Yes, there are a number of sockets and electric lighting in each cabin and lodge. Our cabins and lodges are fully plumbed, with the benefit of hot water on demand, a generously sized hot shower and proper loos. We also provide electric blankets in the lodges, as well as in the cabins in the winter months.
Yes, we allow up to two well behaved dogs in each cabin or lodge. We provide beds, treats, towels, food bowls and a dog shower, as well as a handy pack containing all the information you could possibly need on the local area. We like their stay to be just as comfortable as yours.
You can book to stay as long as you like, with a minimum of two nights. Our change over days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, although in peak seasons we tend to stick to Mondays and Fridays. At quieter times of the year we can sometimes make special arrangements, so do get in touch if you need to arrive on a different day.
We supply quality bedding, soft towels, hair-dryer, loo roll and hand soap, as well as all the equipment you will need to self-cater, such as pots, pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery and condiments. You'll find a generous supply of organic coffee, Dorset tea, hot chocolate, sugar and other cooking provisions, such as oil and balsamic vinegar. We also provide a welcome pack containing fresh, locally made bread, marmalade, free-range eggs, butter, milk and, not to forget, delicious home-made brownies.
Yes - we are very fortunate to have crystal clear water from our very own filtered bore hole. Far nicer than buying bottled mineral water.
To preserve the natural beauty of Loose Reins for everyone, the only place that guests can stay is in the cabins and loges. However, if you would like to make a full site booking, we may be able to accommodate one or two tents.
Our canvas lodges sleep six (plus one baby in a travel cot), with two king-size beds and two single beds. Our pioneer cabins sleep four, with one king-size bed and two occasional bunks that sleep people up to 6ft tall. Please note that when the bunks are up there is limited floor space and so it is a bit of a squeeze for four adults.
We are unable to accept guests sleeping on the floor, for safety reasons. It may be possible to accommodate a seventh person in a safari lodge on an occasional bed - please contact us if you would like to explore the possibility of doing this.
Yes, you are welcome to have visitors during your stay, with a limit of two visitors per cabin or lodge. We also request that they only stay overnight if there is a spare bed. If you do wish to have visitors, for safety reasons, please remember to let us have their details in advance, along with their visiting times. Finally, a quick reminder that Loose Reins is a place of tranquility where our guests can escape day to day stresses and enjoy some peace and quiet.
If you are interested in booking Loose Reins for a hen party or stag do, please contact us to chat through your requirements, each request will be treated individually and with the consideration of other guests in mind.
Not at all! The Loose Reins homestead is designed with a Wild West ranch feel and, while we have lots of friendly animals here, they are safe in their paddocks and you don't have to get up-close and personal with them.
Our fun Buckaroo Club runs during the weekends and school holidays in the warmer months. Young guests love learning how to keep Loose Reins' furry team members happy and healthy!
If young guests fancy getting stuck in with our sweet ponies, pygmy goats, sheep and chickens, the the Buckaroo Club is a must do! Help out with the morning barnyard tasks, feed our gentle sheep and give them a good back scratch, learn how to forage in the hedgerows for treats for the cheeky pygmy goats and go egg hunting with our happy hens. The club is primarily for children aged 5-12 years (younger guests are welcome with a parent) and runs during the warmer school holidays, subject to weather and demand. It lasts an hour and a half and costs £45 per child, per session.
We actually don’t offer any riding at Loose Reins anymore, but Bushes Equestrian is around a 10 minute drive from us and can provide on farm riding or, for experienced riders, trekking into the countryside. If you would like to explore this option the website is www.bushesec.com