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Thatched Country Cottage Within Historic Village - 300 Year Old Grade 2 Listed

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Updated: 06-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage in East Knoyle near Shaftesbury, Dorset, England - Peaceful Village Location Within 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'

This very comfortable, attractive and well equipped country cottage has many original features including exposed beams and inglenook fireplace. Cottage garden (front) and small garden with lawn (rear) which overlooks a meadow and hills beyond. This timbered property has been lovingly preserved whilst containing every modern convenience you will require. A beautiful cottage within a lovely village. ( If you decide to book or enquire re strongly recommend that you book direct with us to save increasingly high booking fees when you pay by credit card via this website. Do e mail us on timjhillier@gmail.com or phone us on 01932 563141. This is always cheaper and easier for UK guests

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Tim Hillier
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
6 January, 2017

About Tim Hillier

We live most of the time in Surrey where Tim is a Church of England Vicar.

Dayspring Cottage in East Knoyle, is our own home in which we spend as much free time as we are able. We love this peaceful cottage and the friendly village where we unwind and 're-charge our batteries'. Walking the fields, lanes and hills in the summer with our cocker spaniel is a delight - as is relaxing with a glass of wine in front of a roaring log fire in the inglenook in winter. This is a special place for us!

Tim and Pauline Hillier

Tim Hillier purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Tim Hillier chose Wiltshire

Beautiful, 'character cottage' in quiet village. Lovely countryside and easy access to A303 just over 2 miles away.

A retreat away from the frenetic life and lifestyle we lead in the SE of England.

What makes this cottage unique

Relaxation and peace, friends in the village, walking in the beautiful countryside, cooking, reading, listening to music, sitting in front of a log fire in winter and....sleeping!

13 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


The perfect hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous home away from home cottage tucked away in a beautiful little village. Spotless and well maintained with all the facilities you need including washing machine. Clear instructions for the running and workings of the property were given and owners only a phone call away should you need them.

Spent three days here in December for some peace and quiet and chill out time. We enjoyed country side walks and the local pub is only a ten minute walk. Evenings were spent in front of the open log fire. Only a short drive to some bigger towns and Stonehenge.

Would absolutely recommend a stay at this cottage and hope to be able to get back for another break soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Comfortable, exactly as described!

  • 5 of 5

Great property exactly as described, well equipped kitchen great for cooking in. Great location for exploring southern England. Beautiful village location. Great owners to deal with, answered all our questions promptly and efficiently. Would highly recommend to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

Very picturesque, good location, needs a little updating.

  • 3 of 5

Spacious property in an idyllic location. Very pretty exterior and Interior was full of character but heating provision not the best. Log fire was impressive but back up electric heaters would perhaps struggle in winter. Nice garden front and back if a little overgrown at the back. Showers in both bathrooms not great either. That said had a wonderful stay and the area is very beautiful. Easy access to lots if historic sites including Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stourhead, Glastonbury and Salisbury.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We value all responses. We have always valued the high standard of work by our gardener and the upkeep of gardens, front and rear to a high standard. However, owing recent ill health of our gardener the borders in the rear had not had any attention for a month prior to your stay, for which we apologise. In terms of heating, the three powerful storage heaters which store heat overnight and then release throughout the following day keep the cottage extremely warm throughout the harshest of winters to the extent that the log fire is often lit for cosmetic purposes only. I imagine that the mobile heaters were in use during your stay in September.
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EDE, The Netherlands

Lovely cottage in a stunning village

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in a lovely cottage with all the comforts needed such as dishwasher, microwave, wifi etc. The owners were very helpful and supplied all the information needed. The village is nearby Shaftesbury and close to all sightseeing places. Recommended to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastic cottage and village

  • 5 of 5

Arrived in East Knoyle it is a very friendly pretty village with a wonderful community shop, that has very good produce and friendly staff, all unpaid which is wonderful... Dayspring cottage was as good as I had expected, a home from home... there was everything you would need to make the holiday perfect.... cosy, clean and fast wifi.... neighbours were very friendly and the garden was full of birds... I put a bird feeder up and hope other holiday makers will fill it with fatballs :D sadly I had to leave a day early as my cat was taken ill and needed an urgent dental op... I was very sorry to have to leave as there is so much to do in the lovely market towns nearby.... also the walks across the fields were great and I made friends with the bullocks that graze there..... I would highly recommend this lovely holiday retreat :D

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Yvonne and sorry you had to leave early. Thank you also for the bird feeder which continues to be in constant use!
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Beautiful village charming cottage

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was quaint and peaceful ; village and surroundings picturesque.

