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Milton Manor

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Sykes rating

  • 33 Guests

  • 14 Bedrooms

  • 14 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a stunning property, extremely old and with beautiful period features."

    We had 25 family members staying, ranging from 8-70, all celebrating my husbands 70th birthday. There was plenty of space for us all, comfortable bedrooms and an amazing games room. There were also cupboards full of games and toys, great for the children. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained and the kitchen areas had everything you could possibly need. The surrounding country is great for walks and not too far from the coast. One slight comment about the hot tub- it's not the sort with jets and bubbles! More like a spa bath, enjoyable but not what was expected. If you have a big family celebration coming up this is the perfect place to stay. Definitely recommended!

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful house and grounds."

    Ideal for large family gatherings. Rooms all well kitted out and wonderfully warm.

    Reviewed by Rosalind5.0Mar 2024

  • "A few minor improvements would lift Milton Manor from very good to great."

    The games room needs some attention. The pool table has seen better days and a light over the dart board would be helpful. The kitchen equipment is lacking in some areas, only 2 wooden spoons, one small saucepan and no oven gloves. Trivial things but easily sorted. Basically, loved the place and would recommend.

    Thank you for your feedback. The pool table is a tricky one, we try to keep it up together as much as possible, however, many people don't look after it so its ongoing. I have now sorted some new wooden spoons, another small saucepan, and some oven gloves. The light above the darts board will be fitted shortly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Dec 2023

  • "Hello, it was a good venue for the weekend celebrations."

    Downstairs, the kitchen and dining worked really well. However, my feedback is, your bathrooms, gosh they really need work on the 1st floor and especially in the attic suites... Also, the bedroom where you just have a curtain between the bath and the bedroom (I appreciate it's small) was very disappointing to put a couple in - no dressing mirror (tiny one by sink not adequate), no where to hang clothes. But essentially your bathrooms let you down - they need redecoration. A big point for me as I had musicians playing is thathe piano is not 'good' it really wasn't up for using and I mention this as it was a specific reason for booking (I'm afraid it's on it's way to piano heaven in terms of key action, keyboard itself, the ricketiness of it and would require some degree of work). Also the music room is tiny and the piano faces the wall. This doesn't live up to the marketing for it - so I'd suggest you think about that part. Light bulbs in lamps were missing downstairs - just worth checking. These are the reasons it scored 4. We've hired house before and realise of course they aren't hotels... We're not silly or arrogant.. It's just feedback for you to think about. Overall it is a really well located, well thought out venue. So, thank you.

    Thank you for your high score and feed back. I would like to make the following points: The 2 bathrooms in the attic are good and room 12 even has a bath and separate shower. All the bathrooms on the 1st floor are in good working order although not all modern, and the bathroom with the curtain is only 4 months old and has a completely new bathroom suite, which is perfectly good enough for a couple with a locking bedroom door for privacy. All lamps have bulbs. The piano is not concert standard, it wouldn't be sensible for us to have an expensive piano in a large holiday let which often has large number of children. The piano works and is tuned yearly and doesn't claim to be in a large room, the photos show this. The room is big enough for 10-15 people to stand around the piano for a sing song! Milton Manor is an old house and is going to have its quirks, its always having on going work to repair/make it better and its loving looked after an our team! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natasha3.8Dec 2023

  • "We had an amazing weekend celebrating a diamond wedding anniversary with four generations present."

    We spent the majority of our stay in the amazing grounds. We loved the huge dining table in the main kitchen. Some of the bathrooms could do with some TLC but on the whole we really enjoyed our stay.

    We have refitted 2 of the bathrooms in the last few months, along with some new windows! Property Owner

    Reviewed by I4.1Aug 2023

  • "We have just spent an amazing week at Milton manor with 28 family members ages from 77years to 20months,lovely clean house, large comfy beds with crisp white linen sheets, white fluffy towels and hot showers or baths."

    Both kitchens have everything you could possibly need for cooking large amounts of food which we did every day and sat at the dining table which was perfect. Although it rained most of the week it didn't stop the fun as there is plenty to entertain you,beautiful gardens to walk around, pool table,table tennis and an amazing hot tub,we are already looking to come back next year.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2023

  • "Milton Manor was a superb house for our family gathering."

    All the facilities were in excellent condition and it really felt like 'home'. We thoroughly our stay and would recommend the house to anyone. Should we be able to organise a future family gathering we would book to stay again.

    Reviewed by Tristan5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful big family week at Milton Manor."

    It was perfect to be 26 people in the place so we could use bedroom combinations that suited us. The various rooms downstairs gave loads of choice for activities; we took badminton and croquet too, and enjoyed the table tennis, pool table, hot tub... everything. Communication with the owner was quick and really helpful.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely house with many excellent facilities including a great kitchen/diner, fantastic kitchen equipment, great collective and individual spaces, beautiful hot tub, plenty of parking and good recreational facilities and space."

    Only criticism was that showers in 2 of the bedrooms set off alarms so couldn’t be used.

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Mar 2023

  • "Very clean well equipped kitchen lovely reception rooms - hot tub and garden also wonderful ."

    Sad to have to say several showers not working ran cold constantly even after leaving to run for some time meaning guests had to share other bathrooms! Dart board unusable and table tennis net and bats need replacing also only one pool cue - we had a lovely time but believe the bathroom issues would prevent us from returning which is a shame - the house just needs some tlc

    The fuse had gone in the shower - so sorry , there was new table tennis bats and balls in the bench in the games room, and there was another 2 cues in the games cupboard. The darts board has been replaced Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey4.1Mar 2023

  • "An amazing place to share a special occasion with family and friends."

    Very well equipped and plenty of room for everyone to join together or find their own quiet corner. The grounds are beautiful and seem to go on forever. Would definitely recommend this beautiful house to anyone.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Nov 2022

  • "There is much to love here."

    Loads of space and flexibility of rooms. Well equipped kitchen with catering size pots etc. 3 dish washers. Great large table we could easily all fit round. 2 downstairs bedrooms, one double and one single, for those with mobility issues. Pretty gardens. Good location with plenty of walks and places to visit Many of the bedrooms are rather dated in their decor with less than impressive bathrooms, weak showers and one toilet in a cupboard! I felt it is a bit cheeky still to ask guests to strip their own beds and bring everything downstairs, there is no COVID need to do this anymore. Also, quite a trek to get rubbish and recycling round to bins as the door linking the utility and bin area is locked. Overall though this is a great house to stay with a large group, friends or family. We had a great time

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property with ample space for a large group."

    Well located, albeit a bit of a drive to the coast. (although well worth the effort) The owners are very approachable & helpful.

    Reviewed by Nick4.4Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful 70th birthday experience thanks to this excellent property."

    Reviewed by Liz5.0May 2022

  • "Was such a lovely weekend and everything was lovely such a great place to go with mix of families as enough different spaces to separate if need to."

    Lovely grounds and lovely walks nearby. We felt like there should have been more instructions for things at the property for things like the oven and hot tub etc. The treehouse was unfortunately broken which was a bit of a disappointment to the kids but didn't affect our stay. Would definitely go back

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Mar 2022

  • "A great place for a large extended family gathering (we were 22 at a joint golden-wedding and 70th birthday celebration)."

    There were several seating areas for different groups, including a lovely sitting-room with bar for celebratory group gatherings. The huge dining-table in the kitchen-diner easily accommodated all of us, with room for the teens to do their homework at the end! The hot tub was much appreciated by many. We all hope to return.

    Reviewed by Rosamond4.7Jan 2022

  • "We had a wonderful 3 nights at Milton Manor 19-22 December 2021."

    The House was decorated beautifully for Christmas, inside and out, and felt warm and welcoming. We had a huge family gathering of several generations, and it surpassed all our expectations. The long table in the kitchen meant we could all eat together, and the games room, sitting rooms and other self contained ground floor accommodation gave us all the space and entertainment we needed. It was fabulous, and both Sykes and the Owners could not have been more helpful and attentive. We would definately book again without any hesitation.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Dec 2021

  • "Milton Manor met all our needs for this surprise 60th birthday bash, the location, layout & facilities were amazing."

    Some of the kitchen/cooking utensils weren't as clean as expected and the banquet room floor had signs of dried food, from previous people, under the tables.

    I am truly sorry that you found some of the utensils not clean and signs of dried food from the previous guests, the tables are tricky and often people move them, we often have a short amount of time to turn the house around, but I will make sure this doesn't happen again, also I will ensure the utensils draw is looked into with more details. I hope this did not cause to much trouble as I didn't hear from you during your stay, it sounded like you had a fantastic time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rowan4.7Oct 2021

  • "Milton Manor was a fantastic party house for our 27 family guests and the accommodation itself was perfect, versatile and very comfortable and clean."

    It was a wonderful stay and allowed us to celebrate a 90th birthday in real style! Our only criticism was that the property owner was not there when we arrived and due to mobile phone connectivity it was tricky to get hold of her. It would have been good to have a few things explained in person like how to work the hot tub (instructions weren't very clear and it was lukewarm until the end of day 2). It would also have been good to have had a single book with all the instructions in it rather than have them in picture frames dotted around the house which was a bit like being at school with 'do this' and 'don't do that' notices around! The welcome stay book that we did eventually find was in a small dark corridor area so were rather at sea as to how things worked at the start when all our guests were arriving, and being an old building it had some quirks, such as light switches being in unexpected places (the ladies downstairs loo light switch being in the gents downstairs loo, for instance!). Our younger guests and those needing to do a small amount of work from the house found the internet rather slow. But otherwise it was a really wonderful week, and the local lady that cooks lasagna and chicken tray bakes ready for your arrival if you want them was a must-have - they were absolutely delicious and home made! Shops are very close and we ordered a massive Waitrose food delivery for the Friday evening which worked well and kept us going almost for the whole week. We were so sorry to leave at the end!

    I am sorry I can't always meet people as I have to pick up my children from school, some times my husband can get out of work and meet you on arrival. He often does during the winter period to light the fire before your arrival. The hot tub is always up to temperature, however if the cover is left off it when not in use it will get colder. I feel information around the house where needed is better than lots of instructions that when you first arrive that you don't take in, and I am on the end of the phone should there be any other questions. I am always available on WhatsApp and my home number is in the house. We now have BT fibre to the property so the internet is not a problem at all, we can only provide what the area does! All information is in the office (not a dark corridor) which is the link room between the main hall and the games room. Please see house plan. I hope the visit I had with you before your holiday (on a change over) also helped towards your lovely stay and I thank you for your feedback. We We now have BT Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2021

  • "As a party of 26 adults, a toddler and a baby, we had a fantastic week."

    The facilities are excellent and the house is well equipped and we found nothing lacking. The holiday was to celebrate a special birthday so a drinks lounge and kitchen as well as the main dining kitchen was ideal, as was the prep and washing up area so everyone could help without tripping over anyone else! The house is set within a short travelling distance to many venues and our guests made full use of the area by visiting Wookey Hole, Lyme Regis, Stourhead NT, the Haynes Motor Museum, Street,Glastonbury and much more.

