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Wiltshire luxury holiday cottage nr Shaftesbury, The Woodlanders
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Those looking for a wholesome family break in the country need look no further than this luxury self-catering holiday cottage set amidst flower-filled gardens in the rolling hills of Wiltshire. The picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury is just a short drive away, offering a plethora of independent boutiques, tearooms and galleries to explore. 

Self-catering holiday home in Wiltshire near Shaftesbury


Surrounded by ambrosial woodland filled with bluebells and wild garlic, this 17th century gamekeeper’s cottage on the Dorset-Wiltshire border has been refashioned using one-off art pieces and family heirlooms. The Woodlanders is undeniably stylish, beautifully eclectic and sprinkled with sophistication. Enveloped in Helen Dooley designed gardens, this luxury self-catering cottage is the perfect retreat after a day spent strolling around Thomas Hardy country, as far from the madding crowd as you could hope for.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The ground floor is home to a twin and super-king bedroom, each decorated with splashes of geometric textiles and boasting views of the flower-filled gardens and woodland beyond. The curved staircase winds upwards from the entrance hall to the super-king master bedroom which occupies the entire first floor. The Woodlanders has two generous bathrooms and separate WC. 


The cottage gardens comprise neat lawns, one of which transforms into a beautifully wild, chaotic grass meadow throughout the summer months. The lawns provide a heavenly milieu for picnicking, whilst the wooden climbing frames yield more excitement for children. The cottage is equally as stunning when winter falls; think snowy woodland walks from the front door and hunkering down for the night with a bottle of red warmed on the hearth. For a day out, history buffs can head off to explore Shaftesbury Abbey ruins and climb the golden cobbles of Ridley Scott’s famous Hovis Hill. 

For Relaxation

There is nothing like a few hours of peace and seclusion to foster your creativity; The Woodlanders is a peaceful sanctuary offering just that. Head up the path to the garden house to enjoy its uninterrupted views which are guaranteed to ignite the imagination, whether it transpires into a countryside-inspired watercolour or a poem about the silver birch, pheasants and honey bees, you will soon fall hopelessly in love with Wiltshire.


The cottage provides driveway parking for up to three cars and is well equipped with a washer-dryer, dishwasher, gas oven, microwave and fridge freezer. There is a separate shower and WC in the garden house. The gardener maintains The Woodlanders fortnightly; please advise Unique Home Stays if you do not wish the gardener to come during your stay. 


  • Sleeps6 guests
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 2 guests
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  • BedroomsDoubles: One first floor double bedroom, plus one ground floor double bedroomTwins: One ground floor twin bedroom
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA charcoal barbecue is provided
  • PetsTwo dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60.00 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsSky TV, Blu-Ray DVD player, Apple Airplay, Netflix, Nespresso MachineInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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Style: Beautifully adorned with bespoke art pieces and family heirlooms, this home has an emphasis on solid natural materials including old elm, oak and slate, creating an undeniably stylish country cottage.

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Our Take

Property Owner Paul says

Go for a morning walk round the 14 acre coppice with the dog, or head down the hill through the fields to the village shop. The sun sets on the valley across from the house and the views from the upper deck are beautiful. For some peace and quiet retreat to the garden house.

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Families will love to spend time in the open-plan kitchen and living area, which is the real heart of the house. Cook beneath high wooden beams and fill the air with scent of your country supper. In summer, pull open the double doors and let the sun pour in across the dining table, or take the party outside for an al fresco feast at sunset.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

Head to Phythouse Kitchen Garden just three miles away, wander around the 18th century walled garden before enjoying a delicious meal with hand-picked produce straight from the soil; a perfect location to eat, shop and relax. For fine dining, The Forester has picked up the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for its excellent local dishes, wine list and great service.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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