Old Down Cottage Information

Guide to your Cottage

Telephone : nearest public phones @ Horton Inn.
Vodafone reception best – Horton Tower is a mast!!

Departure Time
Departure time is 10.00 am. We would be very grateful if you would adhere to this time as this allows us time to prepare the cottage for the next guests.

Clean Bed Linen and Towels
Please strip your beds & put dirty linen & towels in bath upstairs.
Please do not take your towels to the beach.

Open wood fire
This should light fairly easily. Use the “jenga” style fire lighters & you shouldn’t need other kindling. Occasionally due to wind direction, the fire may smoke. We would suggest that you build it towards the back of the hearth & get it going well to draw. However, sometimes if the wind is adverse, I’m afraid there will be little that can be done to stop it. We do have the chimney regularly swept.

The first basket of logs is free, additional baskets can be bought for £5 from the owner.

This is on a timer coming on 3 times a day. Please ask if you have other requirements.
There is an oil filled electric radiator which can be plugged in for extra heat.

Water Heating
This is on a timer coming on 3 times a day

Waste Disposal

There is a recycling bin provided for tins & plastics & a crate for glass bottles. The bins are situated in the gulley in the parking area.

Refuse Collection
Rubbish alternates with recycling & bottles on a wednesday morning. Please make sure it is tied up in bags in the bins & the owner will put it out.

Fire Extinguishers and Blankets
Kitchen – fire blanket & dry powder fire extinguisher.
Sitting room– a water extinguisher
Smoke alarms are fitted in sitting room & on landing.

Outside Lights
These should come on automatically. There is a torch in the cupboard by the kitchen door & one in lobby outside downstairs shower room.

Situation of Stop-cocks
Under the sink in the kitchen.

Fuse Box
This is located in cupboard by front door. If the fuse blows unplug an electrical instalment & reset the trip switch. Please inform owner at next convenient time.

Please park on hard standing outside cottage. Maximum 3 cars. Please avoid blocking our neighbours cars. You will appreciate that space is limited for cars & if you do bring more than 3 please discuss with us options for parking elsewhere.

One well behaved dog is welcome. Please keep your pet under control and clear up after them. Pets are not permitted in the bedrooms or on the furniture. Please do not leave your pet in the cottage unsupervised as this can result in considerable damage to the property and distress to the pet.

Additional Facilities
Delightful ancient bluebell wood within 5 minutes.
– Dog walks from cottage-please see map on wall & OS maps in cottage.
– View of Horton Tower -ancient 18th C folly, & now an award winning collaboration with Vodafone as a phone mast. Featured in the film “Far from the Madding Crowd” where there was a cock fight at the base.

Disabled Access
Please go to https://www.visit-dorset.com/downloads/2010_Disability_Guide.pdf

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Police: 999 in an Emergency or Wimborne – 01202 882345

Doctor: 999 in emergency.
111 out of surgery hours-6:30pm to 8am Mon to Fri, all day w/ends & Bank Hols.
Cranborne Practice – 01725 517272
Verwood Branch – 01202 822825
Quarterjack – 01202 882112/4
Verwood surgery – 01202 825353
The Old Dispensary – 01202 880786
Walford Mill Medical Centre – 01202 886999

Dentist: Lakes Dental Practice- Verwood- 01202 824177

Vet: Cedar Vets – Address: 17 Ringwood Rd, Verwood. BH31 7AA – Phone:01202 825217

– Wimborne Hospital Minor Injuries open:
Opening times
Mon: 08:30-16:00
Tue: 08:30-16:00
Wed: 08:30-16:00
Thu: 08:30-16:00
Fri: 08:30-16:00
The service is open on some bank holidays 10am to 4pm – patients are advised to telephone the main switchboard 01202 856410 on bank holidays to ensure the unit is open.
– Poole Hospital A&E – 01202 665511
– Salisbury District Hospital A&E 01722 429163 switchboard – 01722 336262
– Royal Bournemouth Hospital A&E – 01202 303626

Chemist: Late Night Verwood Pharmacy – 01202828499
Tuesday-Friday 6:30am–11:30pm
Monday & Saturday 7am–11pm

Eating Out and Shopping

Local Newspaper Shop
Cranborne Stores (4 miles) (01725 517210) & PO – M-F 6am-6pm, sat 6am-5pm, sun 8:30-1pm
Furzehill stores (5 miles) (01202 883022) 7am-7pm M-F, 8am-6pm sat, 8am-1pm sun.
Witchampton Shop (3 miles) (01258 841097) M-F 9-12,15:00 to 16:00, sun & BH 9:30-11:30 – phone to order paper. Run by volunteers.

Family Eating Places
The Drovers Inn, Gussage All Saints – 01258 840550.
The Olive Branch, Wimborne – 01202 884686.
The Old Inn at Holt – 01202 883029 (also has a Pizza oven- NEW!)

