The Showman's Wagon

Studland, Dorset
The exterior of The Showman's Wagon, Dorset
The sitting room in The Showman's Wagon, Dorset
The bedroom at The Showman's Wagon, Dorset
The exterior of The Showman's Wagon, Dorset The sitting room in The Showman's Wagon, Dorset The bedroom at The Showman's Wagon, Dorset

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Reference 003060

About The Showman's Wagon

Hidden away in blissful (but top secret) locations on the Isle of Purbeck, this beautiful handbuilt showman’s wagon is a truly special place to stay.

From the moment you see it, this wonderful handcrafted painted wagon with its luxury feel will capture your heart. And wherever you find it, when you stay you’re guaranteed a stunning setting with glorious views of the sea, heathland or rolling Dorset countryside. If you can tear yourselves away from the gorgeous interior then nearby there’s miles of stunning coastline and sandy beaches to explore as well. 

The locations you’ll find it in may be a secret, but you’ll love the small, yet perfectly-formed scale of this wagon and all the incredible attention to detail in it. Head up the steep wooden steps and open the stable-style door into the kitchen area and you’ll realise how special this space is - with light pouring in through the windows and rooflights, and careful design that maximises the space everywhere you look. In the bespoke kitchen you’ll find everything you need, including a Belfast sink, gas oven and pretty duck egg blue units. Moving through to the bedroom, there’s a proper double bed, as well as a separate shower and toilet and sink just off the bedroom. Head back through the kitchen to relax in the living room with its woodburner, and an L shape sofa that’s just right for curling up after a day of outdoor adventures.

Wherever the show wagon is when you stay (no spoilers here!) you’re guaranteed to be close to the beautiful Studland beach and near the inner harbour at Poole. You’ll also be able to whizz onto the nearby cycle path with miles of paths across the Isle of Purbeck to discover. Wildlife lovers will relish the chance to see various types of migrating birds as well as owls, stags and deer from the wagon. And if you’d rather someone else made your dinner or poured you a drink, there are two pubs and a cafe within a 10-15 minute walk.

Although the Showman’s wagon should keep you entranced throughout your stay, if you do venture further afield, then you’ll discover the incredible fossil-filled Jurassic coast around half an hour away by car. Buzzy Poole and Bournemouth both offer shops and restaurants to wander or pause in, or you could explore Abbotsbury Swannery or the Tank Museum. National Trust places nearby include Brownsea Island, home to beautiful red squirrels and the stunning house at Kingston Lacy. You’ll also have free entry to Corfe Castle when you stay at Showman’s - the funds from your holiday go towards looking after other wonderful places like this.


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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave not available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television not available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ available


Not accessible


  • Ground floor

    Kitchen, sitting room with log burner, double bedroom and shower room.

Notes for guests

Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement, please call the team on 0344 800 2070.

Location: The location of the wagon moves. Each location is equally as beautiful, not far from a walking or cycling route or the coastline. The details of the wagon location will be sent to you prior to your arrival.

Car parking: Parking is available at the nearby farm. A trolley is available to take your luggage to the wagon.

Garden: There is a small, open shelter outside the wagon with a seating area and fire pit.

Bicycle storage: There is a secure outbuilding available at the farm for bicycle storage.

Offers: Guests can benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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