Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Apple Tree Cottage is a holiday cottage in Shillingstone, Dorset, sleeping 4 and pet friendly, a traditional brick and flint cottage dating to the 1730s
Apple Tree Cottage is a a traditional brick and flint cottage dating to the 1730s in the village of Shillingstone with a pub and a shop just an 8 minute walk from your doorstep. Lovingly renovated, the owners have done a great job to retain period features while offering every convenience of modern living to enhance your holiday experience. A great area for walking and cycling but with lots to explore further afield such as Blandford Forum, Sherborne with its castle, the county town of Dorchester with multiple museums and not forgetting the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. You are also close to the Somerset border if one county just isn't enough.
The accommodation at Apple Tree Cottage comprises of a sitting room with cosy woodburner, TV with Freeview, DVD player, iPod dock, Wi-Fi and a selection of books and games. The kitchen is well equipped with an induction hob and double oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher as well as a range of accessories and utensils. There is a dining area with table and chairs for four with patio doors leading outside. The shower room is on the ground floor and has shower, basin and toilet. Up the stairs to the two bedrooms arranged as a kingsize double and a twin.
Outside is a pretty cottage garden with patio with a summer house that doubles as bike storage. Table and chairs are supplies as is a barbecue for those warmer days. Apple Tree Cottage accepts one well behaved pet. There is roadside parking for one car beside a lane within 50 yards, on a first come, first served basis. Your fuel, power, starter pack for stove, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
Sturminster Newton is in the Blackmore Vale and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The town is split in two by the River Stour with Sturminster to the North and Newton to the South of the river.Read more
Move from the metropolis that is Sturminster Newton and you will find yourself in some stunningly beautiful areas - we holidayed in this very area in 2012. There are some great villages to explore including Okeford Fitzpaine, Child Okeford, Manston, Marnhull, Stalbridge, Stourton Caundle, Pulham and Hazelbury Bryan to name but a few.
Every Monday the town holds a market that has been occurring in the area for a long time and holds all sorts of locally produced goods. In the middle of September, the area gathers in all the cheese lovers to the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival. 2014 saw it in its 15th year and exhibitor numbers grow even further. It's not all cheese though with a wealth of other food and drink exhibitors as well as entertainment and arts and crafts. On the third Thursday in August, Sturmninster Newton holds its annual carnival.
The North Dorset Trailway is run by a charity and is dedicated to making sections of the pld Somerset and Dorset Railway into usable areas to now walk and cycle. The trail now leads from Sturminster Newton all the way through Blandford Forum to Spetisbury, around 11 miles in total. It is one of the best ways to appreciate all the countryside around you with lots of attractions to visit on your way. One such is Sturminster Newton Mill, a stunning looking building with a very long history. The mill consists of three floors and a north and south wing and regular events are also held on the site. It even has a shop selling flour made by the still working mill. The mill is open between April and September with a small admission charge.
Sturminster Newton Museum is housed in a beautiful thatched building in the centre of the town. It shows exhibits to do with local history of the town, the local railways and even local poets. There is also a souvenir and gift shop and admission is fee.
You have a choice of over 20 places to eat out including tea houses, cafes, pubs and restaurants. There are also some great pubs and restaurants to discover in the outlying villages and towns.Read less
Bournemouth is 24 miles away
Bristol is 41 miles away
Exeter is 63 miles away