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The Woodlanders | Luxury Self-Catering | Shaftesbury, Wiltshire

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
    From £1,295 per week, £975 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 2 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • 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 well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 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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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Shaftesbury, Dorset to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Lord of the Manor If you can tear yourself away from your own country retreat then a visit to some of the other country houses in the area is a must; Old Wardour Castle, Wilton House, Shaftesbury Abbey and Stourhead Estate are to name but a few.

Country Calling Lovers of country pursuits have a whole host of activities to look forward to on a break in Wiltshire, from horse riding to fishing and even hot air ballooning across the rolling hills.

Tee Up Rushmore Golf Club is just seven miles away and warmly welcomes day visitors. The course is suitable for all levels, there is no handicap required. Don't let the far-reaching country views distract you from getting a hole in one!

Hovis Hill The quaint cottages and golden cobbles of Gold Hill are what attracted Ridley Scott to use it for his famous Hovis Bread television advertisement. Still today, the area is quite the epitome of rural charm and bygone days.

Blooming Marvellous Garden lovers will relish day trips to one or more of the delightful garden estates across Wiltshire and Dorset. Heale Gardens set beside the River Avon has eight acres of beauty to explore, whilst you can pick up your very own garden addition at Knoll Gardens and Estate! Discover the romantic valley gardens at Mapperton House, which are just beautiful.

All Creatures Great and Small The whole family will enjoy a day out at the renowned Longleat Safari Park; see their website for a full calendar of events, from a summer safari to their festival of light and ice skating rink in the winter. Try something a little different and head out for the evening to watch the wildlife from purpose-built hides, where the fortunate among you might spot badgers, owls, rabbits and foxes. 



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 so should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. The photographs show aspects of the property at the time they were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed. If there are points of particular importance that need clarifying before you book, please ask our team.

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