Dukums House

Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Stylishly restored in 2017, this beautiful detached barn conversion is situated in the rural village of Melbury Abbas amid glorious Dorset countryside. It boasts lovely gardens and countryside views.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pet Friendly: No


Situated in the heart of Dorset’s beautiful landscape of rolling hills and open farmland affording wonderful walking, there is a network of footpaths directly from the property. The area offers a wealth of pretty villages, sandy beaches and a coastline that has world heritage status. The pretty market town of Shaftesbury, which itself is home to Gold Hill, known to many as “Hovis Hill” as it was used in the 70’s television adverts for Hovis bread, is 5 minutes away. The popular seaside resorts of Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth are also worth a visit. Other attractions include Hayes Motor Museum, Longleat House and Safari Park, the beautiful gardens at Stourhead House, Salisbury Cathedral, Yeovilton Air Arm Museum and Monkey World.

Entering the property from the terrace, you are met by a beautiful lounge/kitchen/diner with an impressive apex ceiling, exposed beams, sliding doors and oak flooring. Here you can relax and enjoy the countryside views while snuggled up in front of the wood burner. Enjoy watching your favourite programme on the Smart TV or take time to enjoy a DVD. The impressive kitchen is very well equipped and is perfect to try out some new recipes or cook some old family favourites using the breakfast bar/island. The kitchen has an electric oven and hob, Lavazza coffee machine, microwave, fridge with ice compartment and dishwasher. The utility room has a fridge/freezer, washing machine and plenty of space for storing muddy boots. Leading from there are the ground floor bedrooms starting with the king-size with TV and beautiful views, the second super-king-size zip-and-link (which can be made into a twin on request at time of booking) has a dressing room, TV and en-suite bathroom with handheld shower over bath and WC. You will then come to the third bedroom a cosy twin with a TV, a great room for children. There is also a wet room with a shower and WC conveniently located on this floor too. Heading upstairs you will find a king-size bedroom with a TV. All four bedrooms are beautifully furnished and all king-size rooms boast countryside views.

Venturing outside, you will find a private terrace directly outside the lounge/kitchen/diner doors, perfect for outside dining with garden furniture, BBQ and a wonderful wood-fired hot tub. There are large shared gardens all enjoying the fabulous countryside views. Have fun in the shared open-sided games barn with table tennis and table football. Ample off-road parking is available in the gravelled parking area.


  • Beautiful detached barn conversion with wood-fired hot tub
  • Countryside walks from the doorstep and a short drive from the market town of Shaftesbury
  • Take a day trip to the seaside resorts of Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth
  • 4 bedrooms 2 super-king-size, 1 king-size zip and link and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom and 1 wet room
  • Kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment and dishwasher
  • Lavassa coffee machine
  • Utility room fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • Wood-fired hot tub logs included
  • Wood burner logs included
  • Electric and underfloor/central heating included
  • Shared open-sided games barn with table tennis and table football
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Ample parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Regret no smoking
  • Regret no pets
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Arrival at 3 pm
  • Smart TV and DVD
  • BBQ
  • Within a 5 minute drive to shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs


Cot Available
Games Room
Great View
Ground floor bath
Ground floor bed
Ground floor facilities
High Chair
Hot Tub
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
Real Fire
Rural Location
Washing machine


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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