Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset
Apple Tree Lodge is a holiday lodge in Milton On Stour, Dorset, sleeping 5 and pet friendly set within 15 acres of wwodland, stunning countryside and lakes
Apple Tree Lodge is set within 15 acres of woodland in rolling countryside between the small villages of Silton and Milton on Stour. It is a couple of miles to the town of Gillingham and 5 miles to Shaftesbury with a good variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs and famous for Gold Hill as seen in the Hovis advert of old. The lodge itself is an A-frame log cabin giving a distinct triangular shape with large open plan living area and a fresh and simplistic interior. Outside is a generous deck and then 15 acres of grounds to explore where you can also try your hand at canoeing, fishing and pitch and putt. The Blackmore Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is part of the Stour Valley and the area is dotted with plenty of pretty rural walks with a number of National Trust properties to see in the area including Longleat, Stourhead and Wilton. A great area for a doggy holiday and the lodge accepts up to two well behaved dogs so you can all holiday together.
The accommodation at Apple Tree Lodge comprises of an open plan living area with sitting area with electric fire, TV with FreeSat and WiFi enabled throughout. The kitchen is well equipped with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher as well as a range of accessories and utensils. The dining area seats five comfortably with great views out to the countryside. Also on the ground floor is the double bedroom and the family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and toilet. The first floor has a twin and single bedroom and a cloakroom with toilet and basin.
Outside is a large deck with furniture, gas barbecue and a pizza oven with a further 15 acres of grounds to explore including woodland and lakes. There is ample off road parking. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
Shaftesbury is close to the border of Wiltshire and stands 219m above sea level making it one of the highest towns in England. It has spectacular views across the Blackmore Vale and is very pretty, with many buildings made from the local greensand stone and covered in thatch. Shaftesbury is a popular tourist town made even more famous by the Hovis advert featuring Gold Hill that was directed by Ridley Scott.Read more
This is another region where there are many villages worth a visit, with good eating pubs, great countryside and chocolate box good looks. Cann to the south will lead you to Fontmell Magna while to the east you can cross the border into Wiltshire to find Donhead St Mary. To the north lies Motcombe and Gillingham and to the west Guy's Marsh, Stour Row and East Stour.
There are good local markets in Shaftesbury itself. There is a local market every Thursday and a Farmer's Market the first Saturday of every month. In July the Gold Hill Fair is a weekend event with music, dance, local foods and crafts all happening on the famous cobbled hill. In June, the Shaftesbury festival is a weeklong celebration with too much going on to list all the events. However, highlights include lots of music, arts and crafts, lots of stuff specifically for children, runs and races and even dog shows and drumming workshops. Most events are free but there are some ticketed events. At the end of August the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show has over 500 exhibitors and a host of events including ferret racing, birds of prey and motorcycle display teams.
There is certainly a lot to do and see in the area so I will try to list as many as possible without going into too much detail. The Larmer Tree Gardens are stunning and have something to offer all year round but in summer he hydrangea collection makes a striking display of colour. Stourhead House and Gardens dates to the 1740s and is set in 2,650 acres of stunning grounds. Well worth a visit. Longleat House is just 13 miles up the road and is probably the most famous Safari and Adventure Park in the land for good reasons. They also hold a large number of special events throughout the year so do check for the time you will be visiting. The Gartwell Light Railway will be a must for any steam enthusiast.
There are a number of museums in the area, the Gillingham Museum, Gold Hill Museum and the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum. Old Wardour Castle, dating from the 14th century and run by English Heritage is a great day out. The castle was used in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and children and grownups alike will love exploring the turrets and the views from the top of the castle to beautiful countryside beyond.
There are 40 places to eat out in Shaftesbury and many more if you want to go out and explore some of those villages I mention above. There is a good choice of what is available including a vegetarian restaurant and tastes from around the world.Read less
Bristol is 31 miles away
Bournemouth is 32 miles away
Exeter is 63 miles away