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Apple Cottage

"We booked Apple cottage for a 3 night stay during my daughters wedding at Deans Court. Great addition to the Deans Court wedding experience. Really enjoyed the location, condition and atmosphere the cottage gives to a wedding event at Deans Court. The cottage has everything needed. Everything has been well thought through to make the stay an excellent experience.” - August '19

"Apple Cottage is perfectly positioned for a great Dorset holiday. We loved being close enough to wander to nearby shops and restaurants for dinner, yet being in a quiet location and feeling in the middle of the countryside with cows outside our window! The accommodation is well furnished with lovely touches like lots of interesting books and a vase of fresh flowers. We also loved our welcome basket of tasty fresh bread, eggs, biscuits and apple juice from the Deans Court Estate. Book a stay in Apple Cottage and I don't think you'll regret it!” - July '19

"Exceptional accommodation in a stunning location yet minutes walk, through the beautiful gardens, to pretty Wimborne. I booked both cottages for a wedding at Dean's Court. I cannot recommend highly enough the attention to detail, the thoughtful, professional, efficient and helpful attitude that we received on every step of the journey - Both relating to the cottages and to the wedding itself. Guests had nothing but praise for Dean's Court and all of the staff. Thank you for making such wonderful memories for the whole family.” - July '19

"We all (4 adults, 2 toddlers) really enjoyed our stay at Apple Cottage. The location is perfect, minutes from Wimborne town centre, but a very quiet and rural location. Deans Court has something for everyone. The children loved meeting the chickens and goats, the adults enjoyed the house tour and the cakes in the cafe!” - June '19

"Lovely cottage, very well equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. The beds were extremely comfortable, views were stunning. Jonathan quickly resolved a couple of queries we had.” - June '19

"We loved Apple Cottage, from the moment we arrived to a wonderful welcome - lights on, heating on, flowers and such a thoughtful selection of local produce. Gorgeous toiletries too. Beautiful crispy, cotton bed linen. Staying here was just so easy. Lovely comfortable spotlessly clean cottage, bags of ambience, peaceful, quiet retreat. Access to Wimborne could not be more convenient - five minutes walk to restaurants, shops and Waitrose on the doorstep. Howling gales and horizontal rain outside - us warm and cosy inside. We had a wonderful peaceful relaxing holiday and we will definitely return.” - March '19

"A great place to stay to get to know Wimborne. Conveniently located and with wonderful views. Everybody was very helpful and friendly – nothing was too much trouble, even a private lesson in how to use Netflix!” - February '19

"We were an extended family of 6 adults and 4 children including a baby.We had a most marvellous Christmas staying for a week at Apple and Plum cottages. It began with a very warm welcome which made us feel very much at home. The cottages looked superb(wreaths on the doors and a Christmas tree in the sitting room)and spotlessly clean and so very warm(important for us as we had relatives from Australia).There was a very generous and exciting welcome pack awaiting us. The cottages were exceptionally well equipped so we had no problem cooking Christmas dinner ;everything we needed was there. After dinner we had they joy of sitting around the log burner. It was perfect! Thank you.” (Apple & Plum) - January '19

"A brilliant cottage with a lovely, secure garden, which our 7-month Irish Terrier, Eimear, adored. We were a little embarrassed when she chased Lady Hanham off the premises :-(. Eimear also enjoyed some of the windfalls, as did we - apples for pudding everyday. We have even purchased a copy of the very good apple cookery book in the cottage.
We were lucky to be able to give Eimear her first taste of the sea on the last day of 'summer' at Studland Bay with lots of other dogs and another taste, by way of contrast, at West Bay, where the colours of the cliffs, sand and dog merged together - the perfect camouflage.
A great discovery this time was the 'veg box' from the kitchen garden. We are committed Riverford customers but the selection at Deans Court was exceptional. Thank you to everyone!”
 - October '18

"This is our second visit to Apple & Plum Cottages so that in itself is a great review. A girls trip in the countryside with a pretty town with lively bars and restaurants just a short walk. Hosts were very friendly and each cottage is supplied with a food hamper .... produce from the Estate. We had great fun." - September '18

"An absolutely delightful and well equipped cottage - the perfect place from which to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside and being only a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Wimborne eating out and shopping are easy. Will be booking again." - September '18

"We have come to love these beautiful cottages. Hidden in idilic surroundings yet just a couple of minutes walk to Wimborne Minster these cottages offer you peace and tranquility. Comfortable, clean and well equipped, a great place to escape. A special mention to the wonderful Deans Court team who are very welcoming and always on hand should you need anything." - August '18

"Absolutely lovely. Very relaxing in a lovely situation. Well equipped we wanted for nothing." - July '18

"Our second time staying at this beautiful cottage, such a peaceful and relaxing place yet a short walk from the centre of Wimborne.
We had both cottages booked for our sons wedding and all our friends loved the location and the cottages and all hope to come back."
- June '18

"Had a super time at Apple Cottage, perfect place to relax in by the fire after a long coastal walk!" - February '18

"Had a wonderful few days in Apple Cottage at Deans Court. We loved the feeling of being away from it all yet so close to Wimborne Minster and all it had to offer. The cottage was a perfect place to stay and fish the River Allen. Much as we'd like to keep this gem to ourselves we can't recommend it highly enough." - November '17

"The cottage, location and communications were fantastic" - November '17

"A great spot, somehow secret and special and yet not far from exceptional amenities - the Minster of course, the wonderful gardens behind the Priest's House Museum, Minster Greens, Keatings the Butcher, Le Petit Prince, The Tickled Pig, Black Pug Books to name a few.  The tranquil views from all the windows were wonderful too - across the orchard to the Minster, across The Leaze and out of the back door across the garden ...!"  - October '17

"Very lovely place to stay, feels like your in the country but with the convenience of strolling into wimborne. The internal decoration and attention to detail makes for a very comfortable stay. We love staying here!" - September '17

 

Plum Cottage

"We had a wonderful stay in Plum Cottage over the weekend of our wedding. The location was perfect and it was incredibly peaceful. It's a cosy little hideaway with masses of charm, though tall people will have to duck their heads when going upstairs! I could see this being perfect at all times of year - a great choice if you want to get away from the town but still be within easy walking distance of everything you need." - July '19

"Plum cottage is delightful - clean and stylish. Our short stay did not disappoint. We welcomed the basket of local foods and the absence of sugar was quickly remedied with a phone call. The position is so convenient for town shopping and less than half an hour from sandy beaches. Will definitely return for another short break." - July '19

"Superbly presented holiday cottage. The owners have thought of everything one is likely to need during the stay, except ,of course, your own choice of food. When you pass through the electric gate you are in a different world! We shall be back in due course." - July '19

"Another great stay at these lovely cottages, our third time there and very much feels like home from home. Very comfortable and well equipped and such an idyllic location yet a walk away from the town. We will be back." - March '19

"Plum Cottage is so idyllic and beautiful. Incredibly well equipped, cosy and comfortable. There was everything we could possibly have needed, and thoughtful little touches (like bread, eggs, homemade apple juice and cake on arrival) made us feel so at home. We were blown away with how perfect and lovely it was. A long weekend wasn't enough to enjoy the cottage and the beautiful towns and coast around, we'll just have to come back!" - November '18

"A beautiful cottage and a perfect base for exploring all Dorset has to offer. From arrival to departure the thoughtful touches helped make our holiday brilliant. The brownies were devine and the eggs and bread ensured we had a delicious meal on the first night. We will definately be back!" - November '18

"The perfect place for 3 generations and a dog! We loved the Shepherd's hut and I enjoyed an early morning cup of tea and a read of the paper in there while the kids were in the house! Tastefully decorated and well-equipped and handy being close to the town whilst also feeling like we were in the Dorset countryside. A lovely cottage." - August '18

"Peaceful location yet within a few minutes walk to the centre of Wimborne. A cottage of character and well equipped. Many local places to visit both inland and on the coast." - March '18

"Shrieks of delight as we explored the wonderful Plum Cottage (and that was mainly from mum!!). What a fantastic place - homely yet with all the mod cons. The veg basket was a wonderful addition too - our meals were based round the lovely vegetables and fruit. We'll be back!" - August '17

"We booked Plum Cottage for a week in August to celebrate my partner's birthday and couldn't have been more delighted with our choice. It is located virtually in the centre of Wimborne, yet manages to feel like you're a world away, with stunning views of the Wimborne Minster and the surrounding fields. The cottage itself is just beautiful and decorated in a simple, tasteful way and the garden is amazing, particularly for energetic children (our sone particularly loved the shepherd's hut). It's a great base for exploring Dorset and we managed numerous trips to the coast, in addition to making to most of Wimborne itself. All in all, it was such a truly wonderful week at Plum Cottage, if I could buy it right now, I would." - August '17

"If I could have a second home Plum Cottage would be very close to be dream holiday cottage." - July '17

"Plum Cottage is a blissful retreat in a quiet, secluded location yet within a very short walk of the centre of the delightful little town of Wimborne, with all that it has to offer." - March '17

"Lovely characterful cottages in an incredible location and setting.  The best of the countryside within steps of town." - January '17

 

The Gate House

“Perfect in every way...
From the initial communication to our arrival we were absolutely blown away by the level of hospitality from Jonathan and his team. The house was immaculate and the table filled with fresh eggs, bread, cookies and all the necessities for a weekend away with friends. For us these little touches meant so much, and paid homage to the area of Wimborne - a lovely tribute. 
The house itself was spotless, the beds were comfortable, we didn't even need to pack shampoo/conditioner as they covered this for us - amazing! We were even greeted by the Housekeeper, Katherine, on the Sunday morning who noticed us packing up to leave and just wanted to say hello. This kind of personable approach is hard to come by these days and was really lovely. She asked us if we liked her homemade cookies, and how she'd collected the eggs herself from the estate hens on the Friday. She was so nice! 
The position of the house was ideal, meaning we didn't need to use our cars much as it was just off the high street near shops, and next door to a lovely cafe too!
I work for a collection of 5 star hotels across the UK and can safely say the whole experience resembled that of a luxurious resort from the service to the accommodation. For hen weekends, friend get-togethers, family trips and parties it's nothing short of amazing. Thank you!”
- September '19

“Third time at The Gatehouse for our group of watercolourists. We all love the place, feel immediately at home, enjoy every minute and then can barely wait for our next visit.” - September '19

“We were a party of 11 family and friends and stayed midweek low season, which at £700 for a house which sleeps 16 is fantastically good value. The house is beautifully decorated and furnished but also comfortable and homely. There isn't a single thing missing, from the very well stocked kitchen to the lovely products in the bathrooms and towelling robes in the bedrooms. The beds are comfortable with inviting white bedlinen, and the bathrooms all very clean and a pleasure to use, particularly the modern free standing roll top bath in the suite at the very top of the house, which is possibly the best bathing experience I've ever had! We had a couple of minor problems whilst we were there, but a phone call resulted in a quick and friendly solution. I would not hesitate to recommend the Gatehouse to anyone looking for somewhere to stay with a large party.” - September '19

“The Gatehouse is a fabulous house ideal for large families and in the heart of Wimborne. The housekeeper does an amazing job cleaning and tidying the house making sure that all creature comforts are catered for. The house worked perfectly for us as our three daughters and their respective families fitted perfectly into the eight bedrooms with a perfect fit into the mixed doubles en suite and singles. A really great find and with the addition of the two cottages nestled in the grounds of Deans Court, the possibilities are endless.” - August '19

“The Gatehouse was a great meeting place for our family 40th birthday celebrations. Jonathan was brilliant through the whole booking process and the run up to it letting me gain access a little earlier to decorate. All guests were very taken with the house, each room was very clean, beds were very comfy, toiletries smelt amazing, garden beautiful especially in the morning light. Two toddlers and a 3 and a half month old were well catered for. Genius having 2 kettles (it's the small things!), lovely goodies on arrival. Having the games room away from the rest of the house is great. Another great move was having 3 fridge freezers throughout the property. Beautiful decor, well thought out accommodation - we're thinking it will now be our half way meeting point for future family get togethers! Wimborne was a great place we loved it everyone so polite, chatty and friendly. So convenient being so close to the town and sooo dog friendly -
Our spaniel never had so many biscuits! Thank you!”
- August '19

“We had an amazing week in this house, we were a party of thirteen plus a dog. The fresh flowers and the welcome pack was a lovely thought and very useful. There is enough room in the house for everyone not to be on top of each other, the children who ranged from 11 -18 loved the games room with the large screen and table football. The hot tub in the garden was also a big hit. The house was lovely and clean and beautifully decorated and the beds very comfortable. It was short walk into town but still very quiet sitting in the garden.” - July '19

“The Gatehouse was absolutely perfect for our stay - plenty of room for everyone and very comfortable accommodation. The hot-tub and media room were very well used! Wimborne is a lovely town and a great base for exploring Dorset.” - May '19

