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Each of the 7 bedrooms boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together.
Living room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Stairs to dining room with tiled floor. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin, all with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil CH and Aga (£45 per short break, £90 per week in winter, by arrangement at cost in summer). Elec by meter reading. Bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Eight Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Combi m/wave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Broadband. Tel–incoming calls only. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100. In a conservation area just a mile from the cliffs and sea at Dancing Ledge, this attractive and very well-equipped stone house enjoys superb views across the countryside towards Swanage Bay. Set with its own garden on the edge of the small hamlet of Acton, it has been completely renovated to a good standard throughout, and includes an extension at the rear (part of which is the owners’ accommodation). Each bedroom boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together. Swanage (2½ miles) has a lovely sandy beach, and offers a wide variety of attractions, including shops, inns and restaurants, a theatre, and facilities for tennis and swimming. There are steam trains to the little town of Corfe Castle, and odd pieces of architecture brought from London, including the Wellington Tower on the beach, which once stood near London Bridge. The unspoilt village of Studland (4 miles) has another excellent beach (NT) and is close to woods and downs. North of the village is Studland Heath National Nature Reserve, home to a variety of wildlife ranging from wildfowl to lizards. A ferry runs from Studland across the bay to Sandbanks, from where the bay stretches on to Bournemouth. Excellent walking can be found in this area, with the coastal path running nearby along the cliffs, and the hills at Nine Barrow Down within easy reach. Riding stables at Wareham, 8 miles. Golf 4 miles. Poole and Bournemouth, both 20 miles. Shops ½ mile, three inns within a mile.
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9 out of 10
Delighted with our stay at Fernlea, all 3 generations. Spacious and well appointed , a special bonus all bedrooms having ensuite (and internal phones), Large garden space and parking, friendly sheep in field next to us, views to Swanage. Excellent base for exploring the area. Very grateful to Roz who was available for advice, and warnings about the sensitive fire alarm! Fernlea is not in a village, eg with a shop/pub for food, but plenty within a short drive.
Its a slight pity that the very large diningroom is in the basement with a bit of a musty feel, and one would have to carry everything down a flight of steps, but this definately wouldn't put us off revisiting Fernlea which we hope to do. We did find a doggy odour on the sofas, but not a great issue. Perhaps a benefit would be a reference folder re appliances and local info, but overall great!
8 out of 10
This was an excellent property to rent for a big family party. There was lots of space both indoors and outdoors. We were lucky as the weather was fantastic for our long weekend so we ate outdoors. We were glad not to have to carry food to the big eating area downstairs.
There was an extraordinary array of kitchen equipment but otherwise you needed to bring everything except salt and pepper!
The children loved running around in the garden. We took swing ball which was popular
What a beautiful house to celebrate a 50th bday!
The house was great with lots of space. Having more twin rooms rather than doubles all with en-suite was the best.
The kitchen was very well equipped and cooking in the aga was great.
Beautiful well kept garden and lovely to have a big table outside where we were able to sit and eat outside.
Fantastic location for walks from the village out to Coastal path.
The only negative was the fact that the dining room was downstairs so you had to carry food down a flight of steps and it was quite musty down there. But luckily for us the weather was superb so we only ate dinner down there on Friday night and ate outside at the table for rest of the weekend!
Also one of the twin rooms at top had a bathroom issue with the wet carpet outside the bathroom door on arrival.
All in all one of the best houses we have stayed at over the last 15 years as a large group of girls and would definitely book here again??
Fernlea was ideally situated for our walking holiday. There is an hourly bus service into Swanage which is handy. The house is spacious and homely and carpeted throughout. We also liked the garden. We weren't keen on the dining room in the basement which was cold, had a peculiar smell and snail trails under the table.
The house could have done with a more thorough check as to what is working. Room 7 has a leaking shower which resulted in a damp carpet by the door to the bathroom, Room 4's shower wasn't working at all, the TV remote in Room 5 wasn't working and there was only one bedside lamp. Several bathrooms had no towel rails.
In the kitchen we missed eggcups and oven gloves. Overall it wasn't as clean as it could have been. All the windows are very stiff and difficult to open. Written instructions for kitchen equipment and fire alarm would have been useful. The dishwasher hadn't been plugged in, we had to move the machine to be able to do so. We also would have appreciated a welcome pack with at least tea, coffee and milk which we have found in other houses that we have rented.
But overall we were happy to spend a week in Fernlea. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and it is very quiet with exception of the sheep in the adjacent field.
Used as a family holiday with people coming and going. Ideal property especially with all bedrooms en suite.Lovely house especially well equipped and kids loved the massive garden. It was helpful having someone on site for our questions and very friendly and approachable. As everyone said that they would love to go back to the house that says it all.
We had a fantastic stay for my father in laws bday, a great house with huge amounts of space, perfect for family get togethers. We will definitely go back.
10 out of 10
What an amazing find! Lots of room and all bedrooms are ensuite. Fully stocked kitchen and everything you could need for a party to stay. The dining room is down a flight of stairs and what a gem - lovely big table, a couple of fridges and some smaller rounder tables. Huge lounge with plenty of sofas to sit on and a dining table and chairs we used for our breakfast buffet. Lovely gardens and great table and chairs outside. Would definitely recommend this house. Just to note that although you do get towels and the beds are uber comfy - remember to take soap as there was none in the bathrooms. Thank you Guy, amazing property and one we will definitely use again.
Great property for a larger group, good sized living area, simple furnishings, good open fire, plenty of parking. Ideal location for walkers, bikers, or just people who love good pubs and live music.
A wonderful New Year's getaway with friends
beds a bit small, no dishwasher tablets and a lack of toilet paper. very well stocked kitchen, great location, easy to find, easy to book, over all a great little place to stay, we would go there again.
Lots of room for 9 adults and 5 children. Loved the at Aga never used one before. Lots of walks without taking the car out,dancing ledge, dinosaur footprints,and pubs etc. Visited some of the nearby places Studland for a swim and Kimmeridge crabs and fossils. Plenty more to come back for. Big garden for hide and seek and sun bathing for Bruno. Highly recommend.
Very large property and huge garden excellent for family workouts. Some of the furniture is a bit dated. Bedrooms comfortable and en suite bathroom in all 7 bedrooms a bonus.
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