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Places to stay in Melbury Abbas

Places to stay in Melbury Abbas
Our cosy Studio for 2 nestles on the edge of woodland, yet only 5 mins away from Shaftesbury in Dorset. Wake up to bird song, go for long walks right from the door step, explore many nearby attractions, enjoy a meal or drink on the private terrace. It is possible to have a third person staying. Please indicate 3 people when booking and we will make an airbed, bedding and towels available. There is a charge of £15 per night for a third person. Please be aware that the place is small!
This self contained, modern & comfortable studio annex as its own entrance with private terrace and outdoor space. The property sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty, nestled on the hillside on the edge of ancient woodland. The property is set in 1 acre of wildlife gardens in a quiet hamlet just 5 minutes drive from the historic hill town of Shaftesbury on the border between Dorset and Wiltshire. We are located about 1.5miles outside Shaftesbury in a small hamlet on the edge of the woods. The Studio has a very comfortable King size bed (5 feet wide and 6 feet 6 inches long – 150 x 198 cm), well equipped kitchenette, sitting & dining area, a quite small shower room with basin and toilet, and a walk-in wardrobe/storage. Ideal for walking holidays and short breaks. The studio is well located if you want to visit the End of the Road Festival or Larmer Tree Festival. The kitchenette is well equipped, including full size fridge with freezer compartment, oven with grill, 2 plate induction hob, kettle, toaster and extractor fan. The Studio is ideal for individual travellers, close friends or couples (we welcome all couples!). We're also happy to accommodate parents with babies, but you will need to bring your own cot. Please note that children need to be supervised in the garden! There is a 42" TV with Freesat and DVD player, free Wifi Internet connection (although this can sometimes be slow or disrupted because of our rural location - we can therefore not guarantee the internet service) and stereo speakers for plugging in your iPod or MP3 Player. A selections of DVDs, games and books are available. Outside is a picnic table. You can view the many different birds on the bird feeders, stroll around the wild gardens or sit in one of several quiet benches around the garden. Please note that we basically live in the woods, so there is no view from the Studio terrace. However, guests are welcome to stroll to the end of the garden and enjoy some views from the bench. There is a well stocked village store only 2 miles away in the village of Ludwell, a small grocery store at the petrol station 1 mile away. In Shaftesbury you will find a large Tesco superstore and a lovely town centre with interesting shops and cafés including some very nice food shops. There's a market on Thursday mornings. Shaftesbury is famous for its Gold Hill (from the Hovis Bread ad), it's Abbey, historic buildings and the amazing views across the Blackmore Vale. Salisbury is only 35mins drive to the east and Bath an hour north. An hours drive will also get you to some of the most stunning beaches of the Jurrasic Coast. We have created our house and the Studio as environmentally friendly as possible. We have solar panels to help heat the water and Solar PV to generate electricity. Rainwater is collected and feeds the toilets in the house. We use environmentally friendly cleaning materials and recycle and compost. Please help by separating your recyclables from normal household rubbish. The Studio is extremely well insulated and has central heating. Please note: both the central heating and hot water are heated by an air source heat pump. This is a very efficient and low energy system but works on low temperatures. Therefore please wait 10 minutes between showers, as there may otherwise not be enough hot water available. Similarly the central heating does work on low heat, therefore please don't expect the radiators to be piping hot. The temperature in the Studio should always be comfortable. If not, please let us know as the settings may need adjusting. What makes our place unique is the location. You will be right at the edge of the woods. Deer and badgers sometimes visit the garden and we have an abundance of different birds including Woodpeckers, Long Tail Tits, Jays, Song Thrushes and Bull Finches. You will find some wonderful walks (short and long) right on your doorstep. Yet we are only a 5 minute drive from Shaftesbury, Dorset which has an good selections of independent shops & cafés and a large Tesco. You can park free in Tesco carpark for 3 hours and walk into town from there. The Jurassic Coast (Poole, Studland, Weymouth) or Bath are within an hours drive. We run a non-smoking property, but you are welcome to smoke outside. Just leave your cigarette butts in the receptacle provided outside your entry door. We have a dog ourselves, so know how difficult it is to find accommodation that allows dogs. As the Studio is only a one-room accommodation, it is not suitable for large dogs. But if you do want to bring a small dog, please ask and we will consider it. A surcharge of £5 per night for bringing a dog applies. We also have a cat, Misty. She's basically an outdoor cat, but she likes to manipulate guests to let her into the Studio. You should know this if you're allergic to cats, as we cannot guarantee that the Studio doesn't contain allergens. Also if you do not want her in your room, just chuck her out and keep the windows open only a small gap at night, as otherwise you might receive an unwanted visitor.
My favourite thing about living here is that one can go on walks from 30 minutes to 3 hours through the most glorious country side and woodlands right from our door step. Guests always comment on how well they sleep here because it is so quite and how they like being woken up by bird song. You really are in the midst of nature, yet only a 5 minute drive away from Shaftesbury on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. You can walk into town if you wish. It will take you approximately 40-45 minutes through fields and woodland. Salisbury is a 40 mins and day-trips can be taken to Bath, Stourhead, Poole, Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast.
  • I enjoyed my few days away in the comfortable and peaceful space of the eco hideaway. It is beautifully put together, with modern fittings and views looking out on the garden. The town of Shaftesbury is close by, and I especially loved Park Walk. Gabriela and Neil are friendly and responsive hosts who I would highly recommend. Thank you again for a lovely stay!

    Zoë2019-11-02T00:00:00Z
  • Clean and well equipped eco place to stay. Perfect for a quiet weekend

    Chris2019-10-20T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely stunning lodge in a beautiful location, we loved everything! Gabriella is a lovely host we were lucky to meet her! Thank you x

    Jessica2019-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely little cabin in the woods. Great location and value.

    Mark2019-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely, cosy little cabin, located in a quiet and scenic area. The building itself is stylish and has everything you need to relax. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking to stay in the area.

    Ryan2019-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • Stylish accommodation, everything you need in a most beautiful setting

    Marion2019-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • Our second peaceful & relaxing stay at The Coppice Retreat, and am again feeling refreshed as a result! A lovely studio in a beautiful setting, a short distance from many beautiful walks. Gabriela and Neil were again great hosts, information and communication were excellent. Thanks again to them both.

    Tim2019-09-05T00:00:00Z
  • Had a great stay again, very peaceful and comfortable

    Amy2019-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Guest suite


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    0

    Donhead St Mary, Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Our modern Eco Pod is set in it's own secluded wildlife garden area, giving a true nature experience with all the comforts for 2 people. Only 5 mins drive from Shaftesbury, Dorset, and 50 minutes from the Jurassic Coast. Superb country walks! It's normally set up with a king size bed. The Pod is tiny. Think of it as a two berth wooden caravan. It really just has the large bed, there is no table on the inside, but a small kitchen area with sink and hob.
    The Pod is a small compact space built as an airtight structure that self regulates temperature and therefore is very comfortable. It's ideal for couples, close friends or one parent and child. It features a large bed (1.80m x 2.20) under a sloping ceiling, a small kitchenette with 2 burner hob and sink with hot & cold water. Please note that there is no table inside. There is literally just the bed and kitchenette. The kitchen is equipped with all essentials including kettle and toaster. You will also find Organic English Breakfast Tea, Organic Coffee, sugar, salt and pepper. There is decking on the outside which gets sunshine most of the day (when the sun shines). A few steps up is a Gazebo with a table and 2 chairs. This is a great space to have an al-fresco meal and watch the wildlife around the pond. There is a small cubicle with a compost toilet inside the Pod. Some people have commented that it is too small for a tall person to have the door closed. Please keep this in mind. Guests also have use of the separate unheated shower shed with hot water. Please note that during the Winter and early Spring the shower shed is not operating. In that case guests are welcome to use the shower in the main house. There is a summer house that houses a fridge freezer, a small oven, two camping chairs and space to store luggage or wet clothing/shoes. The Pod sits in it's own part of the garden, with 2 wildlife ponds. This creates a lovely, secluded garden area for our guests. You basically have your own little wildlife patch here. Ducks often visit the pond early in the morning. Look out for deer, badgers and pheasants. Because of the ponds our grounds are not suitable for small children.
    The Pod is located in a small hamlet 1.5miles outside Shaftesbury, Dorset on the edge of ancient woodland. This is a quiet area and the most you will hear is the occasional dog barking, lawnmower or strimmer. However, don't be surprised to be woken by birdsong and to hear owls and other creatures at night. The local village store 'Ludwell Store and Postoffice' is approximately 1.5miles away and can be reached by foot, car or bicycle. The nearest pub is half a mile and the nearest supermarket 1.5 miles.
  • Kind hosts helped me out with a bit of olive oil to fry my supper!

    Stephen2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect place if you're after some quiet time with yourself (or with other)

    Šarūnė2019-12-10T00:00:00Z
  • Would stay again.

    Patrick2019-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • Really thoughtful space, great for a quick getaway. Our hosts were lovely and very approachable!

    Yem2019-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • The pod is really lovely and relaxing! The bed is really big and I had reservations about the compost toilet but it was actually really good!

    Saskia2019-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • The perfect place to escape into nature, the gorgeous secluded pod was just perfect for our requirements with the added benefit that it was completely eco friendly! We visited Stonehenge and Bath while we were there, only 40 mins and an hour respectively and also took a short trip to Salisbury and Shaftesbury, there is some wonderful culture and history surrounding this area. The pod itself was compact but still completely liveable for the 5 days we were there with a kitchenette in the pod and a fridge and shower just on the other side of the garden. We were most surprised with how warm it was without any heating, especially if you cook in there. The compost toilet was not as scary as we first thought and we got used to it very quickly, as long as your comfortable with hearing the other person going to the loo as it’s inside the pod! All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it if your wanting to completely switch off and be in nature:)

    Jody2019-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • The pod is in a very secluded part of the property near two ponds. It is a lovely wild garden with lots of natural wildlife. We both had a lovely time and felt very at home at the pod. The pod itself is very clean and well thought out and it feels very cosy to sit there and watch the natural world around you.

    Duncan2019-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • The cabin was amazing- spacious bed and great amenities- and very clean and well kept. The outside space was outstanding and very relaxing. Thanks Gabriela for a lovely stay!

    Maria2019-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Hut


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Newly refurbished cottage, amazing views, quiet location, wood floors, well equipped open plan kitchen/sitting room with doors to private garden, wood burning stove, TV & iPod speakers, Wifi. Double bedroom, 2nd bedroom, bathroom with bath and shower over, fabulous walking from door, 5 minute drive to Semley village or Shaftesbury.
    The Cottage is down a long private drive, has plenty of parking. The main bedroom has a good quality new Kingsize bed, cosy 2nd bedroom with single or twin beds, private garden has paved terrace and plenty of shade. Wood burning stove, fitted kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, microwave. Good quality sheets and towels provided, both bedrooms have blackout blinds and hairdryers. I leave bread, milk, juice, eggs, jam, tea and coffee for guests when they arrive. The Cottage can be taken as 1 or 2 bedrooms.
    Shaftesbury is a charming Saxon hilltop town, home of 'Gold Hill' used in the original Hovis advert, with its museum and garden. Shaftesbury Abbey, Arts centre and numerous independent shops are worth a visit. There are many excellent pubs and places to eat in Shaftesbury and in the surrounding villages.
  • The cottage is beautifully done with the most amazing views! A perfect weekend of walking in the local area with the dog and curling up on the sofa relaxing! Would highly recommend for a weekend escape!

    Sophie2020-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • A beautiful cottage in a stunning location. Always spotlessly clean. This was our third stay here and we will definitely be coming back again!

    Jonathan2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely stay for a long weekend!

    Frances2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • We had another fantastic stay in this wonderful cottage. The scenery is outstanding, and Mary-Anne is an amazing host who always balances being warm and welcoming with giving guests their privacy. This is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax and unwind, and we hope to be even more frequent visitors in 2020!

    Caroline2020-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely cosy modern property with stunning views. So peaceful. Lovely wood burner. Make sure you visit Pythouse Kitchen Garden & Cafe just 10 minutes drive away. Mary-Anne was a great host.

    Jill2019-12-31T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful cosy getaway in a wonderful location with great hosts, would definitely recommend.

    Graham2019-12-26T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed here for a short pre-Christmas break with our 2 children and 2 small dogs. The location is stunning and with the open fields right to the back of the property we were perfectly content there for 4 days with lots of walks and 'cosying' up in front of the log burner. Mary-Anne was a great host, making sure we had what we needed, we will definitely be staying here again. Thanks! :)

    Daniel2019-12-23T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay at this cottage. This was our second visit, but this time with 2 adults and 2 kids. The cottage is great. It's set in countryside and gardens with roaming sheep. The bedrooms overlooks the fields and the panoramic views are amazing. The cottage is very well laid out, and ample space for a family of four, with 2 bedrooms a bathroom and an open plan kitchen and Lounge. I couldn't fault this cottage.

    Darren2019-12-08T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    A homely 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom self contained holiday let on the Dorset / Wiltshire border. Perfect for rest, relaxation and as a base to explore the South West and the English Countryside.
    The Farm has been in the family for 3 generations and The Bee House was a fond name for the building where our Grandfather kept his Bee Keeping supplies. Although completely 'Bee Free' now, we kept the name and tradition behind this 2015 renovated self catering cottage. The cottage is entirely self- contained. It's fully equipped with kitchen, linens and everything and anything you may need. We hope you feel that it's a home away from a home. We are next door (completely detached).. so will be there to check you in if required or answer any questions, otherwise you are entirely self contained. Nestled in the beautiful Dorset countryside in the village of Semley, a few miles from the market town of Shaftesbury. It's perfectly situated to explore Dorset, Wiltshire and the South West of England. It's only a short 25 minute drive to Salisbury and Stonehenge or hop on a train and be in Central London within 2.5 hours. Tisbury Train Station is a 10 - 15 minute drive away (we can assist with taxis / pick ups if necessary) Please treat our house as a home away from home. When we're not doing Air BNB our family from out of town stay here.. so please consider yourself a friend with access to DVD's, board games, crib, childrens toys etc. We're happy to answer any questions or help with any needs while you're here. Need a ride / babysitter.. we're happy to accommodate, just let us know. Please note that when calculating your guest numbers - children occupying beds will be charged for at the nightly rate. There is also a sturdy travel cot available with linen free of charge to use for babies and small toddlers. Strictly no pets thank you. Smoking is strictly forbidden inside the house.
    Nestled in the beautiful Dorset countryside in the village of Semley, a few miles from the market town of Shaftesbury. It's perfectly situated to explore Dorset, Wiltshire and the South West of England. It's only a short 25 minute drive to Salisbury and Stonehenge or hop on a train and be in Central London within 2.5 hours. Semley village, has a church and a village pond opposite the local pub. Called the Benett Arms it provides real ales and a good variety of home cooked meals. There is also a thriving village shop supplying all your daily needs and local produce. Church farm opposite the church on the village green also dispenses home produced milk for purchase. The ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury is located 3 miles away. Here you can find numerous cafes, pubs, takeaways and restaurants. The high street has a good selection of shops a post office and a Tesco supermarket. There are many good walks nearby and ordnance survey maps are available for your use inside the house. Wardour Castle and the beautiful National Trust property of Stourhead is just a short drive away. Longleat house and safari park is a great day out with the children too, only 30 minutes away by car. We are also less than an hour away from the coast. The lovely sandy beaches of Sandbanks, Studland, Weymouth and Bournemouth to name a few.
  • Simply amazing. Absolute value for money; an amazing view, spacious, an excellent kitchen, comfy beds and beautiful sunsets. We had an amazing time at Judi’s place and she is an excellent host; super responsive, very helpful and generally just very easy to communicate with. The delicious cake she left us was such a nice gesture. I could highly recommend the Bee House to anyone; the views are simply the best.

    Michiel2020-04-12T00:00:00Z
  • A fantastic abode away from home. Highly rate it. Amazing view with lots of amenities.

    Srikant2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed atJudi's place for 3 nights in February and had an absolutely amazing time. Despite of not the best weather the place provided everythig we wanted, piece, tranquility and outstanding views from the house. Judi welcomed us with a delicious lemon cake and lots of tips on what to do in the area. The place is very cosy and looks even better than on photos. View from the property is outstanding and you can enjoy it over a nice breakfast from the kitchen area or a glass of wine from the living room :) Car is definitely needed. There is a small local shop in 2 mins drive but the selection is limited. If you want to do bigger shopping you need to go to town (10 min). There are lots of nice walks around so you can explore nature and relax. Overall wonderful experience and highly recommended. Thank you Judi and Andre for your hospitality.

    Magda2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • The bee House was such a lovely, cosy warm house. We had such a lovely break, the view was amazing, the weather wasn’t so but the house been so beautiful and welcoming we didn’t really care a out the weather. we will for sure be back again. Judi was an amazing host. ♥️♥️

    Avan2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • What a fantastic setting ,wonderful view , the property is well proportioned ,all five of us agreed that we will be paying another visit in the near future , great host , Thanks Judi !

    Graham2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • What a wonderful five-night stay we had at the Beehouse! We were met by Judi, who showed us around and provided lots of information about Semley and surrounds. The Beehouse is comfortable and spacious, with everything a family on holiday needs, including board games and children’s books. The bungalow has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a nicely appointed kitchen, dining room, spacious lounge and a fabulous outdoor area, which would be perfect in summer. Everything worked as it should, including flawless wi-fi. The Beehouse is surrounded by nature and silence - just wonderful! We spotted pheasants wandering about each morning. The bungalow is a mile or so from Semley village - a really lovely walk. Do visit the local cafe and the dairy. We walked to the Donheads (two local villages) along quiet country lanes (you could take walking tracks but in winter they are very muddy). There is a big Tesco in Shaftesbury (and other supermarkets) for your shopping needs. Finally, the Beehouse is perfectly located for drives further afield, for instance only 30 miles or so from Stonehenge. If you have time, consider walking to Stonehenge from Woodhenge, following the National Trust designated walk. It was an absolute highlight of our holiday.

    Joseph2020-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • Judi’s place is fantastic - very clean, tidy, and has everything you need including a great record collection. Very nice, peaceful location with nice views. Judi also made us a cake which was a nice touch. We would recommend staying there

    Richard + Rosie2020-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely accommodation is a really peaceful setting. Judi is lovely and cares about her guests - she even baked us a yummy lemon drizzle cake as a welcome! Would definitely consider coming again, thank you!

    Victoria2019-12-18T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Bungalow


    Accommodates

    6


    Bedrooms

    3

    Semley, United Kingdom

    Converted stables next to main house standing in pretty private valley opposite large pond. 25 acres surround it with grazing sheep. Peaceful countryside with buzzards, wild birds and deer and only 1.7 miles from Shaftesbury's many shops, restaurants/pubs. You can watch ducks, divers and moorhen from your breakfast table - and occasionally otters as well. We do have a few carp and tench in the pond and guests are welcome to fish - but we do not provide any fishing equipment or rods etc.
    The cottage contains two attractive bedrooms, one twin and one double (King-size bed). Each bedroom has its own modern en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath. There is a small cosy sitting room with dining area that has outstanding views of the pond and rolling hills and a tiny but well equipped kitchenette. There is also a good sized utility room/back kitchen with gas cooker, kitchen sink unit, normal sized gas oven and grill, small additional ovenette, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator with icebox and iron/ironing board. Access to this room either through twin bedroom or via the garden. Full central heating and all radiators have individual thermostatic controls.
    Dorset countryside at its best in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, with the ancient market town of Shaftesbury just 7 minutes away with its famous 'Hovis' Gold Hill and Shaftesbury Abbey museum in Abbey Walk. Great shopping with a mass of privately owned little shops of all sorts. Fun to explore. Includes a classic men's clothier and delightful boutiques including Cole and Cole - upmarket country clothes, as well as butchers, bakers, fruit and veg shops, florists, gift shops, jewellery shops and even a mini department store Hine and Parsons, Post office, Restaurants and much more. A street market once a week with a few stalls on Thursdays 9.00 am to 5.00 pm opposite Hine and Parsons and next to the Guild Hall and St Thomas's Church. Stalls include Fresh fish, cheeses, bread, plants, etc. Walk down attractive Park Walk near Costa Coffee and see stunning views towards us and the distant hills of South Dorset & the Blackmore Vale. Then head for the Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother's Garden - now being made a butterfly and bee paradise on the other side of the promontory. Here are fabulous views over towards Duncliffe Wood and Gillingham direction with benches to sit and ponder. Within 30 to 40 minutes drive are a wealth of activities including, Stonehenge (world heritage site), Stourhead Garden & House and lake (National Trust) is one of the greatest landscape gardens in the world creation of Banker Henry Hoare in 1740's on his return from the Grand Tour and planted with rare trees, Rhododendrons and Azaleas, with Pub, Cafe, excellent Gift Shop and Garden plants for sale there and pretty Church by the stunning Lake. Mainly flat walking and therefore good for wheelchairs and buggies. Salisbury with its magnificent Cathedral and tall spire 123 metres high, and it also has the Magna Carta - Salisbury Museum opposite with Early man, Roman and Saxon items housed in 17th-century rooms with some Turner watercolours, Longleat House, home of Lord Bath with famous Safari Park including naughty monkeys, Wimborne, with the quaint miniature 'Wimborne Model Town' and the very attractive Wimborne Minster Church with a very special Astronomical clock from the 14th C. Wimborne has lovely shops and tea rooms and cafes as well as a small theatre, Sherborne Old Castle once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh and close by is Sherborne New Castle and Garden centre, Beautiful Sherborne Abbey and pretty town of Sherborne with good shops. Montacute House (National Trust Elizabethan beauty completed in 1601) with amazing Long Gallery and pretty gardens (45 mins), and Athelhampton House a 15th century Country Manor House and gardens near Dorchester (34 mins , Dyrham Park (National Trust) (60 mins) near Bath, a magnificent 17th century Mansion House and Deer Park with historic herd of fallow deer roam across 270 acres and Arboretum, Inside the impressive mansion, built by hard-working civil servant William Blathwayt, discover fascinating interiors little changed in 300 years, as well as a rich collection that includes superb Dutch art and ceramics of the period. Then there is Bath!.... (Bath is 60 mins) a must if you haven't been there. I know somewhere very close to the centre of town where you can park. The fabulous Roman Baths are my absolute favourite but also visit the inspiring Bath Abbey (look up at the famous Vaulted ceiling) and walk to The Royal Crescent, as well as Bath's shops are superb. Have tea at Sally Lunn’s - it is much more than a world famous tea and eating house in Bath but also one of the oldest houses in Bath and home of the Bath Bun. More local to us is Old Wardour Castle ruin (22 mins & English Heritage) and a circular walk to The Foresters Pub and back is recommended for those who like long walks (walk takes 2 hours there and back from car park at either end). The Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, For children visit the Bison Centre at West Knoyle (21 mins) with lots of farm animals and pets corner as well as the Bison - buy bison burgers or meat etc from farm shop there, or visit the Larmer Tree Pleasure Gardens at Tollard Royal with children's trails. Blandford Forum (19 mins from us) has the Royal Signals Museum, and the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery Centre, and the Blandford Fashion Museum and just outside Blandford is the Shillingstone Railway Project (16 mins) - it is well worth going. There is a steam engine, various railway carriages, the original platforms and station buildings, and a great cafe. But above all, you get to meet a really great crew of volunteers, who are dramatically and rapidly transforming the station and track. Please check all websites for opening times.
  • Had a lovely 4 night stay at Janeys cottage. It was the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle but be close enough to a town to grab any bits you need. Lovely little lake outside the cottage and we enjoyed a row on the boat and my 18month old enjoyed chasing the chickens, ducks and watching the pheasants in the morning. Janey had left a fab file of things to do around the area and thoughtful touches - eggs, wine, bread, milk, butter, fresh flowers. Sadly we weren't well, so didn't mange to go out and do much but did go to a church service in the local village Fontmell magna and they were a wonderfully welcoming congregation. Thank you for a much needed pieceful break!

    Niamh2020-02-25T00:00:00Z
  • The cottage is well decorated and clean with good heating and plentiful hot water. The two bedrooms have comfortable beds and adequate storage. There is a small front kitchen and a larger rear kitchen/utility room. The lounge/dining room overlooks the lake. The location is peaceful and beautiful. Janey is a kind and helpful host who clearly enjoys meeting her guests. The milk, bread, butter, eggs, wine and crisps she provided for us were just the job for the first night. We really enjoyed our stay and would like to return in the near future.

    Michael2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • Loved our retreat with beautiful scenery. The cottage was cozy and warm with a stunning view of the stars at night. Myself and my friends had a fantastic time and would definitely return sometime again.

    Syed2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Cottage is in a great location, rural but only a short drive from Shaftesbury. It's an added bonus to be able to walk in some of the fields surrounding the cottage. Janey is a great host, quick communication and helpful, there were also plenty of food essentials left in the cottage, plus a few treats! Cottage was cozy and warm, even in mid December!

    Ben2019-12-22T00:00:00Z
  • Very helpful host, great communication. Left us bread, fresh eggs from her hens, wine and crisps. Beautiful setting. Enjoyed exploring the pond and hills. Lovely cottage with comfy beds and good variety of kitchen equipment. All guests had a really nice stay and would come back again.

    Miranda2019-11-03T00:00:00Z
  • Janey is a fantastic and attentive host and it was great to spend a couple of nights at the cottage this half term. It was lovely to stay in such a cosy place and Janey welcomed us with great local tips and a few added extras which was really well appreciated. It is a lovely quiet location complete with its own private lake! Shaftesbury is only a 5 minute drive away and a is a lovely little town. Dorset is well worth a visit and the cottage is a great location to explore the county from. We hope to be back in the summer where we can enjoy more of the local area and the lake next to the cottage too!

    Amanda2019-10-31T00:00:00Z
  • Highly recommended! Janey's cottage was the perfect home for our weekend in Dorset. It is quiet, really cosy, has a nice view on the lake, and is perfectly located to walk around Melbury Hill or visit Shaftesbury. Plus Janey was a great host, and really made us feel at home. Thanks again so much!

    Tristan2019-10-27T00:00:00Z
  • We had an amazing family trip at Janey’s property. Outstanding hospitality and a delightful property perfect get away. The boating lake and wildlife walks were a very special touch to our break. Great communication, very welcoming and a lovely host. Thank you Janey

    Erika2019-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Compton Abbas, United Kingdom

    The Old Dairy has been sensitively restored at Manor Farm, Melbury Abbas to a high standard. This beautiful listed building is nestled on a quiet country lane with traditional features. Direct access and views of the beautiful Dorset Downs.
    Sun terrace, barbeque and patio set for outside dining. Free Wifi available. The Old Dairy has a Lavazza coffee machine. There is a stair lift to first floor. Downstairs wetroom, galley kitchen, family dining room and sitting room. Flat screen TV and DVD player and Bluetooth speaker in sitting room. Flat screen TV in Master bedroom and flat screen TV in the twin room too. We have a high chair, travel cot, fire guard and stair gate to make you stay at the old dairy with infants as easy and worry free as possible.
    The Old Dairy is within 3 miles of the beautiful historic market hill top town of Shaftesbury. Here is a list of our favourite local attractions, Compton Abbas Airfield restaurant and café, The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury, The King John in Tollard Royal, Longleat House and Safari, Monkey World, Weymoth Sea Life Centre, Stourhead House and Gardens and Kingston Lacy, both National Trust Properties. City of Salisbury and City of Bath, Stonehenge, Corfe Castle, Ringstead Bay, Lyme Regis, Brownsea Island, Tank Museum, Yeovilton Air Museum.
  • The Old Dairy is a cosy but spacious cottage with lovely views. We had a great time there with our two young children who loved the early morning visit from the deer in the garden. It has everything you need for a great weekend away in the beautiful Dorset/Wiltshire countryside. We hope to be able to stay there again soon.

    Rebecca2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed for three nights and wished we could have stayed longer. It was lovely and quiet with amazing views.We enjoyed, a nice walk on the hill just across the road. The Old Dairy, was very spacious, very clean and we LOVED the underfloor heating in the kitchen.The bed, was very comfortable with some lovely views out of the windows. We enjoyed sitting in front of the log fire it was lovely and cosy. We would love to come back and enjoy the area in the summer.We did stop at Compton Abbas Airfield for some egg and chips on the way. Very nice cafe, well worth a visit. We stopped at Tesco in Shaftesbury for some food shopping which is only a few minutes away. Hannah stopped by to say hello just to make sure we had everything we needed. We highly recommend The Old Dairy, ideal for couples or families. If you like peace and quiet with nice surroundings then dont hesitate.

    Sue2019-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • Awesome views and nice warm cottage

    Leigh2019-12-02T00:00:00Z
  • A lovely cottage in a wonderful location and a great base for exploring North Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. You'll have a very relaxing time!

    Charles2019-11-02T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely views, friendly and helpful host and immediate access to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain...

    Nicholas2019-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • A beautiful cosy and warm cottage in the most stunning of locations. All you could want for a stay away with the added benefit of Hannah being a super host.

    Amy2019-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • The Old dairy cottage lived up to our expectations,the place was spotless,the kingsize beds very comfy,lovely thick white cotton towels in bathroom and amazing views across the open countryside.Hannah is very nice and came by to say hello and make sure we were settled in o.k. We only had a short break for three nights but would definitely like to return again but for longer next time.

    Steve2019-08-20T00:00:00Z
  • Had a great holiday here, lovely little touches and great for the kids

    Elaine2019-08-17T00:00:00Z
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    Melbury Abbas, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Newly fitted out to a high standard. Kitchenette, wet room with WC, living room/diner and bedroom with double bed, perfect for a couple or lone traveller. Please note ceilings are low on one side of building with kitchen and wet room. The Saxon hill top town is within 15 minutes walking distance with the famous Gold Hill, Abby Ruins and Park Walk with stunning views over the Blackmore Vale. Off road private parking in carport. On main routes in and out of town. Some traffic noise.
    Formally a double garage converted into a comfortable self contained living space with everything you’ll need for a pleasurable stay. Private from the main house with covered parking right outside the front door.
    We are walking distance from the small but vibrant high street of Shaftesbury. The town has monthly markets and a great fringe festival in the summer months.
  • We had a lovely weekend stay here. The space is clean, cosy, and well kitted out for its size. Only one note I would add is the ceilings are quite low so you might find yourself ducking if you're a giant like myself, should be fine for all normal sized people though! Would recommend the place to others.

    Joseph2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Great value place. The sloped ceiling wasn't really an issue and I am 6ft. Great communication with host. Good kitchen utensils available. Nice stay overall 👍

    Thomas2020-02-06T00:00:00Z
  • A great little space with everything you need !

    Helen2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • A good little place with everything Justin is a great host , very amicable and easy to get on with Thanks for the games of chess , hope you keep it up Thanks

    Pushp2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • A perfect little self contained apartment with everything you need, from very friendly hosts. Would defo stay again! Thank you.

    James2020-01-08T00:00:00Z
  • Great place, good location for walks

    Kate2020-01-05T00:00:00Z
  • Very quick responses and very lovely little place for the price!

    Rebecca2020-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • We enjoyed our stay at Justin’s place.

    Julia2019-12-15T00:00:00Z
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    Shaftesbury, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

    The vintage hideaway is a self contained annexe attached to my house. It is light airy and comfortable, you have a bed sitting room , kitchenette and shower room. There is access from the bedroom to a seating area on the deck at the back over looking an area of outstanding natural beauty. The house is close to lovely walks and the historic town of Shaftesbury with a variety of cafes , individual shops and pubs, and of course Gold Hill.
    The area of Cranborne Chase to the south and east of the house is currently awaiting international dark sky reserve status for the star gazing enthusiasts. There is also a small airfield locally offering wing walking! and a great lunch.
  • Amazing views, cute vintage set up which makes the place feel so homey, the perfect weekend getaway to relax and cut off from the world!

    Megan2020-03-22T00:00:00Z
  • Would highly recommend Jo's place. Cosy and quirky with great views - the ideal hideaway! We also took advantage of the massage from Jessie which was great. Thank you

    Josh2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely stay!

    Luke2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • A lovely place, the space is so interesting and the view is just incredible!

    Leanne2020-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at Jo's will always be special to us. We got engaged just before arriving at Jo's for the evening. We decided against going out for a fancy meal, and instead ordered a take-away to The Vintage Hideaway (there's only one that would deliver to the location but it was delicious!) and played a board game (our own). It was the most perfect evening, made even more perfect by being completely off grid due to lack of phone signal. The view from the bedroom was absolutely spectacular, even on the overcast day we stayed. The croissants were an adorable touch and we loved having those in bed the following morning admiring the view. The only thing to be aware of is the complete lack of phone signal, it's great if that is what your looking for but the WiFi was also pretty rubbish, only getting signal right by the front door. Despite the poor signal and WiFi, we absolutely loved our stay at The Vintage Hideaway and we will, for sure, be back!!

    Catherine2019-12-29T00:00:00Z
  • A really memorable stay. Cozy cabin style place in an awesome rural setting with lots of nice touches inside.

    James2019-12-07T00:00:00Z
  • A cozy well equipped hideaway. No hesitation recommending a stay

    Paul2019-11-22T00:00:00Z
  • We had an absolutely wonderful weekend at Jo's place- what a beautiful find!! Jo was fantastic at communicating and was very accommodating with our last minute changing of timings when visiting for our friends wedding. Her directions were clear and easy to follow (even in the dark!). The vintage hideaway is lovely and all the thoughtful little touches were very much appreciated. It's a shame we didn't have the best weather to enjoy the beautiful terrace area but the views are amazing. Would highly recommend- thanks for a great stay.

    Claire2019-10-27T00:00:00Z
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    Compton Abbas, England, United Kingdom

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    The Milk Parlour is a charming thatched building in the highest village in Dorset. The fusion of traditional and modern themes in the building make for a comfortable and cosy feel. Wonderful views and walking from the village ensure your stay with us will be memorable. Our dog friendly accommodation means your four footed friend can join you as you explore the delights of North Dorset's rolling hills. Steve and Sara look forward to welcoming you.
    As you will see from the aerial photo, our house is opposite the Milk Parlour but you are sufficiently far away to be quite private. We will respect your privacy but equally love to meet our guests and give nuggets of advice on the local area if required. The accommodation is open plan living/dining/kitchen with a separate bedroom. The section with the glazed doors attached to the Milk Parlour is our office and we do wander back and forth from time to time but will leave you in peace. Part of the garden is available for your use but you have your own sitting area directly outside which enjoys the sunshine all day. The Wifi is very fast and you have access to our netflix account. There is no bath but a spacious shower. As well as the listed amenities you also have a dishwasher. The Milk Parlour is completely self contained and when we are not around you will be given a code for the key safe before you arrive.
    Ashmore is famous for being the highest village in Dorset and enjoys the fabulous views you would expect. It is an active rural community with working arable farms. The village sits on Cranborne Chase which is hoping to become the UK’s first AONB to achieve dark sky recognition and there are only currently 11 of these in the world.- so you will need a torch! We are within ten minutes of Shaftesbury with the famous Gold Hill which featured in the historic Hovis advert. Shaftesbury is a charming hilltop town with pubs , coffee shops and independent retailers . We are well placed for Salisbury, Bath, Poole and the Jurassic coast. Other places of interest include Stourhead, Longleat and Stonehenge There are some beautiful secluded beaches around 45mins away by car and other landmarks all within a short drive. We are blessed with great dining pubs in the area so do some internet surfing before you arrive and there is a list of our favourites in the information file. N.B There is no pub or shop in the village
  • The milk parlour is beautiful and in a great location for exploring the local area. We had an amazing stay and It was so clean. Great to be able to take the dogs away and still stay in such a stylish place. We would defiantly recommend.

    Cha Lotte2020-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • The accommodation, setting and easy access to so many places is fantastic. The stylish interior, thoughtful extras, peace and tranquility, helps you relax and de-stress straight away. We didn’t want to leave and hope to return as soon as we can.

    Christine2020-03-19T00:00:00Z
  • The place is stunning, bed super comfy and so many thoughtful touches. Superb communication and fantastic location. Couldn't ask for more

    Eva2020-03-02T00:00:00Z
  • Great little spot for our weekend away, comfy and warm in the horrible weather. Thanks for the book with all the helpful tips. Had a great dinner at one of the recommended pubs. Definitely want to return at some point! Thanks x

    Aimee2020-02-24T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely cottage, very tastefully decorated, very homely and cosy. Lots of thoughtful touches on arrival such as milk, some biscuits and a bottle of Prosecco. We were there for a work trip but there are lots of suggestions for places to visit for anyone visiting for vacation. The hosts are lovely and although you are close to the main house you don’t feel overlooked. The sun rise from the garden isn’t also beautiful given the s running views over the fields.

