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Gillingham 4 miles; Shaftesbury 7 miles.
West Stour is a small village situated on the borders of South East Somerset and North Dorset, and is part of a group of villages known as 'The Stours', so named as the River Stour, popular with anglers, passes close by. Located on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, used as a backdrop to Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the surrounding countryside is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, rich in wildlife and boasting some lovely rural walks. Only a short distance from West Stour is a wealth of National Trust properties including the stunning house and gardens at Stourhead, with picturesque Shaftesbury and historic Sherborne, with its Abbey and Castle, just a little further. The beautiful cities of Bath and Salisbury are within easy reach, while Stonehenge and the Dorset coast are easily accessible.
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West Stour 1 mile. A superb detached barn conversion with panoramic rural views, set within its own grounds, close to the North Dorset village of West Stour, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a short distance from the border with south east Somerset, only 4 miles from Gillingham and 7 miles from Shaftesbury. Cleverly renovated to a high standard, this Dorset holiday cottage boasts a wealth of beams, exposed stone walls and some flagstone floors, as well as a romantic master bedroom with beamed and vaulted ceiling, four poster bed and en-suite shower. This Dorset cottage has second master room with king-size double bed and en-suite, and two further welcoming bedrooms. There are lovely walks to be had locally from this Dorset cottage, with views across the picturesque Blackmore Vale. Within easy reach of this Dorset cottage are the superb gardens and house at Stourhead, as well as Longleat House and Safari Park. Alternatively explore the hilltop town of Shaftesbury or ancient Sherborne, whilst majestic Salisbury Cathedral, and Stonehenge, are easily accessible. A lovely Dorset cottage offering not only a convenient touring base, but a great place to come back to after a day’s exploring.
Four bedrooms: 1 x super king-size four poster with en-suite bath, hand-held shower attachment off taps, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite corner bath, hand-held shower attachment off taps, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Fitted farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area. Utility. Sitting room with open fire and exposed stone walls. Second sitting room. Spacious first floor landing with balustrade gallery above hallway.
Electric central heating with open fire in sitting room. Electric double oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, one with FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio, books/games/DVDs. Broadband. Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Bike storage available on request. Off road parking for 5 cars. Patio and enclosed lawned rear garden with furniture. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 1.5 miles. Pub 1 mile. Note: Babes-in-arms welcome, but the barn is not suitable for children under 5 years due to high galleried landing. Note: The property is adjacent to private stables, which are out of bounds to cottage guests.
Open until 9.30pm
Previous visitors' comments about Stour Hill Barn:
Stour Hill Barn was an ideal size of property for our party with a lovely big kitchen and comfortable furnishings. There were spectacular views of the Dorset countryside all around.
Mrs Smith, Lincoln, March 2013
This was our second holiday at Stour Hill Barn and it felt like coming home. The house was central to visit places of interest. There are lots of places we did not get around to, so will have no hesitation in booking next year.
Mrs Benson, Tewkesbury, March 2013
The homemade cake on arrival was a treat and very much appreciated
Miss Clarke is a lovely hostess and was very accommodating.
Tristan Smale, February 2013
The Barn was wonderful and in such a peaceful setting. We were central for all we wanted to do and found the local Farm Shop to be wonderful for all our catering needs.
Mr Gill, Norwich, November 2012