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A striking stately home that boasts classic grandeur, spacious rooms and rich furnishings making the ideal celebration house, right in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex.

An impressive celebration house - arrange a personal chef | All bedrooms are en-suite | Explore 9 acres of formal and informal grounds

  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • 2 Pets
  • Hot Tub
  • Coastal Property
  • Wifi
  • Car parking on site
  • Rural Location
  • Games Room
  • Barbecue
Prices are per property not per person includes a £30.00 booking fee.
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2 nights - mostly start on Fri or Sat
3 nights - must start on Fri

4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

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About Hardy Manor

Introduction

"Hardy Manor is a magnificent celebration house perfect for big group holidays. And it’s in a quaint Dorset village with local pubs and walks on your doorstep.\nThe 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 en-suite 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\nThis 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.\nOn 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 experience?"

Summary

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

Lower Ground Floor
Stairs lead down to the gym area.
There is a further games room with table tennis.

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.

Services
Wi-Fi
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).

Grounds
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.

What you need to know

Cot and 2 highchairs available
 
Two dogs welcome
 
Hot Tub
 
All weather tennis court
 
Caterers can be booked and arranged in advance for special occasion meals. We can provide you with local contacts.
 
Your first open fires are laid out after which further wood will need to be purchased.
 
Stag and hen parties welcome, please enquire
 
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. Hire the function for a party with a capacity of up to 80 guests for an extra cost of 500.
 
The function room is also licenced for Weddings with a capacity of up to 80 guests. Wedding packages are available starting from 7,000 for a weekend stay and use of the function room.
 
The property is a no smoking property

What makes this area so special

Right in the heart of Hardy country (there’s a clue in the name), with Hardy’s Cottage and Max Gate houses close-by.
And the delightful Blue Vinny pub is just a short walk from the Manor house.
For explorers on foot, there are endless country footpaths.

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