“I couldn't recommend The Gate House more. 
We had a wonderful stay. The interior design is beautiful and incredibly luxurious. We had everything we needed in terms of cooking equipment and utensils. The beds were super comfortable and the house was immaculately clean. I would return to The Gate House in a heartbeat. Thank you to everyone involved for making our stay so special.”
- April '19

“This was our third visit to the Gate House which is an ideal venue for a reunion of friends, having 7 large bedrooms. The house is beautiful and even more comfortable this year with some new furniture, a very generous welcome table of food and flowers, luxurious bathrobes in each room and a new 'cinema suite'. We didn't use the hot tub because heavy rain and hail put us off and we didn't get round to watching the big screen very much but it was a great room for learning to salsa!  
We had a bit of a problem with a sink blockage and were very impressed by the speed and minimum fuss with which this was resolved. Thank you Jonathan.”
- April '19

“This was our second visit to the Gatehouse and once again we immediately felt at home. The house is very comfortable and stylish but also well equipped for large groups. We enjoyed using the hot tub and found the bath robes very useful for nipping outside.
Wimborne is a charming town with just the right mix of shops and the house is perfectly located to take advantage of this. There are also many pubs and restaurants a short stroll away.
Such a perfect home from home ……… we may be back once more!”
- April '19

“Absolutely perfect hen weekend at the Gate House. The house is gorgeous. It's perfectly equipped with everything you need for a luxurious but cosy weekend. All the rooms are amazing.and a home from home. It's a great location but so peaceful and a great escape. Would highly recommend and can't wait to come back. Beds were comfortable and spacious. Kitchen very well equipped for cooking and entertaining. Lots of crockery and glasses and cutlery and good quality too. Loved all the fridges and the provision of ice.” - March '19

“The Gate House is absolutely fabulous - beautifully decorated, equipped with pretty much everything you could need and just a stone's throw from Wimborne. The bedrooms were lovely, the dining room was great, the living room with the wood-burning stove was super-cosy and the media room was fantastic - made for lounging about. We also loved the hot tub and the football table - such fun. All in all, it was a great place and we wouldn't hesitate to go back.” - February '19

“Booked for a girly weekend. Great to have such a large lounge, big table to eat together and use of the hot tub! Excellent customer service throughout my booking and stay. Convenient location so close to Wimborne town centre. Great selection of goodies on arrival, including some yummy chocolate brownies! - February '19

“We were a large party of 14 and stayed at the gate house. It was a beautiful space large enough to accommodate all of us. Everyone enjoyed staying there and although we had some issues trying to light the log burner, the owners came to the rescue and we got it sorted. - January '19

“Such a beautiful place to hold our spect birthday celebration. Three generations of family were catered for the grandchildren loved the hot tub and the games room as did the adults. The accommodation was lovely and spacious we all had plentiful room to slip off if we wanted to. We all loved the decor and attention to detail in every room. Our dogs Rico and Chico has great fun in the safe garden. The goodies left for us was a lovely touch and the chocolate brownies were the best we have ever had. All in all it was a very special week for us all. Thank you. Sue. & Jody - December '18

“A really clean, comfortable house with plenty of space, a well equipped kitchen and helpful staff around to advise when needed. The games room is amazing for kids big and small and ours loved having movie evenings on the big screen (thanks for the free movies!). The garden is fantastic; lots of space and enclosed so kids can run around care free. We also loved the cafe and shop next door and had a lovely walk around the Deans Court grounds and garden. The village is Wimborne is picturesque and a great palace to explore as well as being a great access point to the Jurassic coast and lots of different attractions for families. We were a large party of adults and kids aged 5 - 9, we found our stay to be very enjoyable for everyone and we’d definitely come again." - November '18

“Completely met our (high) expectations. Our group ranged from 69 years to 19 months old and every single one of us really enjoyed our stay" - October '18

“We had a great week end stay. 11 adults and 1 child. Plenty of space, beautiful bedrooms, comfortable furnishings and so well equipped!!! A welcome pack that can only be described as delicious and generous. Log fire with plenty of logs and the addition of the hot tub, what can I say but inspired! We didn't use the Apple TV or play video games (maybe we're too old for that) but I'm sure others will find the upgrade a real bonus. This was our 3rd...or maybe 4th visit and we're back again next December for a Christmas break. There are so few places out there with enough bathrooms for so many people, but the Gate House delivers on that front too. Easy walking to town and a downstairs bedroom which resolved the issue of accesibily for me while I'm on crutches. Wonderful." - October '18

