Holiday cottage rental in Puddletown, Dorset

Property reference 711497
Sorry, this property is no longer available to book. Please make an enquiry if you would like help finding something similar.
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Drinks in the drawing room? Games in the parlour? Hardy Manor offers you a 'Downton Abbey' experience with grandeur combined with modern amenities in a pretty Dorset village. More details...


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The Blue Vinny pub is just a short walk from the Manor house and offers good quality pub grub. For explorers on foot, there are endless country footpaths.


  • Theme

  • General

    Central heating
  • Kitchen

    Utility room
    Tumble dryer
  • Living room

  • Bathrooms

  • Bedrooms

    Double bed
  • Leisure activities

    Games room
    Croquet lawn

  • Central village location
  • Catering can be arranged for special occasions
  • All bedrooms are en-suite
  • 9 acres of formal and informal grounds


Hardy Manor: sleeps 18/24 in 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, gym, private parking and extensive private grounds.

Ground Floor

Reception hall and grand staircase.

Dining room with table and chairs for 16-20 guests and open fireplace.

Garden room with access to the garden and terrace.

Study/Library room wood-panelled walls, Sky TV.

Kitchen: modern and well equipped with 2 large central islands, gas AGA and good quality appliances including 3 ovens, 2 dishwashers, fridge/freezer.

Dining area for 6, Sky TV.

Utility room with additional fridge/freezer and wine cooler, 2 washing machines and a tumble dryer.

Informal dining/breakfast room with large table seating up to 18.

Function room with doors to terrace, WC etc for up to 80 guests. Please note that functions with guests over and above the maximum capacity of 24 guests needs to be arranged with the house manager in advance.

Bedroom 1: (sleeps 2) super king double bed freeview TV. Bathroom opposite with shower over the bath

Bedroom 2: (sleeps 2) super king double bed with freeview TV, ideal for elderly. Shower room opposite with a walk-in shower/WC.

2 Separate WC’s.

There is an extra kitchen used mainly by caterers for privacy.

First Floor

Formal sitting room with large sofas, fireplace and doors out to a balcony and stairs down to the garden.

Play room Sitting with large sofas, Sky TV, Xbox and games.

Bedroom 3: Large Master bedroom (sleeps 2) super king bed, TV. En-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower.

Bedroom 4: (sleeps 2) super king double bed, en-suite shower room and separate WC room.

Bedroom 5: (sleeps 2) king sized double bed, TV and en-suite shower room and old fashioned feature toilet.

Bedroom 6: (sleeps 2) king sized double bed with TV and bathroom opposite with bath and WC.

Bedroom 7: (sleeps 2) twin or double bedroom with zip link beds and TV. En-suite bathroom with WC.

Bedroom 8: (sleeps 2) twin or double bedroom with zip link beds. En-suite bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower.

Bedroom 9: (sleeps 2) twin or double bedroom with zip link bed. Bathroom is opposite the room with bath and WC.

There are 6 portable beds that can add flexibility to any of the 9 bedrooms.

Lower Ground Floor

Stairs lead down to the gym area.

There is a further games room with table tennis.


The Manor has a sweeping drive and entrance for cars, plenty of parking and 9 acres of formal and informal grounds and lawns. All the garden areas are regularly maintained by a team of grounds people.

The main terrace area is well equipped with tables, chairs and gas BBQ.

Badminton area and croquet lawn.



Central Heating throughout.

There are 6 portable beds that can accommodate extra people in any of the 9 bedrooms.

2 hours of daily housekeeping is included on weekdays only (not including bank holidays).

Hardy Manor is a magnificent celebration house perfect for big group holidays in the quaint village of Puddletown, Dorset. With local pubs and walks on your doorstep, the manor feels wonderfully inviting yet grand and steeped in history at the same time.

This part of Dorset is Thomas Hardy country who lived nearby and would have been familiar with both the house and the village of Puddletown featured in his book ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Recent upgrades, have brought this historic house into the modern era, with an expansive modern kitchen, library, magnificent 1st floor sitting room which opens out onto the garden, function room as well as a games room and modern heating system, providing something to keep everyone entertained! Let’s not also forget the 9 acres of grounds including stunning formal gardens with extensive lawns for croquet and badminton, plus a rose garden, kitchen garden, paddock, and woodland.

On arrival you’ll be welcomed with a hamper, ready laid fires and be ready for early evening aperitifs in the library, on the lawn or in the drawing room. A catering team and chef as well as extra housekeeping can be made available to complete your formal dining experience. Why not bring that black tie to complete your Downton Abbey experience?

The house has much to offer all ages from playing music in the hall, games on the lawns, walking in the grounds, cooking on the Aga or just reading in one of the exquisite wood panelled living rooms. Hardy Manor sleeps 18 people in 9 ensuite sumptuous bedrooms, two of which are on the ground floor and 6 portable day beds for extra flexibility. Hardy Manor is a picture perfect large country house ready to be made yours with all the special touches that come with it!


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