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Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Bankside

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Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating
Pets 3
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Customers’ Choice Award 2018
This shepherd’s hut provides idyllic lakeside accommodation, for couples looking to relax, or explore this isolated and rural location.

These wonderful shepherd’s huts are located on the edge of a carp lake, and are now delightful holiday cabins, situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, offering a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border. Watch the continuous antics of the varied birdlife visiting the lake from the balcony. Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, renowned for its natural beauty, Bankside and Lakeside Hut provide an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in the area. Gillingham has a rich history dating back over 1000 years, and has enjoyed mentions in a great deal of literature, including the work of Thomas Hardy. Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Anglo Saxon times. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time, whilst walking round the ruins of the abbey, or just enjoying the history of the area displayed in the Gold Hill Museum. The town is the home of Gold Hill, made famous by the ‘Hovis’ advertisement, and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. There is a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants for tourists to enjoy. This is known as the ‘Gateway to the South West’, from which you can tour the area from Stonehenge in the east, to Bath and Bristol to the north, and Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south. A visit to the National Trust Stourhead House and Gardens is also recommended. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
Bankside (ref. UKC1414) and Lakeside Hut (ref. W43465) can be booked together to accomodate up to 4 guests.

5 steep steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space.
Living area:
With electric coal-effect fire, 26" Freeview TV, DVD player and twin beds.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
Galley style with gas cooker, microwave and fridge.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric central heating and gas included. Enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Use of owner’s washing machine. Welcome pack. Unspoilt grounds (shared). Fishing on site. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: This property is by the side of a lake.

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  • Barbecue
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Glamping

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2017
    A lovely,cosy,well equipped lodge in an absolutely beautiful location with a well stocked carp lake.Perfect for a relaxing holiday.Can't recommend highly enough.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2017
    This is an absolutely delightful little shepherd's hut in a beautiful setting. It is very well equipped, very clean and neat and the owners are friendly and helpful. If there is a drawback it is that the beds are a trifle narrow, but that cannot be remedied due to the layout of the interior, and was not really an issue for me. I shall certainly book again, it was a most enjoyable week. Its very close to both Mere and Gillingham so shopping was easy.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    RELAXING great atmosphere beautiful views from hut across the lake , partner enjoyed fishing while I read and Harvey the dog watched the wild life

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 14/08/2017
    Lovely peaceful location. Friendly owners. Would recommend.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    ideal for a getaway break, and a spot of fishing. Debby is very attentive and on the ball. nothing is to much trouble and is very helpful with surrounding excursions and places to visit. will be back next year.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/07/2017
    Love the location and the peace and quiet. Good fishing in the lake and very friendly hosts. Will definately go back again.

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9.5 out of 10 – based on 10 reviews collected by Reevoo
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