• About The Kestral

    Enjoying its own large garden and a beautiful conservation countryside setting, this converted, spacious and tastefully appointed cottage lies midway between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum 10 miles. One of three set 2 miles from Sturminster Newton, it is ideally placed for exploring Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, Monkey World, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Jurassic Coast. The Wessex Ridgeway offers pleasant walking and golf, fishing and riding are found nearby. Shops and pubs 1.5 miles.
    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room, shower seat and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath and toilet.
    Wood burner in living room inc. Air source heat pump, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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    Key information
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      4 bedroom(s)

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      Up to 8 people

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      Yes 1 pet(s) allowed

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    Cottage features
    • Barbecue
    • DVD player
      DVD player
    • Dishwasher
    • Ground floor facilities
      Ground floor facilities
    • Enclosed garden / patio
      Enclosed garden / patio
    • Garden / patio
      Garden / patio
    • Highchair
    • Pub within 1 mile
      Pub within 1 mile
    • Rural location
      Rural location
    • Stairgate
    • Wheelchair access
      Wheelchair access
    • Woodburning stove
      Woodburning stove
    • Christmas themed cottage
      Christmas themed cottage
    • WiFi
    • Short breaks all year
      Short breaks all year
    • Baby and toddler friendly
      Baby and toddler friendly
    • Cot available
      Cot available
    • Bed linen & towels included
      Bed linen & towels included
    • Washing machine
      Washing machine
    • Fishing nearby
      Fishing nearby
    • Green scheme
      Green scheme
    • Entrance ramp/level access
      Entrance ramp/level access
    • Bath/shower seat
      Bath/shower seat
    • Car parking - on site
      Car parking - on site
    • Home from home
      Home from home
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    9.1 out of 10 – based on 14 reviews

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    out of 10

    Lovely cottage, plenty of room for 8 people. Log burner kept us lovely and warm!! Had some great walks around the area. Cottage clean on arrival. Great enclosed garden for the dog.

    Confirmed guest, 2019-01-05



    out of 10

    Comfortable and clean cottage that suited the needs of our family - 6 adults and 2 children. The owner was very helpful and everything we would need was at hand. We were led to believe that shops, pubs and amenities were within 1.5mls. Theoretically correct, as the crow flies, but it was a 3+ml car journey, very misleading and disappointing.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-10-26



    out of 10

    Local amenities were poor but we knew they were and for us that was not a problem. The only reason I rated comfort low was that 1 of the beds had the worst mattress I have ever slept on, other comments say the same thing.other than that, lovely place, would stay again.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-09-03



    out of 10

    Good location plenty of piece and quite, not too far from many good places to visit.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-08-31



    out of 10

    Absolutely superb well equiped cottage/barn. Very Spacious. Great garden space. Ideal location for touring Dorset with a maximum of an hrs drive from all the tourist spots. The downside would be a few of the mattresses upstairs and the sofa need changing as they've seen better days. Owners were quick to rectify and issues we had.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-08-10



    out of 10

    Just great spacious property, very quiet and relaxing garden ideal for our dog, but an hour away from the coast so would not stay here again. Down side was the TV stopped working after just 2 day's and my daughter had to buy a blow up bed as the mattress was so uncomfortable, had sent a text to owner but had no reply. Overall great house for big family and dog.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-07-27



    out of 10

    Lovely cottage in a great location. We would happily come back again.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-07-13



    out of 10

    Very well-equipped cottage in a peaceful country location. Perhaps not so many tourist attractions locally, but can reach the coast with a short drive. We were a little unfortunate that during the early part of the holiday tractors were moving loads of manure constantly past the house, but this is the countryside after all.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-07-06



    out of 10

    Booked for a family get together for my birthday. Perfect for my 86 year old Mum, Daughter, friend & 21month old Grandaughter, Son & Wife, Husband & myself & the Dog. Downstairs bed/shower. 3 more large rooms upstairs all very comfy with one ensuite & another separate bathroom. Cot & stairgates, well, everything you could possibly need was there. Very well thought out & equipt throughout. Lovely family kitchen, Sitting room, BBQ area & comfy seating outside. Large secure garden for toddler & dog. Views over open countryside. We just had a 3 night stay but would have been nice to stay longer. Could not fault the cottage at all & owners very kind & helpful too. My only comment would be that it was a bit of a rush to get us all packed & out by 10am, an extra hour would have helped & to have been able to get in maybe an hour earlier, 3pm as my Grandaughter was getting a bit "crabby" by 4pm. Overall though it is a beautiful, homely Cottage.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-06-18



    out of 10

    Ideal cottage for a quiet retreat. Set in beautiful country side Kestral is well equipped and comfortable. The owners were helpful and friendly and provide information on sites to see and a generous welcome pack which really got off our holiday off to a good start. Would highly recommend Kestral.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-06-15



    out of 10

    Our third holiday at the cottage & everything was, as usual just what we wanted.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-06-08



    out of 10

    Amazing place, had everything you need. Very spacious and clean. Lovely peaceful surroundings with nice walks. Friendly and helpful owners.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-03-26



    out of 10

    Confirmed guest, 2018-08-17



    out of 10

    Confirmed guest, 2018-05-18



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