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Kingfisher Farm | Luxury Self-Catering House | Hive Beach, Dorset

Kingfisher Farm

Long Bredy, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK

Linger awhile at this luxury self-catering farmhouse where electric-blue kingfishers flit between riverside trees, deer bound carefree in the wild meadow and, on stormy nights, the distant sound of waves can be heard crashing into Jurassic sands. Celebrating all that is natural about this wonderful world Kingfisher Farm has character, style and green credentials in abundance. The perfect retreat for the modern sustainable family.

Introduction

Dorset’s River Bride and undulating valleys provide a charming backdrop for this luxury cottage-style farmhouse near Hive Beach and Burton Bradstock. Standing proud amidst neatly mown lawns and wildflower meadows, this 18th century home embraces both the wilder and finer things in life. Wander to the sheep paddock to chat to the resident Gotland herd, find a hidden picnic table between the trees or pack the car and head out for a day on the sand, buckets and spades in tow.

Inside

Filled with floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed wood, this bright home in rural Dorset spans over three traditionally furnished floors. Home to a gorgeous open-plan kitchen-diner, ambient sitting room and snug, there is abundant space for all members of the family to come together or enjoy some downtime spread between light-filled living spaces. Later, seven bedrooms await, including the master suite with its super king-size bed, dressing room, en suite shower room and French doors.

Outside

Indulge in a spot of reading in the garden or relax by the river’s edge, spotting dragonflies, heron and fish go about their day. When the lure of the sea gets too much, take a day trip to the caramel-coloured sands of Hive Beach. Winding through the country lanes of Dorset spying sea glimpses and rolling hills is sure to make spirits soar. On return, amble barefoot through the orchard, dangle feet over the jetty or gather on the terrace for a group toast before supper.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 14 guests
    From £2,850 per week, £2,250 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThree first floor double bedrooms, two with super king-size beds, dressing room, and en suite shower rooms, one with a king-size bed. The final first floor bedroom is a twin with an en suite shower room. In the eaves on the second floor are two double bedrooms, one with super king-size bed and en suite shower room and one with king-size bed, and a twin bedroom. There are two family bathrooms with separate showers, one on the first floor and one on the second floor, and a ground floor WC.
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  • FeaturesTable tennis, badminton, lawn croquet, bowls
  • PetsSorry, no pets allowed
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday and MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesParking for seven cars is available at the front and around the side of the property. The modern kitchen-diner has one electric Everhot range cooker, one electric oven, two Smeg dishwashers, an American fridge-freezer, small fridge, wine cooler, Soda Stream, De´Longhi coffee maker, washing machine and tumble dryer. Please note that the shepherdess visits daily to tend her flock of sheep in the paddock and the owners live next door.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, two Sky HD 50" TVs with Netflix, DVD player and integrated sound system, 65" TV in the den, iPad, WiFi internet, Weber gas barbecue in addition to a portable Weber beach barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner, no fireworks are to be set off from within the grounds
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsView floor planCheck mobile signalRecommend to a friend

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Burton Bradstock

Known as one of the gateways to Dorset´s iconic Jurassic Coast, Burton Bradstock is a favourite for families and weekenders wanting a base for beaches, fossil-hunting and bracing hikes.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Kingfisher Farm is located in Long Bredy near the popular seaside town of Burton Bradstock, 35 miles from Poole.
  • By Car The house is just over 3 hours from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train stations are Dorchester South and Dorchester West which are both 9 miles away. Maiden Newton is 6 miles away and Yeovil is 18; all have regular trains from London.
  • By Air The nearest airports are Bournmouth, 40 miles away, Exeter, just 43 miles to the west and Southampton 54 miles away.

From the owner

“Stylish and comfortable, Kingfisher Farm is an architect-designed house with an open and airy feel, with its long windows filling it with light and vast views across the surrounding farmland and hills. Our sunsets are often spectacular, best enjoyed with a glass of wine in the garden!”

From the owner

With open views across the countryside, Kingfisher Farm is surrounded by sheep and dairy farms. Our neighbours also keep horses as well as geese, chickens, turkeys, bantams and ducks – you can buy a variety of eggs from their gate. We have a small flock of Gotland sheep in the paddock which are owned and cared for by their shepherdess, Pauline, and her two sheepdogs.

The house lies beside the shallow River Bride which rises several miles away at Bridehead in Little Bredy. We have built a small jetty beside the river for those who enjoy paddling. Sometimes you can see small fish in the river and occasionally you may glimpse the kingfisher darting around too.

There are many birds to admire including egret, wrens, swallows, house martins, gold finch, herons, wild duck and swans too.

