Time with Friends in Dorset

Friends arriving at this £2,500,000 Forest House will drop their shoulders, sigh a breath of relief and smile as they step out onto your expansive cobbled driveway. As the sun sets behind a backdrop of oak, beech, silver birch and conifer, steps draw guests up into the heart of this contemporary rainforest-inspired retreat’s striking, three-storey stack of wood, glass and stone.  Enter the Dorset House Draw for your chance to win this tranquil house, along with £100,000 in cash.

The five bedrooms of this luxury Forest House are all en suite, so you can welcome everyone to refresh in a sanctuary of their own. The main guestroom’s view onto the tropical landscaping below and wooded areas beyond is a motion picture against an interior wall of fluted timber in varied natural tones. A soft apricot headboard and neutral carpet create calm, while an elegant armchair is poised to hold a loved one as they take a moment to truly arrive.   

Moonlight filtering through taupe linen, pristine white sheets and a comforting rug of textured, organic forms in the second guestroom may even lull its resident into a brief sleep before the celebrations begin. In your own room, your bespoke, walk-in wardrobe's spot-lit rails, shelves, boxes and drawers bring a touch of zen whilst dressing for supper; each shirt, dress and shoe perfectly placed. Once ready, you call the others downstairs to take their place at the table.

The sheen of a dark, solid wood table gently reflects candles lit among its six dinner settings. Its curved corners are matched by the rounded cushioned backs of inviting tub chairs - perfect for a long night of indulgent courses, replenished glasses and cadent conversation. A full-height, elevated view out to the front of the house at night provides an atmospheric backdrop, while freestanding shelving and ceramics create a screen to an intimate dining enclosure. 

The next morning, guests awaken to the sound of birds singing in the treetops and the sun shining through foliage as it quietly ascends to its midday high. Down a floating, hardwood staircase held within sheet glass, natural light from vertical windows falls above and beneath each cantilevered step, brightening a cosy corner of the kitchen. Here, coffee awaits on a carved table by a moss green sofa and chair patterned with the giant fronds of tropical ferns

Across the room, you prepare fresh fruit and brunch in a bespoke, Sterlingdale kitchen of muted earth tones and natural wood, atop a Dekton countertop in the darkest shade of cocoa, with flashes of ochre veining. Upholstered, blond wood stools; floorboards blessed with underfloor heating; and a padded banquette built around an oval table add subtle opulence. As your guests re-energise, open two walls of bifold glazing to call in the garden’s radiance.

Friends and family are free to step out onto the rustic hardwood decking of this incredible, wraparound terrace, taking in the scent of sunlight warming the earth and the fresh air of open skies overhead. Tiers of timber steps offer a quiet perch here and there among the diverse, ornamental grasses, shrubs and ground plants, while a hot tub on a raised bed hidden among an abundance of leafy branches promises serenity to all who bathe in its bubbling waters.  

Loved ones may while away endless summertime hours nestled among sloping green banks, on a plump, outdoor sofa. A steady stream of tea, served upon a speckled cylinder of stone, a woollen throw and ample scatter cushions, ensure that activity is entirely optional. On a gravel platform, encircled with cut logs, an outdoor dining table provides a shady spot for leisurely late lunches. Dorset’s award-winning beaches and the New Forest will have to wait another day.

For your chance to share summers to remember at this Forest House, just enter the Dorset House Draw today. You could win the keys to this luxury sanctuary, worth £2,500,000, along with £100,000 in cash, and support BBC Children in Need to help provide young people with safe spaces and someone to turn to in times of crisis.

And don't forget...the Dorset House Draw closes on Bank Holiday Monday, so this is your last chance to enter and grab yourself 15 bonus entries*.

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