Bowling Green Farm is situated in the Blackmore Vale, just about equal distance from Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton. The area is characterised by beautiful countryside dotted with traditional villages and sweeping views. An ideal base to explore the area.
From our farm you can reach some major towns, cities and attractions. It does make a fantastic base to explore this area of the United Kingdom.
In the east you can easily reach Stonehenge and Salisbury on a day trip. Heading north you can easily reach Bath and Bristol. To the south is the fantastic Jurassic Coast, with many popular beaches and coves to explore.
If it’s National Trust properties you’re after, we have 6 or 7 within easy reach:
- Stourhead House and Gardens
(Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden, 30min drive)
- Kingston Lacey
(A lavish family home re-imagined as a Venetian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside, 30min drive)
- Cerne Abbas Giant
(Ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas, 35min drive)
A small market town set on the site of an ancient Saxon hilltop fort. Shaftesbury can take you back to King Alfred’s time wandering around the ruins of the old Abbey. This is the home of the iconic Gold Hill (made famous by the Hovis advert) and there are magnificent views back towards our farm from the promenade. The town boasts a wide range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants.
A pretty Dorset town, Sturminster Newton is surrounded by the Stour Farmlands. There has been a market in the town since 1272. There are several rivers in this area including the River Stour. The ancient Mill was one of a series of flour mills on the River Stour. Enjoy a guided tour and view the workng machinery.
A visit to Longleat can easily fill a whole day. The safari park features over 1200 animals, there’s plenty to see from cheeky monkeys (watch your windows) to a majestic pride of lions. Longleat House is also worth a look, you can step back into history and explore a collection of art, tapestry and period furniture.
This park was established as a rescue centre for apes rescued from laboratories, circuses and domestic pets. Today there are over 250 apes and monkeys. Enclosures are spread over 65 acres and are specifically designed to give the primates and visitors lots of space. Daily keeper talks provide insightful commentary on the inhabitants – staff are very enthusiastic about what they do!
The Blackmore Vale area played an important part in Hardy’s life and writing. The local countryside was the backdrop for some of his most celebrated work: Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Woodlanders. The Dorchester County Museum (45min drive) boasts a treasure trove of Hardy’s effects.
Having the farm part of the of the Blackmore Vale, we are part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From our location there is a network of bridleways and footpaths that can offer some stunning scenery. The sunsets at Bowling Green are very special.
Wildlife is plentiful in our area and we often have grazing deer, along with buzzards circling.
If you’re looking to enjoy some sport during your stay, we’ve got a number of options for you.
- Henstridge Golf Course
(A well-kept parkland course with various water features and lakes, 20min drive)
- Rushmore Golf Club
(Set high on the chalk of the Cranborne Chase, with the unusual distinction of having 9 holes in Dorset & 9 in Wiltshire, 30min drive)
- Bullpits Golf Club
(A delightful 18 hole short challenging course with pint sized greens and tight fairways, 30min drive)
The lanes around us are ideal for cycling. You can stick to the quiet lanes around the farm or venture further afield to take in the countryside. A longer ride could take you through the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase, past pretty rural villages like Milton Abbas and through wooded sections like Farnham Wood or Fontmell Wood.
There is good fishing a mile’s walk from the farm across some attractive countryside. Todber Manor offer their lakes for fishing and include the chance to catch catfish, carp, tench and perch.
The walking around our farm is exceptional. You can simply pick up a local footpath and start exploring or if you’d like something more organised here are some ideas for our area: