Guest Information

We can’t wait to welcome you to Downwood. Everything will be in place ahead of your arrival, so you can just turn up and start enjoying your holiday.


Check-in is from 3pm and check-out by 10am on your departure day. A later check-out (12pm) can be arranged for a fee of £25.

What’s provided

All properties come with superfast WiFi and they’re fully equipped with all the cutlery, crockery, glassware and pots and pans you’d need for a self-catering holiday. Quality bedding will be supplied and beds will be made up for you. All towels will also be provided.

Parking and cycling

All the holiday properties have their own private parking – and there is extra parking available elsewhere on site. Secure bike storage is available for any keen cyclists.

Hot tubs

The Manor House, Art Studio, Dreamwood, Stillness, Meadow Cottage, Hazel Cottage, Honeycomb, Copperbeach, Snowdrop and Stargaze all have their own private hot tub for guests to use.

Outdoor space

All but one of our holiday rentals have their own private garden with BBQ and outdoor furniture so you can relax outside and enjoy the weather and views. All our self-catering properties come with access to our vast private estate, which is ideal for exploring. We also have an on-site vineyard, which guests are welcome to visit. And a games area, where guests can enjoy some fun and games. There are plenty of perfect picnic spots around the grounds as well.


We love dogs at Downwood. One dog is very welcome at the Art Studio, Dreamwood, Stillness, Meadow Cottage, Hazel Cottage and The Stable, whilst The Manor House has plenty of space for up to three dogs. Dogs must be toilet trained, and we ask that you don’t allow them on the furniture or beds. Please wipe them down after wet, muddy walks to prevent muddy pawprints inside, and don’t leave them unattended in the properties. Not everyone is comfortable around dogs, so please don’t ever let them approach other guests without checking first that it’s OK. And please always pick up after your dog – dog waste should be disposed of in the non-recyclable bins.


If you wish to add any special extras to your booking, we have various packages available, including champagne, chocolates, roses, balloons and banners or sparkling wine and cheese platters. These packages can be added as extras during the booking process.

Food and drink

There are several supermarkets in Blandford Forum, including Tesco and Morrisons, for you to stock up in. If you don’t feel like cooking or going out to eat during your stay, however, there are several Blandford takeaways that we’d would recommend: Domino’s Pizza, Pizza King, Namaste Gurkha, Koh Gurkha, China China, Spice India and Brasserie 65. Please tell them your location, including property name, when ordering so the delivery driver can find you.