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"Wild mares would not at present take me away from Clouds Hill. It is an earthy paradise .." 

T.E. Lawrence 

Local Information and things to do


Longbarn House is just 400m from the Hardy Way, 1km from the Jubilee trail and 5km from the South West Coast Path. These offer a wide variety of well signed walks in addition to hundreds of local footpaths and bridleways across the county.


A National cycle route passes through the village for road based bikes. For those with mountain bikes, Puddletown Forest provides good off road opportunities as well as jumps for dare devils, this is just a 10 minute ride from us.  For further information on cycling in West Dorset please click here


Maiden Castle is the largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe covering 47 acres just two miles from us.

Thomas Hardy’s cottage and Max Gate (Thomas Hardy’s permanent home) are both within 1 mile.

Dorset County Museum in Dorchester two miles way provides wonderful exhibits about the Jurassic coast, local historical finds as well as a temporary art gallery showing varied works of art, many of which are for sale.

Athlehampton House is a wonderful stately home and gardens just 4 miles from Longbarn House.

Dorset & Devon Military Museum again in Dorchester, provides wonderful views over the landscape from the top of its Keep as well as having a collection of artefacts, uniforms and weapons.

Corfe Castle  one of the most evocative ruined castles in England is a 20 minute drive away. Whilst there why not try the Swanage steam railway which also stops at Corfe.

Cerne Abbas Giant and the White Horse in Osmington  are both giant carvings into the chalk hillsides of Dorset.


We are under half an hours drive from  the following famous beaches and coastal towns: Lulworth Cove; Durdle Door; Weymouth; Chesil Beach: and under an hours drive from Studland; West Bay; Lyme Regis. Sea fishing trips can be arranged from Weymouth, Lyme Regis and West Bay.


Further local attractions include: Monkey World; Bovington Tank Museum; Kingston Maurward; Farmer Palmers; Abbotsbury Swanery; Abbotbury Sub-Tropical Gardens; and Bridport’s famous weekly street markets.





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corfe castle


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