Little extras such as walking maps and CDs appreciated however the cottage would benefit upstairs from a little. TLC. Basic cleaning had been undertaken but the oven had been left dirty from previous occupants. Owner and caretaker provided good friendly service,Friendly neighbourhood. An enjoyable experience overall.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Greatly appreciated. Following your comment regarding the oven, we have added and 'oven check' following each booking to the preparation of cottage to ensure this doesn't happen again.
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From the Owner

Beautiful, 'character cottage' in quiet village. Lovely countryside and easy access to A303 just over 2 miles away. A retreat away from the frenetic life and lifestyle we lead in the SE of England.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol, Bournemoth at 30 Miles Nearest Ferry : Poole at 31 Miles Nearest Train : Tisbury at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : A303 at 2.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Fox and Hounds at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Bournemuoth at 30 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

This is great walking/rambling country. There are a number of National Trust properties and gardens (Stourhead is second to none) and English Heritage sites within easy reach including Stonehenge. Country pubs in abundance. This is a place to relax and unwind whilst having many places of interest within easy reach. The sea is less than an hour away.


50 minutes to South Coast/Poole Dorset. Attractive, sandy beaches


London Heathrow Airport (95 miles), London Gatwick Airport (125 miles) Bristol Airport (35 miles) Poole Harbour (Ferries to France and Channel Islands -30 miles), Port of Dover (175 miles). M3 and A303 are very good roads between London/SE and the cottage in East Knoyle. Central London is less than two hours away


Shaftesbury (Dorset) 5 miles. Salisbury (Wilts) 15 miles. Stonehenge (17 miles), Longleat House (7 miles), Bath (20 miles), Sherborne (15 miles), Yeovil , Somerset (17 miles) London (105 miles) South Coast (30 miles), Stourhead House and Garden (8 miles), many National Trust properties within easy reach

Further Details:

Outstanding village shop and Post Office, Parish Church, pub (with food), superb childrens play area in the village. Supermarkets and full range of shops in the historic town of Shaftesbury (5 miles). A range of pubs and restaurants in local villages offering good meals. Do try 'Pythouse Walled Garden' just off A350 between East Knoyle and Shaftesbury - lovely garden and good food at any time of day or year!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
12 Apr 2017 - 19 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
16 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and New Year
21 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please e mail or phone for bookings. It is much cheaper for you to book direct with us (Tim and Pauline) rather than paying by credit card, In this way you do not pay a Booking Fee to Owners Direct. Please contact by E mail: timjhillier@gmail.com or phone 01932 -563141 We ask for a non returnable £75 deposit per week to confirm and final payment one month before your stay. Direct bank transfers or cheques accepted. It is financially in your interest (and ours) for you to pay by cheque or direct bank transfer!

The cottage will be ready by 2pm on your first day unless arranged otherwise.
We ask guests to vacate by 10.30am on their last day to allow linen to be changed forfollowing guests. We can be more flexible over dates and times 'out of season'.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. However, we are as flexible as possible, especially 'out of season'. Daily rates pro rata.

Notes on prices:

We will be happy to offer a discount for two week bookings or longer at any time of year. From the beginning of December including New Year the cottage is tastefully decorated with Christmas tree, garlands and candles. There is always a large supply seasoned logs available throughout the autumn, winter and spring - donation requested. Logs included in price at Christmas and New Year

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Relaxation and peace, friends in the village, walking in the beautiful countryside, cooking, reading, listening to music, sitting in front of a log fire in winter and....sleeping!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs - WC, Bath, Shower. Upstairs - WC, wash basin, shower, heater. Upstairs - WC, wash basin, shower, shaver point and heater


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, TV with viewing via internet
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Small double room with two single beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. Double bed, dressing table, bed side tables and lamps, double wardrobe/drawers, telephone. TV with viewing via internet. Bedroom 2, two single beds, wardrobe, bed side table and lamp, drawers. Additional Z bed downstairs. Hair dryer provided and left in bedroom 1. Whilst the second bedroom is a double room with two beds it is rather tight for two adults. Fine for children and teens. Bedrooms refurbished for 2017


  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: There are storage heaters downstairs along with open fire. Convector heaters upstairs. The cottage will be clean on arrival. We ask guests to clean throughout before leaving. With notice, we can arrange for cleaning to be carried out after you have left. This may not always be possible during the peak seasons when change over is often immediate. However, please make the request in good time and we will seek to arrange. We do not ask for a deposit for possible damage or failure to clean properly. We have found that trust between ourselves and those staying is rarely compromised. Outside: Garden furniture (table, four garden chairs and bench). Utility Room: Well equipped. Washing machine/ dryer combo. Dyson vacuum cleaner, brush, mop and general cleaning materials, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, towels and tea towels are included within the price. Beds will also be 'made up' before you arrive. We trust guests to clean through the cottage before leaving.

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