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The Old Manor

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Where We Are

The Old Manor

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in 4pm
Check-out 10am
Check-in contact Ginnette | 07917 652 427



Dorchester is a 15-minute drive away and has a range of banks.

Post Office

Dorchester Post Office
High St, Puddletown, Dorchester, DT2 8RT (15-minute drive)

Petrol Station

A35 North Street, Bere Regis BH20 7LA (10-minute drive)

Getting To Us

Best postcode to use for satnavs DT2 8TQ
Nearest train stations Dorchester West (13-minute drive)
Nearest airport Southampton
Taxis A-Line Taxis | 01305 264 747
Bob’s Cars | 01305 269 500
Dorchester Taxis | 01305 251 097


Follow M5 to Taunton. Take exit 25 from M5
At junction 25, take the A358 exit toTaunton/Honiton/Yeovil/Weymouth
Take A358, A303, A3088, A37 and A35 to your destination
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A358
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A303
Go through 1 roundabout
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A3088
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A3088
At Lysander Road Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Watercombe Ln/A3088
At Bunford Hollow Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto W Coker Rd/A30
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Dorchester Rd/A37
Continue to follow A37
Go through 1 roundabout
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto B3147
Turn left onto Northernhay
Slight right onto Glyde Path Rd
Turn left onto High W St/B3150
Continue to follow B3150
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A35
Take the A354/B3142 ramp to Blandford/Milborne/St Andrew/Piddlehinton
At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto A354
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto The Moor
Turn left onto Backwater
Continue onto Mill St
Turn left onto The Square
Turn left at The Green
Destination will be on the right

Cooking & Dining

Chef & Catering Services

Chef service

A unique & truly special private chef experience brought direct to you. Combining a personal chef hire service with restaurant-quality cuisine, Dineindulge is designed to be affordable, accessible & simple to book for anyone.

Drop-off meal service

James Andrew Catering Solutions
Dew Lodge/Pound La, Dorchester DT2 7LZ
01258 837612

These top class chefs are available to create and serve a special three course dinner, drop off ready meals when you arrive, or serve a classic brunch on Sunday morning. Or book a chef for the week and relax.

Local produce that the area is renowned for

Dorset is home to a variety of high quality producers of delicious food and drink, which is available to you through specialist farm shops and markets in Dorset. Dorset boasts a number of award winning restaurants, tea rooms, seafront cafes and traditional Dorset pubs. There really is something for all tastes, whatever your hunger craves.

With our mild climate and fertile soil Dorset is home to some of the finest local produce and coupled with some of the freshest seafood, Dorset has a winning combination for fabulous food and drink.

Great Places to Eat & Drink

Nearest Pub

The Blue Vinny
Traditional village pub with home cooked food, locally sourced produce where available.
12 The Moor, Puddletown, Nr Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8TE
01305 848228 | www.thebluevinny.co.uk


The Martyrs Inn
49 Main Rd, Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7ES
01305 848 249 | www.themartyrsinn.co.uk/Site_2/Welcome_2.html

The Oak at Dewlish
Dorset DT2 7ND
01258 837 352 | www.oakpub.co.uk

The Royal Oak
6-7 Dorchester Hill, Dorset DT11 0
01258 837 248

Sutton Rd, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6LW
01305 832117 | www.thespringhead.co.uk


No 6 Restaurant
Offering a great range of locally sourced produce, French Chef Christian Lohez and his wife Sylwia welcome you to their outstanding restaurant which is already very popular with the locals
6 N Square, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HY
01305 267679 | www.no6-restaurant.co.uk

The Engine Room Restaurant
Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3RT
01305 257251 | www.thegardeneronline.co.uk

Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant
45 High E St, Dorset DT1 1HU
01305 257471

Castleman Restaurant
18 Blandford Hill, Blandford Forum DT11 8DB
01258 830096 | www.castlemanhotel.co.uk

Le Petit Canard
Dorchester Rd, Dorchester DT2 0BE
01300 320536 | www.le-petit-canard.co.uk

Rajpoot Restaurant
Classic and contemporary Indian food in a black-and-white cottage with a smart contemporary decor
43 High W St, Town Centre, Dorchester DT1 1UT
01305 257492 | www.rajpootrestaurant.com

