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Gorgeous 2 Bedroom Country Cottage With Lovely Garden Views & Great Location

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Beautiful, Cosy & Tastefuly Decorated With Perfect Location for Visiting Dorest

This beautiful terrace cottage is owned by a renowned travel writer & contains decorations from all over the world - as well as a myriad of books! There are 2 bedrooms, a cosy lounge with open fire and a large airy kitchen & dining area. French windows lead from the kitchen to the garden which is small, a little wild, but much loved -- there is plenty of room to have lunch outside but you might struggle to organize a five-a-side football tournament. There are beautiful views from the end of the garden southwards towards the Dorset Downs. As well as the kitchen and living room, the downstairs has a small book-lined library, a bedroom with two single beds and a guest loo. Upstairs is a large landing with a divan or day bed that could be used to accommodate a fifth person, or perhaps just for afternoon naps, a double bedroom and a large family bathroom with bath, sink, bidet and shower. The house stands on a quiet road on the edge of an even quieter village. There are plenty of walks from the front door. There is WiFi throughout the house, TV and DVD, a stereo system for CD's and all necessary equipment and facilities, including a gas hob, in a well-stocked kitchen. Weekly guests will find a welcome pack of essentials on arrival to get them started, including a bottle of wine, and the kitchen contains all the usual stuff like tea, coffee, salt, pepper, olive oil, etc etc that guests are welcome to use.

Stanley Stewart
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

About Stanley Stewart

I am travel writer and author. I was born in Ireland, grew up in Canada but have lived all my adult life in England. When I am not travelling, I currently divide my time between Rome and the UK.

As well as three travel books, I write regularly for most of the national newspapers in the UK including the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times as well as for National Geographic Traveler in the States. I am a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller UK.

Stanley Stewart purchased this house in 2002

Why Stanley Stewart chose Dorset

When I moved out of London, after thirty years there, I fell for Dorset simply before it was so beautiful. I had travelled here before, and I found myself coming back again and again. It is one of the most rural counties in England, and the only one with no motorways. There are also no cities other than Bournemouth down on the coast. It is a landscape of green rolling hills and small quirky villages -- a storybook landscape -- and I love it. I find the beauty of the area inspires me every day, and my cottage is the perfect quiet hideaway from where I could work, and from where I can explore one of the loveliest parts of England.

What makes this house unique

This house is a real home. I live here on the rare occassions when I am in the UK. All the pesonal stuff of course may have been cleared away for rental but the house will have a homely cozy lived-in feeling rather than the rather spartan hollow atmosphere of some rental properties. I love it and I hope you will too. There is lots of wonderful walks from the front door, and our road is part of the National Cycle Way. There are at least a half dozen wonderful gastro pubs with seriously good food close to hand, and it is an area to explore -- with lots to see and do.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fifehead Magdalen in North Dorset District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Gorgeous 2 Bedroom Country Cottage With Lovely Garden Views & Great Location
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Charming comfort in rural Dorset

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this cottage was an absolute delight, so much so it's probably best kept as a secret !

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Beautifully comfortable cottage in tranquil surroundings close to local attractions.

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed from the moment we entered the cottage. The kitchen diner was extremely well equipped and perfect for cooking and chatting. We loved the decor of the cottage and both bedrooms were a good size and very comfortable. Loving the day bed on the upstairs landing for afternoon reading/snoozing! We had a rotten days weather on the Sunday we were there but somehow it didn't seem to matter. We lit the fire and watched a movie.....perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. Shaftsbury and Sherborne are a short drive away and well worth a visit. We will certainly return to the area and would be delighted to stay at the cottage again.

In summary, a fantastic cottage that I would recommend to anyone!!

PS I should mention the books!! No need to take any reading material with you as there are thousands!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very pleasant stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is an architecturally interesting house with a homelike feel. The back bench along the rear of the property has nice views over the surrounding fields and is a nice place to rest or have a morning cup of coffee. The house has a very usable kitchen, nice eating area, and a comfortable sitting area. Good instructions and information on the local area were left for us by the owner. Although there aren't any stores or eating establishments within walking distance, there are plenty within a short drive. I would recommend this location to friends and relatives.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

The house is truly lovely. It is located in a small, rural village and has a great view over the Blackmore Vale. The house is well kept and beautifully decorated with souvenirs the owner brought home from obviously many travels araund the world. The house is full of the most interesting books. You'll find novels you wanted to read for a long time, books you loved and read some time ago, a lot of poems and a great deal of books about Dorset. We felt very much at home and the rainy days were as lovely as the sunny days, when we roamed the area via footpathes or visited the most beautiful manors and huge houses around. The recommendations in the leaflet, the owner provides, are very good. A wonderful holiday! We were very sad, when we had to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pastoral Setting - Lovely Home

  • 5 of 5

We were here a week in June/July. Lovely, pastoral setting with phenomenal views of the rolling countryside from the back yard and upstairs Master Bedroom and bath. Quiet country village convenient to Sherbourne, Marnhull and Shaftsbury.

The cottage is very homey and comfortable, with totally updated kitchen and baths. Wi-Fi quick and easy to connect. Top of the line appliances. Skylight in the dining room/kitchen made this our favorite sun-filled room: lovely! French doors open off the kitchen into a magical garden -- made for a couple of great naps on sunny days. The home is full of books... if you love books and/or libraries, you will have a hard time tearing yourself away for walks through the wonderful countryside.

Things we wish we knew before renting: next door neighbor has 6 tracking dogs kept outside in his back yard in kennels... they howl a bit at 5 a.m. and a bit throughout the day... never more than a few minutes at a time.

For our 14 week holiday in Britain, we let (rented) 14 cottages/holiday homes for a week each in small towns throughout Southwest England and Wales -- Stanley's cottage was one of our favorites due to its character, skylight, high quality kitchen & bath, fast wifi, comfy furnishings, modern upgrades, owner communication and pastoral location.

Terry Hunefeld & Ann Dunham, California

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Characterful Cottage in a Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

Booking through the website was painless and Stanley, the owner, provided plenty of updates and directions before we arrived. When we opened the cottage door for the first time what struck us was that it is larger than it seemed on the website with a very good sized and well equipped kitchen diner extension at the rear. It is also full of character with a homely rustic feel and as the owner is a writer, a vast selection of books all around the house including plenty of interest to visitors wishing to explore the area which we found very useful. The bottom of the garden offers a beautiful view across open fields towards small towns in the distance with a nice bench on offer for those lingering with a glass of wine. Two comfy bedrooms. Generously sized bathroom with a large bath and separate power shower. Stanley had very kindly left us with a basket of some veg and snacks, along with milk in the fridge and a bottle of wine so we didn't need to rush out for supplies as soon as we arrived. The cottage made an excellent base for exploring, in particular as it is very close to the county border, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. There are a great many National Trust sites to visit along with other historic and ancient attractions such as Stonehenge. The coast is around an hour away. Plenty of nice country gastro pubs from as little as five minutes away offering very good food. Supermarkets 15-20mins away. There is walking on offer from the doorstep. We had a fantastic week and would go again, perhaps even for a winter break.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and London
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ship Inn
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Gillingham, Dorset, a mainline to London Waterloo
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ship Inn, The Udder Farm Shop Cafe
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Burton Bradstock
Car: necessary

Fifehead Magdalen is a quiet village in a wonderful position in North Dorset close to the Wiltshire and Somerset borders. It is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (see www.anob.org.uk) with great opportunities for walking, and is superb base for exploring the West Country. Fifehead is ten minutes from Shaftesbury and 15 from Sherborne, both charming Dorset towns with funky independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Longleat Safari Park, Salisbury, Bruton, Blandford Forum and the wonderful National Trust gardens at Stourhead are all close at hand while Stonehenge, Cerne Abbas, Bath, Bristol, Glastonbury, Wells, Purbeck, Lyme Regis, the New Forest, and Dorset's Jurassic Coast make easy day excursions. There are shops, gastro pubs, restaurants, and more National Trust properties in the area while Fifehead Wood, a conserved woodland, is right on the edge of the village. There is a wonderful farm shop nearby and plenty of local supermarkets. My own idea of a perfect day is a morning in Sherborne, checking out the glorious Abbey and the shops, then a walk on the ridges above Corton Denham, with stunning views towards Glastonbury Tor and Alfred's Tower, followed by lunch at the Queens Arms, a wonderful gastro pub, and then perhaps trip down to Golden Cap on the sea to hike along the Jurassic Coast with dinner in West Bay or Lyme Regis. Or even better in another great gastro pub like the Stapleton Arms in Buckhorn Weston (5 minutes away) or the Museum Tavern up in Farnham on Cranborne Chase. Or an evening in Bath (50 minutes away) to take in a play at the Theatre Royal.

Other Ideas:

New Forest Cycling: www.forestleisurecycling.co.uk 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 www.comptonabbasairfield.co.uk From flying in vintage aircraft and driving classic cars to the airfield for champagne lunch... and flying lessons.

Dorset Art Weeks: www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fifehead Magdalen, West Country

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
13 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £40
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Pet Fee £30

A cleaning fee of £40 will be added to any rental fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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