Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset
Grist Mill Cottage is a holiday cottage in Fontmell Magna, Dorset, sleeping 5 and pet friendly located within 10 acres in a beautiful, rural setting
Grist Mill Cottage is a semi-detached barn conversion on the outskirts of Fontmell Magna set within 10 acres of the owners Grade II listed mill. This single storey dwelling is within an easy walk of the village where you will find the village pub that has a good reputation for food. Shaftesbury is just 4 miles away with Sturminster Newton and Blandford Forum just 5 miles away so it makes an excellent base in which to explore North Dorset with Sherborne with its castle and Abbey not too far either.
The accommodation at Grist Mill Cottage comprises of an open plan living area with wood burning stove, TV, DVD player, CD/radio, WiFi and a selection of books, DVDs and games. The kitchen has an electric oven with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, small chest freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. The dining area has a table with seating for five. There are three bedrooms. Bedroom one is a double, bedroom two a twin with en-suite shower room with basin and toilet and a single room. There is a family bathroom with bath, basin and toilet. A travel cot and high chair can be provided upon request.
Outside there is a lawned garden with patio complete with furniture. There are also shared lawned gardens and a summerhouse to enjoy. Lockable bike storage is available upon request and there is off road parking available for two cars. Grist Mill Cottage accepts one well-behaved dog. 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
Bournemouth is 23 miles away
Bristol is 40 miles away
Exeter is 66 miles away