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The Little House

(Ref. 1007033)

Melbury Abbas near Shaftesbury, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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Facilities and Maintenance

25 Customer Reviews

  • "Compact but comfortable, warm, stylish and tasteful"

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was our second stay in this property, and we have had a great time on both visits."

    Lots to see and do within a half an hour drive.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Mar 2024

  • "The Little House is compact but very comfortable for two."

    It is fully equipped with all you could need on a holiday. Attractive lawned area with patio giving extensive views over lovely countryside including a vineyard.Only 2 miles from Shaftsbury.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Outstanding views were the highlight."

    James, the owner was very friendly. Because it was a property for 2, the space was limited and particularly the shower room was a tight squeeze with inadequate space for personal toiletries. A receptacle to hold shower gel, shampoo, etc within the shower cabinet would be useful. There was no hanging space and only 3 hangers provided so we had to improvise, using the frame at the foot and head of the bed.

    Reviewed by Roberta4.1Sep 2023

  • "Excellent stay, well appointed most things thought off."

    Pity no wardrobe space but did find hangers. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very well presented cottage with everything you might need (bar a corkscrew!"

    ). Directions were excellent and the cottage was very easy to find. Very peaceful, and lots of places to visit. Stingily recommended.

    Reviewed by Shona4.7Jun 2023

  • "'The Little House' is a tastefully furnished and well equipped property for two in a good position to explore the Shaftesbury area and Cranborne Chase."

    The situation was delightfully rural with rare breed sheep in the adjacent fields and a wonderful view from the garden. We learned on our departure day that we could have accessed a footpath onto quiet roads from the garden of the adjacent farmhouse. It would have been helpful if that information had been available in the otherwise very comprehensive Visitors' Information File in the cottage. Maybe most visitors are not walkers. This seems a trivial complaint as The Little House was such a perfect place to stay and very well cared for.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent cottage and base for two people to explore this picturesque area of Dorset."

    Lovely outdoor space to eat and chill. Inside was compact but adequate with everything you need for a weeks stay.

    Reviewed by Denise4.4May 2023

  • "Absolutely amazing, we've staying in quite a few properties, this is up there with our favourites."

    Very private and quiet with great views and a private garden, and a fully equipped kitchen so you really can cook every night if you want to.

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Apr 2023

  • "Very much appreciative to have this little house while we are going through a difficult time."

    The host are excellent and accommodating. The house is well equipped, clean and comfortable, the view is beautiful surrounded by mature trees. The walk up the Beacon hill is only minutes walk away, well worth the climb. The lovely back lane route, the French Mill Lane, is a great way to get to Shaftesbury on foot or on bike. Cannot ask for more.

    Reviewed by Y5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely place , great location for the areas local sights."

    Great host and was wonderful waking to sheep and the other wildlife.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Nov 2022

  • "It was a lovely place to stay ."

    It had everything one needed. Plus beautiful views

    Reviewed by Allison4.7Aug 2022

  • "It was a bitterly cold day when we arrived,the place was like an iceberg,it took several hours to get the place warmed up."

    It would have been nice if the eating had been put on before we arrived.Their are gaps round the front door where the wind blew in.It would have been useful if a curtain was there t pull across to keep the draught out.The couch was very tight for two people.However the place was immaculate, a nice touch of a bottle of milk and flowers to greet us.The instructions for the hob were not easy to follow,had a job to get the hob to work properly,perhaps that is because we are getting old and do not understand modern technology.

    We are sorry to hear that you did not find the house warm enough. The heating is on an automatic timer and would have come at 4pm. Usually it only take an hour at the most to warm up. We have checked all the radiators and reset the time, everything seems to be working properly. A new larger sofa is on order. We hoped you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by M4.1Mar 2022

  • "A nice and cosy cottage with a good view."

    A peaceful and quiet location, (and the parking was excellent).

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage was charming and very well equipped and comfortable."

    The views are lovely, and we are sorry we could not take advantage of the pretty garden and barbecue, as we stayed in January!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jan 2022

  • "A really lovely teeny weeny cottage with lovely decor and country views ."

    Perfect for a few days away in a beautiful part of Dorset.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Nov 2021

  • "This was a truly lovely Little House."

