Lakeside house
Dorchester, Dorset
'The Retreat'
Lakeside house
Dorchester, Dorset
'The Retreat'
Lakeside house
Dorchester, Dorset
'The Retreat'
Lakeside house
Dorchester, Dorset
'The Retreat'
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  • 70 Acres of natural habitat

  • Wild swimming lake

  • Seven bedrooms and four bathrooms

  • Large entertaining and dining space

  • Grand piano 

  • Disabled access

Welcome to Lakeside House…

Set amongst 70 acres of woods, gardens, and a swimming lake, Lakeside House, provides an opportunity to take time out and enjoy a beautifully peaceful environment. This is undoubtedly a home to make memories during your stay.

The secluded residence, approached from the extensive private drive via woodland and open fields, is a converted barn that blends harmoniously with its surroundings. Whilst agricultural in its origins, it is stylishly presented throughout its 3000+ square footage. With bedrooms and bathrooms on both the ground and first floors, there is a sense of privacy if being used as a large group.

This is a house for all seasons. The two wood burners make it cosy in the colder months, while the sheltered outdoor areas and veranda provide the perfect alfresco dining experience with the most enchanting views. There is plenty of space to come together in the entertaining areas and the French doors in the double-height dining hall frame the landscape beyond. The welcoming, yet striking hall is home to a snug area and a grand piano.

The adjacent kitchen comes with stone flooring, and bespoke slatted timber units, especially designed to reflect the home’s natural style. For those eating in, there’s a Belling electric range cooker with a five-zone ceramic hotplate and warming zone, grill, three further ovens and a warming drawer. A large American-style fridge freezer also accompanies the Hotpoint dishwasher.

The kitchen has three pairs of French doors opening out to the herb garden and veranda, which has witnessed many an evening toasting marshmallows over the fire pit!

The large reception room with its wood burner has open views through the French doors and leads to the first double bedrooms. Altogether, there are three double bedrooms, one twin room and two bathrooms on the ground floor, as well as a separate laundry room with a Miele washing machine and matching tumble dryer.

The first floor is accessed via two individual oak staircases on either side of the dining hall. Here, there are three double bedrooms and two bathrooms.

 

Outside

Guests have direct access to approximately four acres of fields and woodland, with a natural lake providing an exhilarating opportunity for wild swimming and beautiful walks from your back door. A map of the footpaths accessing the remaining 70 acres will be provided. There is considerable parking available and an extensive patio provides plenty of room for the outside dining table with seating for 14 people.

 

Bedroom Summary

  • Bedroom with super king bed and en suite
  • Bedroom with super king bed 
  • Bedroom with super king bed
  • Bedroom with super king bed
  • Bedroom with king bed
  • Bedroom with double bed
  • Bedroom with twin beds

Off-Peak Weekend (Friday-Monday) – £3,250

Off-Peak Week (Friday – Friday) – £4,550

Peak Weekend (Friday – Monday) – £4,000

Peak Week (Friday – Friday) – £5,600

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Avril R
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From the moment we arrived we were captivated by the stunning views and scenery. We can’t recommend this house enough, great for families or romantic getaways, it’s a hidden gem and the perfect escape from a busy life- we can’t wait to stay again!
Jo A
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This house is a perfect place for a tranquil getaway! The secluded location is so peaceful, with stunning landscape. Really enjoyed our girls weekend here, so lovely to unwind in a beautiful setting. Everything was so well thought out, with plenty of space for everyone. Would highly recommend - hope to one day return.
Lucy H
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We had the most amazing weekend at Lakeside House. The house is incredible (with all rooms being a similar standard!)…cocktails on the terrace and a morning dip in the lake being the highlights. Thank-you so much for having us, we hope to be back again soon!
Claudia B
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A new meaning to R&R! Just what the doctor ordered. A ‘wow’ venue hidden away amongst an idyllic back drop of stunning views, a private lake and beautiful walks. Making use of the additional barn next door, provided the perfect space for some much needed yoga. This really is a must bucket list place to stay. Highly recommend!

Activities to Complement Lakeside House

Wellbeing

Lakeside House is the perfect retreat for a peaceful break. We can organise yoga, pilates or workout sessions with qualified instructors or personal trainers, as well as personal pampering sessions with a professional team. For something extra special, we can also arrange for a mobile sauna or hot tub to be installed throughout the year.

Catering

The space at Lakeside House is so incredible, you might not want to leave. If fine dining at one of our favourite local restaurants doesn’t wet your whistle, we can bring a private chef or a fabulously-catered picnic to you. Popular choices include a Middle Eastern brunch (think Shakshuka), pizzas straight from the outdoor pizza oven, and tasting menus to suit your palate, to be enjoyed inside or alfresco.

Nature

With four acres of space to roam, Lakeside House is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities from the comfort of your own space. We can arrange personalised bushcraft sessions, including den-building, foraging, campfire crafting and outdoor cooking, suitable for adults, children or both. For those who enjoy a wild swim, the beautiful lake is the perfect setting. 

Lakeside House, Dorchester

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