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The Piggeries

Dorset, United Kingdom

Per week

from 1050.00 to 1475.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Sam Whitford

Member since Jun 2014
  • Bookings Accepted:75%
  • Avg. Response Time:6 minutes
  • Availability Updated:19 days 5 hours

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BFB's Overview

The Piggeries may not be the most charming name for a holiday cottage but it’s somehow spot on for the playful, chilled out atmosphere of this funky, brand new barn conversion in delicious Dorset.


At the risk of being a bit corny, BFB would even suggest that families will be as happy as pigs in muck here, but without the muck of course, because The Piggeries is gleaming in its newness, flooded with natural daylight from floor to ceiling windows and finished in a fresh, contemporary style. Being a big single-storey barn makes things a whole lot easier for luggage-laden parents and little ones can toddle in and out, through the 7 metre sliding glass doors, to play safely in the enclosed, 1.5 acre garden. A Wendy house, sandpit, paddling pool, pop up play tent and garden games will keep children amused day in day out, then a sunset sing song around the fire-pit (fireguard provided), with bangers sizzling on the barbecue, should round things off nicely.


The owners have furnished and finished the Piggeries to really high standards throughout, with flair and lovely quirky features like the lime green washing basket lampshades in the kitchen. The hub of the home is the airy open-plan living area and kitchen, with high raftered ceiling, a chunky dining table for 8-10 people, comfy leather sofas around a wood-burning stove and spectacular views through the panoramic sliding doors. With the cheerful kitchen at one end, grown-ups can still be part of the party while rustling up snacks and meals in a Masterchef style, with state of the art appliances including ceramic range cooker, 5 burner hob and microwave. To dip out on the cooking altogether, local caterer Scarlett Watts produces a range of delicious one night wonders or dinner party menus for celebration occasions.


Besides the flat-screen TV and DVD player, the owners have provided plenty of toys and books for all ages, plus The Piggeries has Wi Fi throughout and iPod dock. The four bedrooms at The Piggeries are in line with a luxury boutique hotel, with funky lamps, coloured bedspreads, 400 thread Egyptian cotton linen and memory foam mattresses for a good night’s sleep. The two ensuites, family bathroom and shower room are also cool and sleek, with ceramics and tiling to designer standards.


Accommodation overview


Sleeping up to 8 people, The Piggeries is perfect for extended families and friends. Two double bedrooms have an ensuite with a shower, basin and WC. One bedroom has twin beds and the fourth has bunk beds. The doubles and twin room have space for a cot and 1 wooden cot and 1 travel cot is available. The house has a family bathroom with bath, shower, basin and wc plus a separate shower room with basin and wc.

Location Information

The Piggeries looks out across the quintessential Dorset countryside of Blackmore Vale, close to the ancient hilltop market town of Shaftesbury, where parents of a certain age will recognize the steep, cobbled Gold Hill from the iconic Hovis adverts.


The whole county is renowned for its delicious local produce and there are markets almost every day of the week in one town or village nearby, besides superb farm shops and a wealth of fab places to eat out. The Udder Farm Shop at Gillingham won best farm shop at the Taste of the West Awards and offers a wide range of local produce, plus the on-site coffee shop is a family favourite for its hearty Sunday roasts. Riverford and Goldhill organics will deliver food boxes to The Piggeries as well as Waitrose and Asda from their stores in Gillingham or Tesco in Shaftesbury. The local villages of Fontmell Magna and Iwerne Minster also have village shops to pick up various essentials.


The owner of The Piggeries prides herself on having thoroughly researched many of the local inns and restaurants and has a long list of recommendations for families to try. The Fontmell at Fontmell Magna was crowned South West Dining Pub of the year 2013 and is sure to be a hit with children thanks to its new outdoor wood fired pizza ovens. Turnbulls in Shaftesbury claims to be ‘the West Country’s finest cheesemonger, coffee shop and bistro’ with its ‘Lazy Susan’s’ of English tapas a particular speciality. Also in Shaftesbury, The Beggar’s Banquet cafe is a hip hang out that serves vegetarian and vegan food to the soundtrack of eclectic live music.


Dorset is crammed with fun family things to see and do, with a wide variety less than half an hour’s drive from The Piggeries, including Farmer Palmers Farm Park, Bush Farm Bison Centre, Honeybrook activity farm and Stourhead. The bigger attractions of Longleat, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Swanage Steam Railway and Stonehenge are also within an hour’s drive, as well as the fossil strewn Jurassic Coast and soft sand, blue-flag beaches like Sandbanks which boasts that it’s the best beach in the UK.


Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): Abbet View Medical centre & Shaftesbury hospital with A&E

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:30

Check-out time: 10:30

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:30

Check-out time: 10:30

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Rates

9 Sep - 8 Dec 2016 : £1050 /week9 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017 : £1475 /week6 Jan - 9 Feb 2017 : £1050 /week10 Feb - 23 Feb 2017 : £1250 /week24 Feb - 6 Apr 2017 : £1050 /week7 Apr - 27 Apr 2017 : £1250 /week28 Apr - 25 May 2017 : £1050 /week26 May - 7 Sep 2017 : £1395 /week8 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : £1050 /week20 Oct - 2 Nov 2017 : £1250 /week3 Nov - 14 Dec 2017 : £1050 /week15 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018 : £1475 /week9 Sep - 8 Dec 2016 : €1232.595 /week9 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017 : €1731.503 /week6 Jan - 9 Feb 2017 : €1232.595 /week10 Feb - 23 Feb 2017 : €1467.375 /week24 Feb - 6 Apr 2017 : €1232.595 /week7 Apr - 27 Apr 2017 : €1467.375 /week28 Apr - 25 May 2017 : €1232.595 /week26 May - 7 Sep 2017 : €1637.59 /week8 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : €1232.595 /week20 Oct - 2 Nov 2017 : €1467.375 /week3 Nov - 14 Dec 2017 : €1232.595 /week15 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018 : €1731.503 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:30

Check-out time: 10:30

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 8 + infants in 2 x double bedrooms, 1 x twin room and a bunk room.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

The beautiful beaches at Sandbanks are within a hours drive.

Babysitting

Babysitting is available on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Cots (1 x travel 1 x wooden), 2x highchairs, baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Bath toys, kids books, general toys, U-rated kids DVDs.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre-arrival shopping and meal delivery and catering service available by prior request.

Outdoor Toys

Buckets and spades, ride-ons, sand pit, paddling pool, and a wooden play house.

Stairgates / no stairs

The barn is all on one level.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The barn is set in large grounds with an outdoor terrace and beautiful scenery.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WI-FI is available.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

1 x wooden and 1 x travel cot plus 2 highchairs.

Reviews

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  • This is a wonderful, spacious house set on a hill in beautiful rolling countryside. It is well insulated so never too hot or too warm, with plenty of space for a toddler to crawl around, board books to look at and toys to play with. The beds are sublimely comfortable and the showers have great pressure. There are plenty of things to do nearby: farms to visit, castle ruins to climb, stately homes to explore. It is not too far from the seaside either. Important to note is that the Udder Farm Shop nearby stocks the 'Cook' range of luxury instant meals, which makes self-catering much less of a hassle. A wonderful family holiday destination.Review dated 30/06/2016

  • We had a wonderful time at this house. Our daughter loved all the toys and the garden area. Great for adults too as it was a comfortable and stylish house and a really lovely setting. We had sundowners on the terrace as the sunsets were amazing!Review dated 11/04/2016

  • Breathtaking views, loads of toys that were perfect for the kids in our party (4 boys, ages 2-4), beautifully decorated and well equipped. Highly recommend.Review dated 30/11/2014

  • Beautiful surroundings, would definitely recommend to friendsReview dated 19/10/2014

  • Amazing accommodation. Perfect for parents with babies (like us!) and amazing views and outdoor space. Sam could not have been more helpful. We would highly recommend this as a place to stay.Review dated 15/10/2014

This is a wonderful, spacious house set on a hill in beautiful rolling countryside. It is well insulated so never too hot or too warm, with plenty of space for a toddler to crawl around, board books to look at and toys to play with. The beds are sublimely comfortable and the showers have great pressure. There are plenty of things to do nearby: farms to visit, castle ruins to climb, stately homes to explore. It is not too far from the seaside either. Important to note is that the Udder Farm Shop nearby stocks the 'Cook' range of luxury instant meals, which makes self-catering much less of a hassle. A wonderful family holiday destination.

We had a wonderful time at this house. Our daughter loved all the toys and the garden area. Great for adults too as it was a comfortable and stylish house and a really lovely setting. We had sundowners on the terrace as the sunsets were amazing!

Breathtaking views, loads of toys that were perfect for the kids in our party (4 boys, ages 2-4), beautifully decorated and well equipped. Highly recommend.

Beautiful surroundings, would definitely recommend to friends

Amazing accommodation. Perfect for parents with babies (like us!) and amazing views and outdoor space. Sam could not have been more helpful. We would highly recommend this as a place to stay.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 9 guests.



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