The Store | Self-catering barn in Dorset | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Store - Self-catering barn in Dorset

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Toller Fratrum, Dorchester, DT2 0EL, Dorset
England, United Kingdom

Gracie Cooper

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+44 (0)1300 321536(landline)

Swifts, swallows and downland views in a west Dorset hamlet. For nature lovers and ramblers, a step back in time

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Perfect for a couple in search of Dorset's secret places: a rural slice of bliss in an old hay store. A finely renovated and pellet boiler-fuelled store, what's more, with solid oak doors and windows, buffed-concrete floors heated underfoot, and a bright understated décor. This courtyard of old farm buildings is in Toller Fratrum, a hamlet that was once the farmstead of the Knights Hospitallers and whose history stretches beyond Domesday. Overlooking wildflower gardens, pastures and chalk hills is a private gravelled area for summery meals; beyond is a pretty pond, with dragonflies and dipping swallows. Inside: a super-comfy armchair by the window, a two-seater sofa by the wood-burner, logs, books, maps, DVDs, interesting etchings and vibrant kilims. The sage-green kitchen is made for cooks, the bed feels delicious, the bathroom is generous (a rainwater shower over a deep bath, natural toiletries, thick towels). The wildlife is abundant, the walking is sublime, and the charmingly unfancy Fox & Hounds at Cattistock is three miles. Little has changed in a hundred years.

Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Gracie Cooper:

Local points of interest from
Gracie Cooper:

  • Endless walks for all: hikes and ambles, from the challenging ridgeway walks overlooking the Jurassic coast to gentle strolls, a web of footpaths, holloways and disused railways criss cross the landscape.
  • Bridport: vibrant market and bustling antiques quarter. Eggardon: an Iron Age hillfort with incredible views of the Jurassic Coast, and our favourite place for a picnic and flying kites. Mapperton House: a wonderful Jacobean manor and garden.
  • West Bay: bucket and spade bliss, a working fishing harbour with scallops fresh of the boats. In West Bay: Sladers Yard, an art gallery with excellent cakes, and Watch House seafood cafe right on the beach.
  • Powerstock Common: an ancient common and deer forest, a haven for wildflowers and orchids. Walk along the disused railway line, keeping an ear out for the boar and rutting stags. Nearby Powerstock village is the Three Horseshoes - always locally sourced.
  • Kingcombe: a magical valley on the river Hooke, holloways and secret tracks, with an environmental centre hosting a variety of courses for kids and grown-ups, from birding and willow workshops, to fungi foraging and butterfly hunts.
  • Chesil Beach: pebble paradise, the setting for Ian McEwan’s novel, and the sublime Crab House with its oyster farm and delicious local crab.
Points of interest

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"We absolutely loved The Store, and our week in Dorset. Perfectly placed to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside and coast. We had lunches at The Hive, The Watch House, Hix's, Mapperton Gardens - all lovely, and relaxed. No bookings were required & we have a young baby - so that was such a bonus! The Store itself is very tastefully converted, and the owner Gracie was exceptionally charming. "
September 2014
"Had a wonderful stay here. The Store is beautifully finished and surrounded by lovely gardens and a pond. The accommodation is comfortable and cosy with a log-burner and under-floor heating. There are lots of books to read whilst there, many from the owners publishing company, which made for a perfect weekend surrounded by the British countryside in both the literary and literal sense. Gracie was on hand to answer any questions we had and to give lots of personal recommendations on places to eat/visit. There was an excellent welcome pack of basics provided. Can't wait to return. "
April 2014

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  • 1 Barn for 2
Price:(i) £450 to£600 per week

Booking info:

Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.




Toller Fratrum, Dorchester, DT2 0EL, Dorset

Self-catering The Store (self-catering)
Barn ~ 1 double
Price: (i) £ 450 to £ 600 per week

Gracie Cooper

Visit website

+44 (0)1300 321536(landline)