Idyllic rural cottage with beautiful views


Entire cottage hosted by Vanessa

  1. 5 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 5 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
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Wise Cottage is a 250 year old cottage with a boutique feel and sweeping views situated in a beautiful village near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

The cottage sleeps four, 1 large master bedroom with a super kingsize bed and a small bedroom with adult bunks (plus a guest bed for a fifth guest). Well behaved dogs are welcome!
Organic toiletries, bath robes, well equipped kitchen, wood burner, super fast Wifi, garden and beautiful walks straight out of the front door.

The space
There is a large sitting room with oak dining table and contemporary chairs, a well fitted kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.
The main bedroom has an upholstered Super kingsize bed with Vi Spring mattress, high quality duvets and bed linens. The second bedroom has full size bunk beds. Polished wooden floors, Roger Oates runners, sisal flooring and soft Moroccan rugs make up the flooring in the cottage. The bathroom has a pressurised shower and bath. Plenty of towels are provided as well as an organic soaps and shampoo range. The bathroom is situated downstairs opposite the kitchen. The ceilings are low, typical for a cottage of this age.
The garden is situated up steps from the cottage, it is probably not easily accessed by anyone disabled or infirm. It is a cottage garden, not highly manicured but with wonderful views in every direction. A table and chairs and a barbecue and tongs are also provided. There is a side access to the garden and it is fenced, so will contain a not overly ambitious dog.

The cottage has a Samsung 32" smart TV with all the catch up services as well as Netflix and Amazon, super fast broad band, a small office with desk. Mobile reception is good, but patchy in the downstairs rooms.
There is a wood burner and kindling/logs for the first night or two (bags of logs and kindling are sold at the shop a few yards from the cottage), iPod dock, Roberts radio, smart TV, towels, high quality linen and bathrobes.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all china and cutlery, pans, casserole dishes, salad bowls, a Nespresso coffee maker (with coffee capsules!) and there is a supply of tea bags, coffee, sugar, oil, flour, herbs and salt and pepper to start you off. We always leave a breakfast pack of fresh local bread, home made jam, butter and milk.
A folding guest bed can be put up in the sitting room or master bedroom for a fifth person which is fine for a night or two, but unless a young child, it is not ideally suited for five people.

What this place offers

Lake access
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with standard cable/satellite
Washing machine
Private backyard – Fully fenced
Indoor fireplace
Luggage drop-off allowed

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Where you’ll be

East Knoyle, United Kingdom

The cottage is set in the beautiful village of East Knoyle (birthplace of Sir Christopher Wren) on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, amid rolling scenery. The village has an award winning community shop (a few yards from the cottage) and an excellent pub, as well as a playground and endless footpaths through fields and woods for dog walking.
If you wish to explore the West Country there are few better places to be situated. The Georgian city of Bath is 20 miles away, Salisbury 17 miles, the hilltop town of Shaftesbury with it's famous monastery ruins and Gold Hill is 4 miles and the Jurassic coast an hour's drive. Longleat and Centre Parks is only 8 miles away. There are numerous stately homes (Longleat, being the most famous and also Stourhead National Trust), castles and gardens within easy striking distance, some a couple of miles from the cottage and superb gastro pubs and restaurants nearby.
There is plenty of information in the cottage and suggestions of where to visit, where to eat and where to shop.

Just an hour away is the New Forest which is great to explore on foot or by bike. There are maps in the house and you can rent bikes at the wonderfully helpful Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley where there are also loads of cafes, pubs & shops.

Flying Experiences at Compton Abbas Airfield - from flying in vintage aircraft and driving classic cars to the airfield for champagne lunch... and flying lessons.

Dorset Art Weeks: For two weeks every year (Typically end of May & beginning June) Artists all over Dorset open up their homes and studios to visitors to browse their work, learn about their techniques and inspiration and purchase direct from the artists themselves.

There are also two extraordinary contemporary galleries with excellent cafes/restaurants nearby - Messums in Tisbury and Hauser and Wirth in Bruton - both definitely worth a visit.

Hosted by Vanessa

  1. Joined in July 2014
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Hello, we are a family with two children and live about 3 miles from the cottage. We are passionate about providing the best holiday we can for our guests and have been letting our cottage since May 2016. We are always on hand to answer any questions or give you any help we can - perhaps now more than ever when life is now straight forward since Covid-19. We have a wealth of local knowledge from pubs offering take away services to the best walks to do, so please do get in touch pre booking with any questions!
Hello, we are a family with two children and live about 3 miles from the cottage. We are passionate about providing the best holiday we can for our guests and have been letting our…

During your stay

We live very nearby and are on hand to help and advise any time you need us. We will leave the key in a designated place for you and can easily come and see you later if you would like information on the area. We are able to stock your fridge if you wish - please talk to us about this at the time of booking.
We live very nearby and are on hand to help and advise any time you need us. We will leave the key in a designated place for you and can easily come and see you later if you would…

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House rules

Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 11:00
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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Carbon monoxide alarm
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