3 Mafeking Terrace

Blandford Forum, Dorset

Deep in the Blackmore Vale, a well-loved Victorian retreat with a hammock for snoozing, hills for tramping and a good pub nearby


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


Wind down twisting, narrow lanes to arrive at a delightful cottage, the end one of three, with mellow red brick hugged by roses, honeysuckle and clematis. Eliza’s family have spent their summers here since she was a baby, and the place oozes personal history. Sleeping eight if you count two quirky bed alcoves for under 12s, it’s good for relaxed gatherings of friends and family of all ages.Breakfast in a proper farmhouse kitchen or a jasmine-scented conservatory overlooking the garden and saunter past quince and apple trees to loll in the summerhouse with a book. The hamlet setting is utterly tranquil, with three friendly sheep as neighbours – they’re especially partial to digestive biscuits.With walks straight from the door through glorious countryside it’s safe for running children, inspirational for nature lovers, writers, musicians and artists, or those simply craving the simple life.

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We think you'll love

  • The perfect peace, miles from major roads
  • The beautiful and interesting objects in every room
  • Being able to walk to a good pub (20 minutes)
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You should know

  • The house is over three levels and the stairs are fairly steep
  • It’s comfy and charming rather than luxurious
  • It’ll be cosy with eight people


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub/bar 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
Restaurants 2 miles away.


Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £500
1 Cottage for 6
From £713 bedrooms


A really lovely cottage. Very relaxing and in a really quiet little village, perfect for some time out with friends and family, or visiting monkey world as we did!

Joe, London

A really lovely cottage. Very relaxing and in a really quiet little village, perfect for some time out with friends and family, or visiting monkey world as we did!

Joe, London

Just returned from the most wonderful weekend here - a real home from home without having to worry about anything. Every tiny detail is taken care of - towels, every kitchen utensil you can imagine, books, games, local info... All very clean with a beautiful large garden, It's not easy to find a place that would suit grandparents, us and teenagers - but it was perfect. Plenty of room for people to have their own space with a sunny conservatory and separate summer house. Ideally set up for young children and families. If you are looking for clinical rooms and en-suites this is not for you!

Jane, Fareham

A lovely cosy cottage. When we arrived everything was set up and it felt very welcoming. Wonderful walks nearby. Children enjoyed collecting kindling for the fire and saying hello to the sheep each morning. Secluded and very quite with beautiful views. We stayed at the cottage between Christmas and New Year. We would love to stay again in the summer to make full use of the large garden.

Alice, London

If you want to escape the crowds, then Mafeking Terrace is ideally situated in a quiet rural village without street lights or the intrusive sounds of modern day city life. Surrounded by the rolling Dorset Hills within easy reach of the Jurassic coast, an ideal fossil-hunting ground for all ages (we came home with a collection of ammonites and belemnites!) and the exquisite Kingston Lacy country house and grounds. After a day exploring Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, returning to Mafeking Terrace to enjoy a glass of wine in the conservatory was a great way to end the day.

Claire, Fareham

We spent a lovely, relaxing week at Mafeking Terrace. The house is in a beautiful and unspoilt location with thankfully very little phone reception. The garden was perfect for our children to play hide and seek in but still had lots of sunny nooks for adults to sit and read quietly. The house is cosy and tastefully decorated and it had everything we needed. We would love to return. I didn't spend enough time relaxing in the summer house, with the rolling hills as the backdrop and the curious neighbouring sheep for company!

Charlotte, Surrey

Stylish,cosy,warm and welcoming....the kids loved the summer house and the garden while we relaxed in the conservatory....would love to return.


Found my happy place! A wonderfully relaxing spot. Obviously well loved and thoughtfully put together over the years.


This gorgeous cottage is set in wonderful walking country - it's a welcome retreat after a day exploring the hills nearby. We've been a few times and always look forward to returning.


This is a delightful cottage in a lovely setting. The house is charming and well loved. There are some great walks in the surrounding area. We have had some fantastic visits here over the years, Mafeking Terrace is part of our lives, I hope it always will be.


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The neighbourhood

Woolland is an unpretentious farming hamlet in glorious countryside, two miles from The Ibberton pub and a ten-minute drive from the nearest shop. From the cottage, take a picnic and climb Bulbarrow Hill, Dorset’s second highest point and an iron age hill fort – there are memorable views over the patchwork of fields that make up Hardy’s ‘Valley of the Dairies’. For more action, the market towns of Blandford Forum and Sherborne are both within half an hour’s drive; the glorious Jurassic coast is under an hour.

Local points of interest from Eliza Solesbury

  • Visit local Milton Abbas with its picture perfect thatched cottage model village and nearby Capability Browns famous Milton Abbey where you can stop off for traditional cream teas in the afternoon.
  • Drive to the spectacular Jurassic Coastline, book a fossil hunting expedition or explore the pretty seaside towns of Lyme Regis and Bridport with their antique shops and seafood restaurants. Enjoy a clifftop walk from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove.
  • Discover 4 of The National Trusts Dorset attractions close by: The Cerne Abbas Chalk Giant in all its glory. Historic Corfe Castle and the six mile Swanage steam railway line. Thomas Hardy's cottage and the beautiful Stourhead house and gardens.
  • Try a local walk from the doorstep: Take a picnic and climb Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, walk along the Iron age hilltop fort, with its spectacular far reaching views over 5 counties. Take a break and enjoy this unspoilt beauty spot.
  • Visit some local festivals: The great Dorset steam fair in September, The Swanage jazz festival in July and the great Dorset chilli festival in August..
  • For Children there's Monkey World in Wareham or The Tank museum in Bovington Or take a small ferry from Poole to Brownsea Island - A unique nature reserve with plenty of activities for children - from tree climbing to beach combing to smugglers trails...


Eliza Solesbury

Eliza and her siblings grew up in London and spent their childhood summers here, still meeting up for family gatherings at the cottage whenever they can. Every generation has contributed to their ever-evolving home in different ways and it continues to provide a peaceful retreat from busy lives. They now love sharing this special place with others and do everything to make sure you feel instantly at home.