La Caverna Restaurant
Romantic ambiance in an established cellar restaurant offering classy Italian cuisine
57 Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EW
01305 262500 | www.lacaverna.co.uk

Best places to eat out with children

The Old Granary
Hall and Woodhouse is one of the few remaining regional family brewers, brewing our award-winning Badger beers in Dorset and offering warm hospitality at our pubs for over 230 years. Family-friendly and children’s menu available.
Bar & Restaurant, The Quay, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LP
01929 552 010 | www.theoldgranarywareham.co.uk

Shopping for Food

Best Local Supermarket

Tudor Arcade, South St, Dorchester DT1 1BN
01305 268 420 | www.waitrose.com/bf_home/bf/120.html

Unit A, St Martins Place, Bridport Rd, Dorchester DT1 2NQ
01305 321 600 | www.sainsburys.co.uk

Butcher & Food Store

RJ BLAKES LTD Family Butchers
Dorchester Rd, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6EL
01929 462 260

Fresh & Fruity
2 Lower Burton Cottages, Lower Burton, Dorchester DT2 7RZ
01305 261 932

Wine Merchant

The Dorset Wine Co Ltd
37 Peverell Ave W, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3SU
01305 266734 | www.dorsetwine.co.uk/shop/

Major supermarket online orders

Waitrose | www.waitrose.com
Sainsbury’s | www.sainsburys.co.uk

Things to Do

Quad Biking and Clay-Pigeon Shooting

Gorcombe Extreme Sports
Quad biking, paintball, Clay pigeon Shooting, dirt buggies and Assault courses. For those looking for some adrenaline activities there’s plenty to find here.
Gorcombe Farm, Thornicombe, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9AG
01258 452 219 | www.gorcombe.co.uk/index.php

Horse Riding

Hillside Riding Stables
Church Rd, Preston, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6BZ
01305 834 067

Cycle Hire

Dorchester Cycles
With plenty of trails and area to hike and cycle around Dorset, it’s a great idea to take advantage and hire some bicycles to ride around to take in the beautiful scenery.
31B Great Western Rd, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UF
01305 268787 | www.dorchestercycles.co.uk


Casterbridge Fisheries Ltd
The fame of the River Frome Grayling needs no great introduction. Other than a quick reminder that this stunning chalk stream has produced more than its fair share of British rod caught records, the last of which was caught on a nymph while sight fishing in crystal clear water.
Dairy House, West Stafford, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8AL
01305 266500 | www.chalkstreamflyfishing.co.uk


The Dorset Golf & Country Club & Resort
Hyde, Bere Regis, Dorset BH20 7NT
01929 472244 | www.dorsetgolfresort.com

Kayaking / Canoeing

Jurassic Coast Activities
If you are looking for a great experience in kayaking and Coasteering in Dorset you have found the right place, with specialist instructors who have years of experience, extremely professional and will regard your safety with the upmost importance yet still retaining a relaxed and fun attitude.
Main Road, West Lulworth BH20 5RQ
01305 835 301 | www.jurassiccoastactivities.co.uk


Glo Pamper
For pampering in the comfort of your property, there is a range of treatments available from a local therapist including massage, pedicure, manicure, etc.
To book please use the contact details below and remember to quote ‘kate & tom’s’. Guests are advised to book well in advance.

Top Things to Do for Children

Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

Family museum, with Edward Bear and his family of people-sized bears, in Teddy Bear House.
Dorchester DT1 1JU, 6 miles (10 minute drive)
01305 266040 | www.teddybearmuseum.co.uk

Dorset County Museum

Collections of Iron Age artefacts from Maiden Castle, local fossils and Thomas Hardy’s effects
High West St., Dorchester DT1 1XA, 6 miles (10 minute drive)
01305 227 35 | www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Fantasy Island Fun Park

Hidden away in Bowleaze Cove, Fantasy Island is a bucket load of entertainment for the whole family.
Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, DT3 6PW, 13.6 miles (23 minute drive)
01305 834 746 | www.fantasyislandweymouth.co.uk

Lulworth Castle & Park

Wareham, East Lulworth BH20 5QS, 13.3 miles (27 minutes)
01929 400 352 | www.lulworth.com

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, DT2 9EY, 8.9 miles (16 minute drive)

