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Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury’s elevated position provides wonderful views over three counties, this was once a medieval trading post; today the town offers a lovely picturesque location for a cottage holiday in Dorset.

There are centuries of fascinating history here, independent shops and regular weekly markets and a monthly farmers market. For a glimpse of old England visit Gold Hill with its chocolate box thatched cottages and ancient cobblestones, familiar to thousands as the location for the fondly remembered ‘Hovis’ advert.

Close by there are lots of places to visit and things to do; Shaftesbury Arts Centre puts on a year-round program of plays, films, workshops and exhibitions. Sherbourne Castle dates back to 1594 and was built by Sir Walter Raleigh. This historic house displays 400 years of history and has fascinating interiors and marvellous collections furniture, art and porcelain. Outside is no less impressive with stunning architecture and acres of grounds designed by ‘Capability Brown’.

Shaftesbury is located amongst beautiful tranquil countryside just made for relaxing outdoor activities. The Wessex Ridgeway Trail passes through the heart of the Dorset countryside and due to its ridge-top elevation provides wonderful views. Also close by are numerous excellent cycling routes where you can get out and about and if you don’t bring your own, bicycle hire is available locally.

Other activities within the vicinity include a number of riding stables offering lessons and cross country rides and coarse fishing at Todber Manor Fisheries.

To discover this beautiful corner of Dorset, please take a look at our selection of Cottages in Sherbourne and surrounding area.
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  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 13049

    Spectacular views

    This well-maintained, first floor holiday garden apartment, an addition to the 18th-century farmhouse, has spectacular views and surrounding gardens. Mayo Farm, a working smallholding, overlooks the valleys and hills of the Blackmore Vale from its elevated position. Shaftesbury, with ancient abbey ruins and renowned Gold Hill, is within walking distance (along the B3081). NT Stourhead and Kingston Lacy nearby. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Please note: Although there are beds for 4, the maximum occupancy is 2 guests.

    All on first floor (stairs or stairlift): Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Small sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 steps to 1 twin (for alternative sleeping).

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared landscaped garden and 10-acre grounds. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Ornamental ponds in garden.

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  • Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W8523

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

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  • Whitebridge Farm Holiday Cottages - Cider Cottage

    Semley, Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: B4337

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Excellent walking and cycling area

    Set in a peaceful rural location on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Whitebridge Farm (refs B4337 and B6844), is not a working farm but is ideal for a family touring holiday with excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both the South Wiltshire and Dorset cycle ways pass nearby and there are numerous waymarked walks, including the half-hour Shaftesbury town trail, which leads to the famous Gold Hill, with its magnificent views. Many historic houses in the area, including Stourhead (NT). An hour’s drive leads to Salisbury, Bath, Cheddar and Weymouth. Visit Stonehenge, and then the ancient Avebury Stone Circle. Set in 10 acres, the eight cottages, two of which are featured here, are grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard and were once stables for the owner’s impressive farmhouse (built in 1872). Old beams have been retained wherever possible. Many pubs serving food and with outdoor eating/children’s play areas nearby - why not try East Knoyle for starters. Shop and pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden. Play area with swings. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Pets are welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times).

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  • Lakeside Hut

    Gillingham

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43465


    This extended shepherd’s hut located on the edge of a carp lake, is now a delightful holiday cabin 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, Lakeside Hut provides 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 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 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 NT gem Stourhead is also recommended. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room and bedroom area with 2 single beds/dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity fire in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob. Microwave. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 3 acres natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Paddock by arrangement. Fishing on-site (no licence required). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake, 20 yards.

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  • Cherry Orchard Cottages - The Old Cattle Stall

    Wyke, nr. Gillingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27736

    Situated on the edge of Gillingham in North Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, these two detached converted barns (refs 27736 and 27737), both for four and which can be booked independently or together, offer very presentable quality holiday accommodation in which to unwind, relax and enjoy the wealth of countryside and many attractions to be found in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Within easy driving distance are family attractions such as the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its mock aircraft carrier deck and Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with its huge collection of classic cars, Stourhead House and Gardens and, of course not to be missed, Longleat House and Safari Park which the children will love and which will give you some memorable moments. Further afield visit the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth with its sandy beach, the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and, inland, the Georgian city of Bath with its Pump Room, Roman Baths, many museums and shops. Alternatively, simply unwind enjoying country walking, village pubs in which to wine and dine, golf and fishing, or visit the quaint character towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Green Oak Cottage

    Sandley, nr. Gillingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43695


    This holiday cottage, with an outbuilding between the two properties, has a large, private and secluded patio area perched above the fields behind, offering far-reaching rural views across Blackmore Vale and cider orchards. There is a raised pond and fountain where you can listen to the sounds of birdsong. Locally produced award-winning cider is available from the farm opposite. The interior has been decorated and furnished, with great attention to detail and style. Attached to the owners home, it provides an excellent base from which to explore this corner of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. There are many countryside walks directly from the property, so you can leave the car and explore the beautiful Dorset countryside by foot. This includes a nice stroll to Buckhorn Weston where you will find the village pub/restaurant that welcomes walkers and their dogs. About 5 miles to the east you will Shaftesbury, a small market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Saxon hilltop forts. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time whilst walking round the ruins of the Abbey, or just enjoy 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 are a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. Surrounding Shaftesbury you will find the towns of Gillingham, Mere, Sturminster Newton and Sherbone, which make up the Blackmore Vale, where you can follow in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy along the River Stour, as well as visit Gillingham Museum with its railway history. You can also visit Sturminster Newton’s Mill and explore many of the varied and interesting shops and sights along the way. Sherbone, famous for its abbey and range of quality independent shops is only a short drive away. This area is 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, Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south. Within a short drive is Stourhead, an estate at the source of the River Stour, near Mere, which includes a Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden (NT). Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with walk-in shower/bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 5 years. NB: Unfenced raised pond in grounds.

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  • The Barn

    West Stour, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 27885

    This lovely single storey semi-detached converted barn is located in the village of West Stour, north west Dorset between the quaint market town of Shaftesbury and the abbey town of Sherborne. A perfect holiday location in a popular area. Within easy driving distance are many tourist attractions, Longleat Safari Park, Stourhead stately home and Fleet Air Arm Museum. Days out at Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth and the Famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast are recommended. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and vaulted ceiling. Kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bowling Green Farm - Marlott

    East Orchard, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 17134

    Situated in a courtyard of similar properties, these comfortable cottages are adjacent to the owners home and 8 acres of land, in the heart of the Blackdown Vale, an AONB, where the countryside is alive with deer, buzzards and pheasants, and just 4 miles south of Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. Nearby there is golf, gymnasium, fishing, 1 mile, and cycle paths and walking. Within easy driving, the historic towns of Blandford and Salisbury. Visit Longleat House and Safari Park, 22 miles, Stourhead House and Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Yeovil Air Museum, and the New Forest, where ponies roam, and the popular South Coast seaside resorts of Weymouth, 25 miles, Bournemouth and Poole, 22 miles. Stabling at cost by prior arrangement. Shops 3½ miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Cot. Couples and family bookings only.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Unfenced grassed area suitable for play, access to several acres of farmland for walking. Barbecue. Ample parking. Use of splash pool in owner’s garden. Wheelchair access - adapted for assisted wheelchair users. No smoking.

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  • D’Urbervilles

    Gillingham, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30002


    In Gillingham, north Dorset, near the Somerset and Wiltshire border between the abbey town of Sherborne and the Saxon town of Shaftesbury, with its famous Gold Hill, this detached single storey holiday home for 4 offers a great location to explore this popular area. Many family attractions within easy driving include Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and Montacute House to name a few. Poole, Bournemouth, Wareham and Dorchester, with many memorable places to visit, offer exciting days out. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Kelpers Barn

    Milton-on-Stour, nr. Gillingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: DEED

    Kelpers Barn is located on Whistley Farm in north Dorset on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, in an unspoilt and beautiful area of countryside, bordering the counties of Wiltshire and Somerset. The property stands detached in its own enclosed garden, with wonderful surrounding views of the adjoining grounds which feature a 4-hole pitch and putt golf course, and a lake which is available for coarse fishing, exclusively for guests.

    It provides an ideal base throughout the year, as Dorset has something for everyone, with countless, picturesque villages. The market town of Shaftesbury, which is the highest town in the county, was made famous by the Hovis advert of the 1970s, filmed on its iconic Gold Hill. From here, you can enjoy wide views of the Dorset countryside and the neighbouring town of Gillingham. Gillingham has a rich history dating back over 1000 years and has featured in a great deal of literature including the work of Thomas Hardy. Hambledon Hill, a national nature reserve with stunning views from the top, is Dorset’s most impressive Iron Age hillfort with multiple ramparts.

    The coastal resorts and sandy beaches in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch can be reached within a 50-minute drive. Other attractions in the area include Longleat House and Safari Park, a 15-minute drive, and Stourhead House and Gardens, a 5-minute drive. The historic cities of Bath and Salisbury are within an hour’s drive. Shop 1¼ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with patio doors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking NB: Lake in grounds, 200 yards

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  • The Acorns

    Moorside, near Sturminster Newton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC303

    Situated between Shaftesbury and Sherborne in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, The Acorns is a characterful annex for four, separate from the owners’ home in a peaceful, rural setting. There’s much to say about this beautiful area of Dorset; Shaftesbury is famous for its Gold Hill, and the historic market town of Sherborne features two castles and an abbey, making it a must-visit for history buffs. Within easy driving distance there are some superb family attractions to enjoy, such as Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Longleat House and Safari Park and more. Stourhead House and Gardens is well worth seeing, as is Salisbury Cathedral, and to the south, Sturminster Newton, Poole, Bournemouth and Blandford certainly won’t leave you short on things to do. There are scenic country walks in the area, fishing 2 miles away, and a number of local pubs to wine, dine and relax in. Beach 28 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors to patio.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle.
    Separate toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is 1 step to the garden.

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  • Bowling Green Farm - Tarrant Cottage

    East Orchard, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 14557

    Situated in a courtyard of similar properties, these comfortable cottages are adjacent to the owners home and 8 acres of land, in the heart of the Blackdown Vale, an AONB, where the countryside is alive with deer, buzzards and pheasants, and just 4 miles south of Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. Nearby there is golf, gymnasium, fishing, 1 mile, and cycle paths and walking. Within easy driving, the historic towns of Blandford and Salisbury. Visit Longleat House and Safari Park, 22 miles, Stourhead House and Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Yeovil Air Museum, and the New Forest, where ponies roam, and the popular South Coast seaside resorts of Weymouth, 25 miles, Bournemouth and Poole, 22 miles. Stabling at cost by prior arrangement. Shops 3½ miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with beams. Shower room with toilet.

    Travel cot.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Unfenced grassed area suitable for play, access to several acres of farmland for walking. Barbecue. Ample parking. Use of splash pool in owner’s garden. Wheelchair access - adapted for assisted wheelchair users. No smoking.

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