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The Donkey Shed

(Ref. 1003242)

Sherborne, Dorset Show on map


  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (13)
  • donkey (11)
  • shed (11)
  • clean (8)
  • jackie (8)
  • max (8)

21 Customer Reviews

  • "Our stay at the Donkey Shed was very enjoyable."

    It is such a beautiful property and it was so easy to immediately relax there. It was lovely to meet Max and Jackie who have made the Donkey Shed a very welcoming place to stay. The downstairs walk in shower was extremely suitable for my accessibility needs. Our week went very quickly and we will definitely be returning for another stay.

    Many thanks for the lovely feedback which is very important to us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay here and found The Donkey Shed so relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with you both and would welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2023

  • "Impressed? Most definitely."

    Words escape me. From the moment we viewed the Donkey Shed we ( a family of six ), knew we had to book it. The property is exactly as shown in the photos and is a real credit to the owners Max and Jackie. Perfectly located for exploring the coast, tourist attractions and much more. Have never seen such a spotlessly clean and well presented property. So well equipped, seclude, quiet and very relaxing, it is out of this world. As grandparents we travelled down with our family of four and were absolutely gobsmacked with the property on arrival. Our family have never stayed in a quality holiday let like this and they loved it. Due to some medical issues my wife and I had to return home mid week but left the family behind to enjoy the sunny weather and do lots of exploring. They enjoyed every day. Sadly we did not get to meet Max and Jackie but our family did and have said what a lovely couple they are. Although we did not meet face to face, the communication with Max and Jackie was the best we have ever had. Even since we arrived home they have contacted us with concern about my wife’s health, 10 out of 10 for that and many thanks. Overall a perfect holiday accommodation and worth every penny. Thankyou Max and Jackie.

    Wow! Thanks so much for your lovely positive feedback, we are so sorry we didn’t get the chance to meet you before you had to leave but as you mentioned, communication has been second to none from the start. We did get to meet your family though and what lovely people they are, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude both to them and yourselves for looking after our Donkey Shed so well and leaving it as found, very much appreciated. Who knows, maybe you and your wife may find you are able to revisit sometime in the future and we will finally get to meet. Once again, many thanks for your wonderful feedback which is so important to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at The Donkey Shed."

    We found it to be well equipped and very clean. It was very relaxing with views over the countryside. We were able to visit some National Trust places and the coast.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Jun 2023

  • "We were very happy with our stay at The Donkey Shed which was very well set up, clean and comfortable."

    The position near to Sherborne is excelent for local attractions, the town of Sherborne and towards the Dorset Coast. We would happily come back at some point in the future.

    Thank you very much for the lovely positive feedback, it really is very important to us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay here and found The Donkey Shed so clean and comfortable. We would welcome you back as guests anytime at all. Once again, thank you for taking the time to leave such positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Don5.0May 2023

  • "Had a lovely time at The Donkey Shed!"

    Beautiful Place to Relax, the views are stunning. The place is thoroughly spotlessly, clean and very comfortable to stay in, kitchen was well equipped. The whole place is just fantastic with everything you would need, Max and Jackie were very helpful and kind a pleasure to meet them. Definitely be back. It was like home from home, Beautiful Place.

    Thank you both for your lovely feedback, we do take great pride in our Donkey Shed and it is always very much appreciated when people take the time to leave such positive feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay here despite the awful weather and welcome you back anytime in the future. Many thanks for leaving the Donkey Shed so clean and cared for, it never goes unnoticed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allison5.0Mar 2023

  • "An excellent property providing everything that one needs for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation."

    Maintained to the highest standards of comfort and cleanliness. Highly recommended.

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback which is very important to us, so pleased you enjoyed your stay and would look forward to welcoming you back anytime in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2023

  • "Had a lovely week at the Donkey Shed."

    Everything was in great order, house was lovely, absolutely spotless and well located for everywhere we needed to get to. Will definitely be booking again!

    Thank you very much for the lovely feedback which, as always is very important to us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Donkey Shed and look forward to welcoming you back anytime in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2022

  • "The Donkey Shed is a lovely property, spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    Ideal location for visiting this area of Dorset and Jurassic Coast. The lovely owners Max and Jackie are on hand if you should need anything. The White Hart at Bishops Caundle is very welcoming and serves good food. The Elms at North Wootton is also recommended - a cafe/bistro where you can have breakfast. We look forward to returning.

    Thank you both for the lovely positive feedback. It was lovely to meet you both and you were perfect guests, you would always be welcome back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon Jane5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time at the Donkey Shed."

    The property was lovely, well equipped, comfortable and extremely clean upon arrival. A great location to explore the Jurassic coast and surrounding area.

