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Barn Owl Cottage

East Knoyle, Wiltshire (Ref. 1051819)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Electric car charging
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor accommodation

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage & garden was perfect."

    Everything you needed was there with no expense spared. Loved the cat and the chickens! It was so peaceful surrounded by trees and woodland yet so close to all the places we wanted to visit - Longleat (20 mins by car) Stourhead (NT, 15 mins) Stonehenge (NT, 20 mins) Lacock (NT, 40 mins) Shaftesbury (10 mins) Find Gold Hill there (Hovis advert) & the museum (free) is lovely Salisbury (30 mins, use the P&R at Wilton) Wardour Castle (EH £6 entry, 15 mins) Weymouth & Portland (1 hr) Dont use the P&R, it's expensive & there's plenty of parking there. If yr National Trust (NT) members the 3 places above are included in yr membership. Villages we recommend to visit - Tisbury (lovely coffee shop & deli), Hindon (good pubs) & East Knoyle (support the village shop) + lots more This was a memorable stay for us. The cottage was absolutely beautiful. Quality toiletries, fluffy cotton towels & robes, comfortable BIG bed, pint of milk in fridge, all washing & cleaning products + breakfast condiments eg jam, honey etc all provided. The garden had a Lutyens style bench plus table & chairs surrounded by lavender, roses & delphinium filled flower beds. Paula & family are great hosts & provided a perfect place to stay. Book it, you won't be disappointed!

    Reviewed by TimothyJun 2022

  • "This property is one of the best we’ve stayed in."

    It was furnished beautifully and the cleanliness was of the highest standard.The bed and bed linen were very comfortable. Super king size but can be split into twins. The owner Paula was very welcoming and was there by phone for any help or information. The location was very peaceful and private . The area is very rich in destinations to visit. Would certainly book again and recommend to anyone who wants a peaceful getaway

    Reviewed by GillJun 2022

  • "Barn Owl cottage is just as we had expected - warm, comfortable and well equipped, with a lovely English country garden."

    The owner, Paula, is friendly and welcoming. The property is set in a beautiful location, close to lovely countryside walks and interesting villages and towns and we particularly enjoyed our visits to nearby Shaftesbury, Hindon and Stourhead.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2022

  • "Barn Owl cottage is probably the best that we have ever stayed in."

    It is exceptionally airy and spacious, beautifully decorated and comfortably furnished to the highest standard. It is set in a peaceful, quiet courtyard with views across to woods and fields, where we saw deer during our stay. The owner, who lives on site is available if needed, friendly and unobtrusive. The location is excellent for exploring the surrounding area, with several pubs in the immediate area within ten minutes drive, including the one in East Knoyle itself, which is Good Beer Guide listed. Shaftesbury, which is close by, remains an unspoilt market town with excellent friendly local shops. Highly recommended, and we hope to return.

    Reviewed by DerekApr 2022

  • "Outstanding holiday cottage - the quality is exceptional and we loved the overall design too."

    Beautiful fabrics and attention to detail with the furnishings, we also appreciated extras such as bath robes and quality toiletries. Barn Owl Cottage was the perfect base to visit local attractions such as Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury, Longleat, and the many historic homes and gardens in the area. We would also recommend the Lamb in nearby Hindon for food. Paula was also very friendly and accommodating, perfect host. Thank you for your hospitality.

    Reviewed by JoanneNov 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Barn Owl Cottage!"

    The place is spotless! It's equipped with everything you could possibly think of. The rooms are nice and cozy, but also quite spacious and warm. Decorated stylishly and with great taste! Our host, Paula was very kind and welcoming!

    Reviewed by MartinNov 2021

  • "A second wonderful stay hosted by Paula."

    Great peaceful location. The gardens are kept beautifully and despite being November we sat out on our private patio with a glass of something! High quality furnishings, very comfortable, with a well equipped kitchen, and lovely extra touches you didn’t know you needed. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage - stylish and comfortable."

    Absolutely immaculate - great attention to detail. A warm welcome from the owner and her lovely team.

    Reviewed by CaroleOct 2021

  • "5* accommodation, good location, excellent support from the property owner."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by WaldenOct 2021

  • "Barn Owl cottage was just perfect for us for a weeks stay in the area, it was beautifully furnished and equipped to a very high standard, spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable, and peaceful."

    Just what we needed for a week away. The WiFi was of a sufficiency which allowed us to do some necessary work, which was perfect. Paula, the host, was present if required but not at all intrusive and the cottage was placed centrally enough for us to get out and explore the area with a short drive to the places we wanted to visit. Not often we have found properties that tick all these boxes, so really delighted to have found this gem.

