New Hot Tub for Duncliffe

October 27th, 2015


Duncliffe now has it’s own Hot Tub and Cazebo. The six seater hot tub includes a Captain’s chair, bench seating and Reclining position with 36 jets for back, hands and feet. Soft lighting combined with various swirling jets relax those aching limbs and whilst surrounded by the large eco friendly gazebo the glass sides allow light in but keeps the wind and rain out.

Meet one of the Girls

April 6th, 2015

One of our lovely cows just finished having her lunch

Cow at Stour Cross Farm

A New Look for Hardy Chalet

April 7th, 2014

Hardy chalet is the oldest out of the four chalets and it’s time for a new look inside.

So far, new carpet has been laid throughout. The kitchen has had a slight alteration so that the dining table can be positioned off the carpet onto the new tiled kitchen floor. A new worktop has been fitted and in the lounge gone are the old pine T.V stand and coffee and lamp table, replaced by a lighter oak collection.

The wet room leading from the downstairs bedroom will have a complete face lift. New tiles, new flooring and a sophisticated modern shower – easier controls with a large multi function shower head.

This is just the beginning. More improvements throughout the chalet to come.

The old shower from the wet room.

The old shower from the wet room.

The shower has now been disconnected and the tiles plus plasterboard have been removed.

The shower has now been disconnected and the tiles plus plasterboard have been removed.

This is the other wall in Hardy's wet room

This is the other wall in Hardy’s wet room

The wash hand basin and toilet removed as a temporary measure

The wash hand basin and toilet removed as a temporary measure

The floor tiles have been lifted and a new shower tray installed with new pipe works. It is then hidden by special cement ready for the vinyl.

The floor tiles have been lifted and a new shower tray installed with new pipe works. It is then hidden by special cement ready for the vinyl.

The Stour Cross Farm Experience

November 11th, 2013

Guests of all ages relish the opportunity to get more from their Dorset chalet holiday than they first suspect.

We are often told by guests who choose to stay with us at Stour Cross Farm for their holiday, that the experience of meeting the farm animals is one of the highlights of their entire visit to Dorset.

Visitors of all ages can and often do take advantage of the opportunity to get very hands-on with the daily routines of the dairy farm that Dorset Chalet Holidays call home.  Plenty of people have swopped their summer sandals for wellies and their lie-in for a dawn wake-up call – to experience for themselves what is involved in looking after a heard of dairy cows on a daily basis.  Not only have they taken the opportunity to watch the herd being milked but have helped out with hand-rearing the calves. This is quite a noisy, hectic routine where the newly-born calves blare impatiently for their afternoon feed.  The calves are fed by bottle from a day old and after a few days begin drinking milk from a bucket – like all hungry babies they can’t get enough of mother’s milk!

No one has yet managed to resist this charming experience of giving a helping hand to a new born calf.

Latest on Kittens at Stour Cross Farm

May 6th, 2013
Two week old kittens

Two week old kittens


Here is the latest photo of the five black kittens born two weeks ago. They now have their eyes open and are a bit doddery on their legs but they are certainly growing well. Mother was taking a break for a while – she is still very posessive and doesn’t leave them for long.

New Life to Stour Cross Farm

April 30th, 2013
New mother feeding her kittens

New mother feeding her kittens

It was quite a surprise to see three black cats appear at the farm a few months ago.  We guessed they had come  from the farm down the road – the farmer had sold his cows so their supply of milk had stopped.

How they knew where to come was a mystery, their instincts must have lead them here. One was quite friendly from the start and after a while I was able to pick her up. They would hang around at milking time waiting patiently for the dish to be filled with fresh warm milk.

A few weeks ago I noticed the friendly one was starting to show signs of pregnancy so I kept a eye on her. Sure enough as the weeks went on she got bigger and bigger until she looked as though she’d swallowed a child’s football. Then last week she produced five black kittens.


.Five one week old kittens


She had given birth amongst some large straw bales and it wasn’t the ideal place to leave them so I borrowed a dog cage and promptly moved them where they would be safe from predators and farm machinery.

Mother and babies now have my undivided attention and I’ll keep you posted on their progress.

Feathered Life

June 26th, 2012

I couldn’t resist photographing various birds around the farm

Nest full of young Swallows patiently waiting for feeding time

So many mouths to feed










Feeding Time

A rare glimpse of mother feeding her young Swallows

Baby Wagtail waiting for his feed

Baby Wagtail waiting for his feed










A young Wagtail, one of two left from five eggs. Sadly not all survive. I stumbled upon this hen Pheasant sitting on her eggs.

Hen Pheasant sitting on eggs

Yeovilton Air Day June 2012

June 11th, 2012

Yeovilton Air DayYeovilton Air Display –  June 23rd 2012

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Campaign with a thrilling flying and static display of fast jets, helicopters, historic warbirds, classic jets and formation aerobatic teams.

A great day out for all the family.

Yeovilton is approximately 30 mins drive from Stour Cross Farm and Melbury and Duncliffe chalets are available if you are looking for accommodation.    Contact us for more information on 01747 838183 or




Tank Museum, Bovington. Half Term Events

May 29th, 2012

Half Term Tank Action Displays!

Date of Event: From 4th June 2012 to 8th June 2012       Time of Event: 13.00       Venue: The Tank Museum’s Kuwait Arena       Entry Fee: Included in admission fee! (Vehicle rides £2.50pp)

Imagine the awesome power of tanks brought to life, in front of your very eyes…
Don’t miss the explosive Tank Action Displays, every weekday during June Half Term!.  Watch in awe as tanks from as early as World War Two roll into action with thundering engines and life-like explosions!
Complete with expert commentary, you will discover how tanks work, how they developed and how they are used on the battlefield.
Then explore The Tank Museum’s six large halls, where you will come face to face with over 200 battle hardened armoured vehicles.

Plus – Ride A Tracked Vehicle…M548

You too can feel the thrill of riding in a tracked vehicle for yourself as it speeds around our arena! Our specially converted M548 can hold 16 people at a time – so the whole family can jump on board together!
Vehicle rides are £2.50 per person – and due to the frequency of rides each day it is not necessary to book in advance.
It’s TONNES of FUN at The Tank Museum!

Holiday Weather in May 2012

May 23rd, 2012

A beautiful clear dayWhilst out walking the dog I couldn’t resist running back to the house and grabbing the camera. Not a cloud in sight but the distant plane and it’s tail jets trailing behind. I wondered where it was heading. This time I wasn’t envious. Who needs to travel abroad when England has holiday weather like this.