Loose Reins

england, united kingdom

From $158/night
  • arena
  • bedding
  • community recreation area
  • cooking condiments
  • cookware / dinnerware / cutlery
  • electric blankets
  • electricity - lights
  • electricity - outlets
  • fire pit / ring
  • fireplace
  • firewood
  • hair dryer
  • kitchenette
  • patio / deck
  • running water
  • shower
  • store/shop
  • towels
  • wi-fi
  • biking
  • bird watching
  • guided tours
  • hiking
  • horseback riding
  • live performance / entertainment
  • nature walks
  • wildlife observing
  • Self-catering
  • Kitchenette
  • Nearby restaurants
  • On-site store
  • Welcome goodies such as tea, coffee, sugar, milk, eggs, apples, bread, jam, butter and locally made chocolate brownies
  • Reservation and Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation: If you cancel within six weeks of your arrival date we will endeavor to re-let your cabin or lodge. If unable to do so, then we will regretfully be unable to refund any monies paid. Should you cancel prior to this date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit, or reschedule your stay for another date. An administration fee of £50 will be charged in this instance.

    Children: The cabin beds are not suitable for children under three years of age, and there is no room for a travel cot. The lodges are suitable for all ages and we provide travel cots and high chairs as required.

    Pets: No pets are allowed.

How Do I Get There?

Loose Reins can be found in an area of outstanding natural beauty, just outside the village of Shillingstone in North Dorset— on the edge of the Blackmore Vale and in the foothills of the Wessex Ridgeway. It is located 20 minutes from Gillingham Station, from where it takes two hours to get to London's Waterloo station. Located an hour from Southampton Airport, 45 minutes from Bournemouth Airport and under two hours from Bristol Airport.

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Loose Reins offers guests six Pioneer Cabins and three Canvas Lodges set on the edge of a natural coombe, surrounded by forest and hills and with beautiful views across the Blackmore Vale to the ancient hill forts of Hambledon and Hod Hills. Western trail riding, riding lessons and horsemanship lessons on American Quarter Horses are available on site. Your host will place apples, eggs, butter, jam, bread, butter, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate brownies in the cabins as a welcoming gift.  

Each Pioneer Cabin has a different take on pioneer living. Trappers reflects early pioneer living with its faux furs, sheepskins, antique snow shoes and musket, whilst Gold Panners has a Navajo influence, reflecting the trading that subsequently occurred once the Gold Rush started. Ranchers features a homestead feel, with a burnt wood finish, American quilting and a Victorian brass chandelier.

The Canvas Lodges have wood partition walls and curtains to separate the sleeping areas. All beds have comfortable mattresses with soft mattress toppers, bedding and Egyptian cotton linen. Bath and hand towels are provided. All beds have electric blankets in the early spring and late autumn months. The three lodges have a gentle woodland and meadow theme and unique, reclaimed wood furniture creating a very unique experience.

Glamping Types

  • Tents
  • Cabins

Great For

  • corporate / events
  • couples
  • families
  • large groups
  • small groups

Setting

  • countryside
  • forest / woods
  • ranch

Total Accommodations

  • 9

Minimum Night Stay

  • N/A

Rates Based On

  • per unit

Best time to visit

Open: Year-Round (Canvas lodges open from Easter–October)

Low season: October–March

Mid season: April–June

High season: July–September and Holidays

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Accommodations

  • Canvas Lodges

    From $180/night
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  • Pioneer Cabins

    From $158/night
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  • Amenities
    • arena
    • bedding
    • community recreation area
    • cooking condiments
    • cookware / dinnerware / cutlery
    • electric blankets
    • electricity - lights
    • electricity - outlets
    • fire pit / ring
    • fireplace
    • firewood
    • hair dryer
    • kitchenette
    • patio / deck
    • running water
    • shower
    • store/shop
    • towels
    • wi-fi
  • Experiences
    • biking
    • bird watching
    • guided tours
    • hiking
    • horseback riding
    • live performance / entertainment
    • nature walks
    • wildlife observing
  • Dining Options
    • Self-catering
    • Kitchenette
    • Nearby restaurants
    • On-site store
    • Welcome goodies such as tea, coffee, sugar, milk, eggs, apples, bread, jam, butter and locally made chocolate brownies
  • Policies
    • Reservation and Cancellation Policy

      Cancellation: If you cancel within six weeks of your arrival date we will endeavor to re-let your cabin or lodge. If unable to do so, then we will regretfully be unable to refund any monies paid. Should you cancel prior to this date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit, or reschedule your stay for another date. An administration fee of £50 will be charged in this instance.

      Children: The cabin beds are not suitable for children under three years of age, and there is no room for a travel cot. The lodges are suitable for all ages and we provide travel cots and high chairs as required.

      Pets: No pets are allowed.

  • Location

    How Do I Get There?

    Loose Reins can be found in an area of outstanding natural beauty, just outside the village of Shillingstone in North Dorset— on the edge of the Blackmore Vale and in the foothills of the Wessex Ridgeway. It is located 20 minutes from Gillingham Station, from where it takes two hours to get to London's Waterloo station. Located an hour from Southampton Airport, 45 minutes from Bournemouth Airport and under two hours from Bristol Airport.

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Inside Scoop

  • Gift vouchers are available for accommodations with riding or riding activities on their own. We have bespoke gift cards and payment can be made over the phone.

  • ACTIVITIES

    Western trail riding and Western riding and horsemanship lessons are available from an experienced and qualified trainer on American Quarter Horses.

    Downhill bicycle tracks in forest adjacent to site—bicycle rental available from local shop.

    Wildlife such as buzzards, owls, deer, badgers and foxes are regular visitors.

  • What to bring

    Riding gear (comfortable jeans and low heeled boots), walking boots, waterproofs (it is England after all), wellies, medicines, books/Kindles and alcohol (licence currently being processed)