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Beautiful Barn Conversion With Spectacular Views Across The Blackmore Vale

Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Barn in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England - Peaceful Location, With Local Pub, Village And Shop (1.5 Miles) 40 Mins To The Jurassic Coast.

A beautiful barn conversion set in an elevated position off a no thought road in the heart of the Dorset, near the historic market town of Shaftesbury. Ample car parking space in the grounds. A central location for Longleat, Stonehenge, Stourhead, and the beautiful cities of Bath and Salisbury. Fantastically light and spacious, totally private. Country side walks from the barn into the Blackmore Vale and across Dorset downland. Compton Abbas Airfiled with restaurant and tea rooms, within hiking distance or a short drive. Within a 40 minute drive you will find sandy blue flag beaches or the world renowned rocky Jurassic coastline.

Sam Whitford
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
2 April, 2018

About Sam Whitford


Sam Whitford purchased this barn in 2014

Why Sam Whitford chose Fontmell Magna



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Fontmell Magna in North Dorset District

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 en-suite bathrooms with shower, wc and basin. 1 bathroom with bath, shower, basin and wc, 1 shower room with shower, basin and wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 en-suite with double bed, bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite, bed 3 with twin beds and separate bathroom, bedroom 4 with twin beds and separate shower room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Gardens are mainly laid to lawn, with a huge south facing patio. Panoramic views, totally private. Has barbecue, garden furniture, and fire pit. Children's den, Wendy house, sand pit and paddling pool, and garden games. Utility Room: Utility has washer and separate dryer, central heating boiler and sink, and plenty of space for shoes, wellies and coats. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed weekly, cleaned on changeover day Other: Bedroom 1 and 2 have dual aspect, high ceilings, 1 has wardrobe and 2 has chest of drawers


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Beautiful Barn Conversion With Spectacular Views Across The Blackmore Vale
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Gorgeous property in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

The Piggeries is a lovely spacious barn set in a stunning setting. Beautiful views and so peaceful. We were staying with our grandsons and it was ideal for toddlers, being all on one level. We really appreciated all the extra ' baby stuff' especially the double buggy!! They also loved the toys and games in the safe garden. The Piggeries is ideally situated to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside. A trip to Longleat is well worth it ( especially if you have Tesco vouchers!! ). We also enjoyed exploring Shaftesbury, Old Wardour Castle , Stourhead and Sherborne. Good food at the local pub and lots of footpaths to explore in the surrounding countryside. We hope to come back!!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cheryl, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Amazing house and location.

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a peaceful location and 5 star accommodation then this is the place to book. We were lucky to have amazing weather so made good use of the BBQ and garden, and the local pub The Fontmell which does excellent food. We loved our week in the house and will hopefully book again one day.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Wendy hope to see you all again soon.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at this beautiful conversion. There were 5 adults and 2 children, and it was perfect for us. The grounds were awesome, and the kids made the most of the space. The facilities were 10/10, as was the cleanliness, we could not fault it. Thank you Sam!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay, Paula, look forward to seeing you again.
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The Beautiful Piggeries

  • 5 of 5

My self and a group of friends (8 adults) stayed in the Piggeries for a long weekend in June 2015. It was the perfect location and accommodation to chill out and relax with friends. The place was very clean and had everything we required to cook for 8 and enjoy a BBQ overlooking the beautiful countryside.

If I was going over to Shaftsbury again I would definitely opt for another stay at the Piggeries.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great New Year week

  • 5 of 5

We were 7 adults, one of whom was a wheel chair user and have just had a great week at the Piggeries. The Barn is in a beautiful, quiet location with amazing views. The layout of the property was excellent and spacious and it was great that we all had our own bathroom facilities. Everything about the barn was 'quality' from the bedding, the beds, the bathrooms, the furniture and kitchen equipment. The barn was spotlessly clean on arrival. It was incredibly warm and cosy during some cold crisp sunny days. Sam was incredibly helpful the whole time we were there and was happy to communicate through text or phone calls when we asked for advice or information regarding the area. Knowing one of our party was in a wheelchair Sam had gone to the trouble of providing a ramp to help with access. While we didn't have any grandchildren with us we thought it would be a great place to return with them as Sam had provided a range of toys to play with and the outdoor areas looked like a real childs haven. The Piggeries was well placed for Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Shaftesbury and several National Trust places which we visited.

At the end of our week we all said we would like to return with family or friends in the summer months.

A fantastic place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at this lovely barn in June/July and could well have stayed longer! There were six of us, (two adults and four active boys) but there was plenty of room and a great outside space to explore. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with some gorgeous local walks, and village pubs along the way.

Sam was a wonderful host and did everything to make our stay comfortable. She went out of her way to make sure we had all we needed and we would love to return one day. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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40 minutes by car from the beautiful coast, including Sandbanks, Studland and the Jurassic coastline.


Nearest airport for private flights is Compton Abbas, and commercial flights is Bournemouth. Train station is Gillingham, 2 hours from London. Bus service to/from Shaftesbury and Blandford.


1.5 miles to nearest village, shop and pub. 4 miles to nearest town - Shaftesbury


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Fontmell Magna, West Country

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
22 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 May 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 1
8 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 2
20 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 1
30 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
Short breaks run from Monday to Friday at 70% of weekly tariff or Friday to Monday at 80% of weekly tariff (not available within the school holiday periods)

Booking conditions

25% of tariff on booking (non-refundable) and remainder 8 weeks before date of arrival. Security and breakages deposit of £200 is payable at the time the balance is due. This will be refunded in full within 10 working days of the end of the holiday if there is no damage.

Changeover Day:
Change over day Saturday. Arrival time 4.30pm, departure time 10.30 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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