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Donhead St. Mary near Ludwell, Wiltshire (Ref. 1059254)


Manor Cottages rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Review(s)

  • Simon

    “Very comfortable and spacious house in a lovely location, ideal for walking and cycling in the area - could only be improved by enclosing the garden.”

    - Simon, March 2024

    Hi Simon, thank you for the feedback, I'm so glad you enjoyed the house and area. Yes, I'm sorry about the garden, it is difficult to shut it off entirely from the road but perhaps something we should look into further. I hope your dog was ok and didn't stray too far! Property Owner


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating, underfloor heating and open fire
  • One double and one single electric oven and electric hob, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV and DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Garden with lawned area, patio, dining seating and a pond
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, please be advised the garden is not fully enclosed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 1.3 miles
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed upstairs or on furniture
  • Note: There is pond at this property but this is always covered

The property

Shaftesbury 3.5 miles.

Placed in the quiet surroundings of a picturesque village, this charming cottage offers a delightful resting spot for a group of up to eight looking to find an idyllic retreat.

Samstone is a beautiful detached property, with outstanding views across the Dorset/Wiltshire countryside, located in a conservation area.

The house is in traditional style but with all the benefits of modern insulation, solar energy, and underfloor heating.

Park up and make your way into the impressive property via a handy utility room - perfect for kicking off muddy boots and benefiting from a convenient washing machine and drying area.

Throw together your best home-cooking in the lovely kitchen/diner, allowing for plenty of food prep space alongside fantastic amenities including two ovens, a dishwasher, hob, fridge, freezer, and microwave, with a casual dining table taking centre stage.

Formal meals can be enjoyed in the dining room next door, a classy space, fitted with intimate seating placed in front of large French doors where you can look out to the garden and panoramic countryside views as you tuck into your meal. Snuggle up in the lounge for a restful evening, with an open fire and even more stunning views; A place to settle in to board games or to get cosy and enjoy a family film night.

Guests with limited mobility can utilise the ground-floor super-king-size bedroom and shower room, both situated next to each other, with the beds offering zip/link features if needed.

The rest of the bedrooms can be found on the first floor, comprising a king-size with an en-suite shower room, another king-size and a twin room, all tastefully decorated and with ample storage.

On this floor, you will also find the family bathroom, perfect for a long soak to unwind after a day of adventure.

Make use of the garden area on a sunny day, dining alfresco on the patio and enjoying views of the lawn, lush fields and the hills beyond.

The tranquil village of Donhead offers the perfect setting for an idle stroll around the Wiltshire countryside, stopping off at one of the many local pubs for a refreshing pint of ale and some pub grub.

Or for something special, try the Pythouse Kitchen Garden, an enchanting 18th Century walled garden, restaurant and bar.

In the nearby village of Ludwell you can stock up on supplies from the award winning Ludwell Stores with its tasty and fresh local produce, and meat from the family butchers next door.

The stores include a Post Office and there is a pub and restaurant nearby.

There are other local amenities in the neighbouring village of Semley, including a delightful community shop and a farm selling fresh milk direct from the herd.

Enjoy a day of exploration within the encompassing Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB, taking in scenic walks around Win Green and Fontmell Down Nature Reserve.

With superb landscapes, rolling green hills and breath-taking views you can embrace outdoor adventure along challenging cycle routes and long walking trails.

Spend a day out at the hill top town of Shaftesbury, with historical connections back to Saxon times.

The town is in the centre of countryside made famous by the author Thomas Hardy and local scenes, including Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill, have featured in film and television productions.

The cottage is perfectly situated for a trip to the iconic world heritage site of Stonehenge or on to Salisbury Cathedral whose majestic spire can be seen from miles around.

Closer by is the ruin of Old Wardour Castle, an English Heritage site, perfect for picnics or hide and seek, and Stourhead, a 17th century mansion with beautiful landscaped gardens and lakes, is a short drive away.

And last but by no means least there is the varied coastline, with beaches near Poole and Bournemouth, dramatic scenery at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, and fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast near Lyme Regis.

Make memories that will last a lifetime with your family and friends at Samstone.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Shaftesbury 3.5 miles, Sailsbury 20 miles

The charming village of Ludwell, located in the beautiful countryside of South Wiltshire is only 3.5 miles from the historic town of Shaftesbury, Dorset. Nestled within Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs area, there are an abundance of scenic walks to be enjoyed including Win Green, Fontmell Down Nature Reserve and Gold Hill, which is said to have the most romantic sights in England. Historic sites such as Old Wardour Castle, St Mary's Church, and the 12th century Benedictine nunnery, Shaftesbury Abbey, are just a short drive away. For adventure-filled days, why not head down to Cotswold Water Park where you can enjoy a number of activities and watersports. This is the perfect countryside location for taking in the views and learning more about the local history.

Please Note: This properties owner requires bookings to be made more than 2 days prior to the start of the stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter