Bay Villa

Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Take time out to relax in this spacious pet-friendly property, with a wood burner, beautiful period details and an enclosed garden. It s the ideal base for exploring the area, whatever the season.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: 3


This stylish Edwardian villa is set in a quiet spot minutes from the centre of Gillingham, Dorset’s most northerly town. Bordering both Wiltshire and Somerset and with direct rail links from London, this popular town offers something for everyone, with a good selection of pubs, cafes and shops close at hand along with a leisure centre with a swimming pool nearby. Spend an afternoon browsing around town or take a trip to nearby Shaftesbury, home to the famous Gold Hill. Set within rolling pastureland known as the Blackmore Vale, there are an abundance of routes suitable for walking and riding winding through this picturesque landscape. With plenty of attractions to keep you entertained including Stourhead House and Gardens, Salisbury Cathedral, The Longleat Estate, Stonehenge and Haynes Motor Museum within easy reach. It is ideal for couples or small families looking to explore the stunning Dorset coastline with a huge variety of attractions and amenities nearby including Poole, The Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove, Weymouth, Portland and Abbotsbury, to name a few. The golden beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Shell Bay and Swanage are all a convenient drive away, as are Corfe Castle, Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum and Dorchester.

Heading from the sloping parking area at the front of the semi-detached property you will find the main entrance. Entering into the spacious hallway leads firstly into a cosy lounge with TV/DVD, enjoy the warmth of the wood burner whilst looking out onto the leafy street beyond. Leading on from here is a bright and airy dining room, which is the ideal spot for enjoying a leisurely meal. The kitchen also leads off of the central hallway and is well-equipped with a range style electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Next to here is a useful utility area with WC, washing machine and tumble dryer. Heading up to the first floor you will find a stunning bathroom with an inviting slipper bath, perfect for a long soak and WC. There are three bedrooms, a spacious double with a bay window, a compact double and a cosy single room with a day bed. Decorated with care in period colours, this inviting property is sure to relax.

Heading outside, the secure enclosed garden is lined with pretty borders and has a small lawn and patio area with furniture and charcoal BBQ. There is off-road parking for four cars available to the front of the property.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.


  • Spacious property with high ceilings, sash windows and period details
  • Peaceful setting on the fringes of Gillingham with a network of walking routes
  • Enjoy a cosy evening in beside the wood burner with your four-legged friends
  • With easy access to a host of popular attractions including Stourhead and Longleat
  • Explore the many quaint villages and beautiful countryside surrounding the property
  • 3 bedrooms 2 doubles and 1 single
  • 1 bathroom and 1 separate WC
  • Range style electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Utility area with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • 3 dogs welcome (further by arrangement)
  • Shops and pubs within walking distance
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • A choice of pubs, cafes and shops within easy reach on foot


Cot Available
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
Washing machine



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Area Details


Shaftesbury is one of the highest and oldest towns in England, a beautiful town sitting in a glorious landscape. The town is the home of Gold Hill, made famous by the “Hovis” advert and with views across the Blackmore Vale and thatched cottages, it is very picturesque. The main shopping is around the High Street where there are lots of small, independent retailers as well as coffee shops and cafes and you will find craft shops down the side streets. Shaftsbury market takes place on Thursdays and sells local produce, all against the backdrop of Gold Hill and spectacular views.

In July, the Gold Hill Fair is a weekend event with music, dance and more. In June, join in with the Shaftesbury festival. This is a weeklong celebration, enjoy music, entertainment and even dog shows - fun for all the family. At the end of August visit the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show. This has over 500 exhibitors and a host of events making this a fantastic day out for all the family, jam-packed with entertainment for all ages.

Longleat House, the Safari and Adventure Park, is a great day out and is just a 30 minute drive away. You can see lions, tigers, wolves, cheetahs and a whole host of other animals. There are seasonal events and tours on offer or visit the house and gardens. Explore Old Wardour Castle, run by English Heritage. The castle featured in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, find the turrets and the views from the top of the castle to beautiful countryside beyond.

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