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8 Alex & Lindsay - Basingstoke

"It's like a slice of hidden paradise. So private and secluded, we felt like lord and lady of the manor. Hardys Monument at sunset with a glass of wine is fabulous"

8 Gerry & Alla - Derbyshire

"What an amazing place. we were fortunate enough to see deer, badgers and lots of wonderful local wildlife. We had some amazing local walks also. With so much to do we needed more time. We'll be back next year to explore this idyllic location further. Thank you."

 
   
 
 
   
 
 
 

 


 

 

Top 10 things to do and more...

There are lots of activities and things to do locally, so we've just listed our top 10.

1. Hardy's Monument at Sunset
Stunning 360 degree views of the Dorset coastline are within just a half mile walk of the barn. On a summer's evening you just can't beat a glass of wine (bring your own!) or some delicious local ice-cream from hobos ice-cream seller before 6pm. The car park closes around 5.30 but it's a beautiful walk from the barn or there's a parking bay a short 400 yard walk from the entrance.

2. Lulworth Cove and the Coastal Path
The stunning Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are just a 20 minute drive from Martinstown. View our gallery for images of this spectacular coastline.

3. Dinner or Lunch at The Brewers Arms
The local pub and Restaurant in Martinstown offers a specials board and even takeaway options if you don't feel like cooking. Look out for the birds nest house in the beer garden under the eaves in spring, as newborns pop their heads out.

4. Chesil Beach
Head down to this massive expanse of beach for the day or an early morning walk when no one is around. For a more secluded spot, visit West Bexington further along the coast, there's a car par 2 miles after the west bexington turn off on the left.

5. Henley Hillbillies
If you fancy a bit of clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or even hovercraft racing, head over to Henley Hillbillies . Booking advised. www.henleyhillbillies.co.uk

6. Local Walks
There's a network of bridal and footpathsl paths leading from the barn and also further afield. Choose from one of the many local walks in the welcome book and enjoy the surroundings on your doorstep. Stunning views, flora, fauna and animals along the way.

7. The Rodwell Trail
This is a 2.5 mile walk or bike ride along the coast from Weymouth to Portland - It's an excellent, safe bike ride for children with stunning views. You'll find further details at the barn. Access can be gained from Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, just behind the Marina.

8. Abbotsbury
Just a couple of miles from the barn lies Abbotsbury, a truly picture postcard village to enjoy. Also visit the swannery at feeding time or hatching season, childrens farm and subtropical gardens - www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

9. Beauty Treatments at the Barn
For those wanting a little bit of pampering, a local beauty therapist is available for bookings on site at the barn. Enjoy a massage, facial, pedicure, manicure and other treatments. Amanda Clarke - 07968092232

10. Kayaking or Bike Hire in Weymouth
For the more adventurous, Weymouth is a 20 minute drive from the barn. You can hire bikes or kayaks from second wind www.second-wind.co.uk The guys are really friendly and can arrange a guided kayak tour around lulworth cove. The bay right outside the shop is perfect for paddling and beginners. A cafe opposite offers refreshments. In high season it's advisable to book in advance to avoid disapointment and guarantee the availability of kayaks - 01305 834951