Country cottage with a boutique feel, set in a stunning rural setting near park
Hi! We are Vanessa and Bruce and we have two children. We live in the most stunning part of the English countryside, on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset. The area is typified by tight valleys, rolling hills and huge views. We moved here from London 10 years ago to bring up our family. Vanessa organises African safaris and Bruce is a motor racing journalist. We have a huge appetite for foreign travel and love interiors - hence our addiction of making the cottage the most idyllic and inspirational place to stay!
Vanessa purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Vanessa chose East Knoyle
We bought Wise Cottage in March 2016 as a holiday let. It's origins date back probably about 300 years, it is typical of the small cottages found in this area, originally a tied cottage to the large estate in the village. The views from the cottage are gorgeous, the cottage space is charming and cozy and we just knew it would be a perfect place for rural holidays.
What makes this Cottage unique
The location means that one is within easy reach of numerous places, the Georgian city of Bath, Stone Henge, Longleat (the finest Elizabethan house in England), the Dorset coast line, Lyme Regis, Roman hill forts, beautiful market towns and London is still only two hours away. Walks from the cottage are beautiful.
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we had a great time, thank you. Just realised I forgot to empty the BBQ of coals. sorry x
So glad you enjoyed your stay James.
Lovely and well appointed. Certainly recommended for a getaway.
What a lovely little cottage, in a glorious part of the Southwest. Hosts Vanessa and Bruce are helpful and charming. Spaces are small (but perfectly formed). We would’ve loved to stay longer!
A lovely and well set up cottage
This is a lovely little cottage and is well appointed and comfortable.
It was a little chilly when we arrived but the log burner soon raised the temperature although we did get through quite a few logs over the weekend (typical bank holiday weather!).
Vanessa was very helpful and we recommend this cottage if you're seeking a little rural charm.
many thanks for your lovely review Adrian, so glad you enjoyed it and only wish the weather had been better!
A cosy weekend away
A great little property and perfect for a getaway.
Very comfortable cottage. Very friendly and helpful owner.
Sympathetic restoration and updating of a workers' cottage. Beds are warm and comfy. The people in the village are very welcoming.
Schönes Cottage mit Garten und Pool!
Schönes kleines Cottage mit Garten. Den Pool haben die Kinder sehr genossen.
Idealer Ausgangsort für viele Ausflüge in der Nähe (Shaftesbury, Stonehenge und Longleat House sind sehr nah, aber auch Highclere Castle oder Durdle Door an der Jurrasic Coast sind gut zu erreichen). Das Pub Fox and Hounds haben wir mehrmals besucht.
Alle waren sehr freundlich. Wir können das Cottage empfehlen!
Thank you for your lovely review and for coming to stay.
The area near Shaftesbury on the Wiltshire/Dorset border is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The village of East Knoyle, birth place of Sir Christopher Wren, is charming. There is an excellent community run village shop (less than 100 yards from your door and often compared to a mini Fortnums!), a convivial pub serving excellent food, a well equipped playground with football pitch (again less than 100 yards from the cottage), and endless walks through woods and fields.
Shaftesbury itself (4 miles away) stands 700 feet above sea level with views over the Blackmore Vale. It is a two hour drive from London, a 50 minute drive from Bath, the coast is an hour away and there are numerous places to visit:
Stonehenge (30 mins)
Sherborne Abbey (30 mins)
Salisbury Cathedral and Close (40 mins)
Wardour Castle (15 mins)
Stourhead House and Gardens (25 mins)
Longleat House (20 mins)
Larmer Tree Gardens (20 mins)
Bath (50 mins)
Kingston Lacey (45 mins)
The ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey (15 mins)
Corfe Castle (1 hour)
Studland beach (1 hour)
The cottage is in an ideal location if planning on attending any events, some of which are below:
The Chalk Valley History Festival (27 June-3 July)
The Larmer Tree Festival (13-17 July)
The Shaftesbury Food Festival (usually in May)
Frome Independent Market -a fabulous food fair which is staged the first Sunday of each month.
In the summer there are many National Garden Scheme gardens to visit and village fetes are to be found nearly every weekend.