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Rose Lodge

(Ref. 967741)

Milton on Stour, Dorset Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "This was such a fantastic find."

    The surroundings are truly beautiful and the lodge itself is so quaint and cosy. It is clear that a lot of effort goes into making each visitor feel welcome. Our only suggestion would be that the lodge feels like it needs a bit of TLC. The steps leading up to the door were very spongy and slippery, the shower was hit and miss as to whether it was warm enough and powerful enough and there weren’t really enough mugs and plates etc. These things didn’t detract from our enjoyment, they were just a bit inconvenient. It would also be great if there were some walking routes and places to visit suggested in the info folder. We are very likely to return and would certainly recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Becci4.4Mar 2024

  • "Absaloutly amazing."

    We will 100% be back. Very cozey and warm. Beautiful grounds. Added touch of sausages bacon eggs and prosecco in the lodge went along way Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Senitta5.0Dec 2023

  • "Fabulous place to stay in beautiful surroundings, all nicely kept up."

    Lovely touch leaving sausages, bacon, eggs, black pudding for breakfast and a bottle of fizz.. Pizza oven was fun to use. Some of us had fun swimming in the big lake and dogs too, as we had such beautiful weather. The use of the boat and kayak was also fun. Generally a lovely place to spend either a week or a few days to unwind. Thank you

    Reviewed by Trish5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a brilliant stay at Rose Lodge, the setting is really quite beautiful."

    The hosts Chris and Amy were very friendly and helpful, the location is great for exploring Dorset in general, with a great pub a short distance away as well as supermarkets etc. The only criticism we would have is a lack of blinds in the bedroom windows which was a problem for our children going to sleep and waking up early, but on the whole, a great base for the week and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jul 2023

  • "We loved our stsy,, such a beautiful well equipped cottage with beautiful views."

    So happy to find everything we needed.. even a full breakfast left for us a bottle of very kind.. the rooms very homely and the beds very comfy My only concerns were the spiral could do with having treads on them to make them safer, as we found them quite slippery..the duct tape didn't look nice either.the bed classed as a double is a small double ..could do with a normal double size .But overall we loved it and would certainly return again.. thank you

    Reviewed by Leona4.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Rose Lodge, it was in a beautiful setting and close to lots of places of interest."

    The cottage had everything we needed including really kind welcome gifts. The kids loved the space outside and didn’t want to go out as they were having too much fun at the lodge!! We are definitely going to stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Rose Lodge with our Grandchildren, they loved the lodge."

    Lovely surprise, milk, sausages,bacon,eggs and tomatoes for our breakfast and chocolates and wine, and sweets for the children. The children enjoyed playing football and golf. We would like to come back again.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2023

  • "Absolutely loved this weekend so peaceful."

    Would definitely come again thank you

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Feb 2023

  • "Good value."

    Ideal for our party of 6 including our two grandchildren aged 5 and 10. They loved the spiral staircase! (Might prove difficult for younger children) We were pleased to see the lodge with Xmas decorations and what a lovely welcoming pack. Little touches like tea, coffee beans , seasoning, oil were a bonus. Situation absolutely delightful. Very safe environment for the youngsters. Would certainly return. Amy was an excellent host. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely time staying at Rose Lodge."

    Fabulous setting with a woodland walk and fishing lakes to explore. We enjoyed the generous welcome pack. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely break here in Rose Lodge."

    It was clean and tidy and a brilliant stay. The only negative was it is listed as an enclosed garden, we expected a separate enclosed garden space for each lodge. The enclosed garden surrounds both properties. It wasn't a huge issue, we used our car dog guard to stop him from running out and down the stairs.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely pet and child friendly holiday property."

    Rose cottage was perfect for a weekend away. The children enjoyed the space to tun around and play, even had a trip out on the lake on a kayak. Accommodation was clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2022

  • "The property was comfortable and all necessary needs met The location exceeded our expectations and the owners were very prompt in responding to queries and a couple of minor problems."

    On arrival awaiting us we found Prosecco, a dozen freshly laid eggs a pound of lean bacon and half dozen delicious sausages awaiting us in the fridge.a very nice gesture. We all had a very happy and relaxing time walking in the coppice among the swathes 0f exquisite wild garlic,and around the various fishing lakes,where the heron came regularly and the geese with their family of goslings. it was all very tranquil and peaceful. A perfect base for sightseeing Dorset and Wiltshire, i would definitely recommend for a nice quiet get away.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.1May 2022

  • "The situation of Rose Lodge is idyllic, it is tucked into trees (our grandson called it a treehouse)."

    There is a field in front with a three hole golf course, football net and masses of space to run and play. The walk in the woodland, at the back of the lodge was a delight and we had fun cooking pizzas in the outside pizza oven. The lodge was comfortable and clean and the electric fires kept us warm in the cool evenings. The oven cooked unevenly so baked potatoes cooked on one side but this was rectified by using the microwave. The tap only dripped if not fully turned off. The downstairs toilet push button flush is a bit tired, it flushed ok but the buttons occasionally stuck. However these are minor things, and it should be recognised that the property is a lodge deep in the countryside. We loved the peace and quiet, the chickens, the walks and the wildlife. We were reluctant to leave and are looking forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.1Apr 2022

  • "Unfortunately the right hand rail to the steps was lose and also my husband acquired a splinter."

    Inside was nice and clean and a lovely welcome pack of assorted foods and bottle of wine and flowers which was really nice. The room looked a lot smaller than shown in the pictures shown on the website. Seating was two “odd” armchairs that were uncomfortable and a three seater settee which was very low and uncomfortable. The old electric cooker never attained a decent heat to fry eggs etc properly. The hit tap would continually drip like Chinese water torture unless you kept getting up to tighten it more and more. The beds were comfortable and clean. The downstairs wash hand basin was lose on the wall. The lakes and views outside was beautiful unfortunately nowhere on the property was a seat of any kind to sit and enjoy the scenery. Being disabled that would have been lovely. It stated an enclosed rear garden but it was not enclosed and when dressing one morning sat on the side of my bed in the downstairs bedroom a gentleman from the next lodge along walked right past my window and with no nets I was visible to him. On the Wednesday evening when I sat outside the door I was entertained with children shouting and arguing about dirt bikes in the yard adjacent to the property so the peace and quite was shattered for me. As I am classed as immune suppressed and clinically extremely vulnerable I was so looking forward to my peaceful comfortable holiday but we actually left a day early to get home and sit comfortably. Such a shame as the website listing looked so promising.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. It is always helpful to know what we are doing well and how we can make things even better. We are so glad you appreciated the beautiful surroundings and countryside views especially managing to enjoy the lakes during some of your ‘free’ fishing sesssions. The Lodge does offers 3 different sets of outdoor furniture so the gorgeous views can be appreciated from every angle and we are especially fond of the view from the seating on the raised decking. Guests are welcome to take a chair to sit in their favourite spot. We recently invested in some new Emma mattresses and agree with you that the beds are super comfortable. We always get such positive feedback about the comfort of our lodges so it’s a shame the indoor furniture didn’t work for you. It is always helpful to hear about any maintenance issues you experience during your stay as usually we can rectify them for you straight away. As peaceful as we are here, there are two other properties on our 15 acres site so there is always a chance you may here other people during your stay however the overall consensus is people really enjoy how quiet it is. Property Owner

    Reviewed by susan2.8Mar 2022

  • "We were a family of 5 staying for a weekend to visit Longleat."

    Loved that the owners left us a bottle of wine and breakfast. Was a lovely surprise and appreciated it. On arrival appreciated that the owner had turned the lights on and the fire so when we arrived it looked warm and cosy. Beds were very comfortable and the whole house warm and clean. Made use of the map and the handbook to go for a walk and to order a takeaway. Whole experience was good and if we were to come again we would make use of the golf, croquet and kayak. Accuracy of the listing: There was no pizza oven outside which was on the listing but we did not intend to use it anyway. Suggestion: Exit time was 10am. My only wish is that I would have liked an extra hour at the property to maybe have got another walk in. However I appreciate that the whole lodge needs to be cleaned and prepared for next visitors

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review. We are extremely pleased that you and your family had a great stay and you enjoyed the extra touches we do to make your stay feel extra special. Regarding the check out time, we try and be as flexible as we can so it is always worth asking if you can checkout a bit later and we will always try to accommodate this if we are able to. Families are always welcome to stay for an extra walk or a game of golf once they have checked out of the lodge too if it’s not possible to give a later checkout time. Apologies regarding the pizza oven. It received some storm damage and it just wasn’t possible to replace it before your stay. When you come and stay again their will be a pizza oven outside for sure. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Francesca4.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Rose Lodge celebrating my husbands 60th birthday with family."

    The lodge is cosy, clean and beautifully furnished with plenty of extras like a coffee grinder & beans, an Alexa and pizza oven and generous welcome pack of breakfast, flowers and Prosecco..The Lodge is set in an amazing location surrounded by fields, woodland with beautiful fishing lakes where we had our very own private fishing lesson resulting in some big catches! We had the use of a rowing boat and canoe and outdoor games wetter provided for our use. The owners were welcoming and friendly ensuring the lodge was warm on our arrival. We will definitely be returning and highly recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Nadya5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Rose Lodge."

    The setting was beautiful; a wonderful place to spend Christmas!

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Dec 2021

  • "Thank you for such a lovely stay."

    Everything was perfect and went above our expectations

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you have a fantastic Christmas, take care, Amy x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Dec 2021

  • "The Lodge was well equipped for use as we went in late November and it was cold, there was warm air heating in the bedrooms and lounge, the only cold area was downstairs bathroom which was very cold."

    Kitchen well fitted out with added benefit of dishwasher and all you needed to make up dinners and serve them. Bedrooms were cozy with some space for storing clothes. We had a young child of 4 so appreciated that there was a stairgate at the bottom of the spiral stairs, would be useful for one at top as they slept upstairs and landing was a little difficult with a young child. Lovely surprise of fresh food, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, milk, mince pies and dog treats were left which was very much appreciated. Overall hosts have put a lot of effort to making this a lovely quiet place to stay away from it all, as down some narrow single lane roads. Cows in nearby field and chickens were walking around, delightful setting with the lake in front. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lin4.4Nov 2021

  • "Our stay at Rose Lodge was truly lovely."

    Cosy and comfy and extremely well stocked. We made use of the pizza oven which was great fun. Although a little dated in a few areas this lodge is a relaxing and very comfortable place to be. I would highly recommend staying.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, the outdoor activities were great, our family loved the rowing boat and kayak on the lake."

    The proprieters were lovely and really helpful.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Aug 2021

  • "This is a lovely place to stay in quiet, peaceful surroundings."

    It is well off the beaten track but excellent to use as a base to explore the surrounding area. The lodge is clean and well equipped with a warm cosy feeling.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very, very good, so peaceful, so quiet, set amongst some of the best fishing waters I've ever been to it really was idilic."

    The owner left us a welcome breakfast pack and a bottle of wine, and it was a breakfast pack to be proud of. I am pretty sure I will not find a better place to spend a week's holiday, all fishermen will love it, the owner is an angler and can give lessons , all I can say is give it a go. Sykes you have done well with rose cottage, we will be back.

    ˜Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. It really means so much to us that you enjoyed your holiday at Rose Lodge and that you would return. We are so glad you appreciated the little extras we put into the lodge and that you would recommend others to stay. This review put a smile on my face this morning so thank you for that too. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "Gorgeous setting,lakes,walks,peace and quiet."

    Lovely hosts. A welcome breakfast,bottle of fizz a nice touch. We would describe Rose Lodge as “rustic”,it needs updating but the bed was comfy,we slept well. I had booked Rose Lodge for 6 of us to stay,think it would have been a squeeze.We were just 2 in the end,which worked well.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Apr 2021

  • "We had the best getaway weekend and will definitely be back!"

    The cottage was so comfortable, cozy and private. The facilities available are one of the best we've experienced on our holiday, it was all just a great experience and we picked the perfect place ! :)

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2020

  • "It was just fantastic"

    Reviewed by Sepideh5.0Feb 2020

  • "Pleasently suprised at the effort they made to make it christmasie."

    There attention to detail was above and beyond. It included treats for the dog. Full English fry up pack. Bottle of bubbly and buisuits. Fully decorated Christmas tree and fairy lights around the lodge. This made for an exalent family Christmas. Would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Dec 2019

  • "We were amazed at the generosity of our hosts who not only provided kitchen necessities, like washing up liquid and dishcloth (a lot don’t!"

    ) but also a pack of food for a barbecue, milk and a lovely vase of flowers to welcome us! They even left a pack of treats for the dog!

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0Jul 2019

  • "The positives."

    Amazing place. quiet, peaceful,. Two stunning fishing lakes. not overfished, the fish are in great condition. Great location for traveling to local places of interest. Very nice that there are only the two lodges, which means your not competing for fishing spots. I had the place to myself for the week I was there. Loges were very comfortable, facilities in the lodges were also very good. The one we were in, had a bathroom downstairs, with a shower room upstairs. Great to have WIFI. too. The owners responded to problems very quickly. The negatives. The lodges in my opinion need a little TLC. however ours was very clean. Two of the fishing lakes also need some work. however I spoke with Chis, he has plans in place for this. Overall a most enjoyable holiday for my Wife and I. The grounds around the lakes are kept very well, so when I was fishing, the wife could come and sit, with a book, and enjoy the surroundings.

    Reviewed by Steven4.1Jul 2019

  • "We found Rose Lodge to be so very comfortable and peaceful."

    Chris and Amy are brilliant hosts, nothing was too much trouble for them. The Woodland Walk is magical and we are looking forward to returning and exploring the lovely site soon. A home from home. The eldest boy, Joseph was seven when we were there and Chris and Amy included us in their celebrations by giving us a bottle of champagne. The welcome hamper was a lovely surprise and very wholesome. The seven days we had there could not have been better. It was perfect.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2019

  • "Booking was incredibly easy, no hassle to arrange key pick up, we were able to arrive any time that suited us and the lodge itself was exactly as described (if not better!"

    ). Great experience all round.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Dec 2018

  • "Wonderful property and location, couldn't have been happier."

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Dec 2018

  • "Rose lodge was excellent in every way, we had stormy, cold wet weather and the lodge was incredibly warm and cosy."

    The furniture was extremely comfortable to relax in, the bed was incredibly comfortable. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and the wildlife abounds. We took 2 dogs and they couldn’t get enough of the endless walks around the lakes, the fields and woods. The garden is dog proof but you need to be mindful of squirrels and the owners chicken. My own personal preference would be to replace the carpets for vinyl flooring and replace the dishwasher for a washer/ dryer. The owners live on site but don’t bother you but if there’s any problem they respond immediately and cannot do enough for you, they are really lovely people they also left a wonderful welcome pack of black pudding, bacon, sausages, tomatoes , fresh eggs, milk, tea, coffee, sugar and an absolutely delicious homemade pumpkin pie, dog treats and toy. I have to say that Rose Lodge far exceeded our expectations and Sykes service was excellent. We will definitely book to return and we will be using Sykes again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2018

  • "Fabulous place,food in lodge for a lovely breakfast."

    Wish I could live there.cant say anymore than that.thank you for our stay and I will be returning next year for sure.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Oct 2018

  • "Though this lodge was smaller and more cramped than expected, it was still in a ..."

    Though this lodge was smaller and more cramped than expected, it was still in a lovely setting and very peaceful and had everything you needed

    Reviewed by Jeremy3.8Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was really clean, homely and welcoming."

    The owners were super friendly and responded really quickly to any queries. The welcome pack was a lovely addition as well. Thankyou for a fab holiday!

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Jul 2018

  • "Beautiful place."

    In the middle of no where.

    Reviewed by Russell5.0May 2018

  • "Very nice touch from Amy and Chris who left a full tray of bacon blackpud, toms and eggs."

    Greatbreakfast on first morning We had only one prob all stay wayer heater failed Amy arranged for plumber to come to fix it sorted it in a couple of hours Brill service Scenery from lodge is beautiful very tranquil part of the world Wouldnt hesitate to recommend this lodge We will deinately be going back

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7May 2018

  • "The host who live on site made us very welcome with flowers eggs bacon and ..."

    The host who live on site made us very welcome with flowers eggs bacon and sausages,our grandchildren enjoyed the boat and canoe,my son in law the three hole golf course,out door seating back and front means you can catch the morning and evening sun

    Reviewed by L3.8May 2018

  • "Apple lodge is situated in lovely countryside with access to lots of walking paths and many opportunities for days out."

    Lodge is cozy and clean.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Mar 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 2 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with breakfast bar and electric fire.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV with Freesat, DVD, CD/Radio, WIFI, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stair gates available on request
  • Off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden to the rear with patio furniture and a wood fired pizza oven
  • Private decked balconies to the front
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: First floor accessed via a spiral staircase
  • Rose Lodge can be booked with Apple Tree Lodge reference 970181 to accommodate larger parties
  • Please note: Bookings must start on either a Friday or a Monday
  • Please note: All School holidays must be booked as full weeks starting Fridays.

The property

Milton on Stour 1.6 miles.

Surrounded by beautiful North Dorset rolling countryside within the owners peaceful 15 acre site, with four fishing lakes, this cosy lodge is everything you need for a memorable getaway.

Perfect for families or friends, this heart warming retreat is a relaxing spot for guests, and boasts views out towards the lake and countryside.

Upon entering, the open plan sitting area will welcome you with its electric fire and set of arm chairs, where you can relax in the warmth on those cooler evenings.

Prepare your favourite meals in the well equipped kitchen, or relax at the breakfast bar come morning time with a warm drink of your choice.

The dining area is perfect for gathering with your loved ones in the evening and planning those weekly adventures.

Close by, a family bathroom is a great place to unwind after a long day, where you can rest in the peace and quiet.

On this floor you will also find a double bedroom tucked into the layout, warm and cosy with storage space to house your belongings and views out over the fields.

You will look forward to cosying up and listening to the radio in the night time hours, with all of this to enjoy.

A spiral staircase leads up to two twin bedrooms, equally charming and suitable for either adults or children to stay.

Just off from this, the shower room is ideal for getting ready ahead of your day, with quality fittings that are co-ordinated well.

Whether it is a cosy night in front of a log burner effect stove or sitting on the patio, watching the sun set, while cooking a pizza in your very own pizza oven, Rose Lodge offers an all round delightful stay.

Wander freely and walk through meadows into the woodland and enjoy nature trails from the doorstep, or for the more adventurous, fishing and canoeing and rowing, which the owners can provide the boats for.

The owner also provide a wide range of games including putt golfing, croquet, crickets, badmington and rounders, great for all of the family to enjoy.

Whatever you decide, there is plenty to admire and explore in this fantastic location.

Please note: Bookings must start on either a Friday or a Monday.
Please note: All School holidays must be booked as full weeks starting Fridays.

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About the location


Gillingham 2 miles; Shaftesbury 7 miles.

Milton on Stour is a pretty little village north of Gillingham in rural north Dorset, and close to the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire. There are numerous NT properties and historic houses within a short drive, such as the stunning house and gardens at Stourhead, and Longleat House and Safari Park. Alternatively, why not try one of the plentiful rural walks in the area, or explore picturesque villages with country pubs serving real ale or cream teas? Further afield, visitors can enjoy the historic cities of Bath or Salisbury, whilst a visit to the wonderful Dorset Jurassic Coast is not to be missed.

Should you wish to fish at the property, there will be an additional charge of £35 per person providing they are over 12. 12 and under can fish for free.
Please note: Bookings must start on either a Friday or a Monday
Please note: For summer bookings bookings must be Friday - Friday

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas