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Keepers Cottage

(Ref. 1019004)

West Knoyle, Wiltshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Keepers Cottage was more of a home from home experience than a holiday let."

    We felt very comfortable and relaxed here with everything that we needed. The undercover parking was also a bonus especially in poor weather. Amanda was very friendly and welcoming and we were sad to leave.

    Reviewed by GavinNov 2023

  • "A lovely property set in peaceful surrounding countryside."

    Everything we needed in the cottage. Very comfortable and warm without any heating on. One of the best we have stayed in. Thank you.

    Reviewed by AnnieOct 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, very comfortable and everything there that we needed."

    Set in a beautiful location, it made a perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by PetaSep 2023

  • "We filled in the guestbook."

    the owner will be pleased with our comments

    Reviewed by JoopSep 2023

  • "This property ticks all the boxes for a well equipped, inviting converted farm building that is worthy of all the previous occupants' accolades."

    Ours is no different. Everything from start to finish was superb.

    Reviewed by WarrenSep 2023

  • "The best cottage we have stayed in."

    Very comfortable and we'll equipped. The owners are on site and very friendly.

    Reviewed by CJul 2023

  • "Couldn’t fault this property."

    It was very well presented, clean and comfortable. Its facilities were excellent. Everything that you could possibly need was provided. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely look to stay here again if we were going to holiday in this area.

    Reviewed by RobinJun 2023

  • "Wonderful property in wonderful setting."

    Owners very welcoming.

    Reviewed by ElaineJun 2023

  • "Delightful Cottage set in an rural quiet area."

    Well equipped with everything needed for our stay. Well located for exploring the wider area. Owner and family very welcoming.

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2023

  • "A really lovely property, a warm welcome."

    Everything we needed for our stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by GlenysApr 2023

  • "Perfect stay, wonderful accommodation in a great location to explore the local area and beyond."

    Very friendly and attentive host. Highly recommend and hope to return one day.

    Reviewed by KimApr 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable week at Keepers Cottage."

    The weather was not too good so we appreciated the warm, cosy, comfortable cottage also the welcome treats that Amanda gave us, a lovely surprise. Would definitely return to it if in Wiltshire again.

    Reviewed by PamelaMar 2023

  • "Amanda was very welcoming when we arrived at the cottage."

    We found the pre arrival email very helpful for our stay, so much useful information with regards to local amenities and restaurants/ takeaways. The cottage exceeded our expectations and was so comfortable and homely. The little touches such as the pint of milk, biscuits and toiletries left for us were so thoughtful and really appreciated. We would not hesitate to stay again soon.

    Reviewed by BenNov 2022

  • "Oh wow! Thank you to everyone at Sykes Cottages, you are amazing."

    From start to finish we of the booking process and holiday we were impressed by your efficiency. Our cottage was enchanting, and included things we hadn’t thought of. Amanda and her family were so welcoming and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be booking with you again in the future. Once again thank you, we really needed a stress free holiday, and we got it! X

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2022

  • "Great place to stay easy to reach so many places to visit Would definitely return if down in the area again"

    Reviewed by MattSep 2022

  • "Very nice property which is well furnished and equipped."

    Friendly and helpful owners on site.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2022

  • "Delightful cottage and a warm welcome from the owners."

    Excellent location for getting about and we particularly enjoy the local country show which was on the week we stayed.

    Reviewed by WarrenAug 2022

  • "We loved Keepers cottage, it had everything for a comfortable stay."

    It is very secluded and quiet, both bedrooms with en-suite and very good showers. The area around is worth exploring, there’s is byson and elk farm a short walk away, where you can see owls, a donkey, pony and Guinea fowls. Several national trusts nearby, Compton Abbas airfield where you can watch planes take coming in and out. We visited Bath, Castle Combe village in Cotswolds, Messums barn/gallery in Tisbury, and Bournemouth which are all within 1 hour drive away. We were in the middle of the heatwave but cottage stayed cool. Amanda was a great host and nice to talk to. Milk and cake on arrival were much appreciated!

    Reviewed by MarinaAug 2022

  • "Keepers Cottage is a very comfortable holiday cottage and one we always enjoy returning to."

    Given the warm days Britain has been having this summer we particularly enjoyed being able to open the large patio doors from the sitting room.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2022

  • "We loved our week at Keepers Cottage."

    Lovely location and our dog thoroughly enjoyed his stay! Spotlessly clean and Amanda was just brilliant, thank you. Great property, really comfortable.

    Reviewed by LyndaMay 2022

  • "Our stay at keepers cottage was superb as was Amanda the owner who was very helpful and friendly."

    The cleanliness, facilities and views of countryside were lovely. We saw deer in the field outside our lounge along with chickens. On our second evening we watched an aircraft fireworks display which was fantastic. Our only negative was the extra firm mattress in the larger bedroom which we found too hard. However this could be our personal opinion We would definitely stay here again if we visit Wiltshire in the future

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2022

  • "This was our third stay at the cottage and once again we were not disappointed."

    It’s a very comfortable and spacious cottage with everything you need for a perfect stay. The owners are very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by DianeMay 2022

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful setting with lovely walks straight from the door."

