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Downs View

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Norton Ferris near Mere, Wiltshire Show on map


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  • 10 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Large property with plenty of space for 6 of us."

    Lots of crockery etc. Pillows on a couple of the beds are a little soft. Children loved seeing the cows at the garden fence. There is lots of traffic on B road but it didn’t affect us at all. Lots to see and do within 30-45 mins drive.

    Thank you for your comments it’s always nice that our guests take the time to leave us feedback. We are so pleased you found the property spacious and well equipped and you enjoyed the garden overlooking the meadows where the children found the inquisitive cows gathering to do a little people watching of their own. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lindsay3.8Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage only problem was it was a bit damp bedding was very damp some ..."

    Lovely cottage only problem was it was a bit damp bedding was very damp some windows don't open so that doesn't help other than that had a great holiday great location

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback Lovely to hear you enjoyed the cottage and it’s great location. I am however very surprised to see your comments about the bedding as you hadn’t mention any of this whilst you was staying here and had you brought any of this to our attention when you first noticed this or seen any of us we would have looked and dealt with your concerns. The bedding is kept in an airing cupboard and all beds freshly made the day you arrived and windows opened to allow the cottage to air. I can’t see any reason for the “damp bedding” and surly it would have been picked up when making the beds one would have thought!!!!! Pleased to see this didn’t effect your stay and you enjoyed yourselves and the surrounding area as lots to see and do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely amazing stay in this spacious, clean and well equipped house."

    The owners were so helpful and friendly answering all of our questions and doing all they could to accommodate our needs and welcome us. They are by far the best we have ever dealt with. Our check in experience on arrival day was also the best we have ever had and we can’t thank the owners enough for being so accommodating to our situation. They left welcoming gifts and it was an absolute pleasure arriving to find this total gem of a house. The fenced gardens were immaculate with plenty of seating. Great for the dogs to play without any worries of them wondering away from the property. The house itself is fantastic and more like a dream home. The layout is perfect and there is so much space for everyone. Brilliant modern bathrooms and showers and a fantastic deep bath with all the hot water you need and everything was ultra clean. There is a very spacious living room with plenty of seating and a good sized tv with plenty of channels. A wonderful light and sunny conservatory has a large dining table and it was so nice to enjoy food with the patio doors open on a summers evening enjoying the smells and sounds of the countryside. The beds were all very comfortable and actually everyone slept better than when at home! Finishing with the big ultra clean and very well equipped kitchen and utility areas. There is everything you could need and the owners have gone above and beyond to make sure guests have the best stay possible. Longleat safari park is so close to the house and there are little towns and villages very close with all the shops and services you will need. We can’t recommend this place highly enough and we have already started looking at dates to come back. Unfortunately after doing four Longleat safari trips we still didn’t see Anne the elephant so absolutely a must we come back!! And we can’t wait to enjoy this wonderful house again when we do. Thank you so much to the owners.

    Thank you so very much for taking the time and effort to write such wonderful things about your stay at Downs View and so very pleased you had a such a lovely time with us. Your feedback is very much appreciated and we do hope you will come again and hopefully you will see Anne the elephant on your next trip. It is very important to us that our guests feel very welcomed and have a positive and most enjoyable stay so thank you again for all your positivity in your feedback we couldn’t ask for a better review. THANK YOU SO MUCH Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Jun 2023

  • "Well equipped kitchen and the layout suited our family well."

    Internal decoration modern and clean, the outside in need of some TLC. Lovely meadow view from the back. We had problems with hot water but this was quickly fixed by the host who arranged for work while we were out. While our fault for not doing more research, the road noise was more than "some" partly I would guess as it was half-term. With cars passing at fast speeds we couldn't risk taking children on walks from the property with no pavements. It also meant that driving in and out of the property was sometimes a challenge.

    Thank you for you feedback it’s always welcomed. The property is very versatile so can accommodate a lot of different families and their need’s which you and a lot of our guests do enjoy. Sorry you had an issue with hot water but very pleased we was able to resolve the problem whilst you was out enjoying your day and it didn’t effect you too much and thank you for your patience. Yes we agree the property does have some wonderful views both front and back and you can see the downs in the distance. If you are up early the sunrise can be spectacular to see from the comfort of the back garden. I’m a little surprised you found getting in and out of the driveway a “little challenging” as the driveway entrance is very very wide so you do have a very good view of the road in both directions, not normally a problem but you must of just caught it at a bad time I’m guessing. Unfortunately you don’t find many pavements in the countryside not like you would find in the towns and cities. Very sorry you couldn’t take the children out for a walk but I’m sure they still had a lovely time and you all enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz4.1May 2023

  • "A lovely stay on the edge of the Wiltshire border with Dorset and Somerset, meaning lots to explore nearby."

    Bungalow well-equipped to a high standard. Beds very comfortable. Were lucky with the weather so able to enjoy sitting in the garden. Would recommend and hope to return.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback it’s really appreciated. Yes there is lots to see and do for all members of the family close by which you found and so pleased you all enjoyed yourselves. We do try to accommodate all guests needs as much as possible and pleased you found that. The weather was certainly kind to you which was lovely for us all. We would love to see you again in the future and thank you for your recommendation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7May 2023

  • "The property was great."

    Spacious and cosy in the same time. Thank you!!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback it’s very much appreciated. We are very pleased you had a great time hope you got to see lot on you visit here. The property is much larger than you think and please you found it spacious and comfortable. Hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexandru5.0Mar 2023

  • "There were 8 adults in our group and we felt it was roomy enough for us all to be comfortable."

    Kitchen was well kitted out with good utility facilities.It's a good central position for days out with most places of interest being with 30/45 minute drive.There are far more positives than negatives with this property.Good value.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment we really do appreciate it. We do think it’s a good location for many attractions and places to visit at any time of the year like Salisbury, Bath, Frome, Longleat, Stonehenge and Stourhead to name just a few and the property we believe is large enough for a big family gathering whatever the occasion. We also believe it’s very good value for the money and pleased you think so as well. We are so pleased you had a great time and hope you will return for more adventures. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rick5.0Nov 2022

  • "The driveway could home 3 cars easily if they are small cars."

    The hedges were very overgrown unlike in the picture, this made it difficult for larger cars to get up the driveway with very little space for getting out of the car. Considering there were 8 adults and a baby on our stay 2.5 toilet rolls was not really sufficient luckily we did bring some of our own, nor was one bin bag or just 2 dishwasher tablets. The house itself was lovely lots of space and each bedroom has its own theme of decoration which we all really liked. The garden and view at the back of the house was lovely as well. Unfortunately we did find some dog mess on the grass which must have been left from a previous guest. The location is perfect for a trip to longleat just a 15 minute drive, pretty much every direction you leave the house from has a stunning view. All in all we would recommend it for a large group but bear in mind you should take essentials that you would not normally think of.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased you had a lovely time and found Downs view the perfect location to be. Due to the wildlife making their homes in the hedges and being it is in the countryside we do not cut them back until they have all vacated. We are sorry you found it difficult to park your cars but despite the hedges it is possible to park 4 to 5 family cars in the driveway which most visitors manage. We do also inform all visitors that we DO NOT provide dishwasher tables, toilet rolls etc for your entire stay BUT we do however provide a small amount for your arrival including tea,coffees, biscuits or cake which you didn’t mention just to get you started after your journeys here, after all the accommodation is a SELF CATERING one. We do welcome dogs and always check the grounds for any missed mess by dogs owners or the local foxes so very sorry you found something. Great to hear you found the bungalow spacious with room to move around and we are also pleased you liked the themed rooms. The views are wonderful and thank you for your recommendation we hope you will come again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yasmin4.1Sep 2022

  • "Amazing place so spacious we loved the themed rooms, conservatory and out door space had a great weekend there and plan to come back."

