This beautiful 2-bedroom barn conversion, in the heart of rural Dorset, may have a past as a home for farm animals, but it’s present incarnation is pure, sophisticated boutique hotel luxury, complete with gorgeous Bramley toiletries and sumptuous White Company robes and towels. Plus, there’s a family-friendly gastro-pub or two, and an alternative therapies centre, within a short walk, so whatever your preference, relaxation is high on the agenda.
Guests may find it difficult to tear themselves away from the sheer, relaxing luxury of The Cowshed. But those who do find lots to amuse themselves. The rolling Purbeck hills invite exploration by foot or bike, full of ruined castles, stately homes like Longleat and Cranborne, and, less than an hour away, are the long, unspoilt beaches of the Jurassic coast and the shops, bars and boutiques of Poole and Bournemouth. This is prime country pub territory too. Perfect for lazy lunches with the little ones, of course, but if a child-free evening for two is called for, then owner Claudia can recommend a local babysitter that she has has already tested out on her own young sons.