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Lounge area with woodburner
Time for Tea
Kitchen area
King-sized bedroom
Shower room with WC
Relax in the sun with a book
View towards rear of property
View towards front of property
Nearby Stourhead
1 / 10  Lounge area with woodburner
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4 / 10  King-sized bedroom
5 / 10  Shower room with WC
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7 / 10  Relax in the sun with a book
8 / 10  View towards rear of property
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10 / 10  Nearby Stourhead

The Old Shop Bourton

Shaftesbury (7.5mls NW), Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Romantic
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Ideal getaway for couples in attractive former-village shop
  • Perfect location for visiting Stourhead and Longleat
  • Situated in North Dorset, close to the Wiltshire and Somerset borders with easy access to stunning countryside walks
Property code: 46774

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.

With a warming wood burner, exposed brickwork and a private patio, this home is a wonderful destination for a rural, romantic retreat. Nestled in the pretty village of Bourton, 3 miles south of the National Trust’s Stourhead, find plenty to explore close to home and enjoy your peaceful location. Sleeping two, whisk your loved one or a friend away and arrive to a delicious welcome pack, a lovely way to be invited into your home from home and to start your holiday with a treat.

The snug open-plan living space is filled with light and character, making it perfect for spending time in after adventures. Fire up the wood burner to keep the chill at bay or open the patio doors for a refreshing breeze whilst you sit a while on the sofa in front of the Smart TV. Stepping over to the kitchen area you should find all you need to rustle up snacks, throw together picnics and to cook up a three-course feast for a romantic date night. Plate up at the table or head outside and dine alfresco on the pretty, private patio. When it’s time to rest your head and get under the covers, the king-size bedroom is a cosy space with a gorgeous bay window overlooking the front of the home. Rise and shine and enjoy an invigorating shower before heading out to explore both close to home and far and wide. There is ample roadside parking.

A 12-mile trip will take you to Longleat Safari Park where animal friends await and guests of any age will have a great day out. Close by, the National Trust owned Stourhead is well-worth a wander to see the Palladian house and gorgeous grounds. Its world-famous landscape garden is home to a lake, temples and grottoes for you to discover as you stroll the day away. Treat yourselves to a night off form the kitchen and enjoy a meal at the local pub where you can also enjoy a cold pint or two or a glass of bubbly.

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with Shower and WC
  • Smart TV  
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Kitchen: electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher
  • Regret no washing machine
  • Regret no pets
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample roadside parking
  • Shop and pub within walking distance, beach within 40 miles

Sue Pierce-Smith

This property is personally managed by Sue.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 29 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ann 23rd October 2021

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Reviewed by Natalie 16th October 2021

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Reviewed by Gordon 9th October 2021

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Reviewed by Susan 18th September 2021

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A lovely clean, quiet and well equipped property. Nice location. Friendly owners.

Reviewed by Janet 11th September 2021

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The cottage was refurbished to a very high standard. It was extremely comfortable and provided everything we needed for a most enjoyable holiday..

Reviewed by Alyson 7th August 2021

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Lovely little cottage very clean everything that you could want is there lovely surroundings and lovely owners who welcomed us with a welcome pack definitely would stay here again

Reviewed by Lorraine 1st August 2021

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The cottage was immaculately clean and very well maintained. The owner who lives next door popped by to welcome us and let us know we could call next door if we needed anything. The court yard garden has the sun and is a lovely place to sit and watch the birds that visit. Close to National Trust places Stourhead and Lytes Coat Manor worth a visit. Read moreOn arrival a very generous welcome tray with a lovely card hand written welcoming us. Also get full phone signal here! Slept well every night! Hide

Reviewed by Ann 10th July 2021

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Reviewed by Caroline 26th June 2021

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The cottage was perfect. Clean, sanitised and well stocked with equipment and the welcome tray was amazing. Very friendly owner and a perfect location to visit many National Trust houses and gardens and perfect for walking. The pub, a miles walk away in Zeals , had friendly attentive staff and the food was of a high standard and the menu had intereRead moresting options. Hide

Reviewed by Denise 19th June 2021

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The shop Dorset was a beautiful place the couple who own it live next door they came to check on us the first day we got there and also left us a wonderful tray of wine tea milk etc and some beautiful flowers can not fault the little shop at all will go back again it was so clean and every thing you need was there really didnt want to come home

Reviewed by Helen 12th June 2021

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Reviewed by Kevin 5th June 2021

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This was the cleanest cottage we have ever stayed in, and well maintained and well equipped. The owners were great. The welcome tray of goodies was lovely. Would certainly use this cottage again if the opportunity was there.

