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Ryecross Farm Cottage

(Ref. 1113)

Shaftesbury, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "I enjoyed my stay at Ryecross cottage."

    The owner was welcoming and helpful. The accomodation was warm and comfortable The location as in a nice setting, beautiful views. It was accessable to local attractions in Dorset

    Thankyou for your positive feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allison5.0Nov 2023

  • "Very warm and cosy."

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Nov 2023

  • "Cottage centrally placed for visiting friends and local towns."

    Good facilities. Excellent shower! Wonderful views. Very peaceful. Would certainly go back.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Ryecross farm Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryan4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    The cottage was very comfortable and warm. The owners were very welcoming and greeted us upon arrival and told us of the best attractions to see and if they saw us after our day out would come and have a chat, which made us feel more welcome. The only little fault I could find is there is not much room down one side of the double bed as there is a dressing table there. Other than that I would recommend it. It is

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2023

  • "Delighted with our stay at Ryecross Farm Cottage."

    Very well appointed, comfortable, very clean and well equipped. The welcome box of lovely biscuits on arrival was a generous surprise. Peaceful, tranquil and perfectly situated for exploration of this lovely part of the country. Shaftesbury was an excellent base, with all amenities and most interesting history. The owners were extremely welcoming and supportive. Very generous hosts. Couldn’t have asked for more. Will return in a heartbeat.

    Thankyou for your positive feedback. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2023

  • "Though we enjoyed our stay there, it really would have been nice to be able to have our grandsons and son stay over night."

    When I booked it, I had not noticed “can not bring Guests back for overnight stays. Nor was it clearly indicated on the site that “No Children” were allowed. Though We understood the reasoning from the Martins, it was disappointing. However we made do, and had a great stay. The Cottage is convenient to the area we were visiting. It had two bedrooms, clean and comfortable and good parking. We love seeing the deer in the field, a variety of birds and even a rabbit visited. Another amenity of a Washer/Dryer would have been very helpful as well; especially, since it was a rainy week and we were visiting from the US. Mr and Mrs Martin were both very nice and chatted with us when we saw them. The cottage was welcoming and Mrs Martin had left us some cookies (biscuits) along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Clean and comfortable cottage."

    I had to use the heating one morning and it was fast and effective. Good location for access to key Dorset sites. Easy drive to the coast. No sound from (not very busy) A350 but not somewhere where you could go out of the gate for a walk.

    Thankyou for your positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jul 2023

  • "We both really enjoyed staying at Ryecross Farm."

    The setting was glorious. The shower was really powerful, the internet was reliable and we were able to watch our fire stick with no problems. If there had been blackout blinds on the bedroom windows, I would have given five stars for comfort.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had a great time at Ryecross Farm Cottage."

    The place was spotlessly clean and there was a a welcome pack of assorted biscuits which went down well with a nice cup of tea after our journey. The views out from the cottage are stunning and despite being just off the A350 it was very peaceful and quiet. It is in a great position for exploring north Dorset we will definitely be booking again for another stay in the not to distant future.

    Thankyou for your positive comments after your stay at Ryecross. Happy to know you enjoyed it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ken4.7May 2023

  • "The perfect base to explore this picturesque part of Dorset."

    Peaceful and quiet with wonderful views and comfy beds. The cottage has everything you could wish for, we had a lovely stay, thank you.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thankyou for your positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely gem of a self catering cottage, with wonderful views."

    Clean, comfortable and well equipped. Gary & Angela, our hosts, were very welcoming. Lovely touch of fresh flowers and delicious biscuits were left for us. We will definitely use again when we need to visit Shaftesbury

    Thankyou so much for your positive comments after your stay with us at Ryecross. We're glad to know that all our effort is appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Mar 2023

  • "Had an enjoyable week at the cottage."

    It is so very quiet with lovely views. As we were there the first week in March and had snowfall it was important that the cottage is very cosy and warm. The beds are particularly comfortable. Although the kitchen is quite ‘compact’ it is was adequate for our needs with all necessary utensils. We cooked every day. The Wi-Fi signal is strong enough for a fire stick. Would highly recommend this cottage.

