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Grade II Listed, Dorset thatched cottage

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms.2.5 bathrooms. Sun filled conservatory, patio, garden.

Perhaps the highlight of this house is the stylishly designed conservatory at the back. Flooded with light, it leads from both dining room and kitchen, and opens onto the patio and garden. An extra washroom here is very convenient.The sitting room with its two fireplaces and low ceilings makes for a warm welcome as you enter, and the kitchen - newly fitted - has everything you need from Italian hand painted crockery to comfortable bar stools. The master bedroom upstairs is simply dreamy. There are 2 further double bedrooms - less spacious but comfortable and beautifully decorated. Colfax and Fowler, Osborne and Little curtains decorate this cottage along with antique and new furniture alike. It is first and foremost a family home, used by the owners, but also let out for the traveller wishing to enjoy the essence of Dorset and its surrounding area.

Catriona Miceli
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
7 February, 2017

About Catriona Miceli

Catriona was a primary school teacher in London, before moving to Italy in 1992 on a whim, to learn Italian. She met Lorenzo, who was a student cultivating olive trees and producing olive oil. She decided to stay in Italy permanently because of Lorenzo, and never returned to live in England again. After marrying in 1996, Lorenzo and Catriona were given the opportunity to take a farm in Tuscany, which they have now been running for 15 years. Catriona lets out the holiday apartments, and Lorenzo cultivates vineyards and makes delicious organic Chianti Classico red wine.

Along the way they have had three children - now in their teens - who enjoy the english side of their heritage and coming to stay when they can, in their newly acquired property near to where Catriona grew up and went to school - Pump Cottage - available here to rent.

They have reliable and kind friends who take care of it in their absence and see to their guests' needs.

Catriona Miceli purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Catriona Miceli chose Dorset

Pump Cottage feels just as it looks.

Catriona and Lorenzo fell in love with the cottage from the photos in the estate agent's. Their feelings were confirmed when they came to view it. Three months later, the cottage was theirs.

Not only was the cottage itself utterly charming, but an attraction was being able to walk to the town. Set in a quiet street, and of course within the attractive confines of the grassy 'Pump Yard', you can walk just 5 minutes, and you are up on the High Street.

What makes this cottage unique

The location is indeed such a bonus for this unique cottage. You are in a village yet you are in a town. You don't need a car to go to the shops, supermarket or cafés. You even feel as if you were in a village - charming neighbours and quietness with the lovely private garden to enjoy at the back.

Then everything about the inside just grabs you as soon as you enter. The master bedroom, with windows both sides, is just perfect!


4.3/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Well appointed, spacious traditional cottage.

  • 5 of 5

My family (four children between the ages of eight and fifteen and my wife) stayed at the cottage for five nights.

Shaftesbury is one of most interesting of the smaller towns in the county. Fantastic panaramic views across the surrounding coutryside from the numberous pathways around the town.. Lots of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants.

The cottage is situated in a courtyard, well back from the road. A quiet location with parking along the street.

Low beams and doorways resulted in a few bumped heads (two members of the party being over six foot tall) - but all part of the charm of a old property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Lovely cottage, ideal for a family getaway in a beautiful part of England.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely family holiday in Pump Cottage. The property had real character but had also been sympathetically updated. It easily accommodated the four adults and one child across the three bedrooms/two bathrooms/three toilets. As with most cottages the ceilings were low but I am over 6ft.

The small town centre of Shaftesbury is a short walk away, all be it up hill. The town is not very big but has a number of good pubs and restaurants. It is an ideal base to explore north Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

All in all a great property for a quiet family holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at the cottage.

Everything in present atmosphere is great.

A real english feeling you get there.

We enjoyed.

Mike and Sharon

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Half term
10 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season Winter
20 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Holiday
7 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
mid season spring/summer
24 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High 1 week
8 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High 2 week
30 Jul 2017 - 3 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Main
4 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £128
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Shaftesbury in West Country

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 39 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 3.19m x 3.38m. Ample cupboard space.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 4.05m x 2.60m. Looks onto garden at the back.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 4.17m x 3.28m. 2 windows. ample cupboard space.bathroom.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking

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