    Thank you for your lovely positive feedback, it’s very much appreciated and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday with lots to do in the area."

    The accommodation was excellent as was the local pub.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, it’s always nice to receive. So pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2021

  • "Just such a wonderful place and lovely people, a credit for all their hard work"

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback, so nice of you and we hope you enjoyed your stay here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely relaxing place"

    Many thanks for your positive feedback, very kind. We hope you enjoyed your stay here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2021

  • "An absolute gem of a property in pristine condition and a fantastic isolated location."

    We would definitely book to go this house again. Owners were very friendly and had thought of everything.

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Aug 2020

  • "What a beautiful cottage the Donkey Shed is, situated in a beautiful location with stunning panoramic views."

    Located a few miles from the lovely town of Sherborne the Donkey Shed is an ideal base for exploring Dorset. Jackie and Max were most attentive and helpful. We will certainly check availability when we next visit the area. Bill Hammond

    Reviewed by Bill5.0Oct 2019

  • "Centrally placed for visiting places of interest but nicely placed in the Dorset countryside."

    Some small minor points; No hooks in bedroom for dressing gowns,no soap dish or hand rail in downstairs shower.

    Reviewed by Irene4.4Sep 2019

  • "The Donkey Shed met all our expectations and more."

    We loved the open outlook and the spacious internal layout.The owners Max and Jackie were very welcoming.This was our first visit to the area,hopefully not our last.Plenty to see and do.

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Aug 2019

  • "Friendly owners."

    Beautiful views. Greatly designed accommodation. The open plan living area was lovely. The bi fold doors were a great feature. Plenty of room for a family of 6.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2019

  • "Exceptional property with stunning uninterrupted view of the Dorset hills."

    Peaceful location. Everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2019

  • "The Donkey Shed was an excellent holiday home."

    It was very clean and had very modern facilities and equipment. The bedrooms and bathroom were all a good size and the downstairs walk-in shower was very good. The folding doors to the lounge meant that you could really enjoy the spectacular views of the countryside. Max and Jackie made us feel really at home and told us about a local agricultural college open day which we really enjoyed.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed at."

    Beautifully presented by Max & Jackie.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2019

  • "Helpful owners."

    Very clean. Beautiful views. Lots to do in the area. Superbly designed accommodation. All modern and new, the open plan living area was lovely and had a holiday feel to it.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0May 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms; 1 x ground-floor double bedroom, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen area, dining area, and sitting area
  • Oil central heating and electric fireplace
  • Dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, induction hob, oven, TV with DVD player and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Large, private off road parking behind a gated entrance
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Garden with patio furniture
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Pub and shop within 3 miles
  • Please note: Friday arrivals only, please

The property

Sherborne 3 miles.

The Donkey Shed is a wonderful property resting within the village of Alweston, on the outskirts of the market town of Sherborne.

This well-presented cottage offers a quaint base for a family looking to explore the area steeped with history, picturesque landscapes and a sheer variety of wildlife.

It comes with three bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, as well as a ground-floor bedroom which is ideal for those with limited mobility.

Look forward to spending your evenings within the contemporary-styled, open-plan living room, benefitting from a fireplace which fills the room with warmth during those chilly winter evenings.

The designated chef will be delighted rustling up an evening meal within the stylish kitchen, housing all the necessities you require to prepare a delicious home-cooked meal before curling up on the plush sofas in front of the TV.

During the warmer months, open up the bi-fold doors to discover an idyllic garden area where you can tuck into your meals upon the patio area whilst enjoying the far-reaching countryside views.

If you don’t feel like cooking one evening, make your way into the centre of Sherborne where you will find a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants to suit all ages and tastes.

Whilst visiting Sherborne, brush up on the local history by discovering the beautiful 8th century Abbey and the two differing castles.

Within striking distance you will find the Dorset Area of Natural Beauty, where you can explore miles of spectacular landscapes and venture to the South Dorset Ridgeway which overlooks the Jurassic Coast and is steeped with wild plants and wildlife to enjoy.

The Donkey Shed promises a memorable stay within a superb location.

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About the location


Yeovil 6 miles.

The ancient town of Sherborne lies on the delightful banks of the River Yeo set amidst glorious unspoilt countryside and boasts many picturesque buildings, ancient Inns and quaint shops. Probably best known for its beautiful abbey and two stunning castles, one of which is relatively “new”, only dating back to 1594 and boasting superbly landscaped gardens, Sherborne makes an ideal place for a day of sightseeing or a quiet afternoon stroll. A short drive will take you to the stunning house and gardens at Stourhead and the sublime Dorset Heritage Coast, whilst just across the border in Somerset is the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, offering stunning displays of historic aircraft, including Concorde. A fantastic location for all the family.