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Apple Tree Cottage

Shillingstone near Sturminster Newton, Dorset (Ref. 925256)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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* Based on a combined average customer score

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42 Customer Review(s)

  • “A lovely cottage in a great location for exploring the local area with loads of public footpaths and a cycle way close by.”

    The cottage itself was cosy and very clean and tidy. Our only reservations were that the twin bedroom was too small to provide any storage other than a small bedside cabinet. The small rear garden was delightful and provided very useful rear access to the side lane where we parked our car.

    - Caroline, October 2021

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Apple Tree Cottage. It is difficult in a 300 year old cottage to squeeze in storage in the second bedroom but there are under bed storage boxes as well. The fire in the lounge is lovely and cosy this time of year. Property Owner

The property

A delightful, traditional, brick-and-flint terraced cottage, dating back to 1730, tucked away down a country lane within the charming Dorset village of Shillingstone.

This comfortable cottage is ideal for friends and families wishing to explore this lovely part of the country.

The cottage has been lovingly renovated throughout to offer a most cosy holiday home.

You step into a comfortable sitting room which has a woodburner, a perfect place to snuggle up on those cooler evenings.

The well-equipped galley kitchen features an induction hob, and offers everything you need to serve up tasty treats which can be enjoyed in the bright dining room, both rooms having underfloor heating.

Then when tiredness overtakes you, climb the quirky staircase to one of the comfortable bedrooms, one of which has a king-size double bed and the other is a twin bedroom.

Completing the accommodation, the family shower room is conveniently situated on the ground floor.

Patio doors from the dining room of this attractive cottage open out onto a sheltered and pretty paved cottage garden.

When the weather's warm you can sit out and relax with a good book, take a sip of your favourite tipple or make use of the barbecue facility.

There is also undercover bike storage in the summerhouse if you wish to take advantage of the local cycle paths and mountain biking opportunities.

Locally, there are lovely walks to be had, or venture down to the restored Somerset and Dorset railway station, where you can browse the memorabilia and treat yourselves to a cup of tea and slice of cake!

Within easy reach you can explore charming Sturminster Newton, beloved by Thomas Hardy, the bustling Georgian market town of Blandford Forum, ancient Shaftesbury and historic Sherborne, with its castles and abbey.

Alternatively, take your buckets and spades to the stunning Dorset Jurassic Coast.

Then when evening comes, make your way back to your welcoming and cosy cottage.

A real gem of a Dorset holiday destination.


  • Two bedrooms
  • 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating and woodburner
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher,washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking for 1 car beside a lane within 50 yards, on a first come, first served basis
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed patio with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome downstairs only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: The steep stairs may not be suitable for people with limited mobility
  • Note: Intermittent mobile phone reception
  • Note: The cottage is situated beside a country lane and therefore some associated traffic noise can be heard.

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About the location


Sturminster Newton 4 miles; Blandford Forum 5.5 miles.

The friendly village of Shillingstone can be found beside River Stour, in the heart of North Dorset’s Blackmore Vale, only a short drive from the bustling Georgian market town of Blandford Forum. Once on the Somerset and Dorset railway line, the village is proud of its beautifully restored station. Locally there are a wealth of well marked footpaths, criss-crossing the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the local pub welcoming you with refreshments after your stroll. Within easy reach are the ancient towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne, whilst the scenic Dorset Jurassic Coast is also easily accessible. An attractive Dorset village providing a rural base from which to explore this lovely area at any time of the year.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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