled and spent a while in Hong Kong; she loves visiting Scotland. She's lived in this area for ages and is involved in the life of the village and the local community. Looking after her garden takes much of her time and she’s been welcoming guests to Crawford House for many years.