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Shaftesbury's elevated position provides wonderful views over three counties, this was once a medieval trading post; today the town offers a lovely picturesque location for a cottage holiday in Dorset.

There are centuries of fascinating history here, independent shops and regular weekly markets and a monthly farmers market. For a glimpse of old England visit Gold Hill with its chocolate box thatched cottages and ancient cobblestones, familiar to thousands as the location for the fondly remembered 'Hovis' advert.

Close by there are lots of places to visit and things to do; Shaftesbury Arts Centre puts on a year-round program of plays, films, workshops and exhibitions. Sherbourne Castle dates back to 1594 and was built by Sir Walter Raleigh. This historic house displays 400 years of history and has fascinating interiors and marvellous collections furniture, art and porcelain. Outside is no less impressive with stunning architecture and acres of grounds designed by 'Capability Brown'.

Shaftesbury is located amongst beautiful tranquil countryside just made for relaxing outdoor activities. The Wessex Ridgeway Trail passes through the heart of the Dorset countryside and due to its ridge-top elevation provides wonderful views. Also close by are numerous excellent cycling routes where you can get out and about and if you don't bring your own, bicycle hire is available locally.

Other activities within the vicinity include a number of riding stables offering lessons and cross country rides and coarse fishing at Todber Manor Fisheries.

To discover this beautiful corner of Dorset, please take a look at our selection of Cottages in Sherbourne and surrounding area.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
D’Urbervilles Ref: 30002


In Gillingham, north Dorset, near the Somerset and Wiltshire border between the abbey town of Sherborne and the Saxon town of Shaftesbury, with its famous Gold Hill, this detached single storey holiday home for 4 offers a great location to explore this popular area. Many family attractions within easy driving include Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and Montacute House to name a few. Poole, Bournemouth, Wareham and Dorchester, with many memorable places to visit, offer exciting days out. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£200-£704
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Vale View Ref: 26274

In delightful north Dorset between Shaftesbury, 7 miles, and Sherborne, 9 miles, and set in the owner’s grounds, this well presented cottage for 4 is ideally located to explore the many attractions nearby. Enjoy Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and many historic houses. Spend days out at Weymouth and Poole on the south coast or inland at the Georgian city of Bath with museums, Roman Baths, Pump Room and shops. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week November-March), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared garden. Patio and furniture. Shared landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Tennis court. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in grounds.

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£195-£643
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Situated on the edge of Gillingham in North Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, these two detached converted barns (refs 27736 and 27737), both for four and which can be booked independently or together, offer very presentable quality holiday accommodation in which to unwind, relax and enjoy the wealth of countryside and many attractions to be found in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Within easy driving distance are family attractions such as the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its mock aircraft carrier deck and Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with its huge collection of classic cars, Stourhead House and Gardens and, of course not to be missed, Longleat House and Safari Park which the children will love and which will give you some memorable moments. Further afield visit the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth with its sandy beach, the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and, inland, the Georgian city of Bath with its Pump Room, Roman Baths, many museums and shops. Alternatively, simply unwind enjoying country walking, village pubs in which to wine and dine, golf and fishing, or visit the quaint character towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Cot. High chair.

Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£219-£811
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Wessex Lodge Ref: B6531

In north Dorset between the historic towns of Sherborne and Shaftesbury, and near the Somerset/Wiltshire borders, this detached Scandinavian style wooden lodge is located on the owners’ working dairy farm. An excellent touring base with country walks and views over farmland. Within easy driving are Longleat House and Safari Park, Stonehenge, Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Classic Car Museum, the city of Bath or Salisbury. Weymouth is only 25 miles away as well as Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Shops and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet, both with sloping ceilings.

Electric central heating and electricity £20per week. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden and furniture. Balconies. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced pond and lake in the grounds.

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£288-£891
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Barn Ref: W41539

Ideal for anglers

Fishing nearby

In the peaceful rural area of north Dorset, between Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton, this 200-year-old terraced converted barn is perfectly placed for exploring Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. It is an integral part of Todber Manor Fisheries, with well stocked lakes, ideal for the serious angler or pleasure fishing (tickets additional). Within easy driving distance visit Stonehenge, Sherborne Castle, Stourhead House and Gardens or the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth and Bournemouth. Families can also enjoy trips to Longleat and Monkey World. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pubs 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with 2 additional singles and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 double with 2 additional singles. Bathroom shower attachment and toilet. Beams throughout.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Pond on site.