    Laura2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • The milk parlour is absolutely wonderful, it is such a cosy getaway with some beautiful touches. We had a wonderful stay here despite some bad weather and cant wait to come back again in the future! If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and unwind then Sara’s place is perfect

    Rosie2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Fabulous short break to celebrate my birthday.The Milk Parlour is spick and span and had more than enough home comforts to make the break special, not to mention bubbles and cookies.Lovely hosts supplying a great place to hide away .Would 100% recommend .

    Anne2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful place, so cozy and peaceful. Sara was very accommodating to our very late booking and we arrived to a cozy welcoming barn despite booking at 7pm the same evening! Highly recommend.

    Leah2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
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    Ashmore, Dorset, United Kingdom

    A private bijou Annexe with comfortable double bed, ensuite shower, wash basin, toilet, heated towel rail, mini fridge. Light breakfast available. Tea and coffee making facilities. Some DVDs with monitor. Parking on site. Walking distance to attractive, historic Shaftesbury with good eating places, beautiful countryside and within easy distance of many coastal and rural attractions, including the adjacent Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an International Dark Sky Reserve.
    Entrance via a key lock on arrival if hosts, John or Amanda, are not available. Local information is available in the Annexe - including several options of beautiful walks into town.
    Historic Shaftesbury is less then one mile away with numerous routes by foot and stunning panoramic views. There is a range of eating places, numerous pubs and coffee shops with great breakfasts available, including overlooking the famous Gold Hill. A variety of boutique shops, the weekly Thursday market on the High Street, Gold Hill Museum and the Abbey Museum and Gardens are worth visiting and there are a variety of festival events throughout the year. Day or half day trips to the coast are possible with attractions like Studland Bay, Corfe Castle, the Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis, and inland there are easily accessible locations such as Stourhead, Monkey World, The Tank Museum, Longleat, Glastonbury, Melbury Downs , Cranford Chase and Larmer Tree Gardens.
  • Clean, comfy and in a handy location. John was the perfect host and the annexe was nice and stylish!

    Niky2020-03-17T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely little spot. Super clean and really nice touches for our stay. Great communication and instructions. We definitely recommend it. Thanks John!

    Becki2020-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • Another very comfortable stay, new nice touches added each time.

    Clive2020-03-11T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent host, very clean with loads of nice touches. Would recommend to anyone needing to stay in Shaftesbury!

    Steven2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • Great location for us visiting family just needed a place to sleep and shower would definitely return again

    Kerry2020-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • Stayed many times, always warm and comfortable with thoughtful touches, such as cereals, milk, biscuits etc.

    Clive2020-02-26T00:00:00Z
  • John was a fantastic host, communicate with us very quickly and we felt like at home. He had very nice and thoughtful details along our stay. He made sure to leave the Anexe warm as we were traveling with a baby, left biscuits, milk, cereals, tea, coffee and some refreshments for us. Everything was sparkly clean and found a travel cot for my baby to sleep in. We all felt very comfortable and I can not thank you him enough.

    Sara2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • Stayed here many times, always clean and to the same high standards.

    Clive2020-02-06T00:00:00Z
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    Dorset, England, United Kingdom

    The Cider Mill has been lovingly furnished to create a welcoming, stylish and comfortable cottage which is full of charm and character. Ideally situated in a pretty North Dorset village and on the edge of the glorious Blackmore Vale with its quaint villages and market towns, the cottage is the perfect base for a family or group of friends wishing to explore this lovely rural area. The village of Motcombe has its own friendly community shop, post office and a well-regarded village pub within easy reach. The countryside surrounding this Dorset cottage offers an abundance of lovely walking and cycling opportunities, with the nearby historic hilltop town of Shaftesbury providing an excellent range of facilities including an array of shops, cafes and good restaurants, as well as the picturesque cobbled Gold Hill of Hovis advertisement fame, and the ancient Abbey Gardens with their stunning views. Further afield, yet all within easy travelling distance of the cottage, are numerous popular attractions including the stunning National Trust house and gardens of Stourhead, Longleat House and Safari Park, historic Stonehenge and the great cities of Bath and Salisbury. This cottage provides an excellent base for exploring Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire at any time of the year. The Cider Mill has a cosy sitting room with wood burning stove and underfloor heating, and french doors leading outside to the external seating area which is perfect for al fresco dining. There is a spacious and well equipped country style kitchen and dining area with seating for four guests. On the first floor there is a large comfortable double bedroom, a further twin bedroom, and a family bathroom. Outside the cottage garden consists of a large lawn with a pretty patio area complete with furniture, a barbecue and rural views. Additional Information Travel cot, high chair and stair gate available on request. Stairgate can only be fitted to the top of the stairs. One well behaved dog welcome (small additional charge). Please note that the garden is not secure and the village High Street is behind the cottage. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times. *Please note that internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use or streaming. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor Dorset Hideaways will be held responsible. Ground Floor: Sitting room With a wood burning stove, french doors, a tiled floor with underfloor heating and seating for four guests. Kitchen and dining room Fully equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric double oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, dining table with seating for four guests, and with underfloor heating. First Floor: Bedroom one With a king-size bed. Bedroom two With twin single beds. Family bathroom Bath with a shower over, wash basin and WC. Outside: The pretty garden consists of a patio area, lawn and borders with shrubs and flowers looking across at a neighbouring cottage vegetable garden. Private access driveway with parking for two cars.
  • A very comfortable and stylish place to stay. Quality furnishings and a super comfy bed. Only wish we could have stayed longer as the area is beautiful with so many places to visit. Will definitely be back.

    Lindsay2020-03-28T00:00:00Z
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    Motcombe, Motcombe, United Kingdom

    Light, airy, garden-view accommodation on one floor with comfy sitting area (Freeview TV), WIFI. fully fitted kitchen, bedroom (Kingsize bed) and shower room. Personal garden just through the sitting room patio doors if you need it, own access and parking. Dogs by prior arrangement. Perfect for a quick weekend or mid-week getaway.
    Cosy, intimate get-away living space. Well equipped kitchen including a dishwasher and laundry facilities in a separate utility room if you’re coming for a longer stay. 4G coverage available in the cottage. Shower room with underfloor heating and walk in wardrobe adjoining. Cosy sitting room with large TV and electric wood burner.
    Katie’s place is located in Fontmell Magna, North Dorset, England, United Kingdom. The village gastro-pub (2mins walk) serves excellent food from lunchtime and in to the evening. If you prefer to stay in and cozy down for the evening, the local independent shop (5 mins walk) sells groceries and a small selection of wines and spirits. Venturing out: you can walk footpaths around the local fields from your front door, but drive for under 10 mins and you can walk on the rolling hills, explore the wide open spaces of National Trust protected countryside and, on a clear day, enjoy uninterrupted views all the way to Wales. About half an hour away and you’ll be wandering deep in the beautiful New Forest or Cranborne Chase AONB. Or perhaps cycling the Dorset Trailway, visiting National Trust and English Heritage properties including Stourhead and the renowned Kingston Lacy. 15 minutes drive would allow you to explore and shop the quaint and well preserved market towns of Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum and Sturminster Newton. 40 - 45 minutes further away and you can enjoy Poole, Bournemouth and Salisbury, with the Isle of Purbeck being about 45 minutes drive away.
  • We were so happy with our little stay at Katie and Graham's. They were so responsive to messages, directed us in when we got lost in the dark, spared some bread for us to have with the eggs they kindly provided. Their cottage is so cosy and comfy, everything you need is there. They were very friendly as well. The location was lovely, the village itself gorgeous and some beautiful walks right on the door step, we also found a lovely farm shop a 10 minute drive away called the Udder Farm shop which was fabulous. The village shop was also very well stocked and the owner very friendly. It was just what we needed and wouldnt hesitate to go back next time we need a weekend away from it all.

    Emma2020-03-22T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location tucked away in a quaint Dorset village. All the communication ahead of our stay was spot on and we were greeted by Graham when we arrived. The place was very well kitted out and there were some lovely touches on arrival including fresh local milk and eggs, homemade cakes and a bottle of fizz chilling in the fridge which was a lovely surprise. The bed was big and super comfortable and the bathroom is very clean, modern and toasty warm with its under floor heating. Just a couple of minutes walk down the lane is the local pub/restaurant which serves really excellent food. Would recommend this cottage if you want a base to explore the local area. Great value for money! Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Nicki2020-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • Good facilities, clean property, comfortable bed, overall very good.

    Clive2019-12-31T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic space to relax and unwind, Katie and Graham were great hosts who were polite and friendly but gave us our space. A fantastic place to stay for our first Airbnb experience

    Tom2019-12-07T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely detached garden annex finished to a high standard. Cosy living room with great garden views. Kitchen. Bedroom with large and very comfy bed. Shower and toilet. Welcome hamper a great idea. Katie the perfect hostess. Fontmell Magna well positioned to explore Dorset Definitely come again.

    Jez2019-11-17T00:00:00Z
  • Great value, very clean with nice touches and in a charming location.

    Carol2019-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Katie was superb. She was informative, helpful and so accommodating. The cottage is as described, it is small but has everything you need including a huge, comfy bed! It is very cosy and quiet, great escape from the city. Pub in the village has a fab gin collection. Katie has two spaniels - they are very friendly! We loved our stay here. Value for money. Thanks Katie! Laura & Tim.

    Laura2019-11-03T00:00:00Z
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    Fontmell Magna, England, United Kingdom

    Grade II listed cottage in Shaftesbury's historic Pump Yard, now a gated courtyard of houses situated in a quiet picturesque road, just two minutes walk from iconic Gold Hill and a five minute walk into town.
    The accommodation consists of a double bedroom with a window overlooking the Pump Yard. There are tea & coffee making facilities within your room. The bathroom with shower is just across the landing. The Pump Yard has a lovely community and a real village feel. The cottage is also just a stone's throw from Ye Olde Two Brewers, a friendly, family-run pub serving excellent food and ales at reasonable prices. I provide a continental breakfast in the dining room which is included in the price. A cooked breakfast (on top of the continental breakfast) is available if booked the evening before and is charged at £6 per person.
    The cottage is just a five minute (uphill!) walk to the top of Gold Hill with its art galleries, museums and St. Peters Church, Park Walk and Shaftesbury Abbey via St. James Park with its stunning views over the Blackmore Vale, along with the pubs, bars, restaurants and shops on Shaftesbury High Street.
  • Sue is such a warm and lovely host. When I first arrived she made me tea and we chatted for a while and she offered some local tips. She also puts out a very nice spread for breakfast. The house is incredibly beautiful and charming. It’s a great base to explore Shaftesbury and the surrounding area. I highly recommend it.

    Alicia2020-02-29T00:00:00Z
  • Sue is a wonderful host, warm, friendly and very welcoming. Sue’s cottage is quaint, comfortable and ideally located for wandering in Shaftesbury and enjoying walks in the local area. Communication from Sue was great prior to our arrival and it really did seem that nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast to set us up for a day of walking and really enjoyed visiting a local art gallery that Sue had suggested & lunch in a nearby pub. It was great to stay with someone who has been a local for a long time and could give us really useful tips for our short stay.

    Adele2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • What a delightful cottage, situated in a historic building, quiet yet close (walking distance) to Gold Hill and town. We loved the cottage decor, ambiance and Sue's art and we had a super stay. Sue is a lovely hostess and with a complimentary continental breakfast included what is not to like! Would definitely recommend Sue's place to anyone.

    Leigh2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • Sue offers excellent accommodation and breakfast in a stylish and characterful house. Everything is immaculate and of very high standard. I would not hesitate to recommend Sue’s hospitality or Airbnb.

    Jane2020-01-10T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely house, very beautiful, and a friendly host! She was very helpful when we were looking for walks in the local area, and she does a delightful breakfast too! Many thanks

    Laura2020-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Sue is so lovely and so much fun to be around. Such a great experience!

    Benjamin2019-12-13T00:00:00Z
  • A very nice, albeit short stay, with just about everything I could need on hand, including toiletries, clean towels and a plethora of drinks and nibbles. Sue was an amazing host, and as an ex Shastonion I spent over an hour discussing the local sights and history. I wouldn't hesitate one bit to use her services again.

    Mike2019-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • We spent one night at Sue's house. The place is picture perfect and really well situated in Shaftesbury. Sue is a welcoming and helpful host and has been fantastic in all aspects of communication (especially when we left something behind!). I would highly recommend for a stay in Shaftesbury!

    Celia2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
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    Private room


    Property Type

    Cottage


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    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    The Retreat is a one bedroom self-contained, peaceful, comfortable and well furnished annex apartment to the ground floor of a large house, located in Donhead St Andrew on the Wiltshire and Dorset border. The property is 4 Miles from Shaftesbury, and 16 miles from the world famous cathedral city of Salisbury.
  • A lovely cosy place to stay and a perfect location. Louis is a very thoughtful host.

    Lucy2020-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • Louis was a great host. The place was well furnished and in a great location. Highly recommend and would definitely stay here again.

    Matthew2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely flat, very clean and all appliances that you would need. Lovely courtyard garden and peaceful environment.

    Sonia2019-11-24T00:00:00Z
  • Louis is very helpful and met us on arrival. The Retreat was very clean and comfortable and is well located for Shaftesbury and the Wiltshire villages. Very much enjoyed our stay

    Peter2019-10-14T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely place, as other have said- don't underestimate the steps. Getting your stuff down is easy but dragging it back up again was more difficult. Nice to have an oven and washing machine to use should we of needed too and a fridge! Fully read the directions from Louis, took us about 4 attempts going up and down the road continually turning around to find the turning. The image on Google maps is a lie haha other than that absolutely beautiful!!

    Ruby2019-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • The Retreat was a perfect find for us as a base to explore the area a little on a short break. Louis was a very welcoming host and his set up has been very thoughtfully put together, providing home from home comforts. We certainly hope to return again!

    David2019-08-25T00:00:00Z
  • What’s a place, where to start... Louis welcomed us in person and showed us the accommodation, the communication was perfect from the start to the end. You’ll be amazed by the driveway and the garden, and nothing can beat the view!!! We’ve enjoyed our stay so much, the cat Jess and the dog Dora have shown us the best hospitality in Dorset!! We enjoyed playing with them before going for our adventure! The location is perfect if you want to explore Dorset and Wiltshire! There are a few lovely pubs around, we have tried The Grove Arms where they do yummy food in big portions! The accommodation itself is clean and comfortable, Louis even provided a welcome pack! Thank you Louis for our lovely stay!! Highly recommended this place to anyone who would like to explore the beautiful surroundings!!

    Mathew2019-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • Well appointed self contained accomodation. Beautifully clean and lovely garden to enjoy.

    Rebecca2019-07-27T00:00:00Z
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    Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

    A charming village country cottage bed and breakfast near Shaftesbury with 3 ensuite rooms and a warm welcome. Cosy shepherd hut with woodburner and firepit with easy access bathroom. Beautiful garden, pets and children welcome, and suitable for less able. Delicious breakfasts & perfect for sightseeing & walking in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
    Lawn Cottage is a charming 18th Century cottage in the quiet village of Stour Row, a couple of miles outside Shaftesbury. Set in a delightful English cottage garden looking out over the fields and you can walk from the garden up to Duncliffe Wood . The pretty en-suite bedrooms have their own access, which makes it suitable for the less-able. Guests also have access to the country kitchen, dining room and sitting room. In summer and warm weather breakfast can be served on the terrace under the climbing roses, or relax in one of the hammocks or in a chair in the pretty garden.
    Shaftesbury is a charming market town perched on the highest hill in Dorset. Filled with lovely little shops, a weekend antiques market, a couple of delis, some old fashioned pubs, and some excellent little restaurants. The 12th Century abbey, with its February Snowdrop festival, is worth a visit and for Tess of the d'Urbevilles enthusiasts the Thomas Hardy Trail that leads from the centre of Shaftesbury to his cottage (past the front door of Lawn Cottage). The cottage sits in the Blackmore Vale, one of the prettiest parts of Dorset, and is filled with wonderful, peaceful walks - including a good walk from the backdoor up to the top of Duncliffe Hill where you can see for miles around. Not far away are several beautiful National Trust sites including: the flowery expanse of Fontmell and Melbury Downs and the Iron Age fort at Hambledon Hill. For something a little more cultured, the Palladian splendour of Stourhead is just eight miles away.
  • Great host and i recommend this B&B to all, great clean room and a hearty breakfast.

    Russell2020-01-17T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent in all aspects June was a great host.

    Russell2019-12-13T00:00:00Z
  • The beauty of Dorset's landscapes, the charm of Shaftesbury, the authenticity of the cottage, the quality of the offer and the host's warmth are the perfect ingredients for a delightful rural B&B experience.

    Frank2019-11-17T00:00:00Z
  • This is one of the very best BNB stopovers I have had; wonderful, courteous hospitality and a gorgeous room/ shepherd’s hut. Very restful, quiet, clean, warm space with a proper BNB breakfast that started the day perfectly. Much recommended.

    Justin2019-09-11T00:00:00Z
  • What a fantastic stay I had. Everywhere was spotless, the bed was very comfortable and June cooked a lovely breakfast. Thank you so much, I will be back.

    Mark2019-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • June is a lovely host with many good advices and a wonderful little cottage. We had a really good time and felt very welcome.

    Matthias2019-08-20T00:00:00Z
  • June is definitely a super host - it was like staying the week-end with a friend. She achieves a wonderful combination of efficient professionalism and exceptional personal attention. She was very helpful with local information and on our first evening even offered to cook supper for us if we were too late to eat in the pub. The house is very pretty and in beautiful countryside, with a comfortable bedroom and a nice bathroom with lovely thick white towels. Breakfast was delicious, and served in a delightful room. If our dog could write a review he would say what a great time he had too - a garden and a big field to run around in with his new friend Lottie. To summarise, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and highly recommend Lawn Cottage.

    Jocelyn2019-08-12T00:00:00Z
  • June is a very wellcoming host. We had a lovely stay at her house. Wish we could have stayed longer.

    Albert Páll2019-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    6


    Bedrooms

    3

    Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

    New log cabin set on a small holding ten minutes walk away is the town centre of historic and pretty Shaftesbury home of Gold Hill a range of independent shops pubs restaurants .There are lovely quiet walks around the lanes near us beautiful views it’s quite idyllic
    The cabin is residential quality it’s light and airy has heating, there’s a elevated veranda to the front where you can enjoy breakfast or coffee. It has spectacular views from the veranda
    We are on the edge of Shaftesbury peaceful yet within ten minutes of town centre with plenty of pubs independent shops its very picturesque. We also have lovely walks and great views
  • A great place to stay and unwind, on a farm location. Very peaceful, and calm. Close proximity to Shaftesbury (within walking distance). Comfortable and cosy. Pleasantly equipped and clean. Great view across fields. Nice personal touches. Non-invasive host.

    Tim2020-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • Jeanette was amazing, so thoughtful and caring. The check in was super easy. The cabin was really clean and warm, even during storm dennis it was cosy and warm. Can't reccomend this stay and Jeanette high enough.

    Jim2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Nice cabin set in beautiful location. Perfect if you want a quiet country escape, but close enough to local town to explore. Would highly recommend!

    Ali2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • Place is located in a quiet area, surrounded by countryside, yet close enough to all amenities. Jeanette was very hospitable, even welcoming us with a starter pack when we arrived. Lodge was clean and cosy, would certainly recommend.

    Marlene2019-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • The scenery is beautiful. Clean and comfortable. Is a good place to cultivate one's morality.

    志刚2019-09-14T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful cottage with great view. We had an amazing stay. Everything was as expected and Jeanette is a super host. Shaftesbury is also a charming town. Highly recommended.

    Laurent2019-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful place with an amazing view! Great walks all about and a great location. The place itself has everything you need including a perfect power shower. There were some lovely touches which made it stay better than we could have expected. Highly recommended.

    Matt And Annabel2019-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • Would highly recommend this gorgeous cabin on a farm. A stunning area for walks but also to do nothing.

    Tanya2019-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Cabin


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dorset, England, United Kingdom

    With private off street parking, Easter Cottage is set in a beautiful courtyard in the heart of the historic market town of Shaftesbury. The famous Gold Hill is a five-minute level stroll away. Easter Cottage has been refurbished to a high standard and includes a new stylish kitchen and bathroom. Two comfortable bedrooms, one with king size bed and one with twin singles with fluffy white towels and white cotton sheets provided.
    Two patio areas, both with seating and a relaxing comfortable lounge with large French windows. The cottage is fully gas centrally heated, with constant hot water Smart TV with Netflix & DVD player
  • Sue's cottage was in a very central part of town, so easy to walk into the centre of town and Gold Hill. The cottage was sparkingly clean, and so comfortable. It was very well equipped even with a Netflix enabled TV and Alexa speaker! Sue had left us some milk and a delicious cake. Check in and out very easy and convenient. I'd love to stay here again - really enjoyed it.

    Jonathan2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • Another great stay at Sue’s lovely cottage!

    Jane2020-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • Clean accommodation, very cozy, clean, tidy house .... its owner always leaves a sweet touch, flowers and heating. We will return for sure.

    Ana2020-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Super recommended, very attentive hostess, very cozy and clean housing, always take care of the details. Whenever I go to Shaftesbury I try to stay at home.

    Ana2019-12-22T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent stay at Sue’s place as usual! Looking forward to going again in January:)

    Jane2019-12-07T00:00:00Z
  • We had an excellent stay. The cottage was in an outstanding location, beautifully furnished and very clean. We are happy to recommend it to friends.

    Tony2019-12-02T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely property, Sue was incredibly attentive and ameniable. Perfectly located for us and what we wanted to do for the weekend. Great facilities, heating put on for us!! Nice touches were very welcome. Comfortable, modern property, very clean and tidy. Would definitely revisit.

    Colin & Michelle2019-11-17T00:00:00Z
  • I booked this cottage for my elderly mum and Sue was super helpful helping her settle in and move out. It was a great relief to know she was in good hands. My mum loved the cottage. It had everything she needed and more!

    Alex2019-11-14T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Cottage


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dorset, England, United Kingdom

    Large bedroom king bed & big shower room, airy hall, Kitchen / Living space with daybed - sleeps a 3rd (book for 3 guests for daybed bedding). Workspace. French doors to private patio. South facing onto a small field. Central for North Dorset. Easy access to main road, shopping and restaurants. Rural - expect some farm sounds. Independant accommodation / hosts on site. Self catering: hob, grill & micro. Book in advance to ensure it is heated in winter.
    Recentlly fully renovated and fitted out. Laminate floors. Designed for independant living. Large bed / living space. Kitchen /Dining / Living space with an extra daybed for a 3rd person. (Book for 3 for daybed bedding) Generous shower room. Large patio with deck. Parking adjacent. Linen, Towels & extra Throws provided. Economy 7 heating supplemented by oil radiators.
    Rural setting 2,5 miles out of Shaftesbury & Gold Hill. Easy access on the A30. Duncliffe Wood is close by for walks. Footpaths close by. Neighbouring a farm and 5 other homes in the vicinity.
  • Very good stay

    Gary2020-03-25T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful property, clean, with all amenities you could need, better than the local hotels we looked at and for a fraction of the price.

    Beth2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect, as described

    Martin2020-01-22T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent service and support given. Highly recommended. Will certainly be back

    CJ2020-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • We enquired about Pierre's place on the morning of the day we needed to stay which as the night before New Year's Eve as our plans had changed last minute. He responded very quickly and was happy to accommodate us at such short notice. The apartment was as described - comfortable and clean. It was exactly what we needed and Pierre was a great host.

    Stephanie2019-12-31T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice and clean apartment! great communication!

    Konrad2019-12-28T00:00:00Z
  • Truly such a wonderful place to stay, all details taken care of for a comfortable stay. A lot of privacy and space.

    Matthew2019-12-12T00:00:00Z
  • It was hard to leave the place, so cozy & comfortable. Very nice location, homely, spacious , spotless. Will definitely come back. Pierre, you are amazing !, covering all details for a Happy stay. Thank you

    Matthew2019-12-06T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Guest suite


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

    Bill and Fiona converted the barn, which was originally part of the Grosvenor Estate, some twenty years ago. Nestled on the northern slopes of Shaftesbury, it is ideal for a short stay to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Dorset/Wiltshire countryside. The guest room is located on the ground floor and accessed by a private entrance. A parking space is available in the courtyard.
    The guest room has a small area for preparing food with a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, china, glasses and cutlery. Please note that it does not have a full cooker or washing up facilities. Fiona and Bill are very happy to put these items in their dishwasher for you. Tea and coffee supplied along with complimentary selection of cereals, bread, milk, butter and marmalade. The bathroom has a good sized shower supplied with a selection of toiletries and towels. The king size bed is made by Hypnos and is firm. For those with allergies or who are nervous of animals we do have two large and one small dog. They are in a separate part of the house and are not allowed in the guest room or the courtyard. They may however bark on your arrival as they like to say hello and tell us that you are here!
    Shaftesbury is an Anglo-Saxon hilltop down famous for Gold Hill (where the original Hovis advert was filmed), there is also the ruins of an abbey founded by Alfred the Great and a small museum, along with a good selection of cafes. Nearby is Stourhead (National Trust), Wardour Castle (English Heritage) and other places of interest.
  • Excellent and very much recommended, great location, great hosts.

    Garry And Liz2019-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • Hugely helpful host. Room was warm, clean & v comfortable.

    Ettie2019-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • You will be made to feel very welcome and Fiona was very helpful with the local area, and it's very comfortable and quiet in a great location too

    Suzanne2019-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Fiona's place is truly wonderful. My husband and I stayed for 2 nights and it was a spotlessly clean, beautifully designed space. The bed is super comfy and everything you could possibly need is provided, including bread, butter, jam and cereals and milk and plenty of tea and coffee. There is a lovely kitchen area behind cabinet doors which includes a kettle, toaste, microwave and fridge which was more than adequate. The guest suite is attached to Fiona's barn, about 10 minutes walk from the centre of Shaftesbury in a lovely quiet spot. Fiona was very responsive to all our enquiries and very flexible with check in times and even was kind enough to drop us to the train station on our departure day. Thank you Fiona for such a wonderful restful couple of days away!

    Lisa2019-10-20T00:00:00Z
  • A beautiful room with everything that you need including kettle, fridge and microwave with a selection of teas,coffee and breakfast foods. Fiona and her husband were very charming. Thoroughly recommend a stay.

    Lesley2019-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • Attention to detail and a genuinely welcoming host. Parking space was right outside the airbnb, which was such a relief. Appreciated the fresh local bread and well stocked fridge. It was lovely to return home to warm radiators, when the weather turned suddenly cold. A very special stay for me and my daughter.

    Tracy2019-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Fiona and Bill went much further than the 'extra mile' to accommodate my elderly parents - the room is easy access for a wheelchair user and the 2 night stay went really well and they both felt relaxed and comfortable. Definitely 5 stars in all categories !

    Katie2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • What a great place! It’s spacious and has loads of character, and has to be one of the nicest places I stayed using Air B&B. The Hosts are very friendly and helpful. The addition of breakfast items is a real bonus, as is also the good WiFi signal. Plus there is a small garden area and parking on site too. The shower was great and the bed very comfortable. Thoroughly recommending this place to anyone needing a stylish place to stay when visiting Dorset.

    Mike2019-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Guest suite


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dorset, England, United Kingdom

    A wonderful, uniquely designed 'house on wheels', beautifully appointed, offering the perfect romantic retreat, with one loft style bedroom. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Naviho is nestled in a wildlife garden, on a hill overlooking the village of Semley. It is within easy walking distance to the charming villages of Donhead St Andrew and St Mary, and quintessentially English village pubs where you can enjoy good food, tipples and perhaps a game of Pétanque! Here you wil
    The space: Open plan with high cathedral ceilings, large windows and Gothic shaped feature windows drawing in the beautiful environs. Bamboo flooring throughout. One bedroom, with comfortable double bed (memory foam mattress, choice of pillows and high quality bed linen). Luxury shower room, with Egyptian cotton towels and organic toiletries provided. Fully equipped kitchen area, including oven, induction hob, dishwasher and washing machine. Comfortable dining and seating area with flat screen TV. Additional reading room, 'wildlife observatory and sunset gazing platform', with comfy floor cushions and library of books, accessed via wooden ladder. WiFi enabled via high speed fibre to the premises. Outside: Private deck and garden area with access to the wider wildlife garden surrounding it. Here countless wildflowers flourish during the summer months. It is a haven for birds, bees butterflies, and other insects, and a sanctuary for mammals, including human beings retreating from the wider, busier world. Private access and secure parking adjacent to the property.
    The neighbourhood: A haven for walkers and wildlife, stepping out from here there are countless walks, from a 30 minute stroll to a hike to the Cathedral City of Salisbury along the Ridgeway. The historic hill top town of Shaftesbury is just five miles away, Old Wardour Castle, four miles distant and the Palladian mansion of Stourhead thirteen. Beyond the immediate locale, Stonhenge, the historical cities of Salisbury and Bath are within comfortable driving distance, as is the Jurassic coast.
  • Had an amazing few days at the NaviHo, it's a really relaxing and beautiful place. Jane and Neil could not have been more accommodating, keeping in touch via phone/WhatsApp they were on hand for everything we needed. We'll definitely be back!

    Katie2020-03-21T00:00:00Z
  • We loved our stay here, the design of the place is great and we managed to see a lovely sunset and an amazing starry night sky from the cosy viewing platform. The homemade bread was delicious, and plenty was provided to make a good breakfast. Perfect space for two people to get away from it all. Would love to come back again!

    Vicky2020-03-17T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at the NaviHo, Jane goes above and beyond with little touches and the place itself is top notch. One thing to bear in mind that I couldn't spot on the listing is access. We almost brought my car instead of my partner's, and if we did - the roads would've been too tight and some have grass in the middle etc. If you have a sports car or a low car it'll be hairy. Would definitely stay again and encourage anyone else to as well.

    Jack2020-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • Had a great time here and would strongly recommend anyone to stay here. Great hosts.

    Christopher2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Jane & Neil are really welcoming and friendly hosts, nothing is too much trouble. The Navihoe is spotlessly clean and cosy. You must take time to look at the fairy house, it's amazing. I would recommend taking some slippers to prevent the runs on the ladder to the snug hurting your feet. we will definitely be returning when the warmer weather arrives.

    Mathew2020-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • If you want to get away and chill with some beautiful walks in the country right on the doorstep then you need to pay this place a visit. Jane was very helpful and even offered to pick us up from the pub which is a 20 min walk away and serves amazing food. Well worth a visit.

    Ross2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • Jane & Neil provided the perfect getaway weekend for my girlfriend and I, nothing was to much trouble and they both went above and beyond to make our stay special. The NaviHo is stunning, unique and set in a breathtaking location. We will absolutely be returning in the summer. Thank you so much!

    Alex2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • The NaviHo Apex was just the most pleasant place to spend a few days. Jane and Neil had thought of everything. Very quiet and peaceful, great for nature-watching. We especially liked the reading platform. Just great.

    Jeffrey2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Magna Cottage is a 300-year-old self catering holiday rental nestling in a secluded valley at the end of a no-through-road on the Cranborne Chase, a mile from Ashmore in Dorset. This holiday cottage, a detached thatched flint property, is in an ideal location for an outdoor break in Dorset, with plenty of walking opportunities. From the cottage there is direct access to forest walks and mountain bike trails and it is conveniently located for the Wessex Ridgeway walk. It is also is ideal for guests seeking a 'get away from it all' location. This holiday cottage at a glance Sleeps eight guests. Four bedrooms, one shower room and one bathroom. Inglenook fireplace with an open fire. Large one acre lawned orchard garden, ideal for children. Ample onsite parking. Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome (small additional charge per dog). WiFi. Minimum of a three night stay. Additional features Thatched roof. Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer. Freezer in adjoining shed. Two TVs, DVD player,CD player. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Garden chairs and logs in adjoining shed. Sorry, no barbecues due to thatch. Attractions and nearby amenities As the highest village in Dorset the views from the walks in the area are spectacular to the coast of the Isle of Wight. The Fontmell pub is excellent and only a five minute drive from the cottage and the Beckford Arms is also very good and about 20 minutes away. There are many others within a five-mile radius and in Shaftesbury, five miles to the north. Other places to visit in this area of Dorset include Salisbury, Longleat, Stonehenge and Poole, all within a 45-minute drive. There are glorious sandy beaches and sandbanks at the entrance to Poole Harbour.
  • Wonderful, cosy and comfortable cottage with lots of lovely touches. Loved the welcome basket and great to have access to fire wood if you are there in the winter. The beds were really snug and comfortable too. Lovely stay for group of friends or families.

    Kellie2019-11-25T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful cottage just outside beautiful Shaftesbury, excellent and helpful host. A great place for a family holiday.

    Shelley2018-10-22T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful cottage. Lovely location and lovely house keeper. Very clean and well equipped house. Recommend everyone who wants a cute and cozy get away place.

    Agnes2018-10-14T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location, great crockery, comfy beds, loads of logs for the fire and super welcome basket of goodies. We had an issue with hot water for the shower which Rural Retreats are helping us with. Great house for a family Christmas, lots of super walks close by and nice pubs. Listening to the owls at night was our favourite part. Thank you, Harriet, for your help.

    Katie2017-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    8


    Bedrooms

    4

    Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Our Airbnb room is in our comfortable family home. It is a double room with tea and coffee making facilities, television and storage space. There is a clean and bright family bathroom with power shower over the bath. You are free to use the large kitchen dining area; breakfast of fruit juice, hot drinks, cereals and toast is provided.We are very welcoming to guests, please let us know if you have any specific requirements.
    Lovely village with shop and country walks. Close to Shaftesbury with the famous Gold Hill, coffee shops and stunning views.Close to the A303 and main train line from London as well as local attractions like Stourhead, Longleat and Stonehenge.
    Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Motcombe, England, United Kingdom

    Modern mid terrace town house in a lovely quiet, private secluded courtyard, seconds walk from the beautiful sites of Gold Hill and Shaftesbury High St with magnificent views across the town.
    During your stay you will have sole use of our home, split over 3 floors you will have full use of the ground floor : kitchen, living room, bathroom, conservatory and rear courtyard, and the 1st floor on suite master bedroom, with a dedicated parking space directly outside. Ideal for couples, or a sole traveller looking for a relaxing break, or short stop over. An excellent alternative to local hotels. (very safe for lone travellers)
    Shaftesbury is a small market town with a fascinating history and the home of Gold Hill made famous by the “Hovis” advert and has magnificent views over Thomas Hardy’s Blackmore Vale. Our neighbours are lovely and friendly. On your doorstep is a supermarket, post office and numerous coffee shops, independent boutiques and swimming pool.
  • Really enjoyed my stay at Andy's place. I had the place to myself. Very clear instructions for check in and getting settled. Place was immaculately clean, warm and very comfortable. Would highly recommend. Well stocked kitchen with utensils to prepare meals. Would definitely recommend!

    Kene2020-03-28T00:00:00Z
  • A very comfortable and pleasant place to stay.

    Julia2020-03-18T00:00:00Z
  • Fabulous house, really clean and so convenient for visiting Shaftesbury.

    Jill2020-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • This was our 2nd stay at Andys place so we already knew we could expect a great stay. Once again communication was great, and Andy was very accommodating when i asked on the day of arrival if a later checkout would be possible the following day. The house was very clean and tidy as it was the last visit aswell. We will always be happy to return again, definitely our go to place when needing accommodation! :) Thankyou once again for a lovely stay Andy. Best wishes to you and your family x

    Caroline2020-03-10T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and a lovely house. :)

    James2020-02-29T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely property with all the amenities you need.. great location within walking distance of the town

    Helen2020-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay. So close to Tesco and the High Street. The house was spotless and really lovely. Andy was really helpful and replied to messages quickly. Check in was hassle free and we felt really at home. Would definitely recommend!

    Dionne2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic little house. Everything you need for a comfortable stay.

    Sharon2020-02-04T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dorset, England, United Kingdom

    A converted barn at Cann Common next to the main house with its own garden, patio and parking area. Located on a no-through road with only local residents traffic, giving a peaceful setting with views of the surrounding hills. Shaftesbury just over a mile with its historic Gold Hill and a good choice of shops and places to eat. It is a good base for exploring the area, offering historic houses, interesting gardens, walks, the Jurassic Coast, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath and much more.
    The Barn has its own separate entrance into a large, bright open-plan space divided into kitchen, dining and sitting area. The kitchen is well equipped and to one side a door leads outside to its own private garden with patio sitting area and lawn. To the right of the main door a staircase leads upstairs to the bedroom and bathroom where quality towels and towelling robes are provided. The luxurious king size bed has crisp white Egyptian sheets and pleasing views of the surrounding hills and the garden is readily seen through the windows.
    The property is located in a very pleasant, quiet rural location, but readily accessible to main routes giving access to a variety of places of interest to visit. We have a number of high quality eating venues in the locality, Shaftesbury 2 miles away, a saxon hilltop town with plenty of interesting aspects to view, shops to enjoy and good food. Farther afield Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral and Stonehenge close by, also Bath the Roman Baths and its beautiful bath stone buildings. We are not far from the coast, giving chance of good walking and also the well known Jurassic Coast line. SHAFTESBURY, 2 miles http://www.shaftesburytourism.co.uk/ STOURHEAD GARDENS, 13 miles https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead LONGLEAT, 22 miles https://www.longleat.co.uk/ SALISBURY CITY & CATHEDRAL, 22 miles http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/ BATH, 34 miles http://visitbath.co.uk/ JURASSIC COAST, 40 miles http://jurassiccoast.org/?gclid=CPGKz5SU8c8CFYpAGwodf-wFPA
  • We had such a lovely stay at the barn. Rosie has thought of everything and it truly is a home away from home. The little touches such as fresh flowers, games and breakfast just make it even better. The perfect place to stay and our dog loved the enclosed garden where he could say hello to Rosie’s lovely dogs too. We will be back! Thank you Rosie.