Reviewed by Shirley 29th May 2021

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Everything was perfect, in fact I wanted to live there permanently On arrival Roger and Linda had left milk in the fridge, Wine, biscuits and teabags with a little welcome note. I took lots of things with me which I didnt need because it was already there.

Reviewed by Keith 24th May 2021

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Lovely cottage in excellent condition in a rural location, good to use as a base to visit local attractions by car. The White Lion Inn down the road is worth a visit and the garage down the same road has everything you need to keep you feed and watered, both within walking distance.

Reviewed by Sara 1st May 2021

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Reviewed by Samantha 21st April 2021

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The Old Shop is a really, really nice place to stay. It's bright and airy, and cosy at the same time. It was also completely spotless - which for my first time staying away since the pandemic was very reassuring. The courtyard is a lovely place to sit, the shower is fantastic and the log burner is cracking! The welcome tray of treats was a lovely tRead moreouch - very kind. We hope to stay again! Hide

Reviewed by David 15th April 2021

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A lovely cottage, spotless and very well appointed, 10 out of 10

Reviewed by Julie 15th December 2020

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A warm ambiance as soon as I walked in. The owners had decorated with a lovely real Christmas tree and decorations and a splendid hamper was left out for me. Very clean and comfortable. Well equipped. All the little touches make a difference. Thanks.

Reviewed by Jim 31st October 2020

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I would recommend this. We want to come back. The owners are friendly, helpful and generous (welcome tray with tea, milk, biscuits, wine). It is perfect for 2 people. We stayed a week and found plenty to do without travelling too far.

Reviewed by Christopher 3rd October 2020

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This converted shop is really well appointed, clean and comfortable. We liked the welcome Dorset tea, milk, biscuits and chocolates - a really welcoming sight. For my wife and I this was a perfect place to spend a week in comfort and so close to many places of interest.

Reviewed by Michael 26th September 2020

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The cottage was lovely and the hosts really welcoming, knocking on the door to say hello on the evening of our arrival. Facilities at the cottage were great and the welcome basket of wine, tea and sweet treats were really appreciated! Overall we would really recommend this cottage having had a lovely stay.

Reviewed by Mariella 19th September 2020

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We had a superb stay at this well equipped beautiful annex, with very well kept garden and region has plenty this to do and places to visit.

Reviewed by Caroline 12th September 2020

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Fabulous cottage with a real luxurious feel. Kitchen well equipped, everything looked new, shower room immaculate. Super clean throughout. Indulgent welcome pack. Although Sept, we were able to sit out in the evening sunshine on the patio. Ideally situated for exploring in all directions.

Reviewed by Michael 6th September 2020

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Lovely cottage. Linda and Roger were very welcoming and left us tea, milk, biscuits, chocolate and wine for our arrival even though we were a very last minute booking - we had booked the cottage just the day before. All very clean, warm and comfortable. The patio at the back was a real sun trap. Plenty of footpaths and nice walks in all directions.Read more Highly recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Michael 29th August 2020

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The cottage was beautiful and everything was perfect. A lovely welcome pack to make you feel at home. Lovely couple and nothing was too much trouble for them. Would go again

Reviewed by Megan 23rd August 2020

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Reviewed by Christopher 25th July 2020

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The cottage is well appointed and equipped. The village isn't itself wonderful, but very convenient for getting around. The bedroom window opens onto the main road at street level and we were concerned about noise if the window was open, but there is very little traffic and this was never a problem. The site is constrained and doesn't offer any kinRead mored of view, but the cottage itself is fine, comfortable and well equipped. Hide

Reviewed by Janna 11th July 2020

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This is a beautiful cottage, in a lovely little town, with on street parking and a gorgeous backyard. It is cozy, well-equipped, would be wonderful in any season, and had everything we needed. We would love to stay again if we are ever in the area.

Reviewed by Wendy 21st December 2019

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Location

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Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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