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Moorleaze - Shaftesbury

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Witham Friary, Frome, Somerset
Grade 5 Star rating
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms2
Pets0
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Description

Shaftesbury is set in an idyllic location where there are an abundance of walks to enjoy through the 76 acres of grounds.

"Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife"

Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
"a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
  • Wi-fi
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared courtyard, garden
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
  • Shared games chalet
  • Shared tennis court
  • Shared children’s play area
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

  • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
  • Tennis court
  • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
  • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
  • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
  • Large courtyard with seats and tables
  • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

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Features

  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
    Stairgate
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Children's Play Area
    Children's Play Area
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays


Customer Comments

  • 10

    24/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2018
    Lovely cottage. Well equipped and spotlessly clean. Excellent location too


  • 6

    10/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 22/01/2018
    A nice cottage but not much to do in the local area. I rated it 6 for a few reasons... Our cottage had a really bad smell of drains in one bedroom which we reported and we moved at least 20 dead flies. The swimming pool was nice but the chemicals in it were so strong that both my husband and daughter had a reaction to it and so we couldn’t use it. We had to use the local leisure centre instead! Generally a bit disappointing.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for reviewing Shaftesbury Cottage. We are obviously disappointed that your feedback was very different to the comments we normally receive as we want all our guests to thoroughly enjoy themselves. As you will see from maps of the area, we are surrounded by fields and woods. For many guests this is a positive and they also believe, as we do, that there are loads of nearby places to visit. Within a 15 mile radius these include Longleat, Bath, Stourhead, and Glastonbury, Wells, Wookey Hole, the Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Air Museum and walks in 2 different Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nearby Frome is lauded in the national press, and Bruton has become very trendy. However we accept that whilst walks in and around Moorleaze are very popular, other places do need transport to get there. As we were away the weekend you visited, we can’t comment directly on other points. However we understand from our manager that you raised the issue of a smell some 24-30 hours after your arrival. He immediately offered to move you to another cottage, which you declined. Comments on the pool were a surprise as we had a lot of positive feedback about the pool from other guests that weekend. That said we appreciate that some people are sensitive to chlorine and algaecides. We personally clean and swim in the pool over 300 times per year, and we do try our best to keep the pool safe, clean and friendly for everyone. In your case we didn’t succeed so sorry about your disappointment.

  • 8

    06/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2017
    An ideal place for a family. Lovely countryside setting. The children loved feeding the enormous fish in the lake in the grounds. The swimming pool was excellent. Good games room for all ages. Tennis court and rackets available. Lovely houses, well looked after and landlady on hand for any queries. Easy ride to Longleat , Stourhead and Nunnery Castle. Wished the local pub had served meals but quite unique and very cheap - other pubs with excellent food a short ride away. Altogether a very relaxing week.


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