Hanford Minima

Blandford Forum, Dorset
Self-catering


Space and light aplenty in this sleekly revamped cottage, with a splendid view of Hambledon Hill – wonderful walks and country pubs

Bed

4 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

The
Experience

Head deep into Dorset countryside, past towering oaks, sheep-filled meadows and wooded hillsides to reach this brick and flint cottage. Owner Jingo was born and raised here, and lives next door with husband Rufus and two working spaniels. Guests have lovely views towards Hambledon Hill across their acres of garden, which wrap behind the cottage; your own private garden is south-facing and at the front. Inside, it’s mostly modern and minimalist with smooth oak floors and fine cream fabrics in the bedrooms. A few vintage touches too – antique chairs, a pretty floral sofa below vibrant Russian canvases and a much-loved AGA amongst sleek surfaces in the kitchen. Soak in a curvaceous contemporary bath, sleep on handcrafted LOAF beds and wake refreshed to tackle the walk up to the prehistoric hillfort. Your reward will be spectacular wildflowers and butterflies in spring and summer, and a taste of Iron Age history. Stroll to Child Okeford too, a thriving village with two pubs, village shop, farm shop and art gallery; by car, Shaftesbury is just 15 minutes and the Purbeck coast under an hour for great walks. 

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • 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
From 3pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Restaurants 3 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £160
Weekly price
from £650
1 House for 6
From £1604 beds3 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jingo Palamountain

  • Hanford Minima is nestled between the Iron Age hill forts of Hambledon and Hod and offers spectacular views up the ramparts of Hambledon, with walks straight from your door. Walk over Hambledon Hill to the Cricketers Pub in Shroton for a delicious lunch.
  • Blandford Forum, the best preserved Georgian market town in Britain, is only 5 miles away. The local village of Child Okeford, has a good shop, Post Office, doctors' surgery, church and pubs. Restaurants nearby include Plumber Manor and The Fontmell.
  • Shaftesbury (15 mins) boasts Gold Hill, famous from the Hovis adverts. Poole Harbour (35 mins) offers Rockley Point sailing school, boat trips round Brownsea Island and a chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck with beaches, Corfe Castle and a steam railway.
  • Cycling, walking and running all from the house, with riding stables nearby. Visit Stourhead Gardens or the Cerne Abbas giant. Take a plane ride or just enjoy the view and lunch at Cerne Abbas airfield (10 mins). Play golf at Rushmore Park (25 mins).
  • The World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast is only 40 mins away, with Lulworth Cove, Durdle Dore, Golden Cap and Warbarrow Bay and views out to the Isle of Wight. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are next door to each other and only 25 mins away.
  • Or just stay at home, put your feet up in front of an open fire and read an improving book while a delicious dinner made from local Dorset produce cooks in the Aga!