Ryecross Farm Cottage

Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset Rating:

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Sleeps: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Pets: No

Ryecross Farm Cottage is a holiday cottage in Shaftesbury, Dorset, sleeping 4 in the grounds of the owners small farm surrounded by fields.

Prices and Booking

Prices from £278 per week

Change over day: Saturday

You can check availability and book this property by calling 01244 746188 or by using the button below:



Ryecross Farm Cottage is located on the owner's small farm on the outskirts of the town of Shaftesbury. If you like the countryside then this is the cottage for you - surrounded by fields populated with guinea fowl and chickens. From the dining room are spectacular views down the Blackmore Vale all the way to the coast on a clear day. Private carp fishing is available just 100 yards away by arrangement.

The accommodation at Ryecross Farm Cottage comprises of a living room with dining area with TV, radio, stereo/CD player and patio windows to make the most of the views. The kitchen comes equipped with an electric cooker, microwave and fridge. The bedrooms, all on the ground floor, have been arranged as a double and a twin. The bathroom has shower, toilet and basin.

Outside there is shared use of the garden with private patio area, secluded sitting area complete with garden furniture and those spectacular views. There is ample parking. Please note that the fishing lake contains quite large carp, is charged at £12 per day and you are required to bring your own rods and tackle. The local shops and pubs are just half a mile away. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.


  • No pets are allowed at Ryecross Farm Cottage
  • Ryecross Farm Cottage has a shared garden with beautiful views
  • A television, DVD player and CD player are available for you to use
  • Pubs and restaurants are just a short walk from Ryecross Farm Cottage
  • Ryecross Farm Cottage is a no-smoking property
  • Short breaks are available throughout the year
  • Linen and towels included
  • Ample parking available

Area details


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.

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Surrounding Villages

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.

Activities and Attractions

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.

Eating Out

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.

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Prices and Booking

Prices from £278 per week

Change over day: Saturday

You can check availability and book this property by calling 01244 746188 or by using the button below:



Nearest Airports

Bournemouth is 24 miles away

Bristol is 39 miles away

Exeter is 68 miles away

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