    Thank you for lovely feedback, we work hard to make everyones stay a positive and enjoyable one and welcome feed back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Aug 2021

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  • Over three-floors
  • Fourteen bedrooms all with en-suites; 1 x ground-floor super-king size, 1 x ground-floor single
  • First Floor, 4 x double, Family bedroom with 1 x super king leading to a separate room with 1 x twin, 1 x bunk 1 x single, 1 x twin, 1 x super king, Family room with 1 x super king and 1 x single
  • Second Floor, Family bedrooms with 1 x double leading to separate room with 1 x twin, Family bedrooms with 1 x double and 1 x single with separate room leading to 1 x single
  • Grand entrance hall
  • Drawing room with open fire
  • TV room
  • Snug with TV and open fire
  • Games room with table tennis, pool table, board games and fridge
  • Open-plan kitchen/diner with fireplace
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating
  • Double oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 6 cars, and an additional large car park to the right of the driveway
  • Enclosed walled garden with lawn, patio area, furniture, tree house, cricket pitch, pond and BBQ
  • Hot tub
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 0.9 miles
  • Note; Please do not allow children in the tree house or near the pond unsupervised
  • Note; No stag/hen parties, or similar
  • Note; Check-in 4pm, Check-out 10am
  • Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £1000 for this property
  • Note; There is a £35 charge per pet per stay
  • Note: Pets are to be kept downstairs
  • No firework allowed
  • Please note: Due to the size of the property, it may take a while for the showers to get warm
  • Pre-prepared or in-house Catering options can be arranged with the owner

The property

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Dorset village of Milton on Stour you’ll find the impressive Milton Manor.

Sat on six acres of private landscaped gardens this 14 bedroom Georgian home caters for all.

A former family home with bed and breakfast, this grand venue has recently been reinjected with love and has been fully refurbished whilst retaining the stunning Georgian features.

With floor to ceiling Georgian sash windows and doors throughout, the property is flooded with natural light.

The grand entrance hall leads to the large drawing room with original floor to ceiling bay windows offering impressive views of the garden as well as a grand open fireplace perfect for pre-dinner drinks.

Opposite is a large TV room with a smaller dining area suitable for 8-10 people off the side.

The snug provides an area to unwind, play cards and watch internet TV in front of a roaring open fire.

The games room will be a popular spot for entertaining the whole family with table tennis, board games and more.

The property has two kitchens, one open plan kitchen with modern facilities and a grand dining table enable all guests to dine together to celebrate any occasion.

The seond kitchen has a large fireplace as well as bifold doors opening to the walled garden, making it suitable for the whole year, from cosy winter meals to sunny summer alfresco dining.

Both kitchen's equipped with a Range Master/built in oven as well as a fridge freezer.

Both kitchens are accompanied with a dishwasher to save on the washing up!

Once the evening draws to a close, make your way up the large central staircase to the bedrooms, all of which have unique and charming characters, in keeping with the countryside setting.

The huge windows in every bedroom flood the rooms with natural light as well as offering spectacular views of the undulating Dorset countryside.

The rooms vary from four bed studios to single bedrooms all with full en-suites.

One double and one single bedrooms with en-suites are on the ground-floor enabling disabled access.

All bedding and towels are crisp and white as they are laundered and supplied by a local hotel supply company.

Enjoy extensive well-maintained gardens incorporating expansive lawns, mature wild flower beds, a walled garden, a pond and ancient trees.

Milton Manor offers plenty of entertainment and entertaining spaces outdoors including; a hot tub, tree house, pond and BBQ, cricket pitch as well as benefiting from a private entrance and large car park.

If you can pull yourself away from this incredible holiday home, there is an abundance of local attractions to explore between the Cranborne Chase AONB and the Dorset AONB, with the thriving town of Shaftesbury close by and housing a number of attractions, including; the cobbled street of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden Trust.

For beach enthusiasts, the world heritage Jurassic coast is less than an hours drive away.

Milton Manor really does have something for everyone, providing the all year round perfect holiday experience.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £1000.

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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.

Note; No stag/hen parties, or similar
Note; Check-in 4pm, Check-out 10am
Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £1000 for this property
Note; There is a £35 charge per pet per stay.
Note; There are external CCTV cameras with sound monitor in the rear walled garden
Note: Pets are to be kept downstairs.
Note: No fireworks allowed

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas