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 Old Rectory, Ashmore (15mins)
An elegant and much-loved family home set in the picture-postcard village of Ashmore. Bedrooms are off separate landings and the master has a children’s room next door. In the afternoon tea and cake, which Sam serves in the sitting room or out in the sun. For more information click here.
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
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.
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.
The Fontmell, Fontmell Magna – 01747 811441 (10mins)
The Fontmell was carefully restored and extended some six years ago, introducing a fine dining ethos while still maintaining the pub’s connection with loyal locals, creating its relaxed, friendly atmosphere. In the summer there is a pizza oven in the garden which children love. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
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