“A welcoming country retreat. Warm feel to the house both in terms of comfort and ambience. We were only a couple but the price was still reasonable for the generous facilities and expansive kitchenware. The kitchen was special as the Aga made it a cosy place to enjoy an evening meal after a day's hiking!! Lovely rooms, tastefully decorated and would be great for a family or group of friends - clean and well maintained. Very quiet at night even though it was within town. Great location for exploring East Dorset, the coast as well as the lovely walks through the Kingston Lacy estate and at Holt Heath." - October '18

"The Gate House was a fantastic place to spend my 60th birthday. The warmth from the aga greeted us as soon as we opened the front door.
The house has a warm and homely feel and was enjoyed by all our family ranging in age from 15 months up to 60 years!!
The house is ideally situated as there are many places to eat within walking distance .
The games room and hot tub are an added bonus and were enjoyed by all."
- October '18

"We all loved the house. We have a great four days. We lit the log fire every evening which made us feel very at home. The welcome pack of goodies and the flowers were a nice touch. Hopefully we will all return next year. Thankyou so much." - October '18

"A very welcoming and spacious house. Perfect for our family holiday. The kitchen was well equipped for staying in and the proximity to the town meant going out was very easy too. The games room is a great space and a lovely addition to the house. I am sure we’ll return in the future." - September '18

"A group of watercolour painters from Salisbury - just down the road - felt like we had entered a different world - so comfortable and calm, spacious and elegant. We found many things to excite the brushes and the pencils and, with all our basic daily needs sorted, we created in spades. We can't wait for another dose of Deans Court magic." - September '18

"The Gate House met the needs of our multigenerational family aged 11-80, perfectly. We loved the interesting furnishings, thoughtful touches and plenty of space. We’ve booked for next year!" - August '18

"The house was perfectly set up for our two family’s, with a lovely stylish more adult living room, and very trendy games room. The kitchen was a very well equipped rooms .....Nothing else we wanted for whilst staying here. Lots of hot water for everyone to shower/bath. The hot tub was a lovely added luxury. And within a short stroll of the shops and cafes. A great stay." - June '18

"The cottage was charming, very comfortable and well equipped.The situation was fantastic - quiet but in the middle of town. Our one problem with the heating - we were too warm -was delt with swiftly and efficiently." - April '18

"The most wonderful and unexpected example of rus in urbe--a spacious country retreat right in the middle of a delightful town." - April '18

"Such a wonderful venue for a reunion get-together. Beautifully furnished house coped with 6 couples easily. Dining room perfect for a formal sit down meal and the kitchen big enough for us to stand around informally chatting, drinking coffee and eating toast. Log fire in lounge great for relaxing. Media room excellent for playing music... and a hot tub which we did not get around to using. All Perfect! A truely memorable stay that everyone enjoyed. Thank you!" - April '18

"Beautiful house in a great location just steps away from the centre of Wimborne. Lovely welcome hamper with yummy chocolate brownies, bread, eggs and apple juice. Very well equipped and lovely Ren toiletries. The hot tub was a real treat even when it was snowing most of the weekend!" - March '18

"From the moment we stepped through the curved front door, we fell in love with the house. We'd seen the photos, of course, but the reality was even more comfortable and stylish than we'd imagined.The house very quickly became "home" and it was great to have a sitting room and dining room large enough to accommodate us all. The hot tub was great fun especially in the early mornings when the temperature outside was only just above freezing!" - March '18

"Thoroughly enjoyed out stay. A great location, beautiful house. Perfect for a family gathering." - February '18

"We had such a wonderful weekend at The Gate House celebrating our grandmother's 90th birthday. The house was very special and had everything that we needed. Thank you! " - February '18

"Great House for staying if a large party of people. Very well equipped and welcoming. Welcome pack wonderful surprise." - January '18

"Immaculate property, perfect for our needs (family gathering). Quiet but near to town so you can park up and no need to drive for the holiday. Welcoming staff, plenty of room for all and well equipped." - January '18

"Very well-equipped, spacious and lovely house in quiet corner near to town centre. We enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxed stay." - January '18