    Matthew2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • Great location, off the beaten track, but close to everything. ‘The Barn’ is spacious, yet cosy and homely aswell as super clean. Rosie is lovely and gives you a warm welcome. Highly recommend a stay here.

    Francesca2020-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • Very spacious comfortable accommodation, made even better by the support and welcome from Rosie. You won’t regret booking a stay at The barn

    Sarah2020-01-04T00:00:00Z
  • Thank you for a lovely New Years stay. The barn was beautifully furnished and so cosy with a great garden for the dog. It had everything we needed equipment-wise for an easy and comfortable stay and Rosie was very hospitable and helpful. We loved the area and will definitely be back to stay again!

    Teresa2020-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful time staying in Rosie's beautiful home. It was absolutely perfect - extremely clean and comfortable and cosy with lots of fantastic space. Would highly recommend. The living space, dining, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom were excellent and far exceeded expectation. Truly luxurious little touches everywhere! Even better than the photos! Thanks Rosie

    Ashley2019-11-18T00:00:00Z
  • The accommodation is absolutely wonderful. Totally clean and tidy. The king size bed is awesome, also the shower is great, didn't want to get out of both of these once I was in them. Rosie is a lovely lady who will give you advice on the local area and beyond. Would totally recommend this place to anyone a real gem.

    Leigh2019-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • If you want a relaxing, quiet location and great amenities this is the place for you. Great host very friendly and hospitable. A lovely barn very well furnished and perfect for two guests. Highly recommended by us.

    Sandra2019-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • Rosie is a lovely host, the attention to detail was amazing. Everything provided was of a high quality. Absolutely loved the place. This was our first stay in an Air bnb property and if this is the standard we'll never stay in a hotel again. Will definitely stay at Ash tree cottage again when in the area next.

    Paul2019-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Other


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Cann Common, England, United Kingdom

    Nestled in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, The Old Forge is the perfect retreat for those looking to appreciate the slower pace of life. The 18th Century former Carriage and Wheelwrights workshops have been transformed to create two charming two self-catering cottages with unique appeal. Constantly evolving, recent years have seen the introduction of Sam and Mabel the Shepherd's Huts embracing the 'glamping' revolution.
    The Smithy lies just across the yard from the main house and was the original Blacksmiths forge. It still retains many of the original features and blacksmiths artefacts and has made a wonderful conversion with views across the village green to Fontmell Down. It also has its own private sitting area under a Pergola entwined with grapes and honeysuckle. Accommodation consists of a sitting room/dining room with wood burning stove, steps down to a kitchen and bathroom. Steps up from the sitting room lead to the galleried double bedroom. A perfect honeymoon retreat! Dogs are allowed in the Smithy, for £25 per dog. Please let us know in advance if you are planning on bringing your four legged friend. And please being bedding, towels, bowels etc. All we ask is no dogs on the furniture, and please be aware that we have horses, donkeys, chickens, dogs and a cat on site!
    The Old Forge is situated in the picturesque village of Compton Abbas which is just a 5 minute drive from our famous little town of Shaftesbury. Walks can be taken directly from the door, up onto National Trust Downland.
  • We loved our stay in this cosy and quirky place and would very much like to return. Tim, Lucy and Sophie were wonderful hosts and we have no hesitation in recommending the Smithy as an excellent base to explore a beautiful part of the country.

    David2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • Cosy, idyllic and lovely hosts!!!

    Risa2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • Had a lovely time

    Vaiva2019-11-03T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely host. Gorgeous home in a charming location ! We recommend the place

    Guillaume2019-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • I cannot think of anything I would change. The location enables you to explore pretty much all of Dorset within an hour. It is peaceful and very comfortable, I am sure there are many fine places to eat close-by but it was much nicer to light the fire and cook something to stay in with. Beautiful surroundings, cosy accommodation, great hosts and a soundtrack of owls and woodpeckers...

    Peter2019-02-22T00:00:00Z
  • This was our second trip and it was as lovely as the first. We are always greeted warmly and the accommodation is great. Would highly recommend

    Graham2019-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • This was perfect in every way, beautiful location, beautiful cottage. Great walks for our dog. Definitely worth a visit.

    Stephanie2019-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • The Smithy is just lovely. Would highly recommend.

    Emma2017-04-16T00:00:00Z
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    Property Type

    Cottage


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    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Nr Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Recently converted former hay barn in farm courtyard in deepest North Dorset far from the madding crowds.
    An extremely comfortable base from which to explore all that Dorset and Wiltshire have to offer. We are midway between the market towns of Shaftesbury (historic Gold Hill) and Sturminster Newton. Accommodation is light, airy and newly decorated. The rear windows of the property look across the owner's organic vegetable gardens and glasshouse. There is no light pollution, enabling you to see the stars at night and expansive daytime views. No traffic noise disturbs this tranquility as Swallows Barn is at the end of a ‘No Through’ Lane, together with the owner’s farmhouse. The nearest village stores and pubs are 3 miles away in Child Okeford and Iwerne Minster. Stonehenge, Longleat, Stourhead, the spectacularJurassic coast and many National Trust properties are all within very easy reach. Would suit couple who enjoy a quiet night's sleep after a busy day exploring. Good base from which to cycle quiet backwaters, or walk the abundant footpaths.
    We like to share our special little corner of Dorset with guests who wish to experience peace and tranquility, away from any traffic noise and neighbours! We are very rural though so please don’t expect convenience stores, public transport or satellite TV but our WiFi is fast! Turn off your gadgets and enjoy the surrounding nature!
    Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Barn


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

    Little Lodge is our beautiful new designer Pinewood Lodge with its amazing Eco-Friendly Living Roof of shrubs that will adapt and change colours through the seasons. This lodge is all on one level and access is via the Decking which has a wide ramp rather than steps for easy accessibility for those less-mobile.
    Little Lodge is our beautiful new Pinewood Lodge with its amazing Eco Friendly, living roof of shrubs changing there colours throughout the seasons. It is positioned overlooking the Green, which is a large exclusive area of just five luxury Lodges and is adjacent to twenty five acres of meadows with a spring water lake, home to all manor of wildlife, ducklings, Canada geese, & Swans. Guest are free to walk, jog or just relax and picnic by the lake. The Lodge comprises of one good size room with one 6ft wide (super king) bed or two 3ft single beds ( please specify your requirements when booking). There is a wall mounted TV, a small seating area with a coffee table, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities ( please note this accommodation does not include a kitchen). The ensuite wet room consists of a good size walk in shower, wash basin and toilet. There is a large sundeck with seating and tables. We have a selection of 1 to 4 bedroom lodges all located with their own private gardens. Guest access All the Lodges overlook the green, area fro the enjoyment of our lodge guest exclusively. THE ACCESS IS ALL ON ONE LEVEL AND THE DECKING IS ENTERED BY A RAMP.
    Surrounded by Dorset’s picturesque countryside, Little Lodge provides the perfect retreat in which to unwind and escape the stresses and strains of modern life. Our Park is nestled in the Blackmore Vale, just below the historic Saxon hill top town of Shaftesbury. There’s plenty of space to relax, walk and play, with traditional country pubs and contemporary restaurants within easy reach. As well as some Iconic landmarks and hidden Gems.
    Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Cabin


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

    The Bake House is A Spacious detached self Sufficient Studio With its own access and is in a very private and peaceful location. The Bakehouse Comprises of it’s own Bathroom and Kitchen, living and Dining area and has a South facing private Sun Patio with far reaching views . The luxury King size Pull out Bed is of Italian design, made from the finest leather, the mechanics allowing it to smoothly fold out from being a luxury sofa into a Kingsize luxury Bed. Very Private with Stunning views.
    The whole dwelling a South facing Sun Terrace with views and access to beautiful countryside. Wonderful views and a very private secluded space.
    The Bakehouse is set in the most beautiful secluded peaceful setting, yet the Town of Shaftesbury is minutes away. Shaftesbury has a lovely town with all amenities. Pubs ,Coffee Houses Restaurants, Cafes. The famous Gold Hill leads down to St James where the Bakehouse is situated. Stonehenge and fabulous Beaches and the Jurassic coast are all within a day trip. Stonehenge Wardour Castle, Messums Art Gallery, Swimming Pools and so much more are all on your doorstep. The Bakehouse is very private and has the most wonderful views .
  • Very good location 7 mins from bottom of Gold Hill!

    Stephen2020-02-21T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay, it is a cosy, beautiful place, with so many thoughtful touches. Lyn gave us a warm welcome and ensured we had everything we needed. Highly recommended, we hope to be back again in the summer :)

    Lisa2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • We are very happy to live here.The house was very nice and comfortable ,Lyn was very nice.

    凤霞2019-11-24T00:00:00Z
  • This is a stunning little place, very light filled and with stunning views. Lyn is a thoughtful host leaving all the makings for a country breakfast. The Bake House is charming very clean and very cosy. Through the French Windows is a lovely deck with two rocking chairs that are just the things on which to fall asleep in the sunshine. We will b telling all our friends about the Bake House.

    Penny2019-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • The environment is beautiful, the space is free, the traffic is convenient, and the landlord is enthusiastic.

    志刚2019-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing place to stay, the views are 5*. The bread, bacon and eggs were a lovely touch! The oven at the bake house was brilliant cooked a lovely dinner in there. Lyn is lovely and welcoming into her bake house. We are definitely coming back. Thank you love Julie and Mum

    Julie2019-08-27T00:00:00Z
  • Well worth a visit. Hostess with the mostest. Beautiful location. Lovely studio with the most relaxing outlook. Definitely recommend this accommodation and this part of Dorset.

    Kate2019-08-24T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed 2 nights in The Bakehouse which is a very quaint private and secluded space with amazing views from the small back terrace to the open countryside beyond. The Bakehouse has everything you need for a self contained stay, is cosy and comfy and is in a great location for exploring the town (it’s close to the bottom of Gold Hill of the Hovis ad fame) and the surrounding countryside. There are lots of nice touches including a super breakfast and Lyn is a very friendly helpful and informative host. We would thoroughly recommend the Bakehouse.

    Elaine2019-08-11T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Guesthouse


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dorset, England, United Kingdom

    COVID-19 - Free use for NHS staff The Yellow House is a delightful slice of history. Nestled within the heart of the Saxon old town of Shaftesbury, this bright and charming grade II listed 1 bedroom cottage offers a home to all. On the boarder between the Blackmore Vale and Cranbourne Chase, Shaftesbury is a perfect springboard into the depths of Dorset woods and Wiltshire's Nadder valley. The cottage offers basic amenities including teas, coffees, and milk on the day of arrival. Henry
    The house would perfectly suit a couple. There are two woodburners with plenty of wood in the small garden that can be used, or central heating if preferred. Be aware there are lots of original features including low beams, chalk painted walls and lime render. Therefore please do not expect a pristine decor :) clean and characterful is more the look. The oak wardrobe in the bedroom provides ample storage for clothing, with another cupboard beneath the stairs for coats and bags. There is a shower and a bath, feel free to use the candles, lotions and potions displayed. You can bring pets, (as long as they don't have sharp claws :) as I just fitted solid oak flooring downstairs.
    Shaftesbury is a wonderful quaint Saxon hiltop town. Teeming with history, the remains of the abbey, Gold Hill and the the Town Hall are a definitely worth a visit. There so many fantastic places to walk, run or climb. Whether it be around the local area or on the Dorset coast. Please feel free to ask for some suggestions! This website shows some of the great things to do around Shaftesbury https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-to-do-in-shaftesbury-dorset-england/
  • A delightful cottage right in the heart of Shaftesbury. We had so much fun and Angie was the most welcoming host. After we had checked out, we realised we had forgotten something and Angie was so helpful in sorting it out for us. Couldn’t fault the stay. Thank you!

    Jennifer2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay in Dorset and loved the quirkiness of this property. Henry was very easy to deal with and quick to respond. Worth mentioning that we were staying at a cold time of year and the property stayed nice and warm for us. Recommend the Ship just around the corner for a drink.

    Fergus2020-02-24T00:00:00Z
  • Thank you Henry and Angie for a wonderful stay! It was such a delightfully cosy and interesting place to stay. The life contained within your cottage oozes from every artefact, it was a welcoming place to snuggle down with the woof after a long day walking. You will not stay anywhere with more character and charm!

    Elizabeth2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • Angie was a brilliant host. Showed us where everything was in the property and was more than happy for us to contact her during our stay should we had needed to. Location is right in the centre of Shaftesbury. Will definitely be staying again! Thanks

    Alex2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • Authentic English cottage with a lovely fireplace, very close to the centre of Shaftesbury. Very friendly and hospitable hosts.

    Lara2020-01-31T00:00:00Z
  • Henry’s cottage is great! Just as cute as the photos! Cosy, great bath, lots of books to read, plenty of wood for the roaring log burners! We loved it :) It was clean, with several thoughtful touches to make it easier for guests... Milk, butter, tea, coffee, etc etc. We had such a great welcome by Angie too. She explained everything really clearly, was helpful and had thought out particular places for us to visit/eat at for our anniversary. Shaftesbury is so beautiful too. We had a great time!

    Annie2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect for a peaceful and relaxing retreat. Beautiful cottage with a selection of books most libraries would be envious of!

    Joe2020-01-22T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely cottage with the feel of a cosy cabin. Open fire was so nice on cold windy winter's nights. Just loved it.

    Charles2020-01-17T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Cottage


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dorset, England, United Kingdom

    PEARTREE ANNEX is a refurbished self-contained dwelling attached to an 18th-century thatched cottage in an acre of lawns and informal gardens with uninterrupted 180-degree countryside views. New kitchen, lounge diner with laptop corner TV Bluetooth, Wifi and spiral stairs to en-suite super king bedroom. The dedicated patio accesses lawns, gardens, and BBQ that connect directly to countryside footpaths and bridleways. Dogs on leads max 2 £10 p.d p.night Off road parking, cycles lockup.
    This part of Dorset is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with many attractions to explore: Saxon and Roman Hillforts, TheJurrasic coast, Chalk hillside images depicting military and folklore history. Within an hours drive visit Wells, Sherborne, Poole, Salisbury and further afield Stonehenge, Lyme Regis, Bath, and the Narrowboat Canal Network. Ideal walking and riding country with Bridleways and Footpaths directly accessible from this rural retreat where of a Summer's evening may be heard the silence and occasionally witnessing the magnificent white Barn Owl in flight trawling the fields. Local pubs serving food all within 5km are The Langton Arms - Tarrant Muncton; The Whitehorse - Stourpain; The Talbot - Ewerne Minster; The Castleman Hotel - Chettle it's 5 star restaurant is highly recommended for formal lunch or evening dining
    Enjoy the tranquility and peace of the open and accessible English Countryside with its abundance of native trees, hedgerows, wildflowers, and birdsong to be savored at leisure. No buses, footpaths, shops or street lighting, just a quiet village with an ancient and beautiful church. It has an active Village Hall Community with functions often available to visitors. Go to www.tarrantgunville.org.uk
  • David’s place is beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. It’s rural position makes it perfect for a truly relaxing break. Thank you for welcoming us to your home. David & Anne

    David2019-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • A delightful annex with everything you need for a comfortable stay, with a big comfy bed. We were given very clear and helpful instructions to find the cottage. The village is incredibly picturesque, and the location was perfect for us to get to and from a wedding at Larmer tree gardens. Breakfast things for the morning were particularly appreciated!

    Hazel2019-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • From the start David was a amazing host. Very quick at responding and full of local knowledge. His home is beautiful, in an amazing location, it’s a real gem ( the bed was super comfortable too!) He made us feel so welcome. We had a welcome pack consisting of milk, bread, jams, fresh orange juice & eggs. Which was such a lovely touch. He also went that extra mile and dropped us to the wedding venue as we were having trouble with taxi’s. The only down side was we didn’t stay long enough. We hope to return one day for a little mini break.

    Kelly2019-10-05T00:00:00Z
  • A warm welcome, helpful advice, the necessities of life catered for, spotless accommodation, tranquil settings and genuine friendliness awaited us in the sunny valleys of Dorset.

    Sarah2019-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • David is a great host and goes that extra mile to help

    Keith2019-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • David’s ‘little house’ is attached to the most beautiful thatched cottage with a wonderful garden - an absolute refuge for us from the madness of the city. It was incredibly clean and comfortable - all we needed for a perfect weekend. It was wonderful to sit outside in the sun in a lovely garden having breakfast every morning! David was a very kind and thoughtful host. And the countryside around the cottage is awash with history, beautiful walks and good pubs! Thank you David.

    Andrew2019-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • David's place is adorable. Exceptional cleanliness and comfort. The super size king bed is a dream! Thoughtful extras provided for breakfast and local knowledge tips too. We would highly recommend this cottage if you wish to see beautiful Dorset :-)

    Abi2019-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Cottage


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Tarrant Gunville, England, United Kingdom

    Charming, sunny bedroom, with French doors opening onto the garden. Modern en suite shower room with large walk in shower. Continental or Full English Breakfast served in the dining room overlooking the garden & landscape, or on the terrace in good weather. Local farm ingredients or garden produce used where possible. Tea and coffee making facilities in bedroom. Supremely comfortable King size Hypnos mattress. Quiet and relaxing, with lovely views across the Blackmore Vale.
    Lovely bright sunny Kingsize bedroom (5' /155cm bed & Hypnos mattress) with private modern en suite shower room. Located on ground floor but a couple of steps are involved. French doors open onto garden from bedroom. Wardrobe space. Two comfortable armchairs in room. Side tables and bedside table lights. Ample, safe, off road parking. Well behaved dog may be allowed, but please discuss with me first. If agreed, please bring its bed/basket. Stables and field may be available if you wish to accommodate your horse for a small charge.
    Our nearest town (2.3 miles away) is the hilltop market town of Shaftesbury, famous for its Gold Hill as well is its Saxon Abbey (built by King Alfred in 888; ruined by Henry VIII in 1539). You do need a car or taxi to access. It has a Tourist Information Office which has lots of information about events and places to see far and wide. There are plenty of individual shops as well as restaurants and pubs. There is also a swimming pool in the town. Shaftesbury Art Centre holds various events including theatre productions, films and exhibitions. Sturminster Newton (7 miles away) has a similar, slightly larger Theatre/Arts Centre. We are 5 minutes drive from Port Regis School, Motcombe. 2 miles away is Gillingham, Dorset, with mainline direct train service to London Waterloo (2 hours) as well as a leisure centre with swimming pool. There is also a Waitrose supermarket there. Stourhead (NT) is just 7 miles away; Wilton House, Kingston Lacey (NT), Corfe Castle (NT) are all 20-40 minutes drive. Sherborne with its well known school and Abbey is 20 minutes away, as well as Sherborne Castle (built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594). The towns of Salisbury and Bath are ca. 45 minutes drive. (Both have theatres and Bath in particular has a large number of pre-London productions with some well known actors). The Jurrassic Coast is a similar distance with the nearest bay being Lulworth Cove alongside the famous Durdle Door. Studland Bay (NT) has long sandy beaches, including a section of nudist beach, and Weymouth which has a lovely busy harbour (and sandy beach); both around 50 mins drive. There are pubs, gastro pubs and restaurants in the area as well as a couple of spas/health clubs. Bath & West Showground is a 25 minute drive and holds numerous events such as antiques and collectors fairs, garden shows, agricultural shows, vintage car shows, etc. Longleat safari park is about 30 minutes drive. There is an Outlet shopping village at Shepton Mallet (Kilver Court, which sells upmarket brands at greatly reduced prices eg Toast, LK Bennett, Paul Smith, Mulberry, Whistles and many more)which is about 20-25 minutes - and en route you can visit the Hauser & Wirth gallery/restaurant near Bruton. Walking in the area includes Fontmell Down (National Trust), Duncliffe Woods (Woodland Trust), Stourhead Estate (NT), etc. Compton Abbas airfield is about 15 minutes drive and from there you can have a flying lesson or a sightseeing trip over the glorious countryside (advance booking essential) - or even land your own (small) plane. They also have a café and you can just sit and watch the planes landing and taking off. There is also the opportunity to take a balloon flight in the area with Virgin Balloon flights at Henstridge Airfield. Horse Racing at Wincanton is ca. 10 miles and at Salisbury, ca 18 miles. If you want to go a bit further afield, a day out can be spent at Lyme Regis, or Bournemouth, Poole, or 'Broadchurch' (filmed at West Bay). Exmoor is easily reachable for a relaxing day trip as is the New Forest. Stonehenge is 25 miles away. For the keen gardener, there are several garden centres within a few miles. Lots more info and tips on arrival !
  • Very comfortable stay!

    David & Vivienne2019-09-15T00:00:00Z
  • Great room, lovely breakfast and great hosts. We would definitely stay there again if in the area.

    Peta2019-08-25T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay with Anne and Francois. They are a lovely couple who have a beautiful home situated in outstanding countryside just outside Shaftesbury. It is ideal for touring that area or going to the Dorset Steam Fair as we did. The room was very comfortable and breakfast was excellent. Would definitely stay again.

    Ann2019-08-24T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent stopover or longer stay as only a few minutes from beautiful Shaftesbury. Great welcome on arrival. Ann explained where everything was. House set back from the A30 with exceptional gardens, which regrettably we didn't have time to visit. Room was extremely comfortable and full English breakfast was excellent, with nothing too much trouble in the catering. Would definitely stay again. Thank you Ann.

    Mary2019-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • The apartman and the room was sparkling clean and nice! The bed and the sheets was realy comfortable. We had got a realy nice welcome, with some wine! Such a lovely people! We really enjoyed that short time there, and we can just recommend them!

    Zoltan2019-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • Anne's place was an excellent place to break our journey south. It was very clean, easy to find, has a lovely garden, and Anne was very accommodating and helpful. And the breakfast in the morning was great!

    Ed2019-07-16T00:00:00Z
  • Ideal position for visiting Shaftesbury & Sherborne. A clean, comfortable & cosy en-suite room with lovely breakfast.

    Robert2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
  • Wow! What an accommodating, warm, intelligent, cultured and interesting couple with an exceptionally tasteful and beautiful home, providing luxury accommodation with that real home-from-home touch in the balance. Sumptuous large blissfully comfortable bed/bedding, and spectacularly powerful, enormous and indulgent shower, all immaculately clean, with a 5* breakfast. If I could rate it higher I would (and I am a professional Chef with many 5* breakfasts under my belt that have fallen short). The local produce, expertly cooked, and presented, the discerning taste of true quality, and their cooking prowess was the cherry on the cake at the end of a delightful stay. The whole experience surpassed all expectation. The real treasure was the breathtaking location. It was countryside at its very best - rolling hills, orchards, horses and a landscaped fairytale garden that I fell in love with. In fact, I could not have had a more peaceful, calm or restful stay, and at such a reasonable price, you just walk away feeling spoilt rotten. I cannot wait to stay again. Thank you both so very much.

    Pinque2019-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    North Dorset District, England, United Kingdom

    Quintessential Thatched Cottage in Beautiful Village, Donhead St Mary Nearby Shaftesbury Parking for 2 Cars Available 29th June-26th July 1 Month Available 06th August-06th September Dorset Coast approx 1 hour. Stable Door Two Gardens Pythouse Kitchen Garden Semley Antiques Ludwell Store short drive or long walk Walk out the door into lovely country lanes Homely and Cosy, odd tractor goes by with pheasant appearing in gardens More photos available in April 2020.
    Woodburner. Pretty front and back garden. Parking for two cars.
    Local pubs and lovely country walks. Local (Ludwell) grocery store and butcher. Shaftesbury nearby with the famous Gold Hill.
    Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Cottage


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Donhead Saint Mary, England, United Kingdom

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