Good Pubs
The Inn at Cranborne – 01725 551249
The Drovers – Gussage All Saints – 01258 840550
The Museum Farnham – 01725 516261
King John Inn – Tollard Royal 01725 516207
The Old Inn at Holt – Holt 01202 883029 (also has a Pizza oven)
The Anchor at Shapwick – Shapwick 01258 857269
Druscilla’s – Horton 01258 840297
The Sheaf of Arrows – Cranborne 01725 517456
Coventry Arms – Corfe Mullen 01258 857284
Rose & Thistle – Rockbourne 01725 518236

The Cinnamon Lounge 01202 820666/820620 – Indian & Bengali cuisine – eat in or take away- free delivery.
Olive Branch – 01202 884686 Bistro Pub
– 01202 881119 – modern Italian chain
The Tickled Pig – 01202 886778 – modern British with local ingredients.
The Minster Arms 01202 840700 – some good reviews but very slow service.
Rimjhim – Indian Restaurant – 01202 884321 – great reviews.
Koh Thai reastaurant-coming soon.
10, Castle Street 01725 551133 – situated in a Grade 11* listed Country House – good experience but pricey.
Inn at Cranborne 01725 551249
Sixpenny Handley Brewery – outside Cranborne BH21 5QP – Fish & Chip nights Wednesday 01725 762 006.
Chef Da China – 01202 862880/1 – Peking & Cantonese cuisine. – take away available
Castleman – 01258 830096 smartish but excellent Sunday lunch
The Crown Hotel – 01258 456626 similar to Olive Branch
Plummer Manor – 01258 780486 smart but relaxing & excellent food.
Museum Inn – 01725 516261/516980 very nice pub atmosphere, reasonable food.
The King John – 01725 516207 – very good but quite pricey.
Champagne – 01202 813382 (Chinese – TAKE AWAY ONLY)
Harlees -Fish & Chips takeaway 01202 822324 BH31 6EB open M-W 11:30-2pm 4:30-10:00pm, Th-Sat 11:30-2:15 & 4:30 -10pm, Sunday 5pm-9pm
Fish & chips -01202 827157 (in Horton on Fridays 6.45-7.15pm by the church)
mobile 07050 188007 ( in Woodlands on Saturday 4:30-5:00 pm New Rd)
Shell Bay Café – 01929 450340
Pig on the Beach – 03452259494 or book online thepighotel.com – booking essential.

Local Shop and Opening Hours
Pippins deli Verwood – visit website my pippins.co.uk -01202 987678 -Fresh local fruit/veg/cheeses etc
Witchampton Shop 01258841097 M-F 9-12 & 3-4 sat 9-12 & sun & BH 9-11. Volunteers. Phone to order paper.
Cranborne Stores & PO (01725517210/289) open 6-6 M-F 6-5 Saturdays 8:30 – 1pm Sundays.
Furzehill Stores & PO 01202 883022 Convenience stores/grocers/papers. open M-F 7-7pm, sat8-6pm, sun 8-5pm
Home Farm Tarrant Gunville 01258 830083 W-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4pm.
Andrew’s Butchers-Verwood- (01202822624) -excellent local butcher-also open sundays 10-1pm
Paul Keating Butcher – Wimborne – 01202 883078 – M-F 7-5pm Sat 7-4pm Winner Taste of Dorset Best Butcher 2016.
Pamphill Dairy 01202 880618 (main) butchers 01202 857137- little place just outside Wimborne near
Kingston Lacy(NT). Excellent fresh veg, home made cakes,plants, butcher, gift shop & animal feed, as well as traditional tea room/ restaurant. Beautiful local walks.
John the Fish.-01202884754, mob 07850093096-excellent fishmonger sells from stall behind the Co- Op in Wimborne, Rear of No.1, High Street. Tuesday-Saturday 8:30-2:30.
Orchard Bay Bakery – BH21 5QP 01725 777001 Cranborne 9-12pm M,Tu,Th, 9-1pm Fr & sat. 5:30-7:30pm Friday-fresh pizzas.
Sixpenny Handley Brewery – next door to Orchard Bay Bakery. Real Ale brewery- Tap Room M- Thurs 4-7:30pm Fri11:30-7:30, Sat & sun 11:30-4pm –

Nearest Supermarket – Tescos & Waitrose Ocado deliver to Old Down.

Morrison’s Verwood 7am-10pm BH31 6UQ
Tesco’s Express 7-11pm BH31 7AQ
Co-op 7am-11pm BH31 7AL
Waitrose 8-8pm sun 10-4pm BH21 1AN
Co-op 7am-11pm BH21 1ED
Sainsbury’s -out of town- 7am-10pm, sunday 10-4pm BH22 9AL
Lidl BH22 9BB (Ferndown) M-Sat 8am-10pm Sun 10-4pm
Waitrose BH24 1AT M-sat 7:30-8pm (9pm fri) sun 10-4pm
Sainsbury’s BH24 1EY 8-8pm & 10-4pm sunday
Lidl BH24 3AS M-Sat 8-10pm Sun 10-4pm
Tesco’s M-Sat 6am-11pm Sun 10-4pm DT11 9PU
M&S Foodhall DT11 7EN M-Sat 8:30-7:30pm Sun 10-4pm
Lidl DT11 8AR M-Sat 8-10pm sun 10-4pm

Good Shopping Town/Centre
Dorchester – County Town

Nearest Cash Point
Verwood (Morrisons) Wimborne

Post Office

Nearest Petrol Station
Verwood – on Ringwood Rd & also at Morrisons Wimborne.