In Milborne St Andrew, the former Methodist chapel lovingly recreated as a state-of-the-art, contemporary and stylish house. To one side, enclosed garden (table/chairs, pots). Inside, architect designed and magnificent. Double doors from porch to open-plan living/dining/kitchen with huge vaulted ceiling and leaded-light windows that allow light to flood in and play on soft paint colours; sleek, industrial-style kitchen area (dishwasher, combi-microwave, freezer, larder fridge, electric range-style cooker) with large table/benches/chairs and sitting area with woodburner, iPod dock and Jawbone speaker (no TV). Utility room (washing machine). Downstairs shower-room (wet-room suite). Separate towering spiral staircases to two bedrooms under the eaves with views across village rooftops from Velux windows - a double and a twin (2'6" beds), each with en suite shower-room (suite) and limited clothes-hanging space. No children under 6 due to separate stairs. Damages Deposit £250. An extraordinary conversion, a wonderful, fanciful escape for couples exploring a fabulous area together.
Milborne St Andrew: small village (pub, PO/shop) in a valley below the great chalk downland arc of the Dorset hills (walks), at the heart of Thomas Hardy country and mid-way (9 miles) between Dorchester and Blandford Forum (Georgian market town). Langhams vineyard, 2 miles. The Jurassic Coast (Durdle Door, Ringstead Bay, Lulworth Cove), 13 miles; Poole and Bournemouth (sandy beaches), 22 miles.
Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en suite shower room, 1 x twin with en suite shower room. Open plan living area with kitchen, sitting area with wood burning stove and dining area. Utility room. Basin and WC.
Milborne St Andrew The peaceful village of Milborne St Andrew, midway between Dorchester and the Georgian market town from Blandford Forum is on the side of the Winterbourne Valley in the Dorset Downs. The valley is named for the seasonal stream which runs from springs high up on the chalk downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering glorious walks and superb views. Langhams vineyard, 2 miles away, offers tours and tasting days.