    Really clean had all we needed in the kitchen and great location for Longleat. The owners were also really helpful with questions before our stay and provided a welcome pack. We would all really recommend this property.

    Dear Jackie, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a positive review, it's so lovely to hear you all enjoyed your stay... It certainly makes the hard work worth it! We would look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best Wishes, Lynne & Russell Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday stay at Downs View."

    A lovely home! We were delighted with the cleanliness, welcome tray and quality of home comforts. The only drawback was the poor Wifi connection. With thank you for a lovely break. We would definitely recommend Downs View for a holiday stay! :)

    Dear Clare, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a lovely review, it's a huge morale boost for us. Unfortunately although we have wifi to the property, the rural location can affect the speed from time to to time but it's usually enough to get by. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best Wishes, Lynne & Russell Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Sep 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Downs View."

    Plenty of room so you’re not constantly under someone else’s feet (important in our family) Spacious, clean, quiet & relaxing. Everything a holiday should be! Only down side is you have to use the car to do anything as it’s so remote Definitely recommend though

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a lovely review, we're pleased to hear you had a lovely family holiday. Best Wishes, Lynne & Russell Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gill4.4Aug 2022

  • "1st Class Accommodation and communication with the owner."

    Very helpful and considerate with our requirements. Thank you so much.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback we really do appreciate this and it’s always helpful for others looking to book. We are very pleased you liked the property and we are always happy to help with any questions or requirements anyone has and pleased to hear we managed to meet with yours. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful place so big inside, only thing is traffic just a little noisy"

    Dear Guests Thank you for your feedback. We are so very pleased you liked the property and hope you enjoyed your stay. It is larger than it looks from the photos and lovely to hear you found it so spacious for you and you fellow guests, you certainly had some fabulous weather for your stay. There is some traffic noise mainly at the front of the property due to passing traffic on the B3092 road however you don’t really notice it from the back of the property. This is in the property description on Syks site to make people aware but we do hope it didn’t spoil your stay and hope you will return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Mar 2022

  • "Very cozy house."

    We really recommend. We had a lovely time.

    Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you found the property Cozy and enjoyed your stay. It is lovely to hear you would recommend it as this is very important to us. We hope you will return for another stay maybe a different time of the year so you can enjoy the surrounding area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clarissa4.7Dec 2021

  • "This was our second visit to Downs View."

    It's a beautiful property in a lovely location and it's very well equipped. We can't fault it for comfort, cleanliness and value for money

    We are so pleased you returned for another stay with us. Thank you for you feedback and kind comments as this is always appreciate by us so once again thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kizzy5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a fantastic family stay, great property only mention is as we wrote in your guest book a brighter road sign to the property as it is well hidden from the roadside especially when getting dark."

    So pleased you all had a fantastic holiday at Downs View its so lovely to see so many family enjoying quality time together. Thank you for your constructive comments and we are looking into new signage to help make it easier to see from the road. We do also use “What 3 Words” as many people find this very helpful as well. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Oct 2021

  • "Downs View was beautiful."

    Spotless, comfortable, and very spacious. The welcome dog treats , and biscuits went down well. Loved the visits from the cows. Thank you, we will definitely recommend this gorgeous bungalow.

    Thank you so much for your kind, thoughtful words. We do our best to make your stay as lovely and comfortable as possible. We also like to include your four legged family members as well so treats all round Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7Sep 2021

  • "The holiday was lovely!"

    The cottage was ideal for a large family with dogs. It had all the facilities you need and was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed visiting the local attractions too. We would highly recommend Downs View Cottage.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. Yes the bungalow is much larger than the photos show and many guests are pleasantly surprised at its size. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and managed to go to some of the attentions we have near us of which there are many. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Sep 2021

  • "Good clean and spacious bungalow with all necessary facilities."

    Lovely setting and lots of garden space to enjoy the sun and views. In future it would be handy to have instructions on how to activate TV. Otherwise perfect as described in the online brochure

    Thank you for your feedback and constructive criticism. The views are wonderful aren’t they. You never get tired of seeing them especially early in the morning with the sun rising and a nice cup of tea and listening to the birds singing just the thing to set you up for the day Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian Barbara5.0Sep 2021

  • "The bungalow provided good and roomy accommodation for a family holiday of 10 people."

    Very close to Longleat and Stour Head both of which were excellent. Lovely views over the fields in the garden and regular visits from hares! The drive is a bit difficult to negotiate but soon got used to it. Everyone enjoyed their week.

    Reviewed by Roy4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lots of pluses, convenient location for places of interest, spacious, comfortable, well equipped."

    Negatives, busy noisy road, next to farm yard with a slurry tank which attracted flies into the house, garden and outside space red some TLC.

    Reviewed by Tony3.8Jun 2021

  • "Had a lovely week at Down’s View which was a real home from home for our party of 7 adults and 3 children under 3 ."

    The cottage had everything we needed and was very comfortable and the surroundings were beautiful and very quiet once the traffic died down from the main road. Will definately book again in the future

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful weekend break at Downs View."

    We have everything we needed. The house was clean and comfortable and prior to arrival we were given great info about travel / local area etc Would happily book here again. It's a big house for a very great price

    Reviewed by Kizzy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely bungalow with heaps of space, thoughtful details and very well equipped."

    The road is quite noisy at the front of the house but not bad at all during the night. We had a lovely holiday, particularly when the herd of young cows came to visit at the end of the garden each day.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Sep 2020

  • "Our family, from the oldest to the youngest at 14 years old, loved the 7 days we had in this large bungalow."

    If you are not familiar with this area, you will find you can travel north or south from Knoll Farm Bungalow (aka Downs View) and find something for everyone. Yes, most roads here are north or south, but the A303 (worth avoiding on a busy day) runs east/west and it is only 4 miles from the bungalow. Having said that, Bath is 26 miles north, and it is easy driving through hills and vales. Day trips to the Jurassic coast, Corfe, Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck, are a little further in the opposite direction. Frome 8 miles north has large supermarkets. Equally, we all enjoyed wandering over the road from the bungalow to walk the 1km top ridge of "Long Knoll", up to 288m above sea level, admiring views and the Covid-19 NHS "ribbon of light" installation by a local artist. Our activities ranged from easy walking or cycling of canal tow paths (Dundas), to kayaking rivers (Wareham), watching steam trains, seeing museums, and farm animals.(City Farm, Bath) This bungalow has 2 electric showers each in a separate room (with toilet) which enable an immediately warm, quick, shower ready for your fun packed day. One of the showers also shares it's room with a bath. There is also a separate toilet room. 3 Toilets was enough for our group. The advert for this bungalow mentions road noise, we think for light sleepers you will probably need to relocate to the back bedroom with your ear plugs to get to sleep. The large comfortable lounge and conservatory/dining area are very quiet at the back of the house even with the occasional heavy lorry that rumbles past at any hour of the day or night. Plenty of towels were provided. If you can't live without your large bath sheet/towel bring it with you. The duvets are very warm and cosy. If you can't live without your thin summer duvet, bring it with you. Any issues and the new owners (July 2020) are very thoughtful and quick to respond. We rate them very highly.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2020

  • "Sykes as a whole have never put a foot wrong especially through lockdown."

    They've always been very helpful and clear with their customer service and I personally, have never had an issue with the numerous bookings that I've made. I would highly recommend using Sykes for all holiday getaways.

    Reviewed by Matt3.1Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful large bungalow."

