Shaftesbury, Unique Home Stays outside of the Cotswolds
A stay in King John's House is unlikely to ever be forgotten. Spending any time within the walls of this extraordinary, historic, Grade II* house is an utterly unique experience. Full of atmosphere and character, the principal rooms exude a tremendous sense of history with many fine examples of period features. Set in superb grounds on the edge of the charming village of Tollard Royal, the house is perfect for a special celebration be it a 'milestone' birthday, important wedding anniversary or a large family reunion.
Stepping inside the impressive, oak front door, you'll be completely in awe of the spectacular medieval entrance hall, which provides a wonderful reception area with its huge fireplace, long stone-mullioned window and very unusual small 'loophole' window. You can step straight from the 13th century into the 16th century and dine in style in the Tudor panelled dining room. Despite all the reminders of times past, you will not be deprived of modern comforts including a huge, contemporary kitchen, elegant and luxurious beds and up-to-date showers. With so much to take in, you' probably won't be surprised to hear there is even a sauna in a Japanese pagoda for guests to make the most of! An absolutely unbeatable choice of location when you've got something to celebrate.
King John's House is featured in the Sunday Times Travel article, "Britain's Coolest Party Pad and 12 other prime properties for your next grand get-together" 02 October 2016.
The Main House
Entrance through ancient oak door from courtyard.
Medieval Entrance Hall with two sofas, window seat, vast open fireplace and flagged floor.
Impressive, oak-panelled Dining Room with original Tudor fireplace now containing a gas fire and large oak dining table.
Large, well-equipped Kitchen with range-style cooker, appliances and oak breakfast table with benches.
Utility Area with incorporating a big walk-in larder and secondary entrance at the side of the house.
Study on other side of hall with two sofas, a desk and wall-mounted, HD 60 inch TV.
Inner Hall leading to a Shower Room/WC and connecting door to the annexe.
First Floor (via main, wide oak staircase)
Large, beautiful Living Room corresponding to the hall below in the original part of house with elegant and plentiful sofas, tapestries on the walls, large window overlooking the garden below and open stone fireplace.
Bedroom One with half-tester canopy and zip and link bed offering a choice of super king size double (6ft) or adjacent twin beds and Ensuite Shower Room/WC.
Bedroom Two with half-tester canopy and zip and link bed offering a choice of super king size double (6ft) or adjacent twin beds and Ensuite Shower Room/WC.
Bedroom Three with twin beds, Tudor panelling and decorative, herringbone brick fireplace.
Family Bathroom/WC with independent shower over bath (adjacent to the bedroom but also accessible to others).
Bedroom Four (Master Bedroom) with half-tester canopy and king size bed, (5ft), dressing area and luxurious, contemporary Shower Room/WC with big walk-in shower.
On landing, cupboard containing a small drinks 'bar'.
The beautifully maintained gardens at King John's House are enchanting. Laid out in a formal manner close to the house, further away they blend seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. A long vista at the rear of the house leads the eye past a series of ascending rectangular pools and a fountain to a folly in the far distance. The long, grass pathways passing through avenues of pleached lime and cypress trees are a wonderful way to explore this imaginatively landscaped outdoor space. One of these walkways leads down to the exotic 'Japanese' garden where a pagoda overlooks a series of ornamental ponds containing koi carp and various aquatic features. This is a perfect place to relax with a drink or enjoy a barbecue. Inside the pagoda there's a shower, sauna and some wet-weather seating. Alternatively enjoy a game of croquet on the 'top lawn' near the entrance to the house - croquet set provided. (NB children must be supervised in the grounds at all times).
Smaller group discount of 15% for 11 guests or fewer and 20% for 8 guests or fewer if booked within 60 days of arrival. Children welcome. Space for visitor's own cot. Well behaved dogs (max 2) by arrangement with owner. WiFi broadband. Hire of a chef by arrangement. Catering can be arranged for special celebration meals - Guests are required to book catering and any other suppliers through Property Manager and not direct with supplier. £350 refundable damage deposit payable on booking. No smoking and No Stag/Hen parties permitted.
The Rushmore Estate lies within the larger area known as the Cranborne Chase (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), once a royal hunting ground, and perhaps one of the best examples of a typical 'English' landscape anywhere in the country. You can see the Isle of Wight on a clear day from higher ground in the area.
If you're feeling active, then there are plenty of superb walks in the area, which are sure to help you recharge your batteries - the views are outstanding and memorable. The estate itself includes the Larmer Tree Victorian pleasure gardens, a 20 minute walk from the house, while for keen golfers, Rushmore Golf Club, an excellent 18 hole parkland course, is a few minutes' drive away.
For guests looking for a more sedate break, you can walk or drive to the village of Tollard Royal where there is an excellent pub serving mouth-watering food, a good selection of ales and fine wines at The King John Inn.
If you are looking for a little more than classic rural England, then a short drive away are two very attractive places definitely wirth visitng. The Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury and the cathedral city of Salisbury and the New Forest National Park are all easy destinations for a day's exploring.
Alternatively, if you're looking for the sea, then the beautiful Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is just under an hour's drive and richly rewards a visit.. This location really does have it all!