    Thankyou for your positive feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2023

  • "What a lovely quiet peaceful location with wonderful views over the countryside."

    All round a very comfortable cottage with all that you could need, small kitchen but we found it to be perfectly functional. In a good location for touring around with lots of easily reachable attractions both coastal and inland. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Thankyou for your positive feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Feb 2023

  • "Nice cozy cottage."

    Kitchen is small but quite adequate,after all you only need one person to cook at a time.It’s a holiday cottage not for full time residence.I would have no qualms about returning.

    Thankyou so much for your positive comments following your recent stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely bungalow in picturesque setting."

    Very quiet location. Kitchen was very small although well equipped - no workspace for preparing anything other than simple meals. Very clean and comfortable throughout. Made very welcome by the owners and appreciated the flowers and biscuits.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely break at Ryecross Farm cottage."

    It was very comfortable and beautifully quiet, which we appreciate. The welcome biscuits were a nice surprise when we had our first cuppa after unpacking the car. Memories? The view and the owls. Lovely to have the lounge window open when the evening was warm and just watch the dusk descend.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely with beautiful views and very quiet."

    The fresh flowers and biscuits were a very thoughtful.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Aug 2022

  • "Comfortable cottage with stunning views and friendly neighbours."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had stayed at Ryecross Farm five years ago so it was good to be back in a very comfortable setting again."

    The views are spectacular from the living room and it was a pity that it was not really warm enough to sit out on the patio. Everything was fine although it does take a while to adjust to the small kitchen - the draining board is useful as a working surface. I could have done with proper oven gloves as carrying a hot casserole from the oven to the dining table with just an oven mitt and a tea towel was somewhat scary! All in all a good week and I can recommend the Half Moon for Sunday carvery lunch.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2022

  • "All just fine."

    Peaceful, clean, and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Edith4.7Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely in a beautiful setting."

    The owners were lovely and friendly. Nice & comfortable . The only downside is that the kitchen was tiny for 4 people . All in all we had a great stay

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2022

  • "Ryecross Farm was just what we needed for a short break away."

    The bungalow was well fitted out, and with a nice sitting area at the back, looking out onto wonderful country views all around it. Would recommend it for a visit. So peaceful too.

    Thankyou so much we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely property, great views, and tucked away down the drive."

    Entrance is quite hidden and easy to pass. Not easy to enter onto main road from property. Owners close by which I found handy for issues or information. Alot of wildlife and great privacy for garden. Slight shortage of hooks in bathroom etc. Very close to large Tesco and not far from Shaftsbury.

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7May 2022

  • "It was difficult and frustrating making contact with the owners regarding key collection etc as they had requested contact 48hrs before arrival, and despite leaving a number of messages they failed to get back to us until the night before, by which time I had rung Sykes for assistance."

    Also the directions to the property are inadequate and need to be more specific. Thanks to the comments of a previous reviewer we were able to locate the cottage. However, the cottage itself was peaceful, comfortable and warm with wonderful views over the Dorset countryside. The kitchen is very compact but manageable for a short break, although a dish drainer would have been useful. There was no departure or recycling instructions which needs to be addressed.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a brilliant week at Ryecross Farm Cottage."

    The surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful and there are plenty of places to visit nearby. We enjoyed a lovely Sunday roast at Ye Olde Two Brewers Inn and days out in Sherborne and Shaftesbury. The Orchard Park Garden Centre near Gillingham is also worth a visit. Our hosts, Mr and Mrs Martin, were very welcoming and on hand if needed. The accommodation was fresh and clean and catered to our needs. Although the kitchen is tiny it had everything we required. The only suggestion we would make is to hang the fridge door the other way round! We would definitely return, thank you.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely location, very peaceful and yet conveniently near to the interesting town of Shaftesbury with its independent shops and a variety of restaurants."

    The cottage was very comfortable and within easy distance to so many NT attractions, lovely little towns and beautiful countryside. It was a great place to return to in the evening to relax and enjoy the peace an quiet.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely time in this cosy cottage during storms Dudley and Eunice."

    The view was great too and would be even better in summer. Carol

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Feb 2022

  • "Rycross Farm Cottage is a tranquil and relaxing location for a break."

    The owners are very friendly and helpful and are nearby, but not intrusive. I arrived at dusk, and a welcoming light had been left on which made me smile. The cottage is bright and warm and the kitchen, although small, is very well equipped. Beds are comfy and broadband reliable. The views across the countryside are spectacular and I saw birds of prey and a couple of deer in the garden. There is also outside seating for visits with better weather. If the peace and quiet gets too much, the historic and busting town of Shaftesbury with its independent shops and Thursday market is only a few moments drive away. There is also a Tesco and a soon to be opened Lidl in town. For those coming from the south, if you find your way to the A350 from Blandford Forum and head north, you will reach a place called Cann. Pass straight through and as you get to the point where the 30mph returns to 40mph, indicate left and take that first turn which is almost on top of the speed limit sign. Rycross Farm isn't signposted from this direction and, if you miss the turn , it's probably safest to carry on to the first Shaftesbury roundabout and come back. This was my first post-pandemic cottage holiday and, if anyone is concerned about doing the same, you can choose this venue with confidence. It is clean and obviously loved. You can be as isolated or as gregarious as you choose. I can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely, friendly hosts, and the view from the garden was spectacular."

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Aug 2021

  • "Really nice holiday cottage with superb views over the Dorset countryside."

    The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. Shaftesbury is a really nice town and is only a five minute drive away. Great customer service from Sykes too!

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Aug 2021

  • "Mr & Mrs Martin were very friendly & accommodating & we appreciated the biscuits, juice & water left in the fridge for our arrival."

    The cottage was in a lovely location with stunning views. Great location for exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.1Jul 2021

  • "Accommodation really nice & the gardens beautiful."

    A little close to the owners property to afford full privacy. Would benefit from a heated towel rail as towels damp when no heating on. Disappointed there was no wildlife & & very few birds but obviously that’s no ones fault, though the owners field was very overgrown so make have played a part. A comfortable stay in a lovely part of the country

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Jun 2021

  • "Everything provided for a short, relaxing break."

    Nice cottage, nice hosts.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, in a very tranquil position where we got to see muntjac and other wildlife most mornings through the bedroom window, which was a nice surprise."

    Facilities in the cottage were good, the kitchen although compact, was very well equipped with plenty of utensils, pans and baking trays, so there is no need to worry about taking those scissors, bottle opener or anything else from home! We had no problems with the shower as previously commented upon. Just turn the shower thermostatic valve to its hottest temperature and its warm in less than a minute, then adjust to suit. We all slept well and the beds were super comfy, with plenty of storage space for our clothes and belongings. Nearby, there were plenty of nice shops, pubs, cafes and a large Tesco in Shaftesbury. We would recommend Ecco Gelato at the top of Gold Hill for the best ice cream and coffee, and with a grassed park area and benches, you can enjoy your ice cream whilst indulging upon the amazing views of Dorset. The cottage is in an ideal position for visiting Dorset and the owners are very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely property with fantastic views."

    It’s a shame the views down the valley can only be seen when standing up in the property. If the hedges were removed or lowered then the views would be uninterrupted. It would be helpful if the instructions on finding the property includes arrival from the Blandford direction with a sign for the farm that is visible. The cottage is in a great position just outside the impressive town of Shaftesbury. We had a great holiday in this wonderful part of the country.

    Reviewed by Colin4.1May 2021

  • "This house met our expectations for the price we paid."

    We wanted a place to stay from where we could explore the area. It was fine!

    Reviewed by E. L.3.8Mar 2020

  • "We enjoyed everything: the cottage, beautifully and imaginatively furnished, the warm welcome and friendly helpfulness of our hosts, the setting, with so many interesting and wonderful places to explore."

    We have very happy memories of our holiday.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Oct 2019

  • "Cosy cottage in good area, many interesting places to visit."

