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Pear Tree Cottage

East Knoyle, Dorset (Ref. 1026281)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely but very impractical for my elderly Mother, stairs very steep and stair gate difficult for older person."

    The landlady also contacted me most days with instructions to do things, including water the garden which she could have done herself as she was staying in a summer house in the back garden which she did not tell us at time of booking! Felt like I was being watched and the constant messaging didn't allow for a break as such! Would have preferred to have been left to enjoy my stay in peace.

    I always send a welcome text and ask guests to let me know they have arrived safely. I follow this up once they have settled in to check that everything is satisfactory. Then, the day prior to guests leaving, I wish them a safe journey home. The extra texts were due to confusion over which dustbin had to go out, I also asked if the guest would mind watering a few pot plants in the very small front garden. I am always happy to put out the dustbin and water the plants but prefer to ask the guest when they have a dog on the premises for obvious reasons. Everything was set up for easy watering, with lightweight hose attached to tap by front door. The Cottage is 200 yrs old and typically comes with sloping floors, low beams etc. I would have gladly advised on its suitability for an elderly/infirm person had I been asked. I do take on board your comments about the stair gate. My back garden is not visible from the back of the cottage due to the quirky layout our gardens.The garden with the cabin that the guest refers to is my neighbours summer house. My cabin is a very long way from the cottage and situated at the end of my plot on the corner of a field. I have proper living accommodation in the village and feel the comment on ‘being watched’ was based purely on the guests imagination. Again I am truly sorry that this guest felt this way, I felt I had done everything I could to make them feel welcome-but obviously in this instance it seems I got it wrong, Apologies. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClareSep 2021

  • "One of the best cottages I’ve ever stayed in."

    Remote yet spectacular location with charming front garden and furnished to a level which makes it look and feel like someone’s home rather than a functional holiday rental of the kind you find on AirBnB. You can barely hear a pin drop at night.

    Thank you for such a lovely review Property Owner

    Reviewed by WalterSep 2021

  • "Lovely place everything you need"

    Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by JosephAug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in quiet village location."

    Extremely well equipped cottage with everything we needed and more. The owners personal touches were much in evidence and these all adding to the experience of feeling of being looked after. Wonderful stay and would highly recommend.

    Thank you so much for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by AliJul 2021

  • "First time booking a cottage holiday and I'm really pleased to say it was fantastic."

    The cottage was beautiful, it was obvious the owner Ann had given a great deal of thought into what any potential guests would need and made sure we wanted for nothing during the week. The cottage is gorgeous and really welcoming from the moment you walk through the door with lovely little touches everywhere like fresh flowers in the rooms, full instructions on how to work the appliances, suggested activities etc etc. Beds were very comfortable and helped us rest after a busy schedule throughout the week. It is a easy drive to so many great places to visit and such a lovely and quiet retreat to come back to after a busy day trip. Ann was in contact before we arrived to help us find our feet and then made sure we knew she was there for us should we need her throughout our stay. She really managed to strike the right balance between being there for us if we needed anything but distant enough to allow us the space and privacy to relax during our stay. I would not hesitate to return to stay at Pear Tree Cottage again in the future. The whole experience for us as a family has been first class.

    I much appreciate your kind and detailed feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021

  • "From the ease of booking, to the excellent communication, stunning cottage and location, Sykes gave us yet another fantastic holiday to remember."

    Thank you so much. Jo

    So glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by JosephineJul 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed out stay at Pear Tree cottage."

    I loved the cottage garden, listening to the bees... Watching the birds feed and having their baths in the morning. The bed was comfortable, great bathroom, lovely lounge and diner. The kitchen was charming, tho small, it had everything you needed. Anne was a wonderful host and made us feel so welcome. Loved our stay here.

    Thank you for your kind feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebbieJun 2021

  • "A great little cottage in a lovely village, comfortable and well maintained."

    Great local walks for the dogs and pub close at hand. We had a lovely week.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by SteveJun 2021

  • "We arrived in East Knoyle with great expectation ."

    The cottage from the outside was an absolute picture .The garden was beautiful ,honey bees working the flowers .The cottage was so beautiful inside and Ann the owner should be really pleased with what she has achieved , you could not have asked for more . Everything was just perfect

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "We have had the most wonderful holiday at Pear Tree Cottage."

    Just such a beautiful place; the owner made us feel so welcome - we feel rested and privileged to have stayed in such a lovely place.

    Reviewed by JoyJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Lots of local walks and a good pub next door that serves great food. Perfect chill out holday.

    Reviewed by PamelaMay 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting."

    We loved having our morning coffee sitting in the garden watching the birds. Lots of walks and places of interest in the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by GwenApr 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, very clean and well equipped."

    We had a great stay. Thank you

    Reviewed by LauraSep 2020

  • "Very well equipped cottage In quiet hamlet, friendly neighbour and very handy pub with excellent food."

    Good communication and attention from the owner.