    Situated well for visiting Stonehenge, Salisbury, the coast and more. The cottage was comfortable, well equipped and exceptionally clean. Amanda, the owner was friendly and very helpful. We have stayed in many of Sykes cottages over the years and we rate Keepers Cottage as one of our favourites.

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Keepers Cottage from start to finish and I can’t recommend this cottage and it’s owners enough!"

    We were welcomed on arrival and given a run down about the cottage and the wider area. The cottage itself was beautiful- spacious, clean and there were so many thoughtful touches added. There were lots of lovely walks and lots of things to do nearby. We will definitely look to book again.

    Reviewed by SaraApr 2022

  • "The accomodation was way beyond the description."

    Everything you could want was at hand.Amanda the owner was helpful on local walks and places of interest.

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2022

  • "Keepers cottage is a lovely place for an escape to the country."

    The facilities are excellent and it is spotlessly clean. It is in an area we had not visited before and there are lots of enjoyable walks nearby. There are no pubs within walking distance for an evening meal so we cooked for ourselves using the well equipped kitchen. There are places to eat out a short drive away. I would highly recommend it if you want a base for a walking/cycling holiday.

    Reviewed by JeanMar 2022

  • "Lovely property with a well equipped kitchen."

    Lots of little extras like toiletries and tea/coffee which were much appreciated.

    Reviewed by KarenFeb 2022

  • "We were very well looked after by the owners."

    At the time we were due to take the property there were exceptional gales so we booked a day earlier direct with the owners so we could avoid travelling in the worst of the storm. Over that first weekend we experienced a 36 hour electricity failure affecting the whole area and the owners did all they could to support us with heat and food and candles for lighting. Over the week the weather could have been a lot better but the property could not be faulted and its owners went well beyond the call of duty to make us comfortable.

    Reviewed by JoanFeb 2022

  • "Lovely relaxing stay in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside."

    The owner is friendly and welcoming. We were allowed to roam freely with our dog on her land and woodland. Imagine owning your own woods.

    Reviewed by AnneJan 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in the countryside with no noise."

    Will be back.

    Reviewed by IDec 2021

  • "Everything was clean neat and tidy."

    Everything you need and more was provided. Would highly recommend to anyone. Owners were helpful but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by AnthonyNov 2021

  • "Keepers cottage is well equipped and beautifully renovated we truly enjoyed our stay the area is peaceful and scenery is breathtaking."

    Thank you Angie and Colin Dawson

    Reviewed by AngelaNov 2021

  • "A delightful property in a rural setting, but local amenities are within a short driving distance."

    The cottage is provided with all mod cons and the owner is very welcoming and informative. We would not hesitate to recommend it and would willingly rebook.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2021

  • "Beautiful property, lovely people who were on hand for anything."

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2021

  • "Excellent cottage with great space and comfortable beds, very clean, lovely owners"

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2021

  • "Keepers Cottage is a great place to stay."

    It is located on a non working farm and the hosts are very welcoming. The cottage is surrounded by lovely countryside with plenty of walks and attractions close by. This was our second stay and I’m sure we’ll be back as our pooch loves it as much as we do.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2021

  • "Excellent accomodation, hosts very helpful."

    Reviewed by ErnestSep 2021

  • "The location of the cottage is amazing if you are looking for peace and tranquility."

    Walks from the cottage with our dog was a big bonus. The cottage was spotless and very comfortable. Top marks from us.

    Reviewed by Sarah-janeAug 2021

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    Reviewed by StephenJul 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Keepers Cottage, nothing too much trouble for the owners."

    Reviewed by SueJul 2021

  • "Had a lovely relaxing week at Keepers Cottage."

    Amanda Rick and family were excellent hosts. Peaceful location in the Wiltshire countryside. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2021

  • "One of the best cottages I have been to."

    Amazing hosts and brilliant location. We all ( especially our dog Rory) loved it.

    Reviewed by TanyaMay 2021

  • "For Amanda & Rick: Wow, thank you so much for a wonderful welcome!"

    Here’s the thing: It’s the considerate details, those little nuggets you do that made our stay that extra special. Many places are ‘cold hearted’, there’s zero connection with the owners. However, because you made sure everything was comfortable - this made our vacation much more enjoyable than we anticipated. Congratulations on working so hard to provide a wonderful location, you both should be so proud. We never bother returning to previous UK locations, but this is a first for us because we’ll definitely return. Much love to you Amanda, Rick & family. See you again soon!

    Reviewed by BenApr 2021

  • "The location and outlook of the property was tranquil and relaxing."

    Reviewed by JulianDec 2020

  • "A delightful cottage - perfect for 4 people - esp having the 2 bathrooms Well furnished and well equipped."

    Spotlessly clean Very helpful owners The weather was dreadful whilst we were there but there was information available and opportunities for local walks Thankyou

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2020

  • "We had a jolly nice break in this very well equipped holiday home and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone."

    Reviewed by MatthewSep 2020

  • "A cosy and comfortable cottage, which is well equipped."

    Amanda made us very welcome on the day we arrived, and when the whole area experienced a power cut during the week, she offered to boil a kettle for us, so that we could make a hot drink. Fortunately the power came back on in time to cook dinner! A couple of days before our arrival she sent a list of local pubs and restaurants in case we wanted to book ahead, according to Covid regulations. An added bonus was the table tennis table in the barn, my husband and daughter thoroughly enjoyed playing a couple of games. Keepers Cottage is conveniently situated in close proximity to many places of interest, although because of the Covid situation it is best to book ahead if you wish to visit. Hopefully, we will be able to visit again some time in the future.

    Reviewed by DoreenSep 2020

  • "A really spacious, comfortable, well equipped barn conversion in a peaceful countryside location."

    Reviewed by KennethAug 2020

  • "This beautiful well-equipped home served as a perfect base whilst we explored the surrounding areas."

    It’s in a lovely location and was spotlessly clean. Some lovely touches like fresh milk and cookies on arrival. There are fields and woods adjacent to the property which are great for kids and the table tennis table in the barn was also great. Loads to do in surrounding areas. Thank you to our host for a lovely week.

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2020

  • "The cottage was excellent."

    Although it was attached to another holiday let it seemed completely private as each cottage had its own seating area away from the other. The owners of the cottage were extremely helpful and on hand for any enquiries but were not intrusive. Everything was provided and the cottage was spacious and comfortable with some great countryside views and pleasant walks for a really relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2020

  • "Amanda made us feel very welcome and looked after us well."

    We had booked our holiday before the threat of Coronovirus became very real but decided to carry on as cottage was isolated. Very to glad we did the holiday set us up ready for shutdown ...

    Reviewed by AdrianMar 2020

  • "A lovely cottage, well equipped, clean and with many unexpected extras."

    Lovely walks surrounding the cottage with the owners close at hand but by no way intrusive.

    Reviewed by PhilipJan 2020

  • "Lovely clean, warm and cosy cottage."

    Extremely well equipped, has everything you could possibly need. Very helpful friendly owners. We found the cottage quiet and private and would not hesitate to recommend for all year round holidays.

    Reviewed by LibbyJan 2020

  • "Really lovely cottage, has everything you need."

    Had a wonderful Christmas despite the weather, will definitely return and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JenniferDec 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super-king-size on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with gas fire
  • Oil central heating in bedrooms and underfloor heating in kitchen, sitting and dining room with gas fire
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, small electric counter top oven and grill, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road under-cover parking for one car and space for another
  • Undercover bike storage
  • Small private patio with garden furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: No children under 7
  • Note: The owner has one friendly dog
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when outside
  • Note: There is a private office on site
  • Note: As well as the main farmhouse, there is another holiday cottage on site Ref
  • 1019003 sleeping two guests which can be booked alongside this one
  • The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property

The property

Keeper’s Cottage rests just outside the village of West Knoyle, conveniently located two miles south of the A303, on the Wiltshire side of the border with Dorset.

This beautiful area enjoys stunning night skies, being one of the few areas in the UK with an International Dark Sky Reserve status, as well as being perfectly positioned on the edge of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Located on the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse, Keeper’s Cottage enjoys access to the surrounding fields and woodland, connecting you to a network of public pathways.

Experience natural beauty at any time of year here, from the neighbour’s bison and elk grazing in the fields, wildflowers in the meadows through summer, the resident barn owl swooping overhead, and the plethora of wildlife that can be spotted.

Keeper’s Cottage is perfect for those wishing to enjoy a private, relaxing retreat, with two pretty double bedrooms sleeping four guests, with both featuring en-suite bathrooms, it’s perfect for a romantic couples break.

Inside you’ll find a delightful sitting room with bi-folding doors overlooking the nearby farmland, with a small sunny patio offering a super place to enjoy refreshments whilst planning your day out.

Alternatively, when the evening chill sends you indoors, you can snuggle up with a good book or a board-game or take in your favourite TV program in front of the warming woodburner-style, flame-effect gas fire.

In case you need to work or use the internet during your stay, Keeper’s Cottage has good quality broadband so WiFi should never be a problem.

There’s a small but very well-fitted kitchen, equipped with everything you need to prepare delicious meals.

Making a great touring base for the Southwest of England, Keeper’s Cottage is within easy reach of a host of exciting attractions including Stonehenge, Bath, Longleat Safari Park, Glastonbury, the National Trust’s Stourhead, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury and Salisbury with its incredible cathedral.

Head to the gorgeous Dorset coast being just an hour away, seeking out popular spots like Lulworth Cove, Sandbanks in Poole, or Burton Bradstock.

Walkers can delight in finding endless opportunities for exploring with the Cranborne Chase scattered with plenty of routes, as well as Wessex Ridgeway, Wiltshire Downs and Blackmore Vale, with maps provided of suggested walks for guests.

Bring your bike on holiday with you, making use of the property’s undercover bike storage, and travel along the popular cycling routes, while Windhill mountain bike park is nearby too!

Providing a beautifully presented interior throughout, this holiday cottage offers a charming retreat for couples, a small family or group in a wondrous spot where you can slow down and enjoy quality time with your favourite people.

Keeper’s Cottage is a fantastic choice for your next break.

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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.