The Store

Dorchester, Dorset
Self-catering


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

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The
Experience

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.

Essentials

  • 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
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Never.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £450
1 Barn for 2
From £901 bedroom

Reviews

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.

Sarah

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.

Linda

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Location

The neighbourhood

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.