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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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Carly P wrote a review Jun 19
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We stayed in Gold Panners cabin for 4 nights in June for our Honeymoon and had the most wonderful time! The location was gorgeous, with woodland to the right and rolling hills to the left. The site was easy to find but still felt remote, being around half a mile from the nearest village. The cabin, which was absolutely immaculate on arrival and we were greeted with some lovely local treats left by the host. The cabin itself felt ‘off grid’ with no TV and limited internet/wi-fi allowing you the space to properly disconnect and be present in the surroundings, however still had enough of life’s luxuries for the stay to feel like a real treat (hot water, a shower, a comfortable bed and good cooking facilities). The highlight for us was watching the beautiful sunsets sitting in the rocking chair on the veranda, with ponies grazing in the surrounding paddocks.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
samantha6235 wrote a review Jun 18
london52 contributions50 helpful votes
Wow.. We have just returned from the most enjoyable stay! We booked the Trappers ranch/cabin which is nestled into a private corner with the most incredible views, front & back. The tree line surrounding the grounds was just magic and so peaceful. We had a small dog which was perfect for her. The cabin's themselves are tiny (which we expected) but they have everything you need. The bed is really comfy, the kitchen has every utensil imaginable, the shower was always hot and actually more spacious than ours at home! There's a log burner which we used whilst playing cards of an evening inside. The decking is out of this world! Drinking a cold beer on the rocking chair looking at the amazing view was so special at the end of the day. The personal touches made it extra special, a lovely welcome basket with fresh eggs, bread, jam etc. They also had a welcome hamper just for the dog! Outside there's a firepit perfect for BBQ's. There's also the most quaint honesty farm shop on site which has the essentials should you need them. My only constructive feedback would be that it would be nice if the grounds surrounding each cabin was fenced off a little just so our dog could run around freely but it didn't ruin our stay at all, we were just fed up of her long-line getting tangled around & under the cabin :) She had the most perfect stay and I can tell she misses it so much since coming home! Thanks so much, I can't wait to come back and try out your larger cabins with our family!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Simone H wrote a review Jun 17
Ettington, United Kingdom1 contribution
We visited 5 years ago and stayed in a cabin, but booked a lodge this time so we could bring our 2 dogs. We had the most amazing time again and so did the dogs. They were made so welcome by the owners, who are very friendly and helpful. The lodges are just lovely, very private and unique and the place is so peaceful. Fantastic walking from the door and an hour away from the Jurassic Coast beaches. It’s a shame that COVID took away the finishing touches we had last time in terms of cushions and rugs and fresh herbs, but we hope that next time we come the restrictions will be lifted as these touches really finish the experience off. It’s a truly unique experience and one we highly recommend. We will be back!!!
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Date of stay: June 2021
WP-RG wrote a review Jun 12
Reading, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
We had an amazing stay at Loose Reins, staying in Trappers cabin. From arrival, check in was easy - all details were sent by email in advance and we arrived to a prepared cabin with a cute little box of essentials (and some bonus bits) and a personalised card. The cabin was well equipped, every kitchen utensil thought of was in there and it really was geared up to living. We spent hours of an evening sat on the deck, watching the sun set across the rolling hills. It honestly felt like 2 weeks away, not 2 days, we were so relaxed. There are beautiful walks and villages nearby with little pubs, or the honesty shop on site for quality food and supplies, if you're staying in. We put a photo of our stay on Facebook and have been non stop with friends asking where we were, quoting how it looked amazing and like we were on a ranch in America. We cannot stop recommending Loose Reins to others who want a peaceful escape. Thank you Yasmin and Sam for being such great hosts! We will be back again.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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James A wrote a review Jun 5
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The team were great at rebooking during each lock down that affected us. Seemless covid check in and departure. Great cycle routes nearby. The honesty shop has anything you could need while there and a near by coop if not. Lodges are well planned out and cosy. Will definitely return. PS would recommend the Bakers Arms for a meal.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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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 wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
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, The White Horse Inn, and Yellow Bicycle Cafe and Deli.
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).