Kingfisher Farm is surrounded by footpaths taking you on easy and more challenging walks through the surrounding countryside, lanes, hills and downland. The splendid Iron age hillfort of Eggardon is a five-minute drive away, or a very good walk, and will give you spectacular views across totally unspoilt countryside and Lyme Bay.

The Handoll Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Burton Bradstock with an insider’s perspective.

The Crown, Puncknowle
To Eat

The Crown, Puncknowle

The Crown has a large, traditional bar with beams, open fireplace and garden. An easy walk from Kingfisher Farm, you can profit from this beautiful 16th century thatched pub´s beer garden in summer and roaring log fires in winter.

Hive Beach, Bridport
To Do

Hive Beach, Bridport

Hive Beach is a great family beach just 15 minutes drive along the valley road. It´s also home of the famous Hive Beach Café, offering day-long refreshments and facilities, with far reaching views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach.

Yoga at Home
To Do

Yoga at Home

Enjoy an open-air yoga class on the terrace or in the light-filled hall with Corrie van Rijn, a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher. Corrie has taught Yoga for over 12 years and teaches Hatha Yoga and ´Satipatthana´, or mindfulness. 

Bridport Literary Festival
To See

Bridport Literary Festival

Taking place each year, Bridport Literary Festival is a splendid week packed with fiction and nonfiction events, authors’ talks, workshops and more. Whether you are an avid fan or just curious, make sure you pop along to see what´s going on.

Guest Testimonials

Kingfisher Farm really exceeded our expectations and helped to make the weekend really special. The property is absolutely stunning and the facilities are second to none. We would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a stylish and comfortable weekend away with friends or family.

We have been hiring houses for many years but this one is the best. The house and gardens are superb, from the build quality and user-friendly design, beautiful furnishings and artworks and the special novelty of “Otto” who was the children’s favourite. The kitchen is outstanding for multiple-age usage and the crockery, cutlery and glassware first class. The room layout and bathing facilities are perfect and enhanced by the excellent views of the lovely unspoilt countryside.

Thank you for your welcoming hospitality. The care you have obviously taken in choosing the lovely local food provided for the welcome hamper, along with the gorgeous flowers and the comfortably elegant way you have furnished the house instantly give pleasure. We all, from five to eighty years of age, enjoyed every moment at Kingfisher Farm. Thank you.

We really enjoyed our time at Kingfisher Farm. The house is so comfortable and has such a wonderful feel to it. It worked so well for our family of 10 and the accommodation is spacious and bright. The kitchen was a pleasure to cook in, with all the equipment you could possibly need plus some lovely touches. We were warmly greeted by the owners, who couldn´t have been more helpful. Our children enjoyed being in the country and seeing Heidi the horse and Zorro the dog! We visited many local areas and ate in some lovely gastro pubs. We would definitely book again!

The most fantastic weekend in the most wonderful surroundings. The house is incredible with every detail considered and even the weather obliged! Thank you for a great birthday celebration weekend.

We have had a wonderful week in the most beautiful setting. Lambs, spring flowers, walking and lots of leisurely eating and drinking. Kingfisher Farm is a wonderful place for a family get-together!

We have had the most amazing weekend! A wonderful and peaceful house. Thank you so much. Just wonderful!

The perfect house to stay in with friends. Incredibly well equipped throughout and very comfortable. We loved the location! Thank you for being such great hosts.

We have had an amazing time at Kingfisher Farm. The property and its contents are of extremely high standard. I have to say it was one of the best places we have ever stayed in. The owners are very helpful and obviously very proud of their beautiful property. The weather was also kind to us and the whole family had a wonderful short break!

Kingfisher Farm is a stunning house in an idyllic setting. It is spacious and comfortable both inside and out, and has a wonderful space for outdoor games and relaxation. The children loved it here. An added bonus was the nearby beaches and excellent restaurants and pubs. A very good time was had by all.

The property was outstanding and the owners were just lovely. They were kind, helpful and very friendly. We loved staying in their beautiful home.

We absolutely loved our stay at Kingfisher farm. The hosts were so kind and welcoming. We really appreciated all the effort that went into making sure we had everything we needed, all the extras that made our stay so special.  Thank you so much for making our family Christmas holiday such a wonderful experience. We would love to come again this year! My son won´t stop going on about the ´beautiful house we borrowed.´

The owners of Kingfisher Farm were so very welcoming and took the time to thoroughly explain everything before leaving us to enjoy our weekend. Thank you, we had such a wonderful stay!

We loved the house and it exceeded all of our expectations. The owners were both helpful and friendly and we would fully recommend staying at Kingfisher Farm.

Kingfisher Farm is beautiful and we all had a wonderful time. The hosts were very welcoming and kind - they even showed the children all the animals that live on the farm! Everyone had a fantastic weekend, thank you.

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