The Old Chapel - The Area

Located in the thriving Dorset village of Sturminster Marshall, the Chapel is a unique and beautiful church conversion and is the ideal base for your Dorset holiday

The Area

Sturminster Marshall

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The Chapel is located in the village of Sturminster Marshall, overlooking the village’s Maypole Green. The village itself is situated on the River Stour, midway between the Georgian market town of Blandford and historic Wimborne Minster and close to the iron-age hill fort of Badbury Rings. There has been a settlement here since early times, indeed a recent archaeological dig at the village’s Walnut Tree field unearthed Stone Age artefacts and remnants of a mediaeval settlement. As the name implies ’Sturminster’ means ‘large church on the River Stour’ and the village church dates back to the 12th Century. It was significantly developed during the 13th and 14th centuries with major restoration taking place in 1859.

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When approaching the village from the north, you first pass through the beautiful avenue of trees, near the National Trust property of Kingston Lacy. The beech trees were planted in 1835 and stretch for over 3 miles, providing a stunning canopy over the road – a truly memorable sight when the sun is shining!! The entrance to the village is over White Mill Bridge, which is Grade I listed and dates from the 16th century and is the oldest bridge in Dorset. This is located next to White Mill, an ancient corn mill rebuilt in 1776, now owned by the National Trust and containing much of the original 18th century timber equipment.

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Sturminster Marshall or ‘Stur’, is a typical large Dorset village and is a mixture of thatched and brick cottages and modern housing. It has three pubs, one of which, the Red Lion, serves good food and local Badger beer and is only a two minute walk from the Chapel!! There is also a well-stocked convenience store and Post Office. The village has two greens, the Maypole Green, on which the Chapel is located and Timber Green with its very own stocks!! There are many walks and cycle routes surrounding the village (it’s on the Stour Valley Way) and for those who enjoy golf, there is a good nine-hole course in the village – just turn up and play!! In all, there are about 8 courses within 20 minutes drive of the village.

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Nearby

You really are spoilt for choice as the village is within easy reach of many attractions!! The beautiful beaches at Sandbanks and Bournemouth are a mere 20 minutes away, just enjoy lazing on the beach or learn to windsurf – there’s an excellent hire shop next to Sandbanks!! If you’re into horse riding, then we can recommend a livery stable in nearby Lytchett Matravers, just let us know and we can put you in touch with the owner. Visit Poole Quay with its famous harbour and good restaurants or enjoy a boat ride to Brownsea Island. You can also take the famous chain ferry from Sandbanks to the Isle of Purbeck and visit Studland Bay or Corfe Castle and Swanage. As well as shopping, Poole also has the Lighthouse Theatre which regularly features both national and international acts.

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Wimborne Minster is a mere four miles away, with its ancient Minster and ‘chained library’. It also has a variety of pubs, shops and restaurants, as well as an excellent weekend market. Wimborne’sTivoli Theatre regularly features plays, films and live musical performances. Additionally, Wimborne hosts its famous Folk Festival during the summer.

The Georgian market town of Blandford Forum is also within easy reach of the village and is where the Hall & Woodhouse brewery is located, which brews the local Badger beer – it’s well worth taking the tour! Blandford is also near where the Great Dorset Steam Fair is held. This national Heritage show is held annually, usually starting on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Bournemouth, with its seven miles of golden sands is a mere 20 minutes drive from the Chapel and is one of the UK’s top holiday attractions. In addition to its shops, nightlife, theatre/cinemas and gardens, Bournemouth now has Europe’s first artificial surf reef.

Further afield

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Within 30 to 40 minutes drive you can visit the New Forest or the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. Additionally, the Swannery at Abbotsbury is well worth a visit, especially in May/June when the cygnets are hatching. Salisbury, Dorchester and Shaftesbury are within easy reach, as well as the sea-side resort of Weymouth, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach. For the kids the Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Adventure Wonderland, Honeybrook Farm, Farmer Palmers and Moors Valley Country Park are good fun.

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Contact Us

The Old Chapel
Sturminster Marshall
Dorset
BH21 4BW

Phone: 07775 940438
Email:info@theoldchapeldorset.com