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The Byre

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Fifehead Magdalen, near Gillingham, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Pets 1
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Description

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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Features

  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    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
    WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site


Customer Comments

  • 10

    05/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/12/2018
    Thoroughly enjoyable long weekend in a tasteful, comfortable, well-furnished cottage. The sitting room has an open, spacious feeling due to the glass roof and the wood burning stove was a welcome feature in early December. The owners were very friendly and welcoming and provided wine, beer, cheese, biscuits and homemade bread. Peaceful location in scenic area, would certainly stay again.


  • 9

    18/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 16/11/2018
    Cozy and comfortable cottage, an interesting conversion of old buildings. Views are beautiful from the garden and sitting room. Lots of walking direct from the door, perfect for dogs. Very generous 'welcome pack' including home made bread much appreciated. Good pubs and local farm shop. Would definitely stay again if in the area.


  • 10

    20/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2018
    This cottage is a bright and airy place to stay due to having a glass roof in the lounge. It as everything you need to enjoy your stay. The owners Nick and Victoria are a lovely couple who will go that extra mile to make sure your stay is perfect.


  • 10

    14/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 08/10/2018
    Excellent accommodation in a quiet and beautiful village location overlooking the unspoilt views of the Dorset countryside. Very comfortable and well furnished to a high quality. Plenty of well signposted walks in the locality and also in the nearby villages. A really nice touch, is the welcome pack provided by the owners. The owners are very welcoming and helpful. Certainly somewhere for a return visit.


  • 3

    30/09/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2018
    The building and situation are good with lovely views. We even had the bell ringers practising one evening! Inside the property seems somewhat tired and in need of freshening. For example the bathroom was not clean, despite many available cleaning products. Other areas would also have benefited from a good clean. The wooden worktops in the kitchen were sticky and needed re-varnishing. We were surprised to find an oil fired Rayburn as the only source of heating and cooking. Fortunately my husband had learnt to cook on an AGA so he managed. Anyone not used to that type of cooker would struggle a bit I would think. The hot water was very hot and there seemed no way to adjust it. Thus having a shower was virtually impossible. I managed but my husband, who is somewhat disabled had to have baths, which was difficult from the perspective of getting in and out. On a positive note the area was beautiful and I would definitely visit Dorset again but stay elsewhere.


  • 10

    18/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2018
    Loved The Byrd. Beautiful location surrounded by open countryside. Large living area, ceiling to floor windows/ doors overlooking the back garden. However this property is in a very remote area with no village shop to buy groceries or village pub. I would therefore recommend either booking an online grocery order prior to your arrival, which is what i’d done or bringing supplies with you


  • 7

    21/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2018
    Beautiful location and lovely welcome pack. The only down side was the general cleanliness of the property. It obviously hadn't been cleaned for a while prior to our arrival.


  • 10

    14/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2018
    My wife and I would thoroughly recommend staying at this delightful, restful cottage. The proprietors couldn't have made us any more welcome, baking bread to coincide with our arrival, and leaving Flowers on the table. There was some food in the fridge in case we were without, and although we were expecting a self-catering cottage, it had the feel of a lovely B&B. The low score is purely for the village itself, which has no amenities whatsoever, and you have to drive 5 miles for the nearest pub. Well done Nic and Victoria!!


  • 9

    25/05/2018
    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.


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