Orchard House Cottage

Shillingstone near Sturminster Newton, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 12593)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
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The property

This well-presented detached studio barn conversion is tucked away in the grounds of the owner's period cottage, with geese and chickens as your neighbours, in a rural location on the edge of the North Dorset village of Shillingstone. This cosy single-storey Shillingstone cottage is comfortably furnished and well equipped, including a warming woodburning stove, making this an ideal romantic retreat. This Shillingstone cottage offers open plan studio-style living, dining and sleeping areas creating a light and airy interior, with a separate kitchen and shower room. Outside, the private patio area of your Shillingstone holiday cottage provides a great place to unwind after your day's exploring. From this romantic Shillingstone cottage you can gently stroll the well-marked village footpaths, then sample real ales at the local pub or take a trip to the fascinating towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne, both offering a wealth of quaint shops, and plenty of places to eat out. Alternatively, a visit to Dorset's scenic Jurassic Coast, an easy drive from your Shillingstone holiday cottage, is not to be missed. A super, cosy, romantic Shillingstone cottage offering a year-round holiday base.


All ground floor. Open plan studio accommodation with double bed, sitting area and dining area with woodburning stove and French doors to patio. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen area.


Electric wall convector heater with woodburning stove and heated towel rail. Electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 1 car. Front patio with furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome, to be kept on a lead due to livestock. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 5 mins walk. Note: The owner has 2 dogs and there are geese, chickens, pigs and horses close by.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Relaxing stay”
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    • “Stayed for a few days over our wedding anniversary. The owner who lives nearby was always available and friendly but not intrusive. The cottage itself was so comfortable, just what we needed with our german shepherd. The surroundings were beautiful and so relaxing. Would definitely stay again and would recommend”

    DIANE W, Jersey, United Kingdom, August 2014

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    • “Spent a lovely few days, relaxing in this cottage. The layout was excellent for my husband and I along with our dog. The owner was fabulous and on hand but not intrusive. Will definitely stay again. Property was in beautiful grounds in a picturesque part of the country”

    DianeWhe, Jersey, United Kingdom, June 2014

    • “Heaven on Earth!”
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    • “We were so happy and relaxed here! Fiona was extremely welcoming and her well-loved menagerie a delight to meet. The cottage was an excellent base for touring around Dorset. The main coastal resorts are no more than an hour away. It is a clean and cosy little pied de terre, which we experienced in the longest heat wave in years. It was cool and very safe and quiet. We are certain it will be lovely as a winter holiday destination because it has a wood burning stove. Highly recommended”

    RuthCP, Saltaire, United Kingdom, July 2013

    • “Fantastic”
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    • “Fantastic place, clean, friendly and relaxing. Great walks, lovely country-side. Everything you need for a great holiday.”

    Darren236, Wigan, United Kingdom, June 2012

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    • “It was a lovely property in lovely surroundings, and it was lovely and peaceful.”

    Mrs Hext, Exmouth, September 2015

    • “The cottage was a very comfortable base for us to travel from. The bed/living room was spacious and very user friendly, and the kitchen had everything we needed. The setting was lovely and the location was excellent for travelling around southern Dorset. All in all, an excellent place to stay - we also had a very warm welcome from the owner when we arrived.”

    Mrs Hooper, Broseley, July 2015

    • “A very nice and comfortable cottage. The setting is ideal for a peaceful, quiet holiday. The daily visit from the dog, ducks, rabbits and horse added to the delight. There was lots of walking in the area as well as being within easy reach of places of interest.”

    Mr Catlow, Burnley, May 2015

    • “Delivered what it promised. The quality of furnishings and comfort were excellent, it felt as if the owner had given thought to this. It was well equipped and situated and the owner was helpful and unobtrusive.”

    Mr Beadsworth, Wokingham, January 2015

    • “The cottage was a winner for us, it delivered everything we wanted and would definitely recommend and return ourselves.”

    Mrs Miles, Swindon, December 2014

    • “The cottage was self-contained, with all we needed and thanks to the wood burning stove, very cosy. The owners made us feel very welcome with a complimentary bottle of wine in the fridge and a full basket of logs. There was useful information about facilities and walks in the area. We had just enough attention from the owner (and her dogs) to feel looked after. The pet friendly nature of the place was a definite bonus.”

    Ms Livingstone, London, November 2014

    • “A lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings.”

    Mr Gardner, Gillingham, May 2014

    • “We really loved this cottage. It was exactly what we had hoped for. Very cosy, comfortable bed and arm chairs and in absolutely ideal surroundings. The log burner made the whole atmosphere perfect for a winter weekend away.”

    Mr Fuller, Burgess Hill, December 2013

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About the location


Sturminster Newton 4 miles; Blandford Forum 5.5 miles.

The friendly village of Shillingstone can be found beside River Stour, in the heart of North Dorset’s Blackmore Vale, only a short drive from the bustling Georgian market town of Blandford Forum. Once on the Somerset and Dorset railway line, the village is proud of its beautifully restored station. Locally there are a wealth of well marked footpaths, criss-crossing the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the local pub welcoming you with refreshments after your stroll. Within easy reach are the ancient towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne, whilst the scenic Dorset Jurassic coast is also easily accessible. An attractive Dorset village providing a rural base from which to explore this lovely area at any time of the year.

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