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Listed cottage in the heart of Shaftesbury's conservation area

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Wonderful for families, friends or couples with a host of original features

Our popular cottage provides a comfortable base to explore the local area. Shaftesbury is renowned for its stunning location and Barbers Cottage provides a central location to stay at with all the lovely cafes and boutique shops within a couple of minutes walk. Internal exposed stonework and beams couple with a house which is designed to be a home from home. (and we have Superfast broadband!)

A large living space has two sofas, TV, DVD, iPod dock, CD player and a gas 'wood' burning stove - cool in the summer and cosy warm in winter months. A large 6-seater dining room with limed, solid oak furniture is adjacent to an excellently equipped kitchen with range cooker and both lead onto a private terrace with garden tables and chairs. There is a lovely raised terrace as well which is perfect for idyllic morning sun (and a coffee) giving you in-town peace and tranquility. Through the gate, steps lead you to the lawn and unique, mature garden - a plant lovers paradise with a small lawn at the end.

Upstairs the large master bedroom has a king size bed and ceiling beams (an extra person can be accommodated here) and antique furniture. The twin bedroom leads from a large landing - the bathroom, with a separate shower, has a roll top double end bath and fired earth tiles (with complimentary bubble bath).

The furniture has been chosen to be as sustainable as possible - FSC wood or vintage. Delicious sheets and towels add to a luxurious stay.

IN A WEEK.....: - browse the boutiques, cafes, antique and craft shops

- buy fresh bread and cakes at Indulgence

- have a lunch at the Grosvenor's restaurant or go for a sandwich in the salt cellar at the top of gold hill

- walk on the downs or just on park walk in town and admire the magnificent views

- have a swim in the outdoor pool in town (in summer)

- pick up some delicious goodies at Turnbulls delis

- watch the sun set from the Mitre pub back deck

- walk down (rather than up) Gold Hill, from the Hovis Ads

or visit castles, safaris parks, English houses and gardens, the jurrassic coast, stonehenge, farms or go for a swim

or just relax in our comfortable cottage drinking tea and eating gorgeous cake that can we can have waiting for you by request.

and we have installed superheats broadband WIFI!

Worth a trip: Shaftesbury boasts lots of independent shops from delis to cake shops to cafes. Try the chutneys at Turrnbulls or the morning croissants at Indulgence the Bakers. The Mitre pub in town has a back deck with views down the Blackmore Vale, a great early evening spot in the summer. There are many walks straight from town which can take you to the heart of the countryside and the Cambourne Chase.

Tea on Arrival?

Let us know in advance and we can have tea and cakes ready for you on arrival. Or the local deli can provide a hamper of food for you (please contact us in advance for details).

Our House / Young Kids?: The garden was created by a keen gardener and there is a top lawn which in spring and summer is bursting in colour and plants. The terrace which can be accessed by the back door or fence windows is a great place to relax or have a BBQ. A gate to the steps and the rest of the garden means toddlers can play without you worrying about them walking up the steps.

Other things for Kids

There are games and books for children to use. The house is equipped with a high chair, cot, blender, microwave and other things that parents with babies and toddlers may need. the local area has hundreds of things for children to do from longleaf Safari Park to Old Castles - it would be difficult to get bored even in the rain.

Markets in town:

Every Tuesday - Antiques Market (Town Hall)

1st saturday of every month - Farmers Market

1st sunday of the month - a fabulous market

Thursday mornings - WI Country Market (Town Hall)

DORSET COUNTY FAIR - September

SNOWDROP FESTIVAL feb - March

SHAFTESBURY FESTIVAL - June for a week

SHAFTESBURY OPEN GARDENS - June

GOLD HILL FAIR first week of July

LAMER TREE FESTIVAL July

SHAFTESBURY CARNIVAL September

Gillingham Carnival Oct

Jane Austen Lyme Regis Weekend Oct

More Details

Owner
Sally Warren
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 11, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We left in such a hurry this morning to get to school in Blandford we clean forgot to write in your book! What I'd like to have said is that despite not being on holiday exactly we had a lovely relaxing time in your cosy, comfortable cottage. You'd thought of everything and the beds were exceptionally comfortable which was such a bonus.



Thank you so much. I hope it's a success for you, it certainly deserves to be. In fact had you not been booked this month we would happily have taken it for a further couple of weeks.
Feb 2011
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Amenities

Shaftesbury Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The bathroom has a roll top bath, a separate shower , a double width wash basin and a toilet within the bathroom. Tongue and groove panelling with fired earth tiles creates a traditional feel with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Practical, stylish and relaxing. There is a second and separate toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Extra bed can be added
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • We can provide a cot or an extra bed in the master bedroom, please contact us to discuss. The beds have been bought for comfort and are all FSC wood. We think it's important to have a good night sleep on holiday. There is a hairdryer and plenty of mirrors.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
The house has a cot / high chair for babies. The Daily Telegraph voted Shaftesbury the best town to live in due to its wonderful location, fresh air and mild climate. The town is bursting with history but has the added benefit of having interesting shops and cafes and a bustling market. There is lots to do if you are looking for a romantic break, a walking holiday or a family destination. the house caters for couples, families and friends. It is a 40 minute drive to Dorsets oustanding beaches and the choice of sandy or fossil hunting. Stonehenge - Longleat Safari Park - Stourhead - castles - walking - dorset jurassic coast. It is available to rent for weekends and mid week breaks in off-peak season

Reviews

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Listed cottage in the heart of Shaftesbury's conservation area
average rating of 4.590909 based on 23 reviews
4

Sweet and comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

Well located cottage with close proximity to walking paths and shops. We did not have a car so quickly became familiar with the surrounding area. Infrequent bus service made for some careful planning. The property owner was very quick to respond to questions.

Shaftesbury is a delightful town and we enjoyed the week immensely.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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5

Beautifully restored , clean, cosy and homely feeling

  • 5 of 5

Property on high street , perfect location for a short walk to the town and amenities . Gold hill just around the corner . Plenty of lovely cafes and eateries . A short drive away from airfield and longleat . Fabulous , can't wait to go back .

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Lovely cottage with lots of space and comfortable furniture

  • 4 of 5

Nice well equipped Cottage, parking is a bit of a pain but overall very positive

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Barber's Cottage, Shaftesbury England

  • 4 of 5

The most charming cottage for a stay in the English countryside. Perfect location near shops, restuarants and pubs.

Sally the property manager was wonderful and responsive to all our needs prior to our arrival. It's on our do again list!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you we are glad you had a good stay and hope to welcome you back. Sally, Owner
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4

Wonderful Village Location

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was well equipped with plenty of room. Beautifully equipped kitchen with most everything you need to prepare meals. Shaftesbury is a great little town with plenty of shopping and the people are quite friendly. We were happy to see a Catholic church a few doors down for us to attend Sunday mass!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Comfy, warm, delightful.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Barbers cottage over Easter, grandma, Grandad J J and 2 teenage grandsons. We had a wonderful break. The weather wasn't wonderful, but that didn't bother us. The cottage was really cosy and comfortable, very well equipped and ideally situated for the town (though a little noisy from revellers on the Friday night). I had no problems with the booking etc. Everything is just as stated. The bed is very comfortable. Thank you. Would certainly recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Barbers Cottage is in the heart of the old Saxon town of Shaftesbury with its shops, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance. THE TOWN has wonderful views over the surrounding countryside - designated an area of outstanding natural beauty - great for walking / flying kites.

WALKING DISTANCE from the house: Gold Hill (from the Hovis ads), shops / cafes including antiques and deli, museum and galleries, selection of pubs and restaurants, the Grosvenor bar and restaurant, swimming pool / playground / theatre /local countryside / Town markets and fairs

SHORT DRIVE: range of country pubs (with good food), animal market, Compton Abbas airfield (great lunches / breakfast), Wardour castle, Pytt House walled gardens, Larmer Gardens, downs, plains, bison farm, horse riding, flying lessons, golf, stunning villages, Gillingham Station - c20 MINUTE DRIVE: Longleat House & Safari Park, Farms, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Old Serum, Stourhead, Sherborne, Salisbury Plain - Beaches, Jurassic Coast City of Bath are WITHIN 20 MILES

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $198.26
Cleaning $72.69

We offer weekend breaks and mid-week offers in off peak season - Shaftesbury is only 2 hours by train from London and less than an hour by car from Bristol and a wonderful place to spend a weekend eating, shopping or relaxing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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