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 lovely walled gardens


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


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. Elegant and Georgian, it sits in attractive walled gardens full of roses; inside is pretty too, with an easy, relaxed atmosphere. Bedrooms with period furnishings are homely and warm; one room has four-poster twin beds. The sun streams through the tall windows of the downstairs rooms, and charming oil paintings hang in the dining room. Andrea is fun, and a great host, with lots of local knowledge; there’s a gate from the garden on to the North Dorset Trailway – useful for dog walking.


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

Family friendly

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


  • 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

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


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


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.


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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The neighbourhood

There are some good walks round 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. It’s interesting to visit the scent farm across the valley at Tarrant Keyneston – you can buy their perfumes and there’s a cafe too. It’s four miles’ drive to Blandford Forum, a Georgian town with a farmers’ market, good pubs and independent shops.

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.


Andrea Lea

Andrea is well-travelled and spent a while in Hong Kong. She's lived in this area for many years, is involved in the life of the village and the local community. She's been welcoming guests to Crawford House for many years.