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Ryecross Farm Cottage in Shaftesbury, Dorset

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

Ryecross Farm Cottage description

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Ryecross Farm Cottage is just half a mile from Shaftesbury, surrounded by idyllic farmland. Built in stone, the cottage has recently been converted to offer accommodation for up to 4 people, all on one level. There is a shared garden that offers fantastic views across the Blackmore Vale and the potential for al fresco dining during the summer months. The owner also owns a private fishing lake which you can use through prior arrangement. This cottage offers a haven in which to get away from it all but, if you are seeking night-life or a restaurant, then Shaftesbury is within easy access.

It was founded 1100 years ago by King Alfred who built a fortified settlement here ad went on to build the Abbey which draws tourists throughout the year. Gold Hill is one of the most famous locations in Shaftesbury and in one of the cottages that sits on its top, you'll find the Town Museum which holds samples of the buttons which once made Shaftesbury so famous. Lying on the border of Wiltshire, staying in Shaftesbury also puts you within easy reach of other attractions, such as Stonehenge, the Compton Abbas airfield and the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth. About 5 miles north-east of Shaftesbury are the remains of Wardour Castle, which has never been restored since it was besieged during the English Civil War. Half an hour away are the fossilised beaches of Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

Explore the fossils and stunning beaches of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, visit historic Sherborne and Shaftesbury, or enjoy the footpaths, country lanes and thatched-roof pubs Dorset offers.


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  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
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  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV

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Mr Plowman
October 2014
Perfect quiet retreat, would certainly consider staying again.
Miss Nuttall
June 2016
A quiet cottage with beautiful views.
Mrs Reynolds
June 2014
The views from the cottage are amazing, the cottage itself is very cosy and comfortable. Ideally situated to visit places of interest. The peace and quiet is unbeatable and the owner is very helpful and charming. I would highly recommend a stay at this cottage to family and friends.
Mrs McCleam
April 2014
The accommodation was very cosy and comfortable. Beautiful views of countryside and wildlife. The owner of the cottage was very friendly and helpful.
Mr Howe
September 2012
A good view and extremely quiet. Pictures of the cottage do not do it justice, it is better than the pictures on the web site!
Mrs Scott
June 2013
The cottage was ideally located for the area we wanted to visit. It was peaceful and the view was fantastic. We enjoyed watching the rabbits playing outside the window.
Mr Vallance
February 2011
Quiet, clean and bright! Easy access to Shaftesbury. Friendly, helpful owners and wonderful views!
Miss Wakeman
May 2011
Views from the property, quiet location and the privacy afforded by the landlord. The landlord and his dog, Alfie, were very welcoming.
Mrs Davies
July 2011
A really lovely cottage with everything we needed. Very clean, comfortable and relaxing. It was so nice to have the french doors out into the garden, with views to die for!
Mr Freeman
October 2011
A very good setting; roomy accommodation of a high standard in a quiet location. The owner was very helpful and his little dog Alfie, plus the hen, greeted us every evening when we returned from our outings. The let was good value for money and we will have no hesitation in reccommending it to family and friends. Thanks!
Mr Pask
July 2012
We particularly liked the deer in the field next to the cottage and the fox going by the woods by the field. The buzzard on the nest was in view from the lounge through the French windows, and the walks nearby were nice - the place had peace and quiet at all times.
Mr James
September 2010
The cottage had beautiful surroundings with a view across the Blackmoor Vale. It was peaceful and we had good weather to assist our visits to the coast and country, including some interesting towns and villages.
Mr Cook
September 2009
The cottage was very nice and the location, garden and views were good.
Mrs Samuels
November 2009
The view was beautiful and the owner was very pleasant.
Mrs Milton
July 2010
The views from the cottage and the friendly owner. The weather! Excellent base for sightseeing.
Mr Rogers
July 2008
The owner of the property and his dog (Alfie) are very friendly. Very quiet and peaceful place.
Mr Brandl
July 2009
It was a fine small house with a rather quiet surrounding and would recommend to families with children.
Miss Chapman
August 2009
Looked over the Blackmoor Vale. Nice and quiet, a good base to explore from.
Mrs Comerford
November 2005
The cottage was very relaxing and ideal for a get away from it all break. Owners very friendly and welcoming on arrival.
Mr Evans
July 2006
The warmth and friendliness we received from the owner on our arrival made for the start of a brilliant week. The area is excellent for a quiet and relaxing time but if you need the night life then you can go into Shaftsbury.
Mr Ebrey
April 2007
Very quiet...
Mr Hughes
September 2006
Excellent position very pleasant owner.
Mr Norton
October 2006
Quiet and peaceful rural position. Excellent views. Friendly welcome from owner on our second visit. Good centre for touring and convenient for shops and pubs.
Mrs Blakey
September 2005
The cottage was extremely clean and welcoming, with exceptional views across the countryside. Fresh flowers, and lots of sight-seeing literature were great. The furniture was comfortable, and of really good standard, particularly the beds.
November 2010
Ryecross was a clean well;appointed and comfortable cottage with avery pleasant outlook over the Blackmoor Vale. We enjoyed our very much in the local area and beyond to the coast. It helped to have good weather, but the cottage was of such a standard that if we had to stay in all day it would have been equally enjoyable. The only minor complaint was the lack of a large frying pan. Instructions for the microwave would have been helpful.
December 2011
Cottage was very good, in a quiet location, with lovely views and easy access by car to Shaftesbury and other Dorset attractions. November weather was kind - sunny. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury (location of Hovis advert) is worth visiting with good eating places at the top and bottom of the hill! Also walked around Shear Water (towards Warminster) and had a fascinating visit to the Cafe at Compton Abbass Airfield - good value with a good view of light aircraft activity. Also went to Bath Christmas Fayre - very crowded and parking not easy.
Mr Yorke
May 2005
Very quiet and peaceful location. Beautiful views across the Dorset hill from the windows. Very friendly host.
Mr Lillywhite
August 2005
The owner was a lovely man who made us very welcome and the view was incredible.
Mr Norton
December 2004
Excellent welcome from the owner on arrival, and friendly contacts during the week. Very good touring centre. Very good inn less than half a mile away, roomy car park and good choice of menus.
Mrs Bowman
December 2004
Excellent views - very quiet peaceful location although only a few minutes drive into Shaftesbury. Local supermarkets nearby. Owner very helpful and friendly. It was an absolute pleasure to stay in his cottage and a very enjoyable holiday.
Mr Ives
August 2006
Located on a quite and peaceful farm this comfortable cottage is ideal for exploring most of Wessex. The host is interesting to know and can be helpful in visting the local area. Very enjoyable, relaxing and a nice change for City dwellers.
Mr Platt
February 2005
Overall we were absolutely delighted with the property, a superb view, very comfortable, a very pleasant and hepful owner and we are definately going back to the cottage, hopefully this summer.
Mr McIntosh
December 2004
Very peaceful, excellent outlook, bright and airy. The owner was unobtrusive but helpful when asked. The children loved the friendly dogs and variety of farm animals. Very well placed to explore Dorset, New Forest, Poole beaches, Somerset & beyond.
David R
October 2016
Our break here was great. The cottage is well placed for access to a beautiful part of the country. Many excellent places to visit and great walks to be had. We saw some fantastic sunsets over the hills and valleys just sitting in the sitting room. The only slight reservation is that exiting the property onto a busy, narrow road with high hedges was a little nerve-racking, otherwise I would have given 5 stars.
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