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Listed cottage in the heart of Shaftesbury's Saxon area

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 10 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Wonderful for families, friends or couples with a host of original features


Our popular cottage provides a comfortable base to explore the local area. Shaftesbury is renowned for its stunning location and Barbers Cottage provides a central location to stay at with all the lovely cafes and boutique shops within a couple of minutes walk. Internal exposed stonework and beams couple with a house which is designed to be a home from home. (and we have Superfast broadband!)

A large living space has two sofas, TV, DVD, iPod dock, CD player and a gas 'wood' burning stove - cool in the summer and cosy warm in winter months. A large 6-seater dining room with limed, solid oak furniture is adjacent to an excellently equipped kitchen with range cooker and both lead onto a private terrace with garden tables and chairs. There is a lovely raised terrace as well which is perfect for idyllic morning sun (and a coffee) giving you in-town peace and tranquility. Through the gate, steps lead you to the lawn and unique, mature garden - a plant lovers paradise with a small lawn at the end.

Upstairs the large master bedroom has a king size bed and ceiling beams (an extra person can be accommodated here) and antique furniture. The twin bedroom leads from a large landing - the bathroom, with a separate shower, has a roll top double end bath and fired earth tiles (with complimentary bubble bath).

The furniture has been chosen to be as sustainable as possible - FSC wood or vintage. Delicious sheets and towels add to a luxurious stay.

IN A WEEK.....: - browse the boutiques, cafes, antique and craft shops

- buy fresh bread and cakes at Indulgence

- have a lunch at the Grosvenor's restaurant or go for a sandwich in the salt cellar at the top of gold hill

- walk on the downs or just on park walk in town and admire the magnificent views

- have a swim in the outdoor pool in town (in summer)

- watch the sun set from the Mitre pub back deck

- walk down (rather than up) Gold Hill, from the Hovis Ads

or visit castles, safaris parks, English houses and gardens, the jurrassic coast, stonehenge, farms or go for a swim

or just relax in our comfortable cottage drinking tea and eating gorgeous cake that can we can have waiting for you by request.

and we have installed superheats broadband WIFI!

Worth a trip: Shaftesbury boasts lots of independent shops from delis to cake shops to cafes. Try the chutneys at Turrnbulls or the morning croissants at Indulgence the Bakers. The Mitre pub in town has a back deck with views down the Blackmore Vale, a great early evening spot in the summer. There are many walks straight from town which can take you to the heart of the countryside and the Cambourne Chase.

Tea on Arrival?

Let us know in advance and we can have tea and cakes ready for you on arrival. Or the local deli can provide a hamper of food for you (please contact us in advance for details).

Our House / Young Kids?: The garden was created by a keen gardener and there is a top lawn which in spring and summer is bursting in colour and plants. The terrace which can be accessed by the back door or fence windows is a great place to relax or have a BBQ. A gate to the steps and the rest of the garden means toddlers can play without you worrying about them walking up the steps.

Other things for Kids

There are games and books for children to use. The house is equipped with a high chair, cot, blender, microwave and other things that parents with babies and toddlers may need. the local area has hundreds of things for children to do from longleaf Safari Park to Old Castles - it would be difficult to get bored even in the rain.

Markets in town:

Every Tuesday - Antiques Market (Town Hall)

1st saturday of every month - Farmers Market

1st sunday of the month - a fabulous market

Thursday mornings - WI Country Market (Town Hall)





GOLD HILL FAIR first week of July



Gillingham Carnival Oct

Jane Austen Lyme Regis Weekend Oct

More Details

Sally Warren
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We left in such a hurry this morning to get to school in Blandford we clean forgot to write in your book! What I'd like to have said is that despite not being on holiday exactly we had a lovely relaxing time in your cosy, comfortable cottage. You'd thought of everything and the beds were exceptionally comfortable which was such a bonus.

Thank you so much. I hope it's a success for you, it certainly deserves to be. In fact had you not been booked this month we would happily have taken it for a further couple of weeks.
Feb 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Shaftesbury in Shaftesbury

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 10 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • The bathroom has a roll top bath, a separate shower , a double width wash basin and a toilet within the bathroom. Tongue and groove panelling with fired earth tiles creates a traditional feel with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Practical, stylish and relaxing. There is a second and separate toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Extra bed can be added
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • We can provide a cot or an extra bed in the master bedroom, please contact us to discuss. The beds have been bought for comfort and are all FSC wood. We think it's important to have a good night sleep on holiday. There is a hairdryer and plenty of mirrors.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
The house has a cot / high chair for babies. The Daily Telegraph voted Shaftesbury the best town to live in due to its wonderful location, fresh air and mild climate. The town is bursting with history but has the added benefit of having interesting shops and cafes and a bustling market. There is lots to do if you are looking for a romantic break, a walking holiday or a family destination. the house caters for couples, families and friends. It is a 40 minute drive to Dorsets oustanding beaches and the choice of sandy or fossil hunting. Stonehenge - Longleat Safari Park - Stourhead - castles - walking - dorset jurassic coast. It is available to rent for weekends and mid week breaks in off-peak season


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Listed cottage in the heart of Shaftesbury's Saxon area
average rating of 4.625 based on 25 reviews

Cosy cottage with lovely garden

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly fitted, comfortable cottage in the centre of Shaftesbury. Large kitchen. The garden has seats and benches in several areas. A real home from home we would love to revisit.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kirsten. We've also just had a private parking space put in which Kirsten was the first to use. The cottage looks small from the outside but is a bit of a tardis! We still have a couple of slots left for the summer. Sally
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Great winter bolthole

  • 5 of 5

Lovely well set out cottage which was perfect for a long weekend. The kitchen was very well equipped and the place was warm and had welcome provisions when we arrived...and some daffodils!

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sweet and comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

Well located cottage with close proximity to walking paths and shops. We did not have a car so quickly became familiar with the surrounding area. Infrequent bus service made for some careful planning. The property owner was very quick to respond to questions.

Shaftesbury is a delightful town and we enjoyed the week immensely.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully restored , clean, cosy and homely feeling

  • 5 of 5

Property on high street , perfect location for a short walk to the town and amenities . Gold hill just around the corner . Plenty of lovely cafes and eateries . A short drive away from airfield and longleat . Fabulous , can't wait to go back .

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage with lots of space and comfortable furniture

  • 4 of 5

Nice well equipped Cottage, parking is a bit of a pain but overall very positive

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Barber's Cottage, Shaftesbury England

  • 4 of 5

The most charming cottage for a stay in the English countryside. Perfect location near shops, restuarants and pubs.

Sally the property manager was wonderful and responsive to all our needs prior to our arrival. It's on our do again list!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you we are glad you had a good stay and hope to welcome you back. Sally, Owner
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Car: not necessary

Barbers Cottage is in the heart of the old Saxon town of Shaftesbury with its shops, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance. THE TOWN has wonderful views over the surrounding countryside - designated an area of outstanding natural beauty - great for walking / flying kites.

WALKING DISTANCE from the house: Gold Hill (from the Hovis ads), shops / cafes including antiques and deli, museum and galleries, selection of pubs and restaurants, the Grosvenor bar and restaurant, swimming pool / playground / theatre /local countryside / Town markets and fairs

SHORT DRIVE: range of country pubs (with good food), animal market, Compton Abbas airfield (great lunches / breakfast), Wardour castle, Pytt House walled gardens, Larmer Gardens, downs, plains, bison farm, horse riding, flying lessons, golf, stunning villages, Gillingham Station - c20 MINUTE DRIVE: Longleat House & Safari Park, Farms, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Old Serum, Stourhead, Sherborne, Salisbury Plain - Beaches, Jurassic Coast City of Bath are WITHIN 20 MILES


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury and North Dorset

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
nearly summer
1 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
late summer
31 Aug 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
early autumn
28 Sep 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
26 Oct 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
nearly christmas
14 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and new year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £55
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

We offer weekend breaks and mid-week offers in off peak season - Shaftesbury is only 2 hours by train from London and less than an hour by car from Bristol and a wonderful place to spend a weekend eating, shopping or relaxing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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