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The Nook

Shaftesbury, Dorset (Ref. 1069507)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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The property

Blandford Forum 6.6 miles, Shaftesbury 6.5 miles.

This delightful, newly refurbished mid-terrace cottage lies in the charming village of Iwerne Minster, in the Dorset countryside about six miles south of Shaftesbury.

Boasting period features throughout, The Nook offers a tranquil retreat for those looking to take a break from busy lives.

On the ground floor off the entrance hall, there is a spacious sunlit living room, with two comfortable 2-seater sofas, occasional tables and a TV with Freeview.

Continuing through there is a kitchen/diner, looking out onto cottage-style rear garden, equipped with ceramic hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave and table/chairs for four.

On the first floor, there is a lovely double bedroom, with a character dormer window overlooking the surrounding countryside, along with a twin room.

Both are served by a large bathroom with bath and over shower.

The sheltered sunny rear garden is perfect for alfresco dining or enjoying a morning coffee or an evening gin and tonic.

The village of Iwerne Minster is home to a pub/restaurant, perfect for a meal if you fancy a night off cooking, and a well stocked village shop, ideal for picking up both essentials and luxuries.

The close-by villages of Fontmell Magna, Iwerne Courtney and Child Okeford have excellent pubs too, serving locally sourced food and beverages.

Drive north from the village to the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury and walk up Gold Hill and/or visit Shaftesbury Abbey Gardens and Museum.

Alternatively drive south to the Georgian market town of Blandford Forum.

Visit the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, where you can learn about beer-making and sample Fursty Ferret and Tangle Foot beer., and if time permits you can also visit the Royal Signals museum at Blandford Camp and learn about military communications from semaphore to cyber.

On the way to Blandford pass the hill forts of Hambleton Hill and Hod Hill - constructed in the Iron Age and Roman times respectively.

Both make rewarding local climbs with far reaching views of the countryside.

For longer days out, potential trips include the Tank Museum at Bovington, The National Trust’s Kingston Lacy and Stourhead Houses, and the magnificent Jurassic and West Dorset Heritage coastline.

The towns and cities of Salisbury, Sherborne, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, and even Bath are also very accessible.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking directly outside
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Brick built garden office with power
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub/restaurant 0.2 miles

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas