Old Red Lion

Blandford Forum, Dorset
+44 (0)7812 162548
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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

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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
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


We had a fab few days staying at Hilary’s place in Blandford. The cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, virtually a home from home. All the rooms were lovely and comfortable, the house has so much charm and character, as do the lovely neighbours along the row. It is a perfect base to stay whilst exploring the fab beaches and attractions of Dorset, we will definitely be back. Thanks for a lovely time. Lucy and Felipe.

Felipe & Lucy, London, UK

What a treat to escape to such a special place.... We have loved being here... Everywhere you look you see something delightful that makes you smile and warms your heart. All four days spent in Old Red Lion House were truly happy and wonderful days. We feel incredibly lucky :-) Thank you Hillary for creating such a beautiful and magical space and sharing it with us.. Thank you too for being so thoughtful and kind ....The extra touches were also much appreciated (Welcome Tray with Biscuits & Prosecco and the generous amount of logs by the fireplace) We hope to come back again next time!

Marielle, Milton Keynes

We had the most wonderful stay. Very clean and perfect location. Very cosy and has everything you need. communication was perfect. Would definitely recommend and will be booking again.

Gemma, Welling

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the red lion in Blandford Forum. The house is surprisingly spacious, very well appointed and comfortably furnished. The kitchen is well equipped and the thoughtful extras were much appreciated. The log fire added to the houses warmth and character. Perfectly situated in the heart of Blandford. We look forward to visiting again soon! Shane Katriona and Hamish

Katriona, Jersey

This was the perfect location to spend Christmas with the family. The house was all decorated which made it feel like home when we arrived. Well-equipped kitchen and nice linen on the beds. Enjoyed lighting the log burner and having cosy evenings after supper. Great location for visiting Durdle Dor and Lulworth Cove. Nice finishing touches like the “Welcome Pack”. Old Red Lion is a gem! Would definitely book again.

Cristobel, Aldershot

Excellent holiday house - quiet, spotlessly clean, very well equipped, comfy and cosy, but also full of character - a great house. Lovely little garden at the end of the lane. Blandford cafes and shops on the doorstep. Easy trips out to explore the gorgeous Dorset coastline. Hilary was very helpful throughout. Would thoroughly recommend.

Melanie, Tonbridge

Our expectations were exceeded at our stay at The Old Red Lion ! A delightful characterful property, fully and thoughtfully fitted out and stocked , including a Welcome Pack of Dorset teas, cookies and a bottle of Prosecco ! The hideaway garden is an absolute delight and we spent early evenings there having an aperitif and enjoying the sunshine. The spacious property is ideally located near to the local bakers and butchers/cheese shop. We spotted a kingfisher diving for fish on our walk by the River Stour. The neighbours were characters and really friendly and welcoming. Thoroughly recommended

Philip, Bromley

We spent a busy but relaxing week at the Old Red Lion and found the house incredibly clean, welcoming, comfortable and full of character. Everything required for a family holiday with grandparents, parents and teens was provided. The kitchen-diner was a sociable well used space and a pleasure to cook and play board games in. Lots of great independent shops and eateries in Blandford, and amazing scenery, coastline and properties to visit in Dorset. Thank you.

Joanna, Northamptonshire

We loved it at Old Red Lion - it has tonnes of character, very comfortable and was very well equipped for all of our needs. The owner was super friendly and accommodating. It is a great base for exploring Dorset. Brilliant having the benefits of being in the centre of the town but in a quiet spot. We really would have loved to have stayed for another week…next time!

Alan, Birmingham

A wonderful and cosy place to stay with lots of character and a lovely part of the world to stay and explore!! Really helpful owner, who has ensured all your requirements are met, would thoroughly recommend and we hope to return soon.

Phillippa, London

A long weekend with family to celebrate an 80th birthday in a well equipped and comfortable house with many quirky features. An interesting old town and a good centre for exploring northern Dorset. We would like to have stayed longer - and had a bit less rain!

David, Lewes

Gorgeous house, thoughtfully furnished and immaculately kept. So enticing, in fact, that we could have happily stayed indoors all week despite the beauties of Dorset glittering on our doorstep. Our son too had to be dragged away from the piles of games and books in his bedroom. The location of the house is inspired, being so central and yet unmistakably private. And one of the best libraries I have had the pleasure of not having time to read on holiday.

Amy, London

We had an excellent break in this very comfortable house; like walking into somebody's home. It is right in the heart of Blandford Forum but down a side passage for quiet and privacy and is a great base for touring or walking the Dorset countryside or a bit further afield to the coast. It has a very well equipped kitchen and lots of other facilities such as a TV with streaming and DVD, a sound system, and a wood burning stove which keeps everything cosy.It was a pleasure to deal with the host who provided comprehensive notes about the house facilities.

Jonathan, London

Just as a stroll amongst nature nurtures the soul, so did a week a the historic Old Red Lion soothe and restore our inner calm and equilibrium. A true gem of a place and one to be drawn back to. The terrific week spent there felt so comforting, we really did not want to go home! You will have great fun exploring the house with all its reminders of times gone by together with the beautiful interior design and sense of deep care which has gone into making this a very special holiday retreat.

Jill, Chipping Sodbury

We absolutely loved Old Red Lion House. It's so comfortable and well equipped that it's like staying with friends with a lovely house. Location is quirky and lovely- tucked down a yard off the pretty Blandford Forum market square. We loved being so conveniently located (highly recommend the butchers in the square for delicious treats). The house is thoughtfully and tastefully decorated, comfy sofas, lovely woodburner, well equipped kitchen, lots of space for everyone to relax. Beds and bedding were comfortable and showers good and hot! So all boxes ticked! We hope to return!

Jessica, London

We had a great stay at your lovely house. What a fantastic place you have! The space & layout of the house was absolutely brilliant for our extended family & you have done everything with such thought & to a high quality. You had everything we needed. Thank you so much for all the little touches like the welcome bottle of Prosecco & tea bags! We really appreciated them. We loved sitting around the cosy kitchen table at meal times & watching a film in the evenings in the wonderful lounge area. Your information folder was very helpful and we referred to it a lot. We really enjoyed our stay.

Rachel, Staines

Comfortable stay in a unique cottage. Excellent location for sightseeing and local amenities. Lovely soft furnishings and super communication from owner. Highly recommend.

Wendy, Cambridge

We had a very enjoyable stay in this lovely home, which is full of books and toys and very well presented. It's wonderfully child friendly, and the owners answered every query (eg with helpful tips about the best, quietest beaches to visit) very quickly. The neighbours were also friendly and we had a sense of a nice community. Thank you for a very pleasant holiday.

Michael, Nairobi

We had a great stay at the Old Red Lion over the new year break. The house is beautifully decorated and provides a lovely relaxed base for exploring Dorset. There's plenty of attention to detail, the kitchen is well equipped and everything was in working order. Hilary is an excellent host. We particularly enjoyed trips to the nearby coast for bracing walks, returning to enjoy a cosy evening by the log fire.

Karen, Surrey

We had the most wonderful stay at Old Red Lion. The house itself is beautiful and so well maintained with everything in perfect working order. The log fire is such a treat on cold days. We went with our two children (3 and 1) who absolutely loved the house itself and the many adventures we had with lots of days out - there is so much to do in close proximity. Hilary communicated with us so well from the moment we booked and made sure we were completely comfortable and had everything we needed. We were even greeted with a very thoughtful basket of tea and treats. We plan on returning soon!

Azadeh, Richmond

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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.