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£368-£1223
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Ronaldo Ref: 18156

Explore the Heritage Coastline
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

This converted barn is located on the edge of a working dairy farm, next to the owner’s house, in the heart of the Blackmoor Vale. An ideal holiday base for exploring the nearby towns of Sherbourne, Blandford and Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. The Heritage Coastline of Dorset is also easily accessible. Shops and pubs 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (for children), both with low sloping ceilings. Separate toilet.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Washing machine (in utility room). Dishwasher. Enclosed garden and large patio. Parking (3 cars). Shared use of owner’s games room with snooker table (young children must be supervised). No smoking.

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£212-£799
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Edgecoombe Ref: 19770

This holiday cottage is situated on a working farm, looking out onto lush Dorset farmland and gorgeous rolling hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within a few minutes’ drive are an excellent country pub just 1/2 a mile away, a heated indoor swimming pool, tennis, golf, and the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury with its famous Gold Hill, abbey ruins, shopping and cafes. Nearby too are Stonehenge, Longleat and numerous other places of interest. Horse riding available on neighbouring farm.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional Z-bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£249-£680
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rosina Ref: 27455

This cosy, 300-year old, semi-detached cottage for 4 is situated in Enmore Green, within walking distance of the historic town centre of Shaftesbury. Ideally placed for exploring the popular and beautiful Blackmore Vale, guests can enjoy wonderful country walking with fantastic views up on Gold Hill. There is much to visit within easy driving distance of this holiday property, including Stourhead House and Gardens, Salisbury Cathedral and Longleat House and Safari Park. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin.

Electric ’woodburner’ in living room included. Gas central heating included (£25per week, £20 per 4 night short break, £15 per 3 night short break November-Easter). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£241-£665
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Granary Ref: 28639

In the peaceful rural area of north Dorset between Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Sturminster Newton, this end-of-terrace, single-storey barn conversion is an integral part of Todber Manor Fisheries, with well-stocked lakes ideal for the serious angler or pleasure fishing dawn to dusk (tickets at cost). This holiday property is perfectly placed for exploring Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, being within easy driving distance of many attractions including Sherborne Castle, Longleat House and Safari Park, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth and Poole. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Freezer. Shared large lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in grounds, 200 yards.

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NOW
£393-£393
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Barn Ref: DAAU

In the heart of the Blackmore Vale, this detached converted barn for 4 is well presented and equipped, with a very large lawned garden. It is ideally suited for exploring central Dorset, located between Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton. Many family attractions can be found within easy driving distance, such as Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Air Museum and Longleat Safari Park, or for days out the south coast resorts of Weymouth (30 miles) and Poole (22 miles). Within easy driving distance of Sherborne, Salisbury and Wimborne. Shop 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove, part-vaulted ceiling, wooden floor and French doors. Large beamed dining room with kitchen area and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Pet free of charge
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Brook Cottage Ref: 14937

Set in a rural location in north Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, this 19th-century cottage of local stone has been extended, retaining character and charm. Within an easy drive one can enjoy the quaint, character abbey town of Sherborne, or the Saxon hill-top and market town of Shaftesbury, both with restaurants and shops, or have days out visiting attractions such as Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead house and garden and memorable days at either the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or Haynes International Motor Museum with its wonderful selection of classic cars. Inland explore Glastonbury with its famous Tor, Cheddar Gorge, the cathedral city of Wells and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath with its famous Roman baths, pump room, museums and shops. Meander south into Dorset, passing the Cerne Abbas Giant and taking in Dorchester and onward to Weymouth and Hardy country, before reaching the famous and scenic Chesil Beach and World Jurassic Coast. There are many historic houses to marvel at, attractions to take the family to and if you wish, just simply enjoy wonderful country walking, pubs for wining and dining, maybe golf nearby or even a day at the Wincanton races. Shop and pub/restaurant 5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with sofa bed and French doors. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Landing with single bed (for child). 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, bidet and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Rayburn. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: There is a brook at end of the garden.

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£283-£1013
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Barn Ref: 27885

This lovely single storey semi-detached converted barn is located in the village of West Stour, north west Dorset between the quaint market town of Shaftesbury and the abbey town of Sherborne. A perfect holiday location in a popular area. Within easy driving distance are many tourist attractions, Longleat Safari Park, Stourhead stately home and Fleet Air Arm Museum. Days out at Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth and the Famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast are recommended. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and vaulted ceiling. Kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£258-£728
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