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An idyllic Dorset cabin perfectly positioned in the ‘Gateway to the South West', where you'll discover a little something for everyone to enjoy, including the dog.

Close to the enchanting town of Shaftesbury on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border, this two-person extended shepherd's hut is a blissfully peaceful escape that is also a perfect base for exploring a whole wealth of lively attractions.  This means a break at the Lakeside Hut not only offers something for everyone, it's also an ideal haven for those looking for a cosily original place to stay.

The cabin is located on the edge of a thriving carp lake in the renowned Blackmore Vale, with fishing allowed (no permits required) and plenty of scope for birdwatching with many varieties frequent and friendly visitors...why not see if you can identify them from their unique song?

Blackmore Vale is celebrated for its natural beauty, and with soothing views of lush greenery and the gently rippling lake right from your balcony, it's hard to imagine a more ideal setting to forget all about cares back home.

The cabin is beautifully decorated both inside and out to blend in with its natural surroundings, featuring intricate décor, fresh colours and including everything you need for a stylish country break.  Take short steps to the front door and enter a spacious studio living area that includes a sitting/dining area, kitchen and generous sleeping space featuring two single beds, with a warming shower room and toilet also included.

Why not begin your holiday by lighting the electric fire, curling up on the cosy sofa with a steaming mug of fresh coffee and planning your itinerary - because with so much to see and do all around, you won't want to miss anything out! 

The kitchen area is well-equipped with an electric hob and a combi microwave, oven and grill, ideal for preparing a hearty breakfast to set you up for a day of endless fishing and exploring!  Later on, perhaps treat yourselves to a tasty barbecue and enjoy a sizzling al-fresco meal as you swap laughter-filled stories from the day, relaxing glass of bubbles in hand of course.

With three shared acres of land to roam and a carp lake close by, you won't have to go very far to begin your holiday adventures. There's also a tempting array of independent shops, pubs and restaurants nearby, all waiting to be discovered.

Gillingham and close by Shaftesbury are steeped in rich history dating back to the times of King Alfred, with a wealth of fascinating local knowledge to take in as you stroll around the ruins of the abbey, or pay a visit to the Gold Hill Museum...after you've walked up Gold Hill itself, setting of the famous ‘Hovis' advertisement.  Why not pack up a picnic (perhaps with Hovis-made sandwiches!) and enjoy stunning views over the Blackmore Vale?

Further afield, you'll soon find you're perfectly positioned to enjoy a whole wealth of celebrated attractions, from Stonehenge to the Jurassic Coast, oh - and not forgetting the delights of Bournemouth, Bath and Bristol. 

Pet-friendly, you'll even be able to bring the dog along...so don't miss out on visiting this calming slice of Dorset, for a restful break you can truly tailor-make to include everything you love about being away from home for a while!

Things to note


No smoking permitted, pets are permitted at no extra cost by prior arrangement, paddock available by arrangement, onsite fishing available by prior arrangement, welcome pack provided.

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The basics

Region: Gillingham, Dorset
Cost (from): £166 (2 nights)
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 307

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Facilities

Sleeps 2, bedroom area, two single beds, bedding & towels included, shower room, toilet, kitchen, electric hob, combination microwave/oven/grill, living room, Freeview TV, WiFi, outdoor decking area and seating, BBQ, parking for 2 cars.

Local activities

Fishing, walking, cycling, horse riding, museums, hot air balloon, bird watching, vineyards, art centres, Jurassic Coast.

At a glance

  • Extended shepherd's hut in Gillingham, Dorset, sleeping 2 people in single beds.
  • Parking is available for two cars, with a paddock also available by arrangement.
  • The carp lake is 20 yards from the cabin, with fishing permitted (no permit required).
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels are all included, along with a welcome pack. There is no smoking, and well-behaved pets are permitted.
  • Situated in the ‘Gateway to the South West', the cabin is perfectly positioned to enjoy historic Gillingham and Shaftesbury, as well as providing an ideal base to explore Bath, Bournemouth and Bristol. Local shops, pubs and restaurants are nearby.
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