“A perfect base to explore three counties”
The Sheaf of Arrows is situated in the quiet historic village of Cranborne in East Dorset. The village gets its name from the River Crane which runs through it. Formerly an important market town, Cranborne now has two schools, village shop with post office, a medical centre, veterinary practice, WVS charity book shop and Parish Church.
The Church of Saints Mary and Bartholomew is Norman in origin and built on the site of a saxon Benedictine Monastery. It has an eight belled perpendicular tower and the peal of the bells for different church activities along with the hourly chime of the church clock add to the charm of the village.
Cranborne Manor dates back to the Middle Ages when King John was a regular visitor during his hunting trips to Cranborne Chase. During that time, the village was a garrison for troops protecting the kings hunting on the Chase. The Manor is the Dorset home of Viscount Cranborne, the eldest son of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury. The 16th century Manor House has exceptionally beautiful gardens, laid out by the 17th century gardener John Tradescent, which are open to the public every Wednesday during the summer season.
The village is also home to the unique Ancient Technology Centre, featuring a number of reconstructed buildings from prehistoric through to the Vikings. The centre provides hands-on experience of ancient skills and crafts to school groups. Residential and Day visits available. The centre is generally closed to the public, except on specified dates – http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/
Situated within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and close to the Hampshire and Wiltshire borders, Cranborne is perfectly placed for visiting a range of natural and historic attractions and enjoying some stunning countryside. Good public footpaths and bridleways make it easy to explore the local area on foot or by bike. We even have a couple of long distance trails, pass by our door (Jubilee Trail and the Hardy Way).
Please see below a taster of the variety of places to visit within reach from the Sheaf of Arrows:
On the doorstep: (within 15 minutes by car)
Head into Hampshire at Fordingbridge and you are in the New Forest with all fantastic sights and experiences of this ancient woodland has to offer.
Wimborne – a characteristic small town with interesting shops and cafes, the beautiful Minster Church of St Cuthburga and a number of other interesting places to visit such as: Walford Mill Crafts, Priests House Museum & Garden, Model town and gardens.
Wimborne is also home for the Tivoli Theatre http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre http://www.dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk/
Knowlton Church and & Rings http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/knowlton-church-and-earthworks/
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest (including Go Ape) http://www.moors-valley.co.uk/
Knoll Gardens and Nursery http://www.knollgardens.co.uk/
Kingston Lacy, including Badbury Rings http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
Within 30 minutes by car
Jurassic Coast, which includes many places of interest and beauty such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Golden Cap, Chesil Beach, Studland and Lyme Regis,
Salisbury – a bustling and interesting city, home to the World Heritage Site Salisbury Cathedral, and with a variety of shops and regular markets. http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/salisbury
Martins Down National Nature Reserve https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hampshires-national-nature-reserves/hampshires-national-nature-reserves#martin-down
Within an hour by car
The cities of: Bournemouth with its long sandy beaches; Poole with its harbour and marina; and Southampton for its shopping.
There are also a number of events held close to the Sheaf of Arrows through the year – here are a few of the big ones:
Great Dorset Chilli Festival 30th/31 July, Wimborne St Giles http://greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk/
Great Dorset Steam Fair (Thursday 25th to Monday 29th August 2016) http://www.gdsf.co.uk/
Larmer Tree Festival, (13th – 17th July 2016) http://larmertreefestival.co.uk/