Candy Cottage

Thornford near Sherborne, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 5331)

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  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
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The property

A self-contained wing of the owners' house, a former Sherborne Castle estate worker's cottage, believed to date back to 1640, in the attractive village of Thornford, 3 miles from Sherborne in north west Dorset.

This Sherborne cottage has been cleverly renovated and is well furnished, incorporating an inglenook fireplace with a warming wood burning stove in the open plan living area, a cosy double bedroom, and a superb roll-top bath and separate shower cubicle in the first floor bathroom.

This Sherborne cottage is close to open countryside, offering many lovely walks, with the local shop and pub both a short stroll away.

There's even a ˜halt' on the nearby railway, which can conveniently take you to the lovely city of Bath.

From this Sherborne cottage it's a short drive to Sherborne's castles and abbey, as well as the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, and several National Trust properties.

This Sherborne cottage offers a cosy, romantic village base from which to explore this lovely area, at any time of the year!


One double bedroom. Luxurious bathroom with freestanding roll-top bath, shower cubicle, basin and WC. Open plan living area with small fitted kitchen area, adjoining sitting room with wood burning stove and dining area.


Night storage heaters in sitting room and bedroom, underfloor heating in bathroom with wood burning stove in sitting room. Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books and games. Power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Roadside parking available for 2 cars. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 8 mins walk. Note: Steep twisting cottage stairs, may be unsuitable for the infirm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Little bit of luxury”
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    • “As soon as we arrived it felt as if we had come home. The welcome pack and doggy treats were a lovely touch. The owners were easily accessible but unobtrusive. Top marks for luxurious bathroom products and what a bathroom!! Location is ideal for exploring the area, there are some lovely local walks, well signposted. Hop on the train to go farther afield and no parking issues. Sherborne is quaint with some lovely shops and cafés. The castle grounds and cafe are well worth a look around on a nice day. Would be nice for the front garden to have been enclosed but other than that a 5 star holiday.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bridgend, January 2014

    • “Comfort to an exceptionally high standard”
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    • “Beautiful little country style cottage, ideal for couples.The reception pack we received was excellent - the contents of which were of a very high standard, icluding two small bottles of wine, which were very welcome.The locally sourced biscuits were superb. The cottage itself was finished to a very high specification and extemely comfortable. As with the rest of the cottage,the bedroom and furniture were quite luxurious.Although a road runs right outside the cottage, there was hardly any traffic to make it feel noisy or uncomfortable. The outlook from the bedroom window was indeed very pleasant,overlooking the tree lined road. The small kitchen was adequate enough to enable decent meals to be cooked for two people (although, the local pub, only 5 minutes walk away, served lovely meals) The general feel of the accomodation was very relaxed and welcoming. The owners made us feel welcome from day one and were available if we needed any assistance. The village itself was extremely nice, and I would say was a typical Dorset village - beautiful properties in a beautiful county. The cottage is ideally situated to enable you to visit just about any other location in Dorset and beyond, without too much hassle.There are no motorways in Dorset, so getting to some of the beautiful villages entails driving along country roads,which have beautiful scenery. There are plenty of places to visit, includinge the typically English village of Cerne abass, with the legendary Cerne abbass giant carved into the hillside.Lovely walking country. The highlight for us was a visit to abbotsbury sub tropical gardens - absolutely fantastic. Also not too far away is the famous Chesil Beach, which again was beautiful. What we liked best was the fact we were made to feel very welcome, not only by the owners but also the locals. A very friendly lot - and the local pub served some very decent real ales - highly recommended. We have recommended this cottage to friends, and we will definitely be back”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Gateshead, November 2012

    • “Classy, cosy, charming, a place to revisit!”
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    • “Before we even got to Candy Cottage we received a lovely card giving us directions and welcoming us to our home for the week. When we arrived we were greeted by a heavenly scent, a bunch of roses, some yummy treats and fresh laid eggs. The cottage is small but not uncomfortably so and every corner has been utilised in an imaginative way. The decor and furnishings are tasteful and in keeping with the charm of the place. We recommend a visit to The Sculptures by the Lakes at Tincleton, you do need to book online and it's not the easiest place to find but absolutely breath taking. The cider farm at Dawlish Wake was excellent too. It's ideal for a quiet romantic break for two.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Scunthorpe, November 2012

    • “Lovely little cottage”
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    • “Excellent welcome, with good explanation of the facilities in the cottage. All decor and furnishings to a good standard and very comfortable. Staircase is a little steep, as warned, but all in all a lovely little hideaway at reasonable cost, with thoughtful little extras. Handy for most of Dorset and East Somerset. Quiet and relaxing to come back to, village pub had the builders in so was a bit squeezed but food and welcome good and they said they'd had the holidayers from this cottage just about every week since the cottage was first let.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Ellesmere Port, May 2012

    • “Our holiday was wonderfully comfortable, restful and peaceful.”
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    • “10/10 in every aspect, Sykes as always were efficient and helpful in arranging and sourcing our holiday, candy cottage was very comfortable, peaceful, excellent location, fantastic views, the cottage had everything we needed and more, it was very refreshing that the owners were so keen to ensure we had the best hol, which we did, lovely little touches such as luxury bubble bath and honey and owners free range eggs, plus a little treat for our dog, we had the best holiday we ever had and truly didn't want to go home, we will be back for sure.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Eastbourne, December 2011

    • “brilliant”
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    • “This accomodation was amazing ,free eggs milk and honey on arrival ,egyptian cotton towels and M&S; bath products .Very well equipped cottage with owners on hand but not intrusive .Would recommend this for a quiet break with access to a lot of other areas close by .”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Woolwich, October 2011

    • “rich”
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    • “Great place to stay. Owners very helpful and lovely people.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Lowestoft, August 2011

    • “Cosy comfort for two”
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    • “Very friendly welcome and with the essentials waithing for you, tea, milk, biscuits, eggs and local honey. Very comfy, just right for two. Bathroom was amazing. Modern kitchen area but small. Pub nearby but unusual opening times. Local railway line if you don't want to drive everywhere. Lots of local walks. Very quiet, just what we wanted.”

    T. Lester, Kent, September 2011

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    • “It was cosy and the owners were very welcoming. Had the best birthday weekend and love the welcome hamper gift.”

    Mrs Willett, Colchester, November 2015

    • “Candy Cottage was a perfect base for walking and visiting nearby attractions especially the Sherborne Castle garden centre ' winter wonderland '.”

    Miss Summers, Exeter, October 2015

    • “The bathroom was a dream to use, and spotlessly clean. Loved the bedroom and had more than ample space for all my things. Didn't want to leave.”

    Miss Nicholls, Nottingham, September 2015

    • “Close proximity to Sherborne for all the convenience of a larger town but Thornford had a great pub serving great food and a lovely village shop. There were reasonably good transport links if you didn't have a car. Good base for exploring Dorset and Somerset. There was also a brilliant welcome pack to get us going. We would recommend this cottage to anyone we know, without hesitation!”

    Mr Martin, Brighton, August 2015

    • “A beautiful home and lovey hosts - who could ask for more. It was a joy to stay.”

    Mrs Thomas, Maidstone, May 2015

    • “The owners made us very welcome and there were lots of unexpected extras. So much thought has gone into this property and it shows. We felt very comfortable and relaxed. Wish we could have stayed longer!”

    Mrs Ventham, Slough, May 2015

    • “Brilliant cottage, all holiday let's should be like this. The welcome pack was a true delight.”

    Mr Birks, Derby, January 2015

    • “The owners have really thought of everything. A lovely cottage in a small, friendly village. The Kings Arms pub, just 5 minutes walk up the road is great too. Good centre to explore the lovely Dorset/Somerset villages and countryside.”

    Mr Barnes, Canvey Island, November 2014

    • “Candy Cottage is a lovely little cottage which has been nicely refurbished. The owners have gone to a lot of trouble to make holiday makers feel welcome with their little luxuries. It's situated in a quiet little village with a very nice pub in walking distance which was a bonus !”

    Mrs Brockman, Mayfield, November 2014

    • “Good cottage and friendly, helpful owners. Quiet environment, local pub food is good and a very quiet and relaxing place to spend time.”

    Mrs Sharpe, Hailsham, October 2014

    • “Our hosts had thought of everything possible that we needed. Was very impressed with all.”

    Mrs Brown, Havant, September 2014

    • “A lovely cottage which was cosy and very welcoming. An ideal base to visit the area.”

    Mrs Lee, PLYMOUTH, August 2014

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About the location


Sherborne 3 miles.

A most attractive north west Dorset village, Thornford is only 3 miles from the ancient town of Sherborne. Over 20 historic cottages make up the conservation area at the centre of the village, which boasts a pub, local shop and a Post Office, as well as a 'halt' on the railway line linking Weymouth with Bristol. The village is surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, bursting with lovely rural walks, and just a short drive takes you into Sherborne, well known for its castle and abbey, and where you can browse the array of interesting shops and restaurants. Good transport links ensure that visits further afield to historic Bath, Stourhead, and Salisbury, as well as the stunning Jurassic Coast, are easily made. This really is a great touring base for visiting this lovely area.

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