The Music Room, is in close proximity of The Manor House and surrounded by the walled garden which encompasses both properties. It enjoys its own private terrace with a table and chairs and a BBQ.
Cottage in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England - Stunning Location Within Easy Reach Of Town Centre And Open Countryside In Shaftesbury, Dorset
- Calendar last updated:
- 6 Dec 2018
About Caroline Tolfree
We have lived in The Manor House, St James Street, Shaftesbury since 2003. I am a nurse working both in a private hospital and a private Medical and laser clinic. I have got three grown up children who return frequently, such is their love of the area and all it has to offer. Hopeless and Pig are our 2 yellow Labradors who are very much part of the family !
Caroline Tolfree purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Caroline Tolfree chose Shaftesbury
The beauty of our property is its age and character and its prime location at the foot of the famous Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. Our house was built in 1604 and The Music Room was the original Coach House for The Manor House. The Music room was converted in the Spring of 2013 to a luxury holiday let for 2 people or a couple with a baby. The Music room enjoys close proximity to the Saxon town of Shaftesbury and yet within 5 minutes walk to the beautiful rolling countryside of the Blackmore Vale.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Music Room has been fitted to a very high standard and benefits from being a 5 minute walk to the local pub. From there it is a short but steep walk up the famous Gold Hill, renowned for the Hovis advert . This is the most beautiful street ...... a step back in time . Once you have reached the top of Gold Hill you are in the centre of this Anglo Saxon town. Shaftesbury is steeped in history and tradition and is one of the oldest and highest towns in England and it dominates what Hardy called the 'engirdled and secluded Blackmore Vale'. At the top of Gold Hill you must sit back and enjoy the stunning views whilst tasting the fabulous fayre on offer at The Salt Cellar Cafe. Shaftesbury and the surrounding area has so much to offer as listed and described later.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Quiet clean, great welcome
Great place to stay, especially with the dog, as the courtyard was enclosed and safe, and a really handy walk across fields nearby. Lovely old town centre only a short walk away. Very comfortable stay thank you
Hidden Gem Of Shaftsbury
Booked this self catering converted building as we went to the Dorset Steam Rally. What a nice little suprise it was, and more to the point it was dog friendly.
We stayed the weekend, facilities were great, great nights sleep provided by a wonderful bed. Was able to park out front of the property and was a very quite location. With a 10 to 15 minute stroll you were in the town center.....Even up the famous Hovis advert, Gold Hill
Would rebook this when going down that way again.
Only down side, no wardrobes..... but then no room as bedroom was in the attic.... didn't bother either of us.
Lovely. Spotlessly clean and perfectly situated
Really comfy bed, lovely power shower and a little patio to sit out on. Shaftesbury is on a big hill, so an uphill walk from the cottage to the town, but boy are the views worth it! We visited Compton Acres, which is a simply wonderful garden. We went to Sherbourne and walked the pretty streets. We did walks round Shaftesbury and relaxed in the cosy lounge in the evenings. There was everything we needed in the kitchen and we relaxed and slept really well in the big comfy bed. Highly recommend!
Excellent location and beautifully appointed!
The cottage is located at the western end of Shaftesbury, about 10 minutes walk into the town centre. The area is very quiet and peaceful. The cottage itself is a delight. Comfy bed and high standard of furnishings. There is a nice patio area for dining "al fresco" in the Summer.
A great place to use as a base and visit beautiful Dorset!
Lovely well situated property!
What a beautiful place to stay. Very clean and such a very special venue. Caroline is very friendly and made sure our stay was perfect. Can't recommend enough. Would definitely stay again.
Special interest holidays:
We are fortunate to be surrounded by stunning walking routes in all directions and there are ordnance survey maps in the Music room for you to enjoy.
Sherborne Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral are 15 and 20 miles away respectively.
Not far from Shaftesbury is the world heritage site of the wonderful Jurassic Coastline of Bournemouth Poole and Swanage are 30 miles away.
Studland beach, Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island are all worth a visit and are 35 miles away.
The nearest airport to Shaftesbury is Bournemouth (30 miles), Bristol and Exeter (1 hour 30 min.)
Gillingham, Dorset train station (7 miles from Shaftesbury).
Car hire recommended but not essential as nearest shops are within 10 minute walk.
Shaftesbury 5 minute walk. Please note the steep ascent.
Sherborne 15 miles
Salisbury 20 miles
Stonehenge 25 miles
Bath 32 miles
Longleat Safari Park 13 miles
Stourhead House and gardens 11 miles
Corfe Castle 30 miles
Tank Museum and Monkey world at Bovington 27 miles
Larmer Tree gardens 10 miles
Old Wardour Castle 7 miles
Kingston Lacey House 19 miles
Wilton House 18 miles
We are fortunate to have a wonderful range of pubs, cafes and restaurants both in Shaftesbury and the local surrounding area.
In Shaftesbury there is a Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurant.
Several pubs and cafes and a delightful delicatessen which is also a bistro and sells the best cheese for miles.
There is an excellent butcher, green grocer and wine merchant, a large tesco store and co-operative both of which are open 7 days a week.
There are a range of banks, gift shop, Shaftesbury Art Centre, Tourist information Centre, Pharmacy and Medical Centre and Vet.
There is a fresh fish market every Thursday morning in Shaftesbury.
There are tempting clothes shops for both men and women.
Please note that there will be a charge of £20 per week if you are bringing dogs.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: A 50% deposit is requested at the time of booking with the balance of payment due 9 weeks prior to arrival. Payment is requested either by cheque or BACS transfer. A deposit of £100 will also be requested at the time of booking which will be fully refunded once the property has been inspected at the end of your stay. Cancellation Fees More than 70 days- full refund 29-70 days- 50% refund 15-28 days - 25% refund 14 days or less 10% refund On arrival or later than 14 days - nil refund Changeover Day: Friday but possible flexibility at the discretion of the owner. You are asked to vacate The Music Room by 10 AM and are welcome to arrive any time after 3PM. Notes on prices: Short breaks will be considered on request