‘The Appleyard’ comprises the single storey portion of the larger Hammoon Manor Barn and is completely self-contained and private. Flooded with natural light from its expansive windows and double glass doors, its open beamed ceilings, stone floors, original art, and wood burner, provide the character, warmth and ambiance you would expect of a listed barn conversion nestling in a beautiful courtyard setting. The Appleyard is ideal for smaller parties of 2 to 4 guests seeking the beauty and charm of the traditional with the modern conveniences of contemporary living.
If you have already browsed Hammoon Manor Barn then you will already know something of The Appleyard. The accommodation, with its own private courtyard garden, forms part of the historic Hammoon Manor (one of the largest thatched Manor Houses in England). Set on one floor, the Appleyard is ideally suited if disabled access is required and the family bathroom and wet room has been specifically designed with this in mind.
The Appleyard is accessed through large double glass doors leading directly into an open living area combining a fully modern equipped kitchen with dining for 6 +, and adjacent sitting room area with wood burner, TV and Bluetooth audio system. There is high-speed Wi-Fi throughout, and the woodburner in the living area and underfloor heating ensure you are always snug and comfy all year round. From the open living area, there is a short corridor leading to two ground floor double bedrooms (one ensuite) and a family bathroom/wet room.
From the open living area, double doors open onto private courtyard gardens, with an outside dining and private barbecue area. Close by is a covered hot tub that is exclusively for your use.
Just two and a half hours from central London and within easy reach from the Midlands, Hammoon Manor is the perfect base to discover the beauty and history of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset, or what we like to think of as our ‘Hidden England’ where you might be forgiven for thinking that time has stood still or perhaps moves just that little more slowly!
The surrounding area and region including the world heritage sites of Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast, Longleat, Sherborne Abbey and Castle, Shaftesbury, Dorchester, Salisbury Cathedral, Bath and much more are all within easy reach. Alternatively, you might choose to just enjoy our walks, or relax and do nothing.
As for country pursuits in those winter months, we have clay pigeon shooting close by, and we are happy to accommodate guns and dogs in our kennels (but best to enquire in advance).
Whether you stroll along the River Stour, (we can provide a fishing rod but no fish are guaranteed!), visit Hammoon’s 13th-century church (that incidentally never closes and all are very welcome), enjoy the hot tub or a barbecue, or seek to explore the beauty and history of Hardy’s Dorset and beyond, you are always guaranteed the very warmest of welcomes.
A picture speaks a thousand words, so please visit our gallery of photos to experience the interior features and surrounding gardens. A floor plan is also included.
- Outdoor private hot tub
- Private barbecue and garden space
- Onsite catering by prior arrangement
- Coarse fishing on River Stour (no license)
- Perfect base to explore Thomas Hardy’s Dorset and surrounding area
- Walk the North Dorset Trail Way
- Guided historical tours of the surrounding area by arrangement
- Accommodation for guns and dogs (outside kennels only)
- Clay pigeon shooting close by, (please enquire)
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Hammoon Manor is near the A303, A30, A37, A35 and A31, and A357 and situated 2 miles East of Sturminster Newton deep in the Dorset countryside. It is in the middle of Thomas Hardy’s “vale of little dairies”. We are at the centre of a triangle of the country towns of Sherborne to the west, Shaftesbury to the north and Blandford Forum to the south. Hammoon Manor is 2½ hours by car from London and 1 hour 50 minutes by train from London Waterloo to Gillingham station Dorset (our nearest train station). We are also within easy reach of Bournemouth, Dorchester, and Salisbury.