    Reviewed by KimSep 2021

  • "Very quiet location, and close to plenty of places to visit within a 30-mile radius."

    Plenty of effort made by the proprietor and Sykes to make sure how to find the farm - there are three farms on the same road and all have the same postcode, which confuses satnavs more than a little . . Their advice worked for us.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2021

  • "Being able to fully relax in this beautiful well equipped and exceptionally clean cottage with a very helpful friendly host Paula who gave is lots of local information about where best to go."

    We visited Longleat Safari Park & had a fabulous day. Swanage seaside resort & took the steam train Salisbury & it's amazing Cathedral, Stonehenge, Frome & beautiful Sherborne which is a must do.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in Dorset."

    The cottage was beautiful, in stunning grounds. Paula, the owner, was very welcoming and helpful. The facilities were exceptional. We couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by SueAug 2021

  • "A lovely, spacious and well appointed cottage hosted by a most friendly, helpful and obliging owner - Paula."

    We would return and would recommend that friends and family stay there when in the area

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2021

  • "The place was spotless and had absolutely everything we needed."

    Lovely soaps and shower gels (I have been converted to Bramley products). Owners very helpful - there is a phone to connect to them for anything we needed. Bed huge and so comfortable. Location more central than we thought and went to Salisbury and Glastonbury and the New Forest with easy drives - Shaftsbury was a sweet market town. The local pub - Fox and Hounds - lovely food and atmosphere.

    Reviewed by NicholaAug 2021

  • "We had high expectations, but the cottage still managed to exceed them."

    It is in a fantastic location, with beautiful gardens too, and everything inside the cottage is of very high quality, and so comfortable - we slept so well! There are walks from the door, but we made the most of the location to visit lots of places. We did a walk around Hindon, two miles away (used the booklet in the cottage), and had possibly the best Sunday lunch ever at The Grosvenor in Hindon. We also visited Wells, Bath (fabulous lunch at Cappadocia) Frome (great town trail from map at TIC), Sherborne (Castle and village), Cranborne (village trail and gardens), and Shaftesbury (including Gold Hill). We did a lovely walk from Win Hill to Pollard Royal and back. Also had a fantastic evening meal at The Forrester at Donhead St Andrew. Fantastic cottage, excellent location, and great host - would recommend very highly, and look forward to a return.

    Reviewed by CliveJul 2021

  • "From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome by Paula, the owner."

    The property itself is absolutely pristine and meticulously maintained; hard to believe it's not brand new. Large spacious lounge/kitchen dining area in muted colours made for a very restful space. The bedroom likewise is large and spacious with plenty of storage space. Fixtures and fittings, towels and robes were of premium quality which added to the pleasure of staying there. Ideally located for the "sights" of Wiltshire and Dorset whilst being located on a small single track road, so we were easily able to appreciate the quietness and the large carefully tended garden area without any traffic noise, save the odd tractor. A very nice touch was that Paula brought us some flowers & a card in case we had been disturbed her family visiting her house.....to our embarrassment we hadn't! But a really lovely thought. Apart from the usual visits try the 5.5m walk starting from the village church, the sights are quintessential England in summer. Another beautiful walk starts in Shaftsbury (6m). I cannot recommend Barn Owl too highly.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2021

  • "Lovely location, very peaceful and quiet at night."

    Only sorry not to hear a barn owl (but I’m sure they were about!). Beautifully furnished. Lovely gardens. The local pubs served good food and there is plenty to do and see in the area. A very enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by HesterJul 2021

  • "Absolutely stunning is the only way to describe this cottage."

    Top quality furniture and fittings. The well kept gardens were a pleasure. He owner was very welcoming and was on hand if you needed anything. Would absolutely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by AndyJun 2021

  • "We have stayed in many self catering places."

    This was the best. Host, location and setting all perfect. Graham and Irene. From Warrington UK.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2021

  • "A wonderful oasis of peace surrounded by beautiful gardens."

    The only sounds were those of the country……birds singing,horses neighing and the occasional tractor passing by. The owner was there to meet us with useful advice about the local area and helpful hints about her lovely cottage garden. The cottage was beautifully decorated , spotlessly clean and well equipped, We even had vertical fans and as we were there in the hottest week in June, they were well used. It would have been our preference to sit outside to eat, amongst the roses but the weather was so hot that we opted for the cool interior of the cottage.. The cott age was sited close to many ‘sights’ including Stonehenge,Longleat,Stourhead and other little picturesque villages and towns such as Shaftesbury. A real treat if you want peaceful luxury !

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2021

  • "The setting and cottage itself was magnificent and as a result, we thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay."

    Paula, the owner was extremely nice and while not in any way intrusive, extremely friendly. Strongly recommend.

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2021

  • "The cottage was superb, a beautiful place to stay, not just inside but with a wonderful garden and outlook too."

    Paula and her family were very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. Everything was luxurious. It was a wonderful holiday. Additionally this is great location, being very near many significant tourist attractions such as Stonehenge, Stourhead and many lovely Dorset and Somerset towns.

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in this beautiful cottage."

    Good weather meant that we made full use of the garden. It was also great to watch the horses in the field across the road and to walk into the village for ice creams.

    Reviewed by KathrynMay 2021

  • "This is a lovely place to stay."

    Pristine and tasteful and comfortable. We really appreciated how spacious the accommodation is (not always the case in cottages for 2) and the lovely private garden/terrace area. Our only complaint is Friday change-over. Road are much worse on a Friday and especially the Friday of a bank holiday weekend. We prefer Saturday change-overs.

    Reviewed by MarilynMay 2021

  • "We loved the accommodation - really comfortable and well equipped, with luxurious touches such as nice toiletries and bathrobes that gave a boutique feel."

    The bed was heavenly. And the outside space is great too, with a well-planted garden and view to fields and woods. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KateMay 2021

  • "Barn Owl is a very well set up cottage and met all expectations from reading the write up."

    It is clean and comfortable. The area is good walking country, and we could even do some walks from the cottage without taking the car.

    Reviewed by K. MargaretMay 2021

  • "A gem of a cottage- beautifully restored and furnished, comfortable and peaceful, with views across to the fields and woods."

    We loved it here! It was still early season for the lovely garden, but we enjoyed the scent of the spring flowering Clematis wafting through the windows and watching the plentiful bird life. Paula, the friendly but discrete owner, was on hand in case of problems ( there weren’t any!) We enjoyed a local walk past bluebell woods and visited an exquisite spring NGS open garden in the very pleasant nearby village but the cottage was also ideally placed for venturing further afield. We walked and visited gardens in Somerset and Dorset as well as Wiltshire. Mrs G Challen

    Reviewed by GillApr 2021

  • "Very well positioned to visit places north, south, east or west and in a quiet peaceful location overlooking fields and woodland."

    The barn has been exquisitely converted into very spacious self catering accommodation in a modern way with clean quality furnishings and equipment. The host is most welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by RogerApr 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One super-king-size (zip/link can be twin on request) bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Underfloor central heating and electric log effect stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared laundry facilities, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Secure off-road parking
  • Electric car charging point
  • Garden and patio dining area with BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: This property does not accept children
  • Note: Anti-allergy bedding available on request
  • Note: Check in time will be between 4pm and 9pm, Check-out 10am.

The property

Light and airy rooms, with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, offer an open plan living space with a fully fitted, well equipped kitchen, dining and sitting area.

Comfy furniture, TV and an electric log effect stove, make it the ideal place to relax on a chilly winter’s night.

Our guests who visit in the summer, can enjoy...

Park Farm Cottages

Set within 28 acres of gardens, paddocks and woodland, the beautiful Georgian farmhouse and old barns at Park Farm, have been lovingly restored over 7 years. The once derelict 18th century farm courtyard has been converted to provide two exceptional, one bedroom cottages, with delightful private gardens, and luxury accommodation for adults. The owners pride themselves on their efforts to helping the environment. Unlimited hot water and the underfloor heating are supplied from a renewable energy biomass boiler, and an electric car charging point is available for guests in the large secure parking area. Park Farm is located on the outskirts of the village of East Knoyle on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cottages are well positioned for exploring the wonderful countryside of the Cranborne Chase, Thomas Hardy’s Blackmore Vale and the dramatic Jurassic Coast. The ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, with Gold Hill of the Hovis Bread advert fame, is nearby. The Cathedral cities of Salisbury and Wells, and Bath with it’s famous Roman Baths are perfect for a day trip. The popular visitor attraction of the world renowned Longleat Safari Park is just 6 miles away. Many National Trust, English Heritage and Royal Horticultural Society properties, including Stonehenge, Stourhead and Sherborne Castle are within easy reach.

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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

No children or infants permitted at this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season