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Stunning cottage in beautiful North Dorset near Gillingham with large garden

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

This charming, three-bedroom cottage offers total peace and tranquillity. It is situated in one of the prettiest parts of North Dorset just three miles from the A303 and close to the National Trust properties of Stourhead and Montacute. Longleat is just over the border in Wiltshire, while the lovely town of Sherborne with its abbey and Shaftesbury's Gold Hill, made famous by the Hovis advertisement, are close by. The magnificent city of Bath and Salisbury Cathedral are both within an easy drive, as is the Jurassic Dorset coast. Gillingham, two miles away, boasts a mainline station to London Waterloo, leisure centre with swimming pool, tennis courts, restaurants and a Waitrose and Asda. Gastro pubs in nearby villages are highly recommended and serve excellent food. There are wonderful walks from the cottage and plenty of quiet lanes for cycling.

The newly refurbished cottage has an outside patio containing a fire pit and BBQ and a large woodland garden. Double doors from the patio lead to an attractive beamed sitting room with a wood burning stove and large screen TV/DVD. The fully equipped kitchen with table and seating for five, contains a hob, oven, microwave and dishwasher, while the utility room next door hosts a washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and freezer. There is one twin and one double bedroom upstairs and one single downstairs. All bedrooms have ample storage, high spec mattresses, pillows and linen; towels included. There are two bathrooms; upstairs with a bath and downstairs with a shower. No smoking and unfortunately no pets as the cottage is situated on a working farm. Parking is available for two/three cars as is a cycle store and Wifi.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 February, 2018

About The Owner

We live on site and so are able to help you with any questions you may have or come up with suggestions of the best places to visit and things to do. Mike is a vet, concentrating mainly on cows and Annabel is a freelance journalist.

We have horses, cows and sheep on the farm which we are very happy to show you. Sometimes we have young calves or foals.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2004

Why The Owner chose Gillingham

We have tried to refurbish our cottage to the highest standards and have included linen and towels from The White Company, together with excellent quality mattresses. All soaps, shampoos from nearby Neil's Yard in Gillingham and the kitchen is fully equipped with everything we think you might need to have an enjoyable stay.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage will appeal to those looking for total peace and quiet at the same time as being close to shops and lovely country pubs which serve excellent food. It is easily accessible from the A303 as well as being close to the mainline station to London. There are wonderful walks from the door as well as excellent cycling on the quiet country lanes.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gillingham in North Dorset District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Stunning cottage in beautiful North Dorset near Gillingham with large garden
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
Kelowna, BC Canada

A wonderful cottage - spacious and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Hayhouse Farm. Anabel was a lovely host, offering us whatever we needed, and we particularly loved the canine hosts - we'll remember that mischievous Mazy fondly.

The cottage was extremely comfortable. Spacious bedrooms, wonderful kitchen, plus excellent washing and drying facilities. And thanks Anabel for some of the touches we found in the cottage - the soft ample towels, the welcoming sheets and pillows.

We hope to visit again one day. Thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed the cottage and your visit to Dorset. I hope you had a fantastic remainder of your time in England and have a safe trip back.
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Welcoming and warm

  • 5 of 5

Annabel thought of everything to make our stay enjoyable. The house is beautifully furnished and well equipped, with a lovely garden for summer visitors.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, comfortable, clean and very well equipped cottage - perfect for our family

  • 4 of 5

We spent a lovely 14 days over Christmas at Annabel’s cottage. On arrival we discovered all the basics - French bread, butter, jam, tea coffee, milk, sugar plus the annoying ones to buy like salt and pepper, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, kitchen towel etc - had generously been provided. Annabel’s daughter had also sweetly set up some Christmas decorations including a nativity scene on the mantlepiece in the sitting room and even a Christmas tree, lights on, just outside the French windows (I believe it was a little big for inside the house).

The cottage has a fantastic boot room, which is great for disrobing out of muddy gear, and also has a large washing machine and dryer, perfect for a family of young mucky children.

The bedrooms are cozy and have comfy beds, bathrooms are very functional.

We used the stove/fire in the sitting room there is also a good sized TV and a very comfortable sofa to recline on.

I would recommend this little cottage to anyone and hope to stay there again when we are next in Dorset.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review. I am really pleased you all had a lovely Christmas and have a safe trip back to Australia and the sun!
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The lovely cottage was set in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is charming,lovely place to stay and relax. Very well equipped. Recommended excellent restaurants we loved 'the ship'

I would definitely recommend this cottage and would love to return. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jenny, I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay and had a relaxing time. We like The Ship too - excellent food and lovely host! Do come and stay again. Annabel
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Absolutely gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

We visited Annabel's cottage with our 3 children. The great thing it was exactly what I'd hoped for and everything had been thought of. We had a really lovely weekend over Easter and the cottage was perfect

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Riyadh, KSA

Great stay in a lovely comfy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Anabel was great. The cottage is very cosy with lots of special additions, such as White Company luxury towels and Neil's Yard toiletries everywhere. Anabel even provides tea, coffee, milk and biscuits for the weary traveler!

The cottage has very comfy beds and all the amenities you need, including dishwasher, washing machine and dryer as well as a fully furnished kitchen. There is a large flatscreen with Sky, and an XBox one plus games if needed. There are also two very nice pubs for food nearby, the Stapleton Arms and the Ship in West Stour.

Overall a very nice stay. Thanks Anabel!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Paul. I am really glad that you all enjoyed your New Year break in Dorset. Annabel
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Car: necessary

Wonderful base for exploring Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. Close to National Trust properties, Stourhead, Montacute and Lytes Cary, while Longleat, Bath, Salisbury and the Dorset coast are a short drive away. Haynes Motor Museum is local as is the Fleet Air Arm Museum.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Gillingham, Dorset

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 May 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Sep 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £35

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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