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Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Bankside

Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating


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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 0
Bathrooms 1
Pets 3
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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, towels and Wi-Fi 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
  • WiFi
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Glamping
  • Waterside Breaks
    Waterside Breaks
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2018
    It was a lovely spot very relaxing loads of places to go but the beds were small and narrow and the stench from the chicken farm was not nice it made me want to be sick but other than that the hut was lovely quirky but won't be going again

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/09/2018
    This is our second stay and have booked again for next year!Lovely hosts,quirky,comfortable shepherds hut in a stunning location...with a lake packed with carp and sheep in the garden!Perfect!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    great time both had a great time

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 24/08/2018
    Lovely setting, I travelled alone and enjoyed a very relaxing break.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/07/2018
    Fabulous weekend away. Very relaxing and the owners are very friendly and welcoming.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    Would recommend and will be back fantastic the fishing was fantastic

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2018
    Peace and quiet, surrounded by sheep, birds and fish. A delightful location. The fishing was very good, the challenge was to avoid the small fry taking your bait before the bigger ones find it. The hut was clean and provided all that was required for a good holiday. The owners were helpful and provided details of local facilities. We enjoyed our week and Bella, our dog, loved it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/06/2018
    A perfect location to relax and enjoy life at a slower pace. We were very fortunate with the weather which meant we were able to make the most of this beautiful, tranquil spot and enjoy it's wild life. Debbie and Lester were most welcoming and the bottle of wine in the fridge a very thoughtful gesture. We certainly look forward to a return visit in the future.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    Very relaxing holiday and cosy accomadation will go again

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9.4 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by Reevoo
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