Monkey World

Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.
Longthorns, Wareham BH20 6HH, 7.8 miles (15 minute drive)
0800 456 600 | www.monkeyworld.org

The Keep Military Museum

The artefacts, weapons, uniforms, medals and of course the stories of the soldiers and their families and much more are on display over three floors.
Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RN, 6.2 miles (12 minute drive)
01305 264066 | www.keepmilitarymuseum.org

The Tank Museum

Large display of tanks with interactive activities and regular exhibitions and events.
Bovington, BH20 6JG, 7.2 miles (15 minute drive)
01929 405 096 | www.tankmuseum.org

Weymouth Football Club

Bob Lucas Stadium, Weymouth DT4 9XJ, 14 miles (22 minute drive)
01305 785 558 | www.theterras.co.uk

Weymouth Sea Life Park

Over 1,000 marine creatures and 5 rides and attractions.
Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth DT4 7SX, 13.9 miles (24 minute drive)
01305 761 070 | www.visitsealife.com

Top Places to Visit

Sculpture by the Lakes

An oasis for art lovers and art collectors. Sculptures nestled into the natural landscape. Booking beforehand is essential as they do limit the amount of visitors each day and children under 12 are not permitted.
Pallington Lakes, Dorchester DT2 8QU
07720 637 808 | www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk

Hardy’s Cottage

The birthplace of Thomas Hardy. The garden reflects most people’s idea of a typical cottage garden, with roses around the door, and the sound of birdsong, even in winter. Once inside you will discover that 19th-century rural life, with its open hearths, small windows and stone floors, was not always idyllic.
Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8QJ
01305 262 366 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England’s first natural World Heritage Site – it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, West Lulworth

A shingle beach which shelves steeply although some parts are reasonably safe for swimming. Dogs are allowed on the beach.

The Cove offers a variety of places to eat and there is a large car park (fee payable). Make sure you visit the Heritage Centre next to the car park for all kinds of information about the area and the Jurassic Coast. Durdle Door is about half a mile from the road and paths to it are picturesque but rather hilly. Most people, young and old, can walk there and back, albeit with some effort and some sweat on their brow … that is half the fun after all! If you do have difficulty walking then you may find that you are not able to reach Durdle Door by foot.

The Fossil Forest Walk

The Fossil Forest is a good walk for children, who will be fascinated by the rock formations, as well as the shingle beach with its limestone and chalk spurs and boulders. It is also good for dogs as it passes a beach and pub where dogs are welcome.


Explore marine ecosystems at a waterside aquarium, plus feeding sessions and an underwater tunnel.
01202 311 993 | Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA

Studland Bay

Studland is described in the north as Shell Bay and in the south as Ballard Down. It is effectively a continuation of Sandbanks further to the north and as it suggests, banks of sand or dunes, wind blown or tide transported from further round the coast. Sand can be removed from Sandbanks by the tide, be circulated outside Poole Harbour and deposited at Studland.

Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay is part of the Jurassic Coast and its geology is world-renowned. Rocky shale and comentstone reefs make the area a key habitat and the bay is a designated Marine Nature Reserve. Although there are no sandy beaches the sheltered bay is good for swimming, diving, surfing and windsurfing. Large ledges act as natural jetties for wandering along to explore marine wildlife. It is one of the best places in the country to go rock pooling. Important fossils have been found in the Kimmeridge Clay, but they need an expert eye and time-consuming preparation. Hammering is strictly forbidden here and you may only collect loose fossils from the beach.

Corfe Castle

The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills. As you can see it guards the gap between the south of Purbeck, where Purbeck marble was once quarried, and the rest of England. Nothing could pass in or out without going past the Castle.
National Trust, BH20 5EZ | www.corfe-castle.co.uk

Useful Information

Bedrooms and Bathrooms
• Sleeps 18
• 9 bedrooms | 9 en-suite bathrooms
• All bedrooms can accommodate a z bed, but bedrooms 2 and 3 are smaller rooms
• Of the nine en-suites, four have baths and separate walk-in showers, three have baths with showers over, one has a walk-in shower but no bath and one has a bath but no shower
• All en-suites have showers except Bedroom 8, which has a shower over bath
• Ground-floor disabled-friendly wetroom

