Sarah and Jasper welcome you to Park Farm House which is situated in the heart of the historic and unspoilt Cranborne Chase that spans the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. We are located above the village of Tollard Royal, virtually on the Wiltshire-Dorset border – so you can get the best of both worlds ! With the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road just two miles away and the A303 about ten, getting here is easy.
From your bedroom window you look out across paddocks and woods; at night the only noise could be a hooting owl or the munching of grazing horses. We offer one bedroom, which means that you will be the only visitors staying; there is plenty of parking and lawn to walk around.
The Bedroom: Large bright and airy room with views across paddocks to the woods. One double Victorian bed and one single divan bed; while the room is not en-suite the bathroom is three paces from the bedroom door, with guests of the room having exclusive use.
The Bathroom: Bath, shower, wash-basin and lavatory.
The house has the kitchen-table and AGA (plus Humphrey, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) at its heart: we like things warm and comfortable without being fussy, with Sarah insisting on making the bread and marmalade for breakfast. There is wi-fi and mobile-phone reception, and being dog-lovers we happily accommodate the dogs of our guests.
Nearby is the 18-hole Rushmore golf-course, set in rolling parkland, while there are plenty of bridle-ways, footpaths, tracks and lanes for riding, walking and cycling. We have half-a-dozen delightful walks that start from the front-door, some taking you to an award-winning pub: in the village there is The King John while The Museum is a half-hour walk to the next village, Farnham. All local pubs are dog-friendly.
For riders (horses and cyclists) and walkers the opportunities are both short and long: there are ancient woodlands, springy downland turf or ‘the high country’ ox-droves with distant vistas. In addition Jasper offers guided walks.
From the house there are a surprising amount of places you can visit within an hour’s radius: to the north there is Bath, Stourhead, and Wells; to the west, Sherborne and Shaftesbury; to south-west Ringstead beach and others along the Jurassic Coast, Hardy Country, Maiden Castle and Dorchester; and to the south and east, The New Forest, Salisbury and Stonehenge.
As for your hosts, Sarah uses her knowledge of paint effects to paint furniture while Jasper works in international flora and fauna conservation: both have travelled widely, including lots of first-hand knowledge of B and B’s both home and abroad.
Cost: £85 for the use of the double-bed only, £55 for single occupancy and £20 for the additional use of the divan.
Dogs and horses: Most welcome.