    Reviewed by Gaynor3.8Sep 2019

  • "Lovely area and views from cottage."

    Owners were very welcoming and responded quickly to any minor issues. Good size bedrooms and lounge, plenty of storage. Kitchen was very small but fine for 2 people. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was in a lovely picturesque setting."

    The days were spent in a very stressful way searching for a rental in the area, and it was so nice to come back to this quiet, peaceful place. It's close to a supermarket and the lovely town of Shaftsebury . The owners are very friendly and helpful. The only thing that was a bit of a hiccup was the length of time it took for the shower to warm up. This not withstanding we'll be back

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2019

  • "The kitchen was a bit small if you were family staying there for a week."

    But it was okay if there was just two of you staying there.

    Reviewed by David4.1Jul 2019

  • "The long drive off the main road to the property needs some maintenance, we have a small car and the ruts developing at the top of the drive caused our car to catch the centre of the track if we did not drive really slow."

    Thank you for your feedback. The owner advises that there is major refurbishment currently going on at the main house and this is why the diary for Ryecross Farm Cottage is currently unavailable. All works will be finished by June 20019 and the drive will be completely resurfaced and we are looking forward to showing this to you in new photographs closer to the time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Sep 2018

  • "I can recommend this holiday location for people wanting a very peaceful and ..."

    I can recommend this holiday location for people wanting a very peaceful and steer free atmosphere my wife and I and her father had a great holiday

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was in a lovely location would been nice to have a washing machine especially when you stay for two weeks."

    Great places to go and visit .owners were nice and welcoming.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2018

  • "There was no shop in half mile distance of the cottage as expected from the details."

    The farm was stated as non working but work was going on so there was noise at times. There was only one toilet roll to last all week. There were no proper cleaning scrubs for the pots and pans just a dish cloth. There were no toiletries supplied. Other cottages we have used through your site have been much better equipped. There was no information on walks etc around the cottage just the leaflets for major attractions. Having said all that the bed was comfortable as was the sofa and chairs in the lounge.

    Reviewed by Roger4.1May 2018

  • "A lovely property."

    Well located just outside Shaftesbury with lovely views of the countryside. The photos don't really do the location justice.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2017

  • "We enjoyed a very pleasant week in this cottage."

    It was very clean and comfortable had everything we needed. It is in a lovely area with wonderful scenic views .Very peaceful and quiet. It is not too far to get to main road for other towns & villages.

    Reviewed by Janet4.8Oct 2016

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  • All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
  • Small, fully fitted kitchen
  • Living room with dining area and patio windows with lovely views over Blackmoor Vale.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, TV, DVD player, radio, stereo/CD player and WIFI
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Shared use of garden with private and secluded seating area with garden furniture and lovely views
  • Ample off road parking
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 0.5 miles
  • Note: No children under 12 yrs

The property

A charming detached, stone-built cottage nestling in the grounds of the owner's non-working farm, just half a mile from the pretty town of Shaftesbury, and surrounded by fields.

Converted to a high standard, this cosy property offers well decorated and furnished ground floor accommodation, including a sunny sitting room with dining area offering unsurpassed views down Blackmoor Vale toward Poole and the coast.

Perfectly placed for touring the splendid Dorset countryside and coast, there are also several famous visitor attractions within easy reach.

The perfect get-away-from-it-all retreat.

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About the location


  • Salisbury 21 miles
  • Bath 30 miles

One of Dorset’s prettiest and most historic towns, Shaftesbury is perched on a spur of rolling green hills, and the views in all directions are without comparison. Lush green meadows, woodland glades and outstanding architecture are all within a short walk. One of the best vantage points is from Gold Hill (Ridley Scott's famous Hovis advert was filmed here) with its quaint, cobbled and very steep street. Visit the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey (a place of great pilgrimage from the 11th century) or navigate the intricate and ancient lanes. Bath, Salisbury and Sherborne are all under an hour away, or drive through the stunning countryside of Blackmoor Vale down to the coast at Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth. A beautiful area, that still carries the flavour of the very best of the English countryside.

Note: No children under 12 yrs.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season