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Bush Farm Annexe

(Ref. 1008355)

West Knoyle, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely lovely weekend at a bush farm very welcoming hosts, amazing woodland walk and countryside with beautiful views."

    Everything you need in the annex. Loved sitting by the pond or in the conservatory watching the birds. We will be back. Thank you

    Reviewed by Michael4.7May 2023

  • "This is our 3rd stay and we had another lovely holiday ,we love sitting in the conservatory watching the wildlife around and in the pond ,we had a rabbit visit this year and woodpeckers ,its lovely waking up to the sounds of the farm the noisy gunnifowl,the cockerels and Colin going off on his tractor to check on the bision, but this should not put people off it is a working farm and its not very early ,Pepe and Colin make you feel very welcome and we will be back next year ."

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Typical farm cottage, very friendly owners, great variety of animals, would go again."

    Reviewed by Celia5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the annex this winter."

    The cottage was warm, cozy and clean and the bed was lovely. All we needed was there. We loved sitting near the woodstove. The owners are very nice and helpful people. It’s amazing to see and hear all the birds in front of the house, white doves, chickens, guinae fowl! The last ones were sleeping at the tree near the big statue of the bison! So lovely to see! A few minutes walk and you are in a beautiful, mysticall, enchanted small forest. You can also make a beautiful farmwalk and see deer. The bison now were in the barn, but when we were at the campsite in may and september you could see them walking at the hillsite. We also love the donkey and the small goats. You can have a lovely stay all the year round. We are looking forward to our next stay! Paul and Erica from The Netherlands

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had another lovely stay in the annexe , everything just perfect for a very relaxing get away ,sadly the wildlife pond had dried up but still lots of animals visited the private garden and in the evening we sat by the farm lake ."

    The walk around the farm and woods is beautiful we saw the bision and calfs and even a baby elk ,the wildflowers looked lovely with lots of different butterflies. The cottage is comfortable and was quite cool in the heatwave the conservatory was very hot but with both doors open was ok ,the wi fi is much better this year. There is a little farm shop on site selling fresh eggs and a few other item . Colin and Pepe the owners are lovely and make you feel very welcome we just love staying on this working farm and already missing the noisy gunifowl and cockerills .

    Reviewed by Diane4.1Jul 2022

  • "My wife and I enjoyed our stay at Bush Farm we Could not fault it , the owners were most helpful ."

    Because my wife is in a wheel chair we could not enjoy the walks but l drove my car to the veiwing stand where we could see the Bison and Elk.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent country break ."

    The owners are very welcoming . It is a working farm and that is the charm of it ..there are lovely walks , ideal for bird spotters and a variety of wild life . And of course the Bison and Elk . We have been four times and look forward to our next away from.it all break . Thankyou Pepe and Colin ..

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2022

  • "On the plus side, very welcoming and friendly hosts."

    Amazing site with interesting walks, animals, table tennis. The garden and nature pond were fabulous and the bed was really comfortable and clean. However, contrary to anything that is written or said, there is no Wifi. The property has areas, including the open roof space, which have not been cleaned, and there were mice. (Host provided a mouse trap.) The very basic kitchen had a two-ring electric hob and a kettle - both of which cut out constantly, meaning that cooking and even boiling water were impossible. We enjoyed visiting the area, and if the faults in the annex were put right it would be a nice place to stay.

    Reviewed by Ainslie2.8Aug 2021

  • "The cottage needed a really good clean the sink in bathroom dirty, sink in ..."

    The cottage needed a really good clean the sink in bathroom dirty, sink in kitchen needed a good scrub carpets filthy I understand it’s on a farm but pale yellow carpets not right choice even laminate would be better and easier for them to clean shower had some real grime

    Reviewed by Paul2.5Aug 2021

  • "Thank you to both Colin and Pepe who were very welcoming."

    Beautiful walks around the farm, a very relaxing holiday. David and Wendy.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2021

  • "The accommodation was very comfortable and the hospitality warm and welcoming."

    The lack of internet access was an issue, even our mobile hotspots struggled to work, though to be expected with the remote setting; a true escape on the positive side. Bush Farm is a Bison farm but if you hope to see Bison close up you may be disappointed, those visible were consistently clustered together about 150 metres from the fence accessible to visitors. A pair of lovely donkeys though offered some compensation. We used the accommodation as a base, and this offered good access to several counties and their attractions. Overall, some drawbacks but in the main a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Apr 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage ,with a wildlife pond we spent many hour watching the birds ,the owners Colin and Pepe were very welcoming we enjoyed watching them tend to the animals although this is a working farm it's very peaceful ,there is a lovely farm walk where you can see the bision and elk in the fields and walk through different wooded areas,the wi-fi was hit and miss but we got a signal in the conservatory using mobile data ,we would highly recommend this cottage and we hope to return ."

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Apr 2021

  • "The location is marvellous, this is our second visit and will definitely be going again ."

    Colin and Pepe are excellent hosts nothing was too much trouble for them . The annexe is very clean and has everything you might need . I read one review from a Mr Ward and totally disagree with what they said . Bush farm annexe is clean and comfortable. The surroundings are amazing . Plenty of woodland walks and lakes . Cant sing their praises enough .

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2021

  • "Our hosts were rilliant, nothing was too much trouble and the animals amazing."

    Lovely area to visit.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Was made to feel welcome."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2020

  • "Although the accomodation provided at the Annex was adequate for two people it had not been cleaned properly."

    We were particularly concerned with regard to Coronavirus and had been assured by the owner that she would take special care. Unfortunately this was not the case and we had to spend several hours on arrival cleaning everywhere especially the kitchen and bathroom. The conservatory was in quite a dilapidated state and the washing machine leaked although we did not use it and the floor had not been cleaned for a long time. Much of the furniture had not been moved for a long time and there was a lot of accumulated dirt. The sitting room and kitchen were open to the rafters and this area was cloaked in dirt and spiders and webs - not conducive to a relaxed atmosphere. We were told that WIFI was available but this did not work and according to other guest comments had not been available for some time. In the absence of a mobile phone signal this was particularly inconvenient and we were unable to contact our family or make online bookings at this time of Covid restrictions. It was very disappointing because the annex was on an interesting site within the farm with walks around. We have used Sykes cottages before and have found them to be perfectly satisfactory and this was not up to the standard expected. We would like to know what instructions you give to owners with regard to the current situation and if inspections are carried out.

    Reviewed by Joan2.5Aug 2020

  • "Great cottage with everything you need in lovely surroundings"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2020

  • "Location and friendly hosts"

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Jul 2020

  • "The property and location were amazing."

    sadly the internet connection was unusable and we wouldn't have booked it if we had known that.

    Reviewed by Wilfred4.7Jul 2020

  • "We had a very enjoyable week at Bush Farm Annexe, Peace full and very relaxing."

    Our hosts Pepe and Colin made us very welcome, the Annexe is very comfortable and well equipped. We will return to Bush Farm soon. Thank you to Pepe & Colin.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Nov 2019

  • "Quiet relaxing time spoiled only by the atrocious weather."

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Oct 2019

  • "Brilliant location, lots of walks."

    Absolutely lovely. Friendly owners. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.1Oct 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Combi microwave oven, hob, fridge/freezer, TV, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed garden with wildlife pond, lawned area and patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: This property is on a working farm, with Bison and Elk on-site, as well as a farm shop and the owner's museum
  • Note: Please note: There is a Wilderness Gathering event on between 13th August to the 23rd August 2021.

The property

Positioned at the end of its own private driveway within the owner's Bison and Elk farm, enveloped by Wiltshire and Dorset countryside, is Bush Farm Annexe.

It is the ideal escape to the country for a couple looking for somewhere to enjoy lots of walking and exploring, with a homely base to return to.

Rustle up something delicious in the compact yet amply equipped kitchen and enjoy a lovely night in at the dining table with a bottle of wine to wash it down with.

Later, move through to the lounge and unwind into your evening by the warmth of the woodburning stove before retiring to the double bedroom.

The L-shape conservatory showcases fabulous views over the wildlife pond, where you can sit with a drink and take in your surroundings as you discuss plans for the days ahead with your loved one.

A warm summer's day will invite you out onto the patio for a chilled drink and you are welcome to visit the owner's 'American Indian Tribe' museum on-site, as well as his farm shop and greet the Bison and Elk within the grounds.

You are in an enviable position for lovely walks at Cranborne Chase and Wiltshire Downs AONB or on the Blackmore Vale, as well as opportunities for cycling and stargazing at night.

Venture up to Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate for a chance to partake in activities such as fishing and sailing as well as walls through open woodland, before exploring the Safari Park and stately home.

Travel further afield and explore the Roman city of Bath or head in the opposite direction to visit Salisbury Cathedral.

A lovely getaway to the countryside.

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About the location


Mere 3 miles; Gillingham 4 miles; Shaftesbury 7 miles.

The two rural communities of East and West Knoyle, the former being the birthplace of Sir Christopher Wren, sit on the Wiltshire side of the Dorset border and are also close to the border with Somerset. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, the gentle rolling West Wiltshire downland is dotted with picturesque villages and lovely walks, with the impressive house and gardens at Stourhead just a short drive away. Close by, there are opportunities for sailing available at Shear Water, which borders the Longleat Estate, well-known for its Safari Park and stunning stately home. There are numerous places of interest worth visiting nearby, including mystical Stonehenge, the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury and the impressive city of Bath. This is a delightful rural base from which to explore this fascinating area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas