Located in the heart of beautiful rural Dorset in the peaceful hamlet of Woolland, Ellwood Cottages are outstanding conversions of three traditionally built barns, in a courtyard setting. Named after Dorset writers Hardy, Barnes and Blyton, the cottages have been lovingly restored to provide superbly equipped, comfortable, tastefully furnished, year-round, single storey self catering holiday accommodation for people with disabilities, their families, friends and carers.
Outdoors are spacious landscaped gardens with tables and chairs for guest use, providing stunning views across fields with farm animals and wildlife, to Bulbarrow Hill and Ibberton Hill. An indoor heated splash pool has wide steps with handrails for easy access, a pool hoist, for use with guests own sling/harness, and a poolside seating area. There are fully accessible changing rooms with showers and toilets.
For guests requiring additional relaxation or entertainment, there is a recreation room with numerous books (some large print), musical instruments and games for all ages. Covered parking is provided within a few metres of each cottage.
Hardy (sleeps 3) and Barnes (sleeps 4) cottages each have two bedrooms, a cosy living room, comprehensively equipped kitchen and wet room. Blyton Cottage is larger and will sleep up to 6 in two en suite bedrooms.
All three cottages have a bedroom with fully height adjustable electric profiling bed plus another single bed (Except Hardy Cottage). Each cottage also has a bedroom with a pair of “Zip and Link” beds which can be used as single or placed together to make a super king size bed.
Ellwood Cottages are centrally heated with individual radiator thermostats for year round comfort. The cottages are exceptionally well equipped with flat screen TVs and DVD players. Kitchens all feature a high level side opening oven,hob,microwave,fridge/ freezer,washer/dryer and dishwasher.
Additional accessibility features include wide doorways, accessible sinks, easy reach electrical sockets and switches, and lowered kitchen work surface areas for wheelchair users.
New for 2020
The Old Stable – Cosy cottage style accommodation
One bedroom with a pair of “zip & link” beds which can be used as 2 singles or placed together to make a super king size double bed, shower room, tea /coffee making facilities. The Old Stable is not wheelchair accessible and can be used for B&B or in addition to another cottage and used by family, friends or carers.
“By far the best disabled facilities we have experienced.”
“A great facility designed for disabled people that is not institutionalised and stuck in the 70’s.”
“Superb location; superb cottage; superb hosts; see you next year.”
“Excellent accommodation and facilities, you’ve thought of everything.”
“Facilities were great for children and husbands.”
Woolland is in an AONB in north Dorset, with its picturesque villages, gentle rolling downland, woodlands and nature reserves, crossed by winding lanes,rivers and streams.
The beautiful Georgian market town of Blandford, county town of Dorchester and historical towns Shaftesbury and Sherborne are a short drive away. Within easy reach is the Isle of Purbeck and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. For literary enthusiasts there is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy.
There is entertainment nearby for everyone, including:
• Monkey World
• Farmer Palmers
• Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park
• Athelhampton House
• The Swannery at Abbotsbury
• Lulworth Castle
• The Royal Signals Museum
• The Tank Museum
• Cool Play (play centre for children)
• Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
Good food is a priority in Dorset and delicious local produce can be found at farmers’ markets, farm shops and in restaurants and pubs.
“Our aim is to ensure your stay with us is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.”
Exceptional holiday accommodation for people with disabilities, their families, friends and carers.
Koos and Carolyn de Jonge