    Decor excellent, super clean. Comfortable furnishings & beds. The views are fantastic. The owners are very helpful without intruding. Plenty of lovely walks nearby & several places to visit if you book. We will certainly be returning to Downs View.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 2 x double, 1 x family room with four single beds
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast area seating 6
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with log effect stove and Smart TV
  • Conservatory with dining area
  • Oil central heating
  • Rangemaster cooker with electric double oven, microwave, fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs: one with freeview and the other is a smart TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Farm shop at Stourhead is 3 miles away, Co-op at Mere is 4.5 miles away Open 7am-10pm, Pub 1.5 miles away
  • Note: Check in for this property is 3.30pm
  • Note: Poor mobile signal at cottage
  • Note: Dogs to be kept on a lead due to livestock nearby
  • Note: The B3092 runs outside the property and there may be some associated traffic noise
  • Please note: Please ensure you provide the correct amount of people going on the holiday and should there be any updates to your party, please update Sykes or the owner directly
  • As of January the family bedroom will become two separate bedrooms still sleeping 4 people, in individual beds
  • We are hoping to replace the 4th fire with a log burner.

The property

A well-presented detached bungalow situated in the hamlet of Norton Ferris, Wiltshire, close to the borders of both Dorset and Somerset.

This charming bungalow sits next door to the owner's farmhouse and barns and is ideal for friends and families looking to discover this delightful area.

Inside, there is a well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast area and in the large, homely sitting room, which seats eight, you can find a warming electric fire.

A delightful dining area in the conservatory means you can enjoy home-cooked meals whilst overlooking the garden to the Wiltshire Downs beyond.

Four welcoming bedrooms await, with a family room comprising of four single beds, along with two double bedrooms and a master bedroom with a king-size bed.

Completing the accommodation in this lovely cottage is a shared bathroom and a shared shower room, as well as a cloakroom.

The conservatory doors open out onto the enclosed garden, a perfect place to enjoy a drink whilst you plan your day's adventures.

Locally, you can take a gentle stroll along the nearby rural footpaths, take the easy drive to the National Trust's magnificent house and award-winning gardens at Stourhead, or visit Longleat House and Safari Park.

Within easy reach is the charming hilltop town of Shaftesbury, probably most well-known as the setting for the iconic Hovis advert, filmed on its steep Gold Hill.

Further afield, but still easily accessible, is the stunning cathedral city of Salisbury, as well as Wilton House, Stonehenge and the beautiful city of Bath, whilst the scenic Dorset coast also offers a lovely day out.

A charming cottage, Downs View offers a super base from which to tour this fascinating area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


  • Stourhead 3 miles
  • Mere 4.5 miles
  • Gillingham 8 miles
  • Frome 8.5 miles
  • Shaftesbury 13 miles

The Wiltshire hamlet of Norton Ferris is situated amongst glorious unspoilt countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the borders of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. The hamlet is located three miles from Stourhead, just north of the small town of Mere, which has a few shops, including a Co-op open until 10pm. The nearby village of Maiden Bradley, just a couple of miles away, also has a village shop and a pub. This is an ideal walking area and is very well placed for exploring numerous National Trust properties and gardens. A visit to Stourhead House and gardens, just a short drive away, is not to be missed, whilst Longleat House and the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, with the famous Gold Hill featured in the Hovis adverts, are also close by. The beautiful Georgian city of Bath, which features The Roman Baths and Pump Room, the Royal Crescent and the two National Trust properties of The Assembly Rooms and Prior Park Gardens, is just over 20 miles away. Whilst ancient Stonehenge, Wilton House, Salisbury and the stunning Dorset Jurassic Coast are also all easily accessible by car, providing excellent days out. A lovely area providing you with a great variety of interesting places to visit within a short drive at any time of the year.

If you are looking to book with a Saturday or Sunday start date, please call us first on 01244352278- option 1, option 1 as this will need to be checked with the owner of the property.

As of January the family bedroom will become two separate bedrooms still sleeping 4 people, in individual beds. We are hoping to replace the 4th fire with a log burner.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas