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The School House
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The School House - Arne

Arne, Dorset
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • An amazing base for wildlife watching in this perfect rural sanctuary located in the heart of RSPB Arne Nature Reserve
  • Wonderful walks and bike trails right from the doorstep or relax in the extensive garden which is sometimes visited by deer
  • Within easy reach of Wareham and Swanage, maybe take a ferry to Brownsea Island or the steam train from Corfe Castle
Property code: DC183

With fantastic countryside views, this beautifully converted former Victorian schoolhouse makes a lovely holiday home for nature lovers wanting to explore Poole Harbour and the stunning Dorset coast.

Set beside RSPB Arne, this exquisite country house is a paradise for lovers of wildlife, water, woods and birdwatching. Arne is one of the RSPB’s flagship habitats and a haven for rare species, including all six British reptile species. Introduce your children or friends to passions that will last forever, at Arne and neighbouring Hartland Moor and Stoborough Heath (both within 4 miles). Explore the independent shops, pubs, galleries, restaurants and tea rooms of picturesque Wareham (4.5 miles) and the romantic village of Corfe Castle (5.5 miles); don’t miss Corfe’s superb model village, and catch a steam train to discover the delights of Swanage (12 miles).

Inside, you’ll find a bright and breezy interior, with gorgeous green and blue views. After thrilling days of coastal fun, gather on comfy sofas around the crackling wood burner to plan your next adventure. Open the French doors and let the fresh, salty sea air flood in to rejuvenate jaded minds. Conjure cornucopias of fine local seafood in the bright and spacious kitchen/diner, and savour al fresco feasts on the terrace, lulled by the soft sea sounds. Upstairs, soak in a steaming bath before drifting to your bedroom sanctuaries; both twin rooms enjoy sea vistas, and one has a lovely en-suite. Kids will love the freedom of the field, and chance meetings with local deer.

Explore the enchanting Studland and Godlingston Heath Nature Reserve (11 miles), and bask on white sands at Shell Bay (14 miles). Take the ferry from Studland to idyllic Brownsea Island and across to pretty Poole (13.5 miles). Durlston Country Park (12 miles) has a castle and a sublime mosaic of sea cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodlands and dry-stone walls. Let the magic of Lulworth Cove (13 miles) beckon you to its blissful rock pools and wild water sports.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double room with 5’ bed and 2 twin rooms
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with shower and WC, 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC
  • 1 ground-floor WC
  • Oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • Dryer in utility room
  • TV/DVD
  • Woodburner (logs included October - end of April)
  • Garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ
  • Roadside parking
  • Regret no dogs
  • Wi-Fi included (Superfast BT Broadband)
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Coast 0.5 miles
  • Wareham 4 miles
  • Shop/pub 4 miles
  • Regret no children under the age of 5

Chris Franklin

This property is personally managed by Chris.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 11 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Kelly 23rd October 2020

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This house is in a perfect location on the edge of RSPB arne with stunning veiws of poole harbour and perbeck. The property is very comfortable and really well equipped. Perfect location for walkers, bird watchers and wildlife lovers.

Reviewed by Andrea 18th September 2020

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Lovely Cottage in lovely location, would definitely go again and recommend to my friends and family.

Reviewed by Jane 28th August 2020

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The School House is my favourite place in the world - just heaven!

Reviewed by Sam 7th August 2020

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AmaZing property! Old world charm with the most comfortable beds and furnishings. Well equipped for a family getaway from it all. The. Location is superb, a 20 min stroll to the beach and only 5mins to RSPB Arne. The garden and paddock are stunning and from the terrace you can see the sea! (Also visible from 2 bedrooms). A truely relaxing location Read morewith the town of Wareham a ten minute drive with great restaurants and pubs. All tourist attractions within 20mins drive - Corfe Castle, Durdle Door Hide

Reviewed by Sue 24th July 2020

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Delightful house in gorgeous setting. Fabulous walks in RSPB reserve. We didnt move our cars from arrival to departure.

Reviewed by Rebecca 20th December 2019

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The School House was in a quiet, remote location 10 min drive from Wareham. We stayed over Christmas and a tree had been put up. There was a plentiful supply of logs for the wood burner although the house was lovely and warm when we arrived. Plenty of hot water and a well stocked kitchen. The welcome pack was a lovely surprise. There were numerous Read morewalks through the RSPB reserve straight from the door. I would strongly recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Jason 25th October 2019

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Wonderful week in this special place. To be in the middle of a nature reserve was a highlight with trails literally on the door step and beautiful views across Poole harbour. Daily sightings of deer, woodpeckers and wading birds etc in close proximity. The School House is warm, spacious and full of character. If you want some tranquility in comfortRead more this is hard to beat Hide

Reviewed by W 2nd August 2019

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The cottage is very impressive right from the start. Every facility is provided and the outdoor area is very well furnished. Views are excellent across the RSPB sanctuary. There is a pleasant homely feel to the accommodation, but it is a bit remote from shops etc at the end of a long narrow road.

Reviewed by Michael 26th July 2019

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Absolutely beautiful place to stay. Have stayed here 3 times now and we never get bored! Arne and the School House Is becoming our second home.

Reviewed by Judy 28th June 2019

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Wonderful house in stunning location. Well equipt with spacious terrace to enjoy meals outside. Great kitchen space to enjoy meals together. Very clean with lovely restful colour schemes. Great walking on the doorstep into stunning RSPB Arne. Hired 2 electric Tramper outdoor scooters from the RSPB for very small fee, my elderly parents had a great Read moretime on the tracks exploring the heath and woods revelling in being in the countryside with us under their own steam. Dad didnt want to leave! Hide

Reviewed by Anne 7th June 2019

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Perfect for 2 couples - one twin en suite and one double with bathroom next door. Well equipped kitchen and spacious lounge. Wonderful location right next to RSPB Arne - 2 minute walk.

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The School House
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