Bedrooms Sleeps Beds Features
Bedroom 1 2 King En-suite bathroom has bath and walk-in shower and twin sinks.
Bedroom 2 2 King En-suite bathroom has a shower over the bath with a screen and WC in a separate room next door.
Bedroom 3 2 King En-suite bathroom has a bath and separate circular shower.
Bedroom 4 2 Large Double En-suite bathroom has a bath with a shower head.
Bedroom 5 2 King/Twin* En-suite bathroom has a bath with shower head.
Bedroom 6 2 King/Twin* En-suite bathroom has a roll-top bath and separate walk in shower.
Bedroom 7 2 King/Twin* The bathroom is just outside the door to the bedroom and has a roll-top bath and separate walk-in shower.
Bedroom 8 2 King The bathroom is opposite the bedroom with a shower over the bath with shower curtain
Bedroom 9 2 Large Double The shower room is opposite the bedroom with a walk-in shower.

* Zip-and-link beds, providing the option for King or Twin set-up

Cooking and Dining
• The dining table seats 18 comfortably
• Fantastic chef available for a special meal or throughout the weekend
• Drop off meals available
• Aga and separate electric oven
• Gas BBQ
• Great dining nearby
• Online deliveries available

Where We Are
• The postcode is DT2 8TQ
• The nearest town is Dorchester
• The nearest airport is Southampton
• The nearest train station is Dorcester
• Taxis available

• 60’ TV
• Sky satellite
• Wi fi
• DVD player and DVD library
• iPod Dock
• Library
• Open fires
• Function room for up to 80 people available, please enquire for more details

• 9 acres of gardens
• Hot-tub
• Footballs
• Cricket set
• Clay pigeon shooting by prior arrangement

• Golf
• Clay pigeon shooting
• Horse riding
• Cycle hire
• Water sports

Payment Process
• We take one third deposit at the time of booking
• The balance is due three months before the date booked

Cautionary Deposit
• £1,000 refundable deposit

House Restrictions
• Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome (on request)
• No fireworks please
• Hen parties welcome
• Not suitable for stag parties

What’s Included
• Linen
• Towels provided

Hot Tub Use

We hope you’ll enjoy using the hot tub. We want to make sure it is as safe as possible for everyone, so we ask all guests to ensure that the following guidelines are respected. These guidelines are designed to meet basic health and safety regulations, so ensure that all members of your party have read the rules regarding the use of the hot tub.

1. Swimming costumes are obligatory and you will need to bring your own towels
2. You must shower before entering the hot tub to remove any skin oils, make-up, hair products etc. This is vital to ensure a clean and healthy hot tub. If this rule is abused the hot tub may need to be closed for several days so that the water can be thoroughly refreshed.
3. Outdoor shoes and coats must be taken off around the hot tub area.
4. No alcohol or smoking is allowed in the hot tub.
5. Do not bring any form of glass into the hot tub area.
6. Do not bring in any electrical equipment into the hot tub area where you could be in contact with water.
7. Do not over-occupy the hot tub as this will lead to water spillage and will cause the hot tub to stop working. This is because the filter needs to be covered with water to work.
8. Children must be supervised in and around the hot tub and must not use it without an adult present. Some children can overheat; please seek medical advice if this occurs.
9. Please keep noise levels to an acceptable level. The hot tub is a place of peace and relaxation – be mindful that there are neighbouring properties in close proximity.
10. It is safer and more enjoyable to use the hot tub with another person. We advise against using the hot tub alone without a member of your group knowing of your whereabouts.
11. On leaving the hot tub please switch off all jets and lights and make sure that the hot tub is sealed with the cover provided.
12. Please note you must not use the hot tub if you are suffering from an infectious disease or you have an open wound or sore that cannot be covered by a waterproof plaster.
13. You must not use the hot tub within 48 hours of suffering any stomach illness.
14. Certain medical conditions can be affected by the hot tub, particularly those involving extremes of temperature. You are advised to consult your doctor if you are pregnant, or suffer from any of the following: heart disease; circulatory problems; high or low blood pressure; diabetes; or any other condition that affects your body’s ability to react to heat.
15. Prevent taking any medication which may affect your circulation or your ability to react to heat.

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