Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Set in an enviable location in the heart of rural North Dorset, this stylish house makes an idyllic base for holidays spent exploring both the coast and countryside or simply relaxing in the hot tub

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pet Friendly: 1


Twyford is a peaceful hamlet offering a slice of idyllic rural living yet within easy reach of great amenities and attractions. The nearby market town of Shaftesbury, home to Gold Hill, which was used as the backdrop for the famous Hovis ad in the 1970s is well serviced by a choice of pubs and shops selling essential supplies. Lovers of the outdoors can head some of the many local beauty spots within easy reach, including Cranborne Chase and Bulbarrow Hill. To the south is the stunning Jurassic coastline, home to some of Dorset’s most photographed landmarks, such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Or perhaps stroll through the water meadows in Blandford Forum before testing out a Dorset cream tea.

The shared gravel driveway leads directly to the main entrance into this detached property. Once inside you are met with a welcoming hallway leading firstly to a stylish open plan kitchen/diner straight ahead of you. With a bright and airy ambience, this well-equipped space is the ideal central meeting point for family suppers. There is a traditional style oil-fired range, electric oven and hob, microwave, American style fridge/freezer and dishwasher on offer. Leading on from this room is a cosy snug with an inglenook fireplace, wood burner and Smart TV. Heading next door brings you to the lounge which really shows off the character of this traditional property. There is a wonderful fireplace, with a second wood burner, Smart TV/DVD and inviting sofa’s that encourage you to rest a while. Also on the ground floor, there is a useful utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer. A separate WC and also a games room with study space. Heading upstairs from the entrance hall you will find a striking galleried landing, which is the ideal spot to settle down with a good book. There are a choice of bedrooms here, including a super-king-size zip-and-link (can be arranged as a twin on request), a king-size and a cosy twin room. These bedrooms share the contemporary bathroom which has a bath, separate shower and WC. Finally, you will come to a super-king-size bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, which includes a fabulous roll top bath perfect for a long soak and a WC.

Stepping outside from the hallway you will find a patio area and herb garden with furniture to the side of the property, where you can light the charcoal BBQ and cook up a storm. An area of lawn wraps around the back of the property to a second patio area, which has a hot tub and lovely views over the pastureland beyond. To the front of the property is a parking area suitable for four vehicles.


  • A rural retreat with character features and a stylish garden with a private hot tub
  • Easy access to the market towns of Sturminster Newton and Blandford Forum
  • Spend your days exploring the array of walking routes through the surrounding countryside
  • Explore the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase or take a trip to the Jurassic Coast
  • Snuggle up beside the wood burners with a good book and your four-legged friend
  • Take a long soak in the roll-top bath after a day spent exploring
  • 4 bedrooms 1 super-king-size, 1 super-king-size zip and link (can be arranged as a twin on request), 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 en suite bathroom and 1 bathroom
  • Traditional oil-fired range, electric oven and hob, microwave, American style fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Hot tub
  • Electric and central heating included
  • 2 wood burners (1st basket of logs included)
  • Smart TV in the snug, Smart TV/DVD in the lounge
  • Off-road parking for 4 vehicles
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Charcoal BBQ available


Cot Available
Family friendly
Games Room
High Chair
Hot Tub
Linen and Towels
On a Farm
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
Washing machine



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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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