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Loose Reins

Ridgeway Farm Lanchards Lane, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum DT11 0TF England
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Unique, hand crafted Pioneer Cabins and Canvas Lodges set in a natural Coombe, surrounded by hills and forest and looking out across the Blackmore Vale. Accommodation is luxuriously appointed with private bathrooms, electricity, hot water, kitchens, bedding and lots of extras to make your stay special.
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As we sat in our cosy cabin, logs crackling in our wood burner, owls hooting in the surrounding woods and our two dogs breathing peacefully after a long walk in the countryside, we realised we hadn't felt so relaxed in months! Such a warm welcome on a cold winter's night - even a Christmas tree twinkling invitingly on our verandah! The cabin itself was a true home from home. Marc and Jeanette looked after us so well - we wanted for nothing! We were provided with a 'welcome pack' of milk, bread, butter, marmalade and even delicious home-made brownies! We returned home feeling refreshed after a wonderful weekend! We will definitely be back!
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What a wonderful place! We spent 2 nights in one of the Loose Reins cabins and really did not want to leave. The setting is idyllic. The cabin was so well equipped. Jeanette and Marc are superb 'hosts', leaving you in peace but available if you need them. So if you want to spend time unwinding, surrounded by nature but with the comforts of home, this is the place!
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Response from MarcG3042, Owner at Loose Reins
Responded Sep 26, 2019
Our warm thanks for your wonderful review, Mashud - we really appreciate it and are delighted that you had such a lovely time. We hope to be able to welcome you both back to Loose Reins sometime soon! Marc and Jeanette.
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Its hard to give this place the full praise that it deserves as it really is superb.I was looking for a place in the UK that could offer an american western style experience and luckily found this place which certainly delivers that. On arrival I was immediately blown away by the incredibly beautiful setting.The unique and very lovely cabins and lodges, of which there are only six were set back in among the fields with the animals and horses and were spaced nicely apart from each other to offer a good amount of privacy. Surrounding the site was a vast elevated forest and in the other direction beautiful open fields, it really is an idyllic place. We arrived an hour early and was greeted warmly by the owner Marc and the staff and was told that we could get in our cabin early as it was ready, which was nice. Our bags and stuff were then loaded onto a trailer and transported to our cabin which was a nice touch, as no cars are able to drive to the cabins. Then we were given a brief talk on our cabin and the honesty shop which is a little shepherds hut with supplies and meals in that you could access anytime with a key and note down what you have taken to pay on departure, again a lovely touch. We were then left to settle into our wonderful cabin which looked even better than in the photos. Its unique and authentic western style decor was just great and the porch were we spent a lot of our time on looking at the views and animals was equally as good. It was an absolute pleasure to just sit in the rocking chairs and take in all the natural beauty, then as it got dark to just hear nothing but the sounds of the owls in the forest, it really is so peaceful and relaxing. I have never been anywhere so quiet, no road noise just complete silence, amazing. We had a really wonderful experience staying here and cant fault anything, it was just a fabulous break away from everything in a stunning location run by very friendly owners and staff. Will definitely return again.
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Response from MarcG3042, Owner at Loose Reins
Responded Sep 26, 2019
Gary, thank you so much for your wonderful review - you've described Loose Reins and what we try to deliver for our guests beautifully! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and we'll look forward very much to welcoming you back. Marc and Jeanette.
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Myself and my partner spent 4 nights at loose reigns and were gutted to leave. The cabin is so cosy especially with the log fire on, cups of tea in hand and rocking in the rocking chair on the porch. The grounds are beautiful and if you get lucky to have a clear night you will see so many glistening stars it is utterly beautiful! The staff are really nice and leave you be but are on hand if you need anything and are very accommodating. It was nice not having a tv as we played games that were in the cabin and at loose reigns you really do relax and for me working in education it was a need before a new term! Thank you so much to all the girls there for having us! See you in the future again!
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Response from MarcG3042, Owner at Loose Reins
Responded Sep 5, 2019
Thank you so much Keeleigh - it is really lovely for all of us to read such a great review! We are thrilled that you both had a relaxing and cosy holiday under the stars and look forward to warmly welcoming you back again soon. With best wishes, from all the Loose Reins team.
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We had an extremely relaxing weekend at Loose reins. Mum, Dad and 2 teenagers (14 & 16) and our dog, totally wound down for a few days. Everything you would normally pack was taken care of and more. It was home from home in that respect, proper cooking and toilet facilities made it so much more than just a camping trip! We played snakes and ladders and cards, supplied in the hut! Our dog was more than catered for with yummy biscuits and she loved the under bunk bed. By night though, wow! So peaceful, with owls hooting and pure silence and a great view! We kept ourselves to ourselves for the weekend, but the check in and out was so warm and welcoming. Thank you Loose Reins we look forward to coming back to kick back and totally relax again x
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Response from MarcG3042, Manager at Loose Reins
Responded Sep 5, 2019
We are all so glad that you all has such a fabulous holiday and that you enjoyed all the homely touches. We totally agree - the sound of just the owls hooting at night, whilst snuggled on the porch under the stars is really special... We hope to warmly welcome you back to Loose Reins again soon. With best wishes, from all of us!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Loose Reins
Which popular attractions are close to Loose Reins?
Nearby attractions include AA Shooting School (4.7 miles), Shillingstone Railway Project (1.1 miles), and Hambledon Hill (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Loose Reins?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at Loose Reins?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Loose Reins?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Loose Reins?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Baker Arms, Yellow Bicycle Cafe, and The White Horse Inn.
Is Loose Reins located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Shillingstone.
Are pets allowed at Loose Reins?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Loose Reins?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Shillingstone Railway Project (1.1 miles).