Abbotts Cottage

Stour Provost, Dorset
Price: £463-£779 per week
Sleeps: 2/3 or 2 plus cot
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
  • Beautifully appointed period cottage along a country lane, 4 miles from Shaftesbury
  • Sitting room with Jotul woodburning stove
  • Smart, fully fitted kitchen/dining room
  • Private, west facing garden
  • Sorry no pets
  • Non-smoking

What our guests say

Peaceful cottage down a quiet country lane. Lovely cottage with fantastic facilities - everything that you might need is provided and so much thought has been put into everything....

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The price for your stay will be £365

Price includes a special offer discount of £64 (15%) off the normal rental of £429


15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 28th October


Named after the family that lived here for four generations, Abbotts Cottage is a beautifully appointed cottage, perfect for two people and quietly situated along a winding country lane in the parish of Stour Provost, 3½ miles from Gillingham (main line railway station to London) and 4 miles from the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury.

The west end of the cottage has recently been completely refurbished and harmoniously extended to provide a self-catering cottage to a particularly high specification. The accommodation is a contrast of old and new; the original part – sitting room and both bedrooms – is simple, unfussy yet full of charm, while the extension, comprising a light, spacious and very well equipped dining room, leading out to the garden, is contemporary in style with a polished, limestone floor, honed granite work surfaces and integral appliances. There is also a brand new a shower room/wc.

Stour Provost lies in the valley of the River Stour, some eight miles south of its source at Stourhead (National Trust), where magnificent gardens and lakes were laid out in the 18th century. Following the Stour on its journey south will bring you to the large natural harbour of Poole on the Dorset coast with the whole of the magnificent World Heritage Jurassic coastline stretching westwards from here. Inland, there are plenty of visitor attractions within easy driving distance of the village – Old Wardour Castle, Sherborne Castles (‘old’ and ‘new’), Kingston Lacy, The Cerne Abbas Giant, Longleat, Wilton House to name but a few. There’s some stunning, surrounding countryside to explore too - the ancient, sparsely populated Cranborne Chase, the great chalk ridges, which afford magnificent views across Dorset, and the fertile, low lying, Blackmoor Vale.


Attached on one side to the owner's property but offering ample privacy to its guests, Abbotts Cottage provides excellent accommodation for a couple with a single chair bed offering sleeping for an additional guest.

Entrance from the garden into a small lobby (NB. low doorway). Sitting room with Jotul woodburning stove and window seat. Smart, fully fitted kitchen/dining room with French windows leading out to a private, west facing garden with paved patio area, barbecue and orchard beyond. Downstairs shower room/wc. Enclosed, twisty staircase from sitting room (NB. steep, narrow treads) leading directly into an enchanting double bedroom, which in turn leads through to a 2nd bedroom/dressing room with single chair bed or space for a cot.


  • Woodburning stove
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Logs, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Cot & high chair
  • Single chair bed
  • Colour TV DVD player
  • Radio/CD player/Ipod dock
  • Local farm shop/cafe 1 mile with WiFi access available
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Auto washing machine/tumble dryer
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Local farm shop/café 1 mile
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Main line train station 3 ½ miles
  • NB some low beams and doorways
  • Non-smokers only
  • Sorry no pets


What our guests say

Superb Cottage

Peaceful cottage down a quiet country lane. Lovely cottage with fantastic facilities - everything that you might need is provided and so much thought has been put into everything. The garden is a haven for wildlife and we spent most of the time bird watching! We would highly recommend this cottage and I'm sure we will stay again.

Guests' review on TripAdvisor, 08 August 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

Perfectly situated, superbly equipped

Ideally situated, near Shaftesbury and within easy reach of range of areas of interest, such as Jurassic Coast, Sherborne, Corfe, Win Green and Melbury Downs, Stonehenge, Avebury, Iron Age Hillforts and unspoilt countryside. A very cosy, warm cottage, superbly equipped, with washer dryer, fully equipped kitchen, TV etc - even various board games - the owners have put a lot of thought into ensuring a great stay. Spent Christmas at this wonderful cottage, and enjoyed a very relaxing, cosy break. Thoughtful touches from the owner (card and Christmas cake) rounded off my stay.

