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Beautiful rural cottage with swimming pool on Dorset/Wiltshire border

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,230 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Country cottage with a boutique feel, set in a stunning rural setting near park

Wise Cottage is a 250 year old cottage with a boutique feel and sweeping views over fields, situated in a beautiful village near Shaftesbury, Dorset. A few yards from the shop is an excellent playground and our award winning village shop.

The cottage has been furnished with antiques, carefully chosen pieces from our travels abroad, soft rugs and comfortable furniture to make a stay as wonderful as possible. The cottage is close to Longleat, Stone Henge, the Georgian City of Bath and the beautiful Dorset coast. (We are happy to accept well behaved dogs).

The cottage sleeps four comfortably and five cozily, 2 bedrooms, 1 large master bedroom with a super kingsize bed and a small bedroom with adult bunks. A guest bed can be put up in the main bedroom or the sitting room for a fifth guest (there is not room in the bunk room for the extra bed).

The cottage includes a wood burner, super fast Wifi and garden. 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 high quality Vi Spring mattress, high quality microfibre duvets and bed linens. The second bedroom has full size bunk beds. Polished wooden floors, Roger Oates runners, sisal flooring and oak floorboards. The bathroom has a pressurised shower and bath. There are plenty of towels provided as well as a wonderful organic bath and body range. The bathroom is situated downstairs opposite the kitchen.

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, 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 logs (extra logs can be supplied for a further price), iPod dock, Roberts radio, smart TV, fluffy towels, high quality linen, bathrobes, high quality bath and body range of products.

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, olive oil and salt and pepper to start you off. We always leave a welcome pack such as fresh local bread, home made jam, butter and milk.

Guests are welcome to use the swimming pool in our garden, a few metres walk from the cottage, we use it when you are not, so it is available for your private use at many times through the day (heated from mid May to end of September).

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Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Vanessa

Hi! We are Vanessa and Bruce and we have two children. We live in the most stunning part of the English countryside, on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset. The area is typified by tight valleys, rolling hills and huge views. We moved here from London 10 years ago to bring up our family. Vanessa organises African safaris and Bruce is a motor racing journalist. We have a huge appetite for foreign travel and love interiors - hence our addiction of making the cottage the most idyllic and inspirational place to stay!

Vanessa purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Vanessa chose East Knoyle

We bought Wise Cottage in March 2016 as a holiday let. It is situated at the top of our garden, which runs steeply up from our own house. It's origins date back probably about 300 years, it is typical of the small cottages found in this area, originally a tied cottage to the large estate in the village. The views from the cottage are gorgeous, the cottage space is charming and cozy and we just knew it would be a perfect place for rural holidays.

What makes this cottage unique

The location means that one is within easy reach of numerous places, the Georgian city of Bath, Stone Henge, Longleat (the finest Elizabethan house in England), the Dorset coast line, Lyme Regis, Roman hill forts, beautiful market towns and London is still only two hours away.

Walks from the cottage are beautiful.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Vanessa's cottage truly was the most idyllic setting for a rural weekend escape. Beautifully styled and terrifically equipped. We were welcomed by a glowing fire and the lamps switched on making it incredibly cosy and inviting. Our hosts were so helpful during our stay and in the lead up to it, nothing was too much trouble. The surrounding villages are just beautiful and all the locals were incredibly friendly, adding to our experience. My friends and I had such a fun time and we cannot wait to come back and stay again. Thank you and see you soon!
Feb 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in East Knoyle in North Dorset District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1230 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The bathroom has an over bath shower, heated towel rail, fluffy bathmat and towels and high quality organic bath and body product range.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , It is a Super King sized bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Bunk Bed
  • The master bedroom has a superb super king size bed with a 2000 spring Vi Spring mattress, high quality bed linens and duvets, soft Moroccan rug and antique pieces. There is a Roberts radio, radiator, chest of drawers and bedside tables with lamps. The smaller bedroom has full size bunk beds with same quality beelinen and duvets. A fifth bed can be put up in the master bedroom.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Beautiful rural cottage with swimming pool on Dorset/Wiltshire border
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

A lovely and well set up cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely little cottage and is well appointed and comfortable.

It was a little chilly when we arrived but the log burner soon raised the temperature although we did get through quite a few logs over the weekend (typical bank holiday weather!).

Vanessa was very helpful and we recommend this cottage if you're seeking a little rural charm.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: many thanks for your lovely review Adrian, so glad you enjoyed it and only wish the weather had been better!
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A cosy weekend away

  • 5 of 5

A great little property and perfect for a getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable cottage. Very friendly and helpful owner.

  • 5 of 5

Sympathetic restoration and updating of a workers' cottage. Beds are warm and comfy. The people in the village are very welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peacefull lovely warm house

  • 5 of 5

The small cottage in East Knoyle felt like home. Outside it was very cold, but the cottage was cosy and warm, even the sleeping rooms. We found things for our first breakfast. There are boos, games, WiFi and a good tv. The owners are very kind and the people too

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review Titus. We very much hope you are able to return later this year perhaps.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Bristol airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Fox and Hounds Pub, East Knoyle
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Rushmore Golf Club
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Studland, Dorset
Car: necessary

The area near Shaftesbury on the Wiltshire/Dorset border is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The village of East Knoyle, birth place of Sir Christopher Wren, is charming. There is an excellent community run village shop (less than 100 yards from your door and often compared to a mini Fortnums!), a convivial pub serving excellent food, a well equipped playground with football pitch (again less than 100 yards from the cottage), and endless walks through woods and fields.

Shaftesbury itself (4 miles away) stands 700 feet above sea level with views over the Blackmore Vale. It is a two hour drive from London, a 50 minute drive from Bath, the coast is an hour away and there are numerous places to visit:

Stonehenge (30 mins)

Sherborne Abbey (30 mins)

Salisbury Cathedral and Close (40 mins)

Wardour Castle (15 mins)

Stourhead House and Gardens (25 mins)

Longleat House (20 mins)

Larmer Tree Gardens (20 mins)

Bath (50 mins)

Kingston Lacey (45 mins)

The ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey (15 mins)

Corfe Castle (1 hour)

Studland beach (1 hour)

The cottage is in an ideal location if planning on attending any events, some of which are below:

The Chalk Valley History Festival (27 June-3 July)

The Larmer Tree Festival (13-17 July)

The Shaftesbury Food Festival (usually in May)

Frome Independent Market -a fabulous food fair which is staged the first Sunday of each month.

In the summer there are many National Garden Scheme gardens to visit and village fetes are to be found nearly every weekend.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £35
Pet Fee £20
Damage Deposit £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.