    Reviewed by MalcolmSep 2020

  • "Despite the weather Pear Tree Cottage was the perfect spot to relax."

    A quintessential cottage, comfortable with a pretty cottage garden, in a quiet location that delivered on so many fronts. There were little touches we appreciated like the welcome tray, all things for dogs from bedding to biscuits, dog toys and towels and fresh cut flowers from the garden, the bird feeder. The only grudge was the ripe pears that attracted many wasps. Wasps are useful creatures but not great on your doorstep particularly when you have a dog that wants to eat them. It could be an issue with children or people who might be allergic especially when the pear tree is right by the front door. We could not leave the front door open or sit in the front garden not that the weather allowed us to! I wouldn't let this put you off. Pear Tree Cottage is a little gem.

    Unfortunately I'm only at the cottage one day a week during the changeover and spend that time inside so, unaware how bad wasps were. I would have happily tried to sort the problem out had I been told at the time. I have arranged for the main pear tree branch that grows above the door to be removed and have also purchased a long handled fruit picker so I can remove any pears likely to attract wasps in the future. Despite the problem you (and your dog!) encountered - I really appreciate your kind feedback. Kind Regards Ann Property Owner

    Reviewed by GuyAug 2020

  • "We had a wonderfully relaxing week at Pear Tree Cottage."

    It is ideally located for exploring Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. Great communication from the owner before and during our stay. The cottage is in a delightful village location, with a great pub virtually next door. Beautiful front garden filled with bees and birds. Can’t recommend this place enough.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2020

  • "Pear Tree Cottage On our arrival we found the cottage to be very well presented, tidy and clean with a lovely welcome package waiting for us."

    It was well equipped and we wanted for nothing for both human and canine members of our group. We traveled from France to look for a house to purchase in Dorset and the cottage is very conveniently situated on the Wilts / Dorset border with good communications links throughout the region and after a hard day of house hunting the cottage was a peaceful haven to return to. We enjoyed walks in the network of lanes and footpaths through the woods and enjoyed the hospitality of the Fox and Hounds pub which is conveniently situated just a few steps from the cottage.

    Reviewed by GrahamJul 2020

  • "The cottage is perfect for a getaway and has everything you need during your stay."

    Fabulous walks from the door in a beautiful area. Added bonus having the pub on your doorstep! Wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

    Reviewed by ToryJul 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living room/diner
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On-road parking outside property or around the green
  • Enclosed front garden with seating
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 1 mile, pub within 0.01 mile
  • Please note: The rear garden is not for guests' use, but there is a large flat green space approximately 10 metres from the garden gate
  • Note: No children under the age of 10
  • The owner provides dog bowls and dog bed for up to a medium sized dog
  • Please note: Check-in is at 5pm
  • Please note: This property has a minimum 3 night stay

The property

Positioned near the village green and surrounded by other charming properties, Pear Tree Cottage is set in the village of East Knoyle within the Cranborne Chase AONB.

Suited for a small family or a romantic couple’s break, it's perfect for those who love to be within nature and want a welcoming place to return to.

Relax within the charming living room/diner, which retains a quaint and traditional-style with a large feature fireplace.

Gather around the vintage-style dining table for a family board game, or simply discuss what’s going to come next on this Wiltshire adventure.

Prepare a meal within the lovely, modest kitchen, complete with a Belfast sink and stable-style door, it is a classic country cottage-style but home to excellent contemporary appliances.

Sit out with a refreshing drink in the front garden, and take in the picture-perfect exterior of Pear Tree Cottage.

There is also a traditional red telephone box opposite the cottage which has been converted into a mini library with lots of books to choose from.

Rest in one of the two bedrooms, either a double or a single room, both with pretty furnishings, white walls and showcasing charming features like exposed beams in the ceiling.

Freshen up in the beautifully fitted bathroom with a bath and shower over.

Practically next door and serving excellent food and drink is the dog friendly Fox and Hound Pub, so if you don’t fancy cooking in the evening you can indulge in a night off and a few drinks.

Pick up all you need to rustle up some home-cooked meals for your self-catered stay, there is a village store a short walk from the cottage with a wide selection of goods as well as a post office.

Cranborne Chase AONB, is an area has recently been designated an international dark sky reserve.

Directly from the cottage you can access a number of dog walks, cycling routes and historical sites nearby, including Old Wardour Castle, run by English Heritage, it was built in the 14th century and is a magnificent thing to behold set in the quiet Wiltshire countryside by a lake.

A five minute walk will take you to the windmill green and its fabulous views across the Blackmore Vale, or why not venture further afield to the old Saxon town of Shaftesbury which is steeped in history and is home the the the cobbled ‘Gold Hill’ where the Hovis adverts were filmed.

Stourhead House and Gardens run by the National Trust is also a must visit.

Pear Tree Cottage is a delightful property, ideal for a lovely break in this AONB with your loved ones.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Shaftesbury 5 miles; Gillingham 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.

Region Information

Please note, no children under the age of 10

Please note, this property has a minimum 3 night stay

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas