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The living room opens into the large kitchen with French windows to the garden
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The living room opens into the large kitchen with French windows to the garden
The living room has an open fire The kitchen table, centre of the house, flooded with light
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The living room opens into the large kitchen with French windows to the garden
The living room has an open fire
The kitchen table, centre of the house, flooded with light
Overlooking the garden, the kitchen is large and well equipped
French windows open from the kitchen into the garden (pic coming soon)
The house is full of books, and quiet corners to read them.
The main sofa in the living room is a sofa bed should you have more guests
The bathroom has both a bath and a separate shower.
There is another smaller loo downstairs
Dorset and Wiltshire from White Sheet Down, our favourite picnic spot
The bench at the end of the garden looks south to the Dorset Downs.
The cottage was built in the 1880's
Upstairs bedroom
Double bed and birdsong in the upstairs bedroom
Two single beds in the downstairs bedroom
And plenty of children's books
Dorset is a landscape of small villages
15th century Fifehead Church
Bluebells in Fifehead Wood, 5 minutes from the front door
Our village phone box has become a book exchange
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A charming, comfortable, well-equipped, book-filled country home”
Reviewed August 25, 2018 for a stay in August 2018

A well-loved, well-worn cottage in the center of Dorset agricultural countryside. Clean, comfortable, and well-equipped. Cook's kitchen, well-supplied with equipment (except no microwave.) Nearby Udder Farm Store supplies wonderful ingredients for cooking at home and prepared meals for non-cooks. Washer and outside line to dry. Thousands of books on wide ranging subjects to satisfy every reader's interest. Extensive music collection, from The Clash to sacred music. Interesting art and ephemera throughout the house, collected on owner's travels around the world. The owner provided excellent maps and very helpful personal travel reviews of local attractions. Central location for holiday activities for all ages: our 3-generation family enjoyed fossil hunting at Lyme Regis and Charmouth; ancient history at Stonehenge and Avebury; country homes and gardens at Stourhead and animals at Longleat; walking in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Friendly neighbors on either side of the cottage.

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Mrs Jan M
2 reviews
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“Oasis of calm”
Reviewed February 4, 2018 for a stay in January 2018
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person found this review helpful

I was searching for a rural peacefulness following a bereavement. I could not have found a better destination with a bench at the end of the garden for thinking time. Thank you Stanley for sharing your home...warm, welcoming and full of mutual friends ( your books and music ).

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Management Response
Feb 5, 2018
Thanks Jan. I am glad the house offered a warm welcome at a difficult time. Stanley
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cgriff09
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Christmas Bolt Hole in Dorset”
Reviewed December 31, 2017 for a stay in December 2017

A writers holt in deepest Dorset. Warm, well equipped, great dining area and kitchen. Good walks down to the river Stour. Books galore and quiet corners to read them in. Many thanks, we thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas stay!

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Malcolm R
1 review
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“The cottage is a perfect home from home.”
Reviewed March 5, 2017 for a stay in February 2017
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person found this review helpful

We had very cold bleak damp weather for our stay, but we were more than happy to spend hours relaxing in the cottage. Has a lovely calm peaceful feel. There are quiet corners to curl up with a book, we could not believe our eyes when we arrived to see the choice of reading!!! There is a light and airy kitchen dining room, the kitchen very well equipped. We didn't walk as much as planned, because of the weather, and the off road routes were too wet. Both Shaftesbury and Sherbourne offer good days out, interesting towns with all the shops one needs. Superb farm shop a couple of miles away too. On the last day the sun shone and we discovered the garden bench, with Dorset spread before us! We can highly recommend the cottage.

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Barbara R
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Lovely cottage in the Dorset countryside.”
Reviewed December 21, 2016 for a stay in December 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We recently spent a week in this lovely cottage near Shaftesbury. This charming cottage had everything we needed for our winter holiday, including open fireplaces, a well appointed kitchen and a library full of the most wonderful collection of books. Situated midway between the lovely villages of Sherbourne and Shaftsbury, it is in driving distance to Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge and Avebury, as well as the Jurassic Coast. If the weather is bad (or even if it's not), many lovely hours can be spent curled up in the front of the fire, sampling the book collection. We would definitely like to spend more time here.

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Redruth, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 22, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Sep 24, 2016
So glad you enjoyed the house. Do come again. You are always welcome.
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Ed H
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Home away from home for a young family”
Reviewed February 18, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

What a perfect place to stay for a family of four (4 yo & 2 yo) looking for a three night break in half term in a beautiful spot in Dorset. The house was well laid out with a large, warm, light and well equipped kitchen and adjoining sitting room. We really enjoyed having a fire in the evenings and the girls enjoyed the huge range of children's books. The house is a good size, clean and comfortable and exactly what we were looking for.

We loved the village, the church and a walk in the field with sheep. Thanks Stanley for the really helpful information brochure in the house setting out all of the options.

This is a beautiful house in a stunning part of the country. We drove through so many idyllic villages with pub, ancient church and stone houses. There is so much space and it was so beautifully quiet at night. All in all, a great break.

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