The Old Shop Bourton

Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Single storey former village shop, with some attractive original features coupled with contemporary styling to create a wonderfully relaxing retreat for two in the Dorset village of Bourton.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: No


This property is situated in the village of Bourton in North Dorset, a thriving village in the Stour Valley with a handy post office and pub. Three miles north of the village, is Stourhead, a beautiful Palladian house with spacious landscaped gardens which are lovingly maintained by the National Trust. For those who like to spend time exploring the local towns and browsing the shops, the towns of Shaftesbury and Bruton are both located within ten miles of the property, each with their own unique character and choice of pubs and cafes. Other attractions in the area surrounding the property include Longleat Safari Park, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, and Glastonbury Abbey.

Guests approach this single-storey property via a set of external steps, from which the front door opens onto the light-filled open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner where a wood burner creates a wonderfully cosy atmosphere. The lounge area, which looks out over the patio garden, has two comfortable armchairs, as well as Smart TV with access to Netflix. The dining table seats four, beyond which the kitchen area is equipped with an oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher. The bedroom is a delightful king-size room with a bay window that overlooks the front of the property, whilst the shower room offers a shower and WC.

Outside, there is a private patio garden to the rear of the property which is accessed through the patio doors in the living area. Comfortable garden furniture has been provided to allow guests to make the most of this area. Ample roadside parking.


  • Ideal getaway for couples in an attractive former-village shop
  • Relax in the pretty, peaceful courtyard garden
  • Situated in North Dorset, close to the Wiltshire and Somerset borders with easy access to stunning countryside walks
  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • Shower room with shower and WC
  • Smart TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 3pm arrival time
  • Kitchen: electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher
  • Regret no washing machine
  • Bed linen, towels, electric, and underfloor heating included
  • Regret no pets
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample roadside parking
  • Shop and pub within walking distance, beach 1 hour's drive


Cot Available
Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking



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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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