    It was extremely peaceful. Everything was catered for. The only problem we had was the TV was too high and you had to look up when watching. I know previous comments were made about the bed being uncomfortable. We did not find this to be the case, we found it very comfortable. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.4Nov 2021

  • "Lovely location and great cottage."

    A great place to charge your batteries.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Nov 2021

  • "Perfect location and beautiful views."

    Easy parking and friendly, helpful owners. A lovely building let down only by the lack of comfort of the sofa and bed.

    Thank you for your kind words. A new, larger sofa is on order. We hope you will visit again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather4.4Oct 2021

  • "It was a lovely little house."

    The views from the house are beautiful. There is everything you need there.The heating is superb. It was missing a wardrobe although there were some hangers on the back of bedroom door. The sofa was also a bit small and uncomfortable. Otherwise ,it was fine.

    Reviewed by John3.8Oct 2021

  • "We were very impressed with the standard of The Little House both in decor and equipment."

    So lovely to be welcomed with a vase of flowers, milk, tea and coffee. The view from the house was such a tonic after months of gloom. Little touches of comfort such as outdoor cushions and a rug made a great difference to relaxing. The sheep also kept us entertained! We had never realised that Dorset was such a lovely area, even though we didn't live that far away. Please thank the owners on our behalf and we were impressed by your efficiency too.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation within easy distance of Shaftsbury."

    Just ideal for 2 people with everything we needed included. Parking on site. Large Tesco outside Shaftsbury if you need provisions and petrol. Really good base to visit the area. Would highly recommend and would definitely come back if we want to visit the area again.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic and romantic setting for a couple in a great location to explore the area and would highly recommend to others."

    We hope to be back next year!

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Aug 2021

  • "A lovely little cottage in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jul 2021

  • "Small but perfectly formed."

    Well equipped, elegantly designed, and with stunning views. We had an excellent week here and commend it to you.

    Reviewed by Max4.7Jul 2021

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  • Single storey
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed garden patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.6 miles, pub 1.4 miles

The property

Located on the edge of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this single storey property lies in a stunning countryside location, close to the historic market town of Shaftesbury.

Recently converted to a high standard, The Little House makes a superb base for couples looking to explore Dorset, with a plethora of magnificent walking and cycling routes from the door.

The cottage boasts an airy feel, with french doors that lead out to the garden patio, perfect for alfresco dining on a balmy evening or watching the sunset, gin and tonic in hand.

The stylish living space features a flagstone floor, comfy sofa and smart TV.

The kitchen area is very well equipped including integrated appliances such as electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, and a dining table for two, making this a perfect home from home.

The comfortable double bedroom has views out over the valley and direct access to the garden.

The shower room has a power shower and a heated towel rail.

The rural location and easy access to several tourist attractions, including National Trust Properties of Kingston Lacy and Stourhead, make this is a prime spot for garden lovers and ramblers alike.

Venture into the town of Shaftesbury, regarded as one of Dorset’s prettiest and most historic towns, it offers plenty to see and do, with many independent shops and cafes.

Don’t miss Gold Hill, where the Hovis advert was famously filmed, with its quaint, cobbled and very steep street.

Pop up to the local vineyard for a glass of bubbles and grazing platter or if country pubs are more your style, then nearby villages have excellent pubs which pride themselves on serving locally sourced food and drink.

Shaftesbury has several restaurants and takeaways, offering varied cuisine.

If you are tempted to explore further afield then the varied coastline is definitely worth a visit, with the stunning Jurassic Coast and beautiful beaches of West Dorset all within an hour’s drive.

Enjoy a romantic getaway amidst the rolling Dorset countryside at The Little House – a wonderful haven of peace and tranquillity.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Salisbury 21 miles; Bath 30 miles.

One of Dorset’s prettiest and most historic towns, Shaftesbury is perched on a spur of rolling green hills, and the views in all directions are without comparison. Lush green meadows, woodland glades and outstanding architecture are all within a short walk. One of the best vantage points is from Gold Hill (Ridley Scott's famous Hovis advert was filmed here) with its quaint, cobbled and very steep street. Visit the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey (a place of great pilgrimage from the 11th century) or navigate the intricate and ancient lanes. Bath, Salisbury and Sherborne are all under an hour away, or drive through the stunning countryside of Blackmoor Vale down to the coast at Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth. A beautiful area, that still carries the flavour of the very best of the English countryside.

Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £150 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas