This is a beautiful area and Cools Farm is tucked away under the Fonthill beacon and overlooking the beginning of the Blackmore Vale. Stonehenge, Longleat (House and Animal Park), Salisbury, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells and the south coast of England, even the Isle Of Wight, are all within easy reach. There is a host of heritage houses and gardens to visit and Wardour Castle is only 4 miles away. Our farmhouse was built just before this castle was partly blown up in the Civil War nearly 400 years ago! If you like walking or cycling, there are some lovely routes right from our door and we are now offering trout fishing on our lake within our ancient woodland. There are 2 new tennis courts nearby. Alternatively, you might like to chill out in the garden or in your self catering garden. Our chickens are like moving sculptures and our cattle will stare at you curiously. What about stars at night? There are few places around with so little light pollution.
A magical, historical, rural place
Recently restored, this delightful 17th century farmhouse lies within the Cranborne Chase AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nestling under the old Fonthill Abbey beacon, the house is built in local stone and has beams, inglenooks and light sunny rooms. The bedrooms are all large and comfortable, furnished with antiques and you will have your own private bathroom, one with a whirlpool.
In the morning, you will have a full English breakfast or a continental type breakfast. We can cater for vegetarians. For an evening meal, there are some excellent local pubs and restaurants, all within 6 miles.
Alternatively you can choose to stay in our Old Piggery just across the lawn. This is self contained with an ensuite shower room and fully equipped kitchen. Even in such an historic house, wireless broadband is available.
Within the farmyard environs, the Milking Parlour sleeps up to 6 people and the adjoining Tractor Shed sleeps 2. These are beautifully equipped, with underfloor heating powered by electricity from the PV cells on one of the farm cattle barns.
Tisbury , only 3 miles away, has a main line station direct to Waterloo, London and we can collect you if you wish to travel to us by train. The A303 - the main route from London to the South West of England is 3 miles north of us. The Dorset coast is about 30 miles to the south.
At Cools Farm you can enjoy real country life. We are an organic working farm with a herd of Red Poll cattle , free ranging chickens, trout lake, meadows and ancient woodlands. Our renowned RED POLL GRASS FED BEEFcan be ordered for you to remember your time here. The farmhouse has a pretty flower and kitchen garden and in the woodlands and pastures, a rich variety of wild flowers. You are quite likely to see grazing deer from your bedroom window. There are some lovely long walks in the area or you can just take a gentle stroll across our fields, through our woods, and around the trout lake. The Wessex Ridgeway, a long distance path from Lyme Regis to Avebury crosses the farm.
If you enjoy fly fishing, we have our own private trout lake. This is a magical, secluded place. The charge for fishing is £40 per half day; £75 per full day. There are also other sporting opportunities in the area.
If you enjoy tennis, there are two excellent courts available close by for hourly rental. If you want to play, give us some warning and we will book the courts for you.
Children are very welcome and will love all the animals we have here. We can provide a cot. A small dog is welcome if you are staying self catering but it must be well behaved and prepared to play with our Jack Russell, Percy!
Other places to visit - Old Wardour Castle is a romantic ruin only 4 miles away. It was blown up inadvertantly by its owner in the Civil War in 1644 - just a little after our farmhouse was built.