Stour Provost, Dorset Cottages
Vale Cottage is a gorgeous period, terraced stone property is situated on a quiet 'no-through' street in the centre of this small North Dorset country village. Stour Provost lies 4 miles west of the ancient hill top town of Shaftesbury. Dating back to the 16th century, the cottage exudes "olde world" character and charm with an impressive 'listed' inglenook in the sitting room and a secluded, quiet garden at the rear. Well presented and tastefully decorated, the cottage will suit a small family but is also ideal for a couple wishing to explore this wonderful part of southern England. There is a main line station from London at Gillingham 3.5 miles away.
Entrance leading directly into the sitting room with an ancient, feature inglenook containing a woodburner; dining area and under stairs recess for coats/boots etc. at the other end of the room. Spacious and very light fitted kitchen with breakfast bar at the back of the cottage and access out to the garden. Downstairs wc.
Stairs with stairgate at the bottom lead up to the first floor landing and three bedrooms;
Bedroom one; a kingsize double (5ft)
Bedroom two; double with 4ft 6 bed
Bedroom three; single
Bathroom with shower above the bath, wc and heated towel rail
The secluded rear garden has a small paved area with table and chairs from where steps lead up to a lawned area with shrubs, flower borders and hedging. Street parking to the front of the cottage.
Woodburner. Babies welcome, travel cot and stair gate provided. Farm shop and cafe 1 mile. Pub 1 mile. Waitrose Supermarket 3.5 miles. Sorry no pets. No smoking.
This part of Dorset is known as the Blackmore Vale, 'the Vale of the Dairies' as it is referred to in the novels of Thomas Hardy. Country walks are plentiful here. You can follow the Stour Valley Way, which you can access at the end of the street, wander along the banks of the River Stour as it meanders its way southwards to Christchurch on the Dorset coast. Explore Dorset's great chalk ridges. Hambledon Hill with its iron age fort, Melbury Beacon near Shaftesbury and Bulbarrow Hill which offers magnificent views right across the county. Visitor attractions in the area are plentiful too: magnificent houses and gardens at Stourhead, Montacute and Kingston Lacy, the historic town of Sherborne with its ancient abbey and castles and the nearby Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury famous for Gold Hill, the steep cobbled street immortalised in the 1973 Hovis advert. Travelling further afield, a 'must' for a day's excursion is Dorset's Jurassic coastline stretching from Studland Bay and Poole Harbour in the east, to Lyme Regis in the west.
"Beautiful cottage , excellent communication with hosts "Swain