The Old Reading Room

The Victorian Reading Room of West Stafford is of historical importance. It was used before the war as a reading room for the villagers and estate workers, the newspapers were provided, the village shop. Then a garage, workshop and a store room for the church.

It has been lovingly restored, decorated and furnished, turning this amazing building into a cosy self catering holiday retreat, “far from the madding crowd”

Open plan, comfy sofa bed, wood burner, country walks and fabulous village pub.

The Old Reading Room, West Stafford

The Old Reading Room, West Stafford

We can tailor make your holiday, please give us a ring and we will be delighted to chat and throw a few ideas around – John or Andrea Aplin on 01305 257490

  • 2 guests
  • 2 beds, all bedding provided.
  • 1 bathroom, all towels provided
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Heating
  • Room-darkening shades
  • Wifi
  • TV
  • Free on-street parking
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Smoke alarm
  • Outdoor furniture
The Old Reading Room, West Stafford

The Old Reading Room, West Stafford

Outdoor Interests

All within a few miles of West Stafford

  • Horse Riding
  • Miles and miles of walks
  • The Jurassic Coast, stunning beaches such as Durdle Door and Ringstead
  • Bass and beach fishing
  • Boat fishing with one of the charter boats from Weymouth
  • Bird watching
  • Painting Courses with Mike Bowman
  • Fantastic restaurants & foodie outlets, read more at Dorset Foodie Feed
  • Tourist information Visit Dorset

Dorset Falconry Park

Just a one kilometre stroll away is the Dorset Falconry Park, which is set in a beautiful rural 7 acre site in Lewell. It has over 100 birds of prey on display which include Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures.

Daily flying demonstrations will allow you to see the majestic owls, fast flying falcons and powerful eagles showing their natural abilities. The site also has a tea room, small shop area, picnic area and meadow.


We have the use of nine stunning beats on three of Dorset’s main rivers, that is a different beat for each day of a week’s holiday – Fly Fishing Dreams come true…..

All our beats offer very different fishing, some with mown banks and a few additional stock fish and other beats that are a challenge offering the chance of either a huge Grayling or a monster Wild Brown Trout, one of our beats you could tempt a large Chub on the Mayfly or a Pike on the Fly during a winter break, why not take on some of the Salmon and Sea Trout fishing we have to offer.

Home Beat – Watery Beat – Dorchester Fishing Club – River Cerne – Lower Piddle Fishery – East Burton Fishery – Middle Stour – Middle Frome – Lower Frome.

Please take a look at our fishing page for more details on our fishing and the beats available.

Click here to go to our Chalkstream Fishing page


Prices per Week – Saturday to Saturday

January £470
February £470
March £530
April £665
May £665
June £665
July £665
August £665
September £665
October £530
November £470
December £470
Short Breaks available all year £95 per night
New arrivals 3.00pm and check out 10.00am.
(Well behaved dogs are permitted BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT at a cost of £15 per pet per week or £10.00 per pet per short break (up to 4 nights))
To book and check availability


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