Places to stay

Below are a list of a few lovely local Dorset places to stay within 30 minutes drive of Hanford School – clicking on the images will take you to the accommodation’s website.

The Saxon Inn, Child Okeford – 01258 860310 (5 mins)

A beautiful inn just down the road from Hanford, in the heart of Child Okeford village, where you can be assured of a warm welcome from Richard and Sarah and their team.  There are four bedrooms, one of which is called ….. Hanford.

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The Cottage, Semley – via Air B&B (25mins)

Newly refurbished cottage, amazing views, quiet location, wood floors, well equipped open plan kitchen/sitting room with doors to private garden, wood burning stove, TV & iPod speakers, Wifi. Double bedroom, 2nd bedroom, bathroom with bath and shower over, fabulous walking from door, 5 minute drive to Semley village or Shaftesbury

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The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury – 01747 850 580 (25mins)

The Grosvenor Arms is a stylish coaching inn, found in the heart of the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury. They have rooms, large restaurant with private dining area as well as a courtyard and bar. Click here for more information.

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The King John Inn, Tollard Royal – 01725 516 207 (20mins)

On the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset, a true British country inn with an award-winning restaurant, a well-stocked and homely bar and eight elegant bedrooms for you to rest your head. Click here for more information.

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The Crown Hotel, Blandford – 01258 456626 (10mins)

They have a total of 27 recently refurbished en-suite rooms to choose from. All rooms have Sealy mattresses and are equipped with smart TV, digital radio and free Wi-Fi, together with lovely teas, coffees and hot chocolate. And if you fancy bringing your dog, at an extra charge, they also have a number of dog friendly rooms to choose from. Click here for more information.

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Badger Barn – Sturminster Newton (15 mins)

Badger Barn is peacefully situated on the edge of a small farm in rural Dorset. It sleeps 6, with a single bed off the Master mezzanine bed room, another double room and another single on the ground floor It has a large enclosed garden with seating area and fire bowl. Click here for more information.

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The Old Rectory B&B – Pimperne (10 mins)

The Old Rectory offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of the village of Pimperne close to the Georgian splendour of Blandford Forum.  The original house was a hunting lodge owned by Henry VIII and home to Catherine Parr. It was rebuilt in 1704 following a fire. 3 bedrooms – double en suite, twin and single. Click here for more information

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Laburnum Cottage, Ashmore (15 mins)

Laburnum Cottage is a beautiful cozy cottage situated in the Cranborne Chase area of Dorset. It sleeps 4 people and dogs are welcome. It is available for short or longer term lets. Click here for more information


Manor Barn, Bed and Breakfast, Child Okeford, 01258 860638 / 07973-595344 

Awarded 5* Gold and a Breakfast Award by Visit England, Manor Barn is a renovated barn with its own entrance.  A private sitting room leads to two beautifully furnished bedrooms (kingsize or twin) and both bedrooms have their own bathrooms with walk in shower.   Click here for more information.



Relax Dorset – Stubhampton, Cranborne Chase

Two self catering properties are available: The Cart Shed (one bedroom) and The Barn (three bedrooms) situated in the beautiful Tarrant Valley.

The Cartshed is a converted barn located in the stunning Tarrant Valley.  Tastefully decorated throughout, the living room boasts a Swedish log burner and bifold doors out onto your own garden.

The Barn is a converted property located at the head of the stunning Tarrant valley within the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The main living area has dual aspect and bifold doors out onto an enclosed patio, garden and seating area. Two of the bedrooms have internal balconies into the main body of the barn and triple velux roof windows to enjoy the rural views. The third bedroom has bifold doors onto the patio and an en-suite with rainfall snail shower.

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