This beautiful 2-bedroom barn conversion, in in the heart of rural Dorset, may have a past as a home for farm animals, but it's present incarnation is pure, sophisticated boutique hotel luxury, complete with gorgeous Ren toiletries and sumptuous White Company robes and towels. Plus, there's a family-friendly gastro-pub or two, and an alternative therapies centre, within a short walk, so whatever your preference, relaxation is high on the agenda.
Grown-ups will love the cool, minimalist décor, stylish modern bathrooms with drench showers, vaulted ceilings, wooden floors, and wood burning stove, not to mention and all the latest high-tech entertainment extras, including Wi-Fi, IPod Docking station with CD and radio, and 32” Flatscreen TV with DVD and Freeview. There's also a TV in the main bedroom for holiday' lie-ins!
Junior guests will be similarly enthralled by their own private playroom with a plethora of toys and books inside, kitchen, castle and blackboard. There is also a sandpit and teepee in a pretty garden, safely enclosed by a willow fence, and the fab playground with swings, slides and roundabouts a short stroll away through the picture-perfect village of Farnham.
Baby and toddler needs are catered for too with high and booster chairs, baby baths, bouncers and bottle sterilisers, potties, socket covers, plastic cutlery and crockery and sippy cups.
The building itself contains two gorgeous bedrooms, one with a kingsize bed, ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower and doors to the garden, another with bunk beds and a wooden cot. The slick state-of-the-art kitchen comes complete with induction hob, eye-level oven, integrated microwave/grill, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, and a table that sits six people, plus an indulgent Nespresso machine to make mornings all the more enjoyable!
Guests may find it difficult to tear themselves away from the sheer, relaxing luxury of The Cowshed. But those who do find lots to amuse them. The rolling Purbeck hills invite exploration by foot or bike, full of ruined castles, stately homes like Longleat and Cranborne, and, less than an hour away, are the long, unspoilt beaches of the Jurassic coast and the shops, bars and boutiques of Poole and Bournemouth. This is prime country pub territory too. Perfect for lazy lunches with the little ones, of course, but if a child-free evening for two is called for, then owner Claudia can recommend a local babysitter that she has has already tested out on her own young sons.