Stay with us here at Loose Reins in Dorset, in our iconic cedar clad cabins or canvas pioneer lodges, for short breaks or longer escapes. Our unique hand-crafted cabins give you all the authenticity of life on the prairie with all the modern comforts of the home range. There wasn’t a whole bunch of luxury on the plains back in the day, but we make up for it here! Sitting in the foothills of the Wessex Ridgeway in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural Dorset, we’re surrounded by the best views you can imagine. Loose Reins offers true wind-down time with a sense of freedom and adventure. When the trail is stretching out in front of you, the sky is blue above you and the daily grind is well and truly to the rear, that’s one amazing feeling. Loose Reins is all about finding and enjoying that feeling, about discovering some wind-down time and enjoying the simple things in life.
Imagine summer evenings spent around the fire toasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate, telling stories, singing songs, playing games. Leave the email for a while, find that pioneer spirit that’s in there somewhere and make your own adventure, in your own time.
Sleeping up to six, our Loose Reins Pioneer Lodges are beautifully furnished and include
- Wooden room-dividing walls and floors
- Large living area with wood-burner and sofas
- Fully equipped kitchen complete with gas hob and oven
- Fridge, sink and storage
- Bedroom one has a king-sized four-poster bed
- Bedroom two has twin single beds
- Bedroom three has a king-sized cabin bed with play area underneath
- All beds are fitted with top quality mattresses and linen
- Proper bathroom complete with double rain-shower, basin, flushing loo and soft towels
- Large deck area with panoramic views and further seating
- The canvas lodge sits in a private plot on the edge of the forest and has stunning views over the Blackmore Vale.
- Outside, there is a generous deck plus cooking area with fire bowl and benches.
The canvas lodge sits in a private plot on the edge of the forest and has stunning views over the Blackmore Vale. Outside, there is a generous front porch plus cooking area with fire bowl and benches.
Available from March to October.
Our three unique and beautiful cedar-clad cabins are available for weekend, midweek or week-long breaks. Filled with home comforts, they nestle under Blandford Forest in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning views over the across the Blackmore Vale towards the ancient forts of Hambledon and Hod Hills. Sleeping up to two adults or a small family and set in generous grounds, our cabins include:
- A luxurious king-sized bed complete with top quality bedding
- Space for a third person in a sturdy single bed easily converted from the dining area. If you have two small children who are happy to ‘top & tail’ or one is happy to snuggle up in the king size with you, we are happy for families of four to book a cabin.
- Fully-equipped kitchen with gas hob, oven, fridge-freezer, sink and wood burner
- Plumbing and electricity
- Proper flushing loo and hot shower
- Large porch with further dining and seating areas with stunning views
- Outdoor fire bowl
All in all, it’s the most relaxing stay possible, you can discover your trail and connect with the wild in luxury and style.
Loose Reins accommodation is self-catering and each cabin and lodge has everything you need to DIY like a true pioneer, from the tin opener to the teaspoon. Guests are free to use the gas stoves and ovens, wood burning stoves, fire bowls and campfires to create meals throughout their stay. There’s no need to get the car out,
THE GENERAL STORE onsite offers basics such as fresh milk, eggs, bread, cakes, rice, pastas, beans etc. There’s also locally made jams, chutneys and honey and, of course, the campfire essential; marshmallows.
DON’T FEEL LIKE COOKING?
We’ve developed a range of meals filled with pioneer authenticity, but using the type of high quality ingredients seldom found out on the trail! Dine in style from our range of tasty and wholesome one-pot meals, you can track them down at our General Store. Choose what you’d like from our frozen range and pop it out to defrost during the day so you can return to instant and heavenly food without so much as laying a trap. In the morning, pop down to the General Store for local sausages, bacon, free-range eggs and all the trimmings… or, if you’re out and about, why not rustle up a picnic? We strive to ensure all the food at Loose Reins is as local, natural and tasty as possible. If you’d rather
There are a number of good pubs and restaurants in the area. Let us know if you’d like to book and we’ll happily make recommendations and reservations for you, heck, we’ll even book you a taxi.
Loose Reins sits within easy reach of some of the finest walks and cycle routes in the UK. You may choose to fill your stay by grabbing a map and hiking or cycling through the forest, along the Wessex Ridgeway or down the North Dorset Trail Way. If you prefer to put your feet up, you could just relax on the front porch, watch the horses graze, listen to bird song or watch the buzzards circling lazily over the trees. Head down to the paddocks and meet the animals over the fence; we have ponies, Pygmy goats, sheep and hens… Give them some attention and they’ll be your best friend! Time goes slowly in Loose Reins country, and when the day melts into the evening you can grab a drink and sit by the fire or stargaze for a while. Take life at your own pace.
From £115 per night
Coronavirus: what we’re doing to protect you and your holiday – from Loose Reins
We are looking forward very much to welcoming you to Loose Reins for what’s likely to be a much needed break. We’re lucky to sit in over 13 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside – that’s a lot of room! With just three cabins and three lodges, each set in its own generous green space, you’ll be surrounded by fresh air. Loose Reins is truly the perfect place for an “isocation” and it’s easy to practice social distancing.
All is well here, and we want to take care of our guests, our team and our community whose support we are very grateful for. Before the lock down came into effect, we implemented sensible extra precautions and cleaning in line with formal guidance and we’ll update this as and when further guidance emerges. This includes bringing in additional members of our housekeeping team to give us more hours in the day, sourcing virucidal cleaning products, and running training with our team members to deepen our already thorough cleaning procedures. We’ve removed all unnecessary soft furnishings leaving our fresh, white, professionally laundered linen and towels. And you’ll find hand soap and hand sanitiser in your cabin or lodge.
To further support our guests and team in staying healthy, we’ll be operating a virtual check-in and check-out process in order to minimise human contact. Our luggage service will still be available for guests with mobility considerations; just let us know and we’ll line up our freshly cleaned buggy.
For the time being, we’ll suspend activities that involve human contact such as the Buckaroo Club and interactions with the animals, and we’ll close The Hitching Post, our communal space for chilling and hanging out.
Our general store is an honesty shop with no need for staff and you have the option to pay remotely for any purchases in one final online transaction; we ask that only guests from the same party enter the shop at the same time and we’ll be cleaning it regularly every day. You can choose all the meals you need from our delicious menu – simply pop in the oven whilst enjoying something chilled, or opt for one of our tasty BBQ packs for some outdoor cooking on your firepit. So it’s easy to batten down the hatches and beat a total retreat if you wish.
With all of that in place, we’re getting on with homestead life. Loose Reins is where the world slows down and we’re here to help you leave the daily grind at the gate, to connect with a place of experience, discovery and relaxation.
In Dorset we are blessed with a wealth of nature’s activities, places to see and things to do. Wide open spaces with hardly another soul in sight. See the world from the Wessex Ridgeway. Walk through the woods and see the deer. Take a picnic. Dine out in nature. Listen for birdsong or the rustle of woodland wildlife. Smell the wood smoke. Plan tomorrow’s adventure. Bring your bikes to explore, walk on our Ancient Hill Forts, linger by the river or explore the Blackmore Vale. Hunt for natural treasures – a deer antler, a fossil or a stone age spear head. Or discover the magic of Loose Reins; make the days as long as you want them to be, relax, unwind and enjoy the moment.
With our best wishes and we’ll look forward to seeing you soon,
Yasmin and Sam