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.
Beautiful, Cosy & Tastefuly Decorated With Perfect Location for Visiting Dorest
- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Nov 2018
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 Fifehead Magdalen
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.
Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings
Absolutely charming cottage in a beautiful village, tucked away in the rolling Dorset hills. We had a fantastic stay here and Stewart was very helpful
A unique cottage in a beautiful peaceful location
We only stayed four days but could have stayed for ever! The cottage is full of books and artifacts from the owners travels,so interesting and completely unique. If you can drag yourself away from the cottage it's well situated for exploring both Dorset and Wiltshire with many lovely walks on the doorstep too.
Lovely place to stay
What an amazing home to have the privilege of staying in. We felt relaxed as soon as we arrived. The owner, Stanley, gave great instructions on how to find the property and how to access it. When it was time to come home, we were reluctant to leave, not only was the cottage beautiful but the surroundings were great as well. Would love to visit the area again and would definitely come back to Stanley's cottage.
Beautiful, interesting cottage in a great and quiet location
An interesting place to stay full of books and unusual items from all over the world. Quite spacious with a secluded back garden and delightful forest walks nearby. A great place to stay to explore Dorset and Somerset.
Charming comfort in rural Dorset
Everything about this cottage was an absolute delight, so much so it's probably best kept as a secret !
Beautifully comfortable cottage in tranquil surroundings close to local attractions.
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!!!
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.
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.
Additional pricing information
A cleaning fee of £40 will be added to any rental fees.