Apple Tree Cottage
Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Apple Tree Cottage is a terraced cottage is in the village of Shillingstone, Dorset and can sleep four people in two bedrooms and is pet-friendly.
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 1
- Pet Friendly: 1
Apple Tree Cottage is a lovely terraced cottage situated in the village of Shillingstone just four miles from Sturminster Newton in North Dorset. The cottage can sleep four people in one king-size double bedroom and one twin, as well as a ground floor family shower room. Also in the cottage is a kitchen with a dining area and a sitting room with a wood burner. Outside is roadside parking and a private enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ. Apple Tree Cottage is a delightful cottage from which to explore this beautiful part of the country.
Apple Tree Cottage is 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 a sitting room with a cosy wood burner, 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 a table and chairs for four with patio doors leading outside. The shower room is on the ground floor and has a 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 a 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.
- Electric central heating with underfloor heating and wood burner
- Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
- Fuel, power and starter pack for stove included in rent
- Bed linen and towels included in rent
- Roadside parking for 1 car beside a lane within 50 yards, on a first-come, first-served basis
- Bike storage
- Enclosed patio with furniture and BBQ
- One well-behaved dog welcome downstairs only
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop and pub 8 mins walk
- Note: The steep stairs may not be suitable for people with limited mobility
- Note: Intermittent mobile phone reception
- Note: The cottage is situated beside a country lane and therefore some associated traffic noise can be heard
Sturminster Newton is a market town on the River Stour. The town has a medieval six-arch bridge that joins Sturminster to Newton. Thomas Hardy lived here for a time and wrote much of his novel, The Return of the Native, while a resident at Riverside house. Another famous resident was William Barnes, a popular Dorset poet. Located in the Blackmore Vale you are never far away from beautiful country views. The town has a range of shops, a supermarket, chemist and post office as well as cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Every Monday the town holds a market with local produce to tempt. Visit the towns working watermill that still produces flour every fortnight, take a tour and learn the history behind this historic building. There are great country walks from the Mill to enjoy. There are some great villages to explore close by, most with pubs to experience.
In the middle of September, the area gathers for the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival. This festival has grown hugely size since it began and is a celebration of all things cheese. The festival is not limited to cheese so it is a great event to explore the best from local Dorset food and drink producers. Live music, bales to sit on while you munch your food, entertainment for the children, all with the backdrop of beautiful country views. Something for everybody and a great family day out.
Explore the North Dorset Trailway, transformed into a walk and cycle path. The trail now leads from Sturminster Newton all the way through Blandford Forum to Spetisbury. It is around 14 miles in total but more sections are planned to open soon. It is one of the best ways to appreciate all the countryside around you with lots of attractions to visit on your way. Visit Sturminster Newton Museum in a beautiful thatched building in the centre of the town. It shows exhibits to do with the local history of the town, the local railways, and even local poets. There is also a souvenir and gift shop and admission is free.