Guests' review on TripAdvisor, 30 December 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Well-equipped and very lovely cottage

We enjoyed our stay very much in this cosy and very comfortable cottage. The modern kitchen is very well-equipped with everything you need for preparing hot and cold meals. The dining area with the wonderful view of the patio and garden is very light and pleasant. It's a real home from home. Anabel is a very kind and helpful landlady. Thank you very much for two wonderful holiday weeks.

Guest from Germany's review on TripAdvisor 19 June 2016. 5 of 5 stars.
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Our second visit

This was our second visit in seven months so it must be good ! So peaceful and relaxing but weather rather unseasonal this week. We look forward to visit number three.

Mr and Mrs Cooper, May 2016 .

Lovely cottage with rural charm

Searching a home base for Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, Abbotts Cottage was the best choice I could ever made. All sight seeings are easy to reach - the Jurassic Coast, Montacute House, Glastonbury, or Stonehenge. Located in a beautiful garden, the cottage offers all the comfort you could wish for. Cleverly, the rural part is complemented by the very modern kitchen and the comfortable bathroom . The decor is lovingly and lacks for nothing. The dining room offers a fantastic view to the garden, which can be enjoyed even on rainy days. A private parking space leaves nothing to be desired. I have very much enjoyed my holiday and felt very well at all times.

Guest from Germany's review on TripAdvisor 21 June 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Wonderful getaway

We booked this accommodation on the day we wanted our getaway to start. The booking experience was great - Thank you. The Cottage is wonderful and had everything we needed for our stay. It really was a home from home. It's comfy, cosy, peaceful and a lovely place to be. We didn't want to leave after our long weekend stay. We cooked lovely meals using food from the local farm shop and enjoyed sitting in the garden in the sunshine. Thank you to Anabel for making the cottage a great place to come relax and for telling us about the farm shop. We would recommend this cottage for a getaway - it has the best of both worlds - to be surrounded by lovely countryside but can also be on the beach in an hour. A great place to combine the two elements of country and coastal.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor 08 June 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

A haven of rest and recuperation

A beautiful cottage hidden in rural North Dorset. It was so peaceful and beautiful we can't help but relax when we come here. The garden is beautiful, and to sit in the evening sun on the terrace is magical. It has the best of both worlds-- all mod cons with a luxurious feel but a timeless quality. Lots to see and do nearby: Stourhead Gardens are glorious and Shaftesbury and Sherborne both have lovely boutique shops and good coffee spots. At the end of the lane is Duncliffe, an ancient wooded hill preserved by the woodland trust. A walk through the bluebells in Spring is not to be missed. The Grosvenor Hotel in Shaftesbury is worth a mention for morning coffee and on previous trips we've had great pub meals at the Forester in Donhead St Andrew and the Stapleton Arms in Buckhorn Weston. Just had a couple of days here this time but as always it felt like we'd been completely restored.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor 01 June 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Our second stay at the cottage. Enjoyed the peace, tranquility and wildlife just as much as before! Already making plans for our third visit.

Peter Marsh and Sarah Doughty, April 2015

So happy to be back at Abbotts Cottage. Had a relaxing stay in this idyllic spot - we just wish we could have stayed longer. Loved the jam and the flowers.

Ann and Mark Dean, March 2015

Thanks very much for a really lovely stay. Cosy cottage with a lovely garden and possibly the best equipped kitchen we've ever had on holiday. Loads to do in this beautiful part of the country. We really appreciated the friendly welcome and the abundant supply of fruit.

Emma King and Bryan Outlaw, August 2014

Spent a truly wonderful week in the cottage - rural idyll doesn't do it justice. The homemade jam and flowers were much appreciated - thank you. Already planning a return trip.

Peter Marsh and Sarah Doughty, June 2014

Perfect cottage and garden and location. We loved our stay and will be back. Thank you.

The Powis family, May 2014

A wonderfully restful break. What a delightful mixture of homely cottage and elegance with everthing and more provided for an easy, comfortable stay.

Mr & Mrs Vincent, March 2012

An idyllic retreat, perfect in every way.

Mr & Mrs Jenkins, July 2011

What a fab cottage!

Freddie, (aged 5), April 2010
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