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Canford Magna

Canford Magna, near Wimborne, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 1
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This property is part of our English Country Cottages collection

An inspiring collection of properties chosen for their character, luxury and heritage, all graded 4 star and above.


Retaining many original features, this charming cottage lies in the unique village of Canford Magna.

This delightful Grade II listed cottage is one in a row of similar properties, set along the road which leads to the river and various scenic walks, including Castlemans Way, which leads to Poole. The cottage is one of 111 originally built as estate workers’ cottages for the Canford Estate, which is now Canford School, and they are known locally as Lady Wimborne Cottages. Their construction is attributed to the philanthropic work of Lady Charlotte Guest, wife of Sir John Guest who was the owner of a vast Welsh iron and steel works, followed by the work of their daughter-in-law Cornelia, Lady Wimborne, from whom the cottages took their name. The cottages were built between 1867 and 1904 and each has a number over the front door indicating the order they were built.
This light and airy, tastefully styled cottage has original features such as lattice windows, a wooden porch, large ornamental door hinges and an ornamental fire surround in the bedroom. The open plan living/dining room leads to a sunny conservatory, which opens to an enclosed courtyard. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, the master benefiting from a walk-in wardrobe, and a separate bathroom.
There is a bus stop close by for trips to the charming market town of Wimborne, or to Poole with its award-winning sandy beach. There is so much to do in the area, with Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury and Dorchester all within easy driving distance, as are The New Forest and Christchurch Harbour. Attractions to visit include Brownsea Island, Beaulieu Motor Museum, The Purbecks with the National Trust Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ’Hardy Country’ many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born in Dorchester. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful beaches as well as Jurassic Coastline for stunning views and walks, a World Heritage Site. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is walking and wildlife centres such as Avon Heath and Moors Valley with cycle hire, fishing, Segway and orienteering. Water sports are available nearby. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground Floor:
Living/dining room: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and laminate floor.
Kitchen: With gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1:
With double bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/04/2019
    Beautiful cottage. Cosy, everything you need. Everything within 10 to 30 minutes drive. Wimborne Minster, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch , Dorchester, Lyndhurst and Burley. Ideal location if you are looking to explore. Road busy, noise not a problem as other reviews have suggested. Double glazed which seemed to suffice but not much of a footpath if intend walking a dog. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend without question and look forward to booking again in the future. Thank you for allowing us to stay at your wonderful cottage.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/03/2019
    Lovely clean and comfortable cottage. Couldn't fault it. Would be quite happy to stay there again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/01/2019
    This is my second visit to this cottage. In 2017, I rated it the best holiday cottage I've stayed in (and I've stayed in lots). Today, it retains that accolade. It is superbly renovated, very comfortable and warm, with everything you need and some much appreciated welcoming treats. Whilst being fairly close to Wimbourne, it is also in a very convenient location for Pool, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Swanage and the New Forest. I recommend it highly and I am sure we will return next year, if not sooner.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    Lovely cottage in an excellent location.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    Lovely cottage, really nice layout, spotless, family friendly and the dog enjoyed being there too. The only downsides were the early morning noise from the chickens/rooster a couple of doors down and the road was extremely busy. Walking the dog down by the river was great, there were patches that the dog could play in the water. Can walk to a pretty village via the river, we had afternoon tea there, very nice.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I am so sorry that you experienced noise during the night. The cottage does have secondary double glazing, however with the brilliant weather we had this summer sleeping with windows open did bring with it the hazard of disturbance with outside noise.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    We have stayed in a lit of cottages all lovely in there way .but this one was very 5 stars .it was a high standard and a lot of thought has gone into it .and definitely will be going back there

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/04/2018
    Fell in love with this beautiful cottage. Such a lovely welcome from the owner leaving Prosecco and cream cakes in the fridge! Pretty decor, very well equipped - a real home from home. Thoroughly enjoyed staying there and will likely book again. Only small negative was the master bed being a bit too firm for us but that is personal choice. Otherwise absolutely would have no hesitation in rebooking.

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9.4 out of 10 – based on 17 reviews collected by Reevoo
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