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The Byre

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Fifehead Magdalen, near Gillingham, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating
Pets 1
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The Byre offers a great holiday retreat for couples with a small child to get away from it all and enjoy a superb part of Dorset.

In a lovely location in the quiet village of Fifehead Magdalen between Shaftesbury, Gillingham and the abbey town of Sherborne, this detached cottage in Hamstone is set in the grounds of the owners’ Grade II listed home and has splendid views over Duncliffe Wood, Melbury Beacon and the Blackmore Vale. Shaftesbury with its famous Gold Hill and character shops and Sherborne with its abbeys, castle and restaurants are delightful places to visit. There are many attractions within easy driving including Stourhead House and Gardens, a day out at Longleat House and Safari Park, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum with its fascinating selection of classic cars, and Salisbury with its wonderful cathedral. Locally you can enjoy some great country walking or simply relax and wine and dine in some of the local village pubs. The beaches of Poole and the Dorset coast are 28 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on the ground floor.
Living room:
With wood burner, 25" Freeview TV, DVD player, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements), wooden floor and patio doors leading to garden.
Kitchen/dining room: With oil Rayburn, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and wooden floor.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Bathroom: With Grohe shower over bath, toilet and washing machine.

Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2018
    'The Byre' was exactly as we hoped for: tasteful and pleasant - admidst scenic surroundings and secluded, yet shopping facilities and places of interest just modest drives away. We thoroughly enjoyed both walking from the doorstep and riding narrow lanes, listening to birdsong and a parliament of crows, visiting Fifehead Wood, the Phillyrea latifolia, Wells Cathedral and Sherborne Abbey, National Trust properties and relaxing 'at home'. The accommodation is superbly furnished & appointed and beyond decorated with exquisite photographs. It was a delight to meet the artist/owner.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    Welcoming and informative hosts, perfect location, central to many tourist sites which kept us busy for 7 days, peace and quiet, cozy and comfortable. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2018
    We had a lovely comfortable, peaceful stay at The Byre. The log burner was a bonus during the snowy weather, that with underfloor heating the place was cosy and warm. The kitchen was well equipped and also had a beautiful range to cook on. The owners were very welcoming and had left a great package of goodies to help us settle in including wine, beer, cheese chocolate, cookies and crusty bread. There were also the usual essentials like tea, coffee, milk and butter. A very nice touch. We settled in quickly and enjoyed our stay. Great base to go and explore local tourist attractions.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2018
    Wonderful, comfortable and fabulous. Can not wait to return.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    I stayed with my daughter and enjoyed our stay in this peaceful spot. The wood burner and range were very welcome in the cold weather. Lots of footpaths in the area that I used to explore the countryside.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/02/2018
    We found The Byre to be cosy and nicely located with lovely views from the sitting room. It was well equipped and the bed was very comfortable. The wood burning stove was very welcomed on a cold wintery February evening. The owners provided us with a very nice 'welcome pack' that we appreciated. We will return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/12/2017
    Lovely welcome from owner The Welcome pack a lovely surprise, especially the warm homemade bread So nice to be out in the countryside the dog just loved it The little church opposite a must to visit so quaint and so easily to imagine local villagers place of worship over hundreds of years A hours drive to street or Glastonbury Twenty minutes drive to Shaftsbury But loads of lovely walks for those who want to stay put

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 27/11/2017
    Lovely cottage in a beautiful rural location.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/11/2017
    Lovely property in an idyllic location.

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