Old Red Lion

Blandford Forum, Dorset

Once a pub, now a friendly home, with all you need for a market town break. Park the car (or leave at home) – everything is on the doorstep


5 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


Old Red Lion is a treat. This Georgian house is in the middle of the thriving town – on a quiet lane through an archway just off Market Place. The wide, blue front door looks instantly inviting… step in to a friendly place, awash with warm colours, art, market finds and funny little nooks and crannies. There’s plenty of space, and Hilary and Tim have created an easy home you can share with friends and family (their own boys love it here!). Downstairs there’s a big sitting room with wood-burner, books, comfy sofas, colourful rugs. This opens out to a sociable dining area with old pine table and masses of cushions on benches; the kitchen has a two-oven stove, coffee machine and all you need to cook for a hungry hoard. Stone steps lead up to another elegantly furnished sitting room – a lovely spot to chat or read. Pretty bedrooms have well-dressed beds: two on the first floor and two up more stairs at the top of the house – each floor has a shared bathroom. Your garden is at the end of the lane: a sheltered patch with a shed for bikes – snoozes in the sun, snifters before dinner – and you can spot otters and kingfishers on a stunning river walk.


  • 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


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £175
Weekly price
from £800
Damage deposit
2-night stays from £540.
1 House for 8
From £1755 beds4 bedrooms


"Old Red Lion House provides beautifully arranged, comfortable and characterful accommodation for all ages. We were staying to celebrate my 60th birthday including relatives between the ages of seventy- eight to one and a half years and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Hilary has thoughtfully set out the kitchen and two sitting rooms so that there is plenty of space to relax, books to browse through and kitchen utensils for every occasion. Her communications in relation to directions and arrangements were clear and friendly. We thoroughly recommend this accommodation!" Sofia & family, Dec'17

Sofia, Plymouth

We all had a fabulous stay at Old Red Lion House! It's a beautiful house, a real home from home. We loved the fact we were so close to shops, restaurants and lovely walks, as well as being just a short drive from the coast. Would highly recommend and would definitely look to stay again!

Sharren, Newbury

Lovely cosy house, beautifully decorated and in a great location for walks, shops and restaurants. 3 lovely areas to sit in the house, if you don't want to all sit together, or can easily fit in 8 people without being on top of each other. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Xenia, Camberley

Such a lovely home with all sorts of surprises! We absolutely loved Old Red Lion. Very quaint, clean, perfect location, adorable town and incredible hostess. Hilary kept me informed of various places to visit gave excellent instructions and communicated numerous times once our reservations were in place. The house is beautifully decorated and such a cozy place to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Everything you need is provided in the kitchen and a quick walk to Morrison's will find needed groceries. We will definitely reserve again on our return trip to England!

Katherine, Clarkesville, georgia

Just the ideal place. we were two couples looking for a comfortable getaway. The house is larger than the pictures indicate, was warm, plenty of logs for the wood burner. We loved the good sized kitchen. We are foodies and normally go out but here we decided to stay in, cook our own dinner, snuggle down in front of the fire and watch some great films. Very quiet given it is town based and extremely comfortable beds. We will be back!

Scott, Charing

It was a real treat to stay in such a beautifully tasteful, yet cosy and comfy home from home. Every comfort had been thought of from the books and games, to the use of space for families. It was also great to be in the middle of town but down a quiet side street, the best of both worlds. We said we must go again! Can't wait to go beer tasting at the local brewery.

Amelia, Hampton

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Hilary & Tim Collins

  • The peaceful River Stour and lovely countryside walks are within a short distance from the house or if you're feeling energetic you can cycle along one of the trailways to one of the nearby pretty villages to enjoy a hard earned drink.
  • There are some great places to visit in Blandford Forum itself including the Fashion Museum, the charming Blandford Town Museum and its Victorian garden, and the Hall & Woodhouse brewery offers regular tours. All are just a short walk from the house.
  • With your stay at Old Red Lion you are spoilt for choice if you like eating out. Your hardest decision will be where to go; from pubs, restaurants and superb coffee shops, there is a great choice of places to dine and drink minutes from the house.
  • Market Place, in the centre of Blandford Forum, hosts the local market every Thursday and Saturday with stalls, and the Georgian town hall, opening to sell food, clothing and handmade goods.
  • Blandford Forum offers easy access to all the fabulous things that Dorset has to offer, with Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Beauty just to the north and local towns such as Wimbourne, Dorchester and Salisbury a short drive away.
  • Alternatively travel south to enjoy Dorset's magnificent coastline with the natural harbour of Lulworth Cove, the stretching beaches of Studland, or the vibrancy of Poole harbour within easy reach for lazy summer ice creams or bracing winter walks.