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Apple Tree Cottage

Shillingstone near Sturminster Newton, Dorset (Ref. 925256)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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46 Customer Review(s)

  • Kerry

    “Wonderful little cottage, we had a fabulous week.”

    Co-op, pub, tearoom are within walking distance, there are some great walks, and a good base for Shaftesbury & the coast. :-D

    - Kerry, March 2022

The property

Dating back to 1730 in the village of Shillingstone in north Dorset is Apple Tree Cottage, a traditional terrace property boasting character from the outside and contemporary holiday accommodation inside.

Suitable for a small family or group of friends with its two bedrooms, this property well-placed for walking and getting outdoors.

A charming sitting room has many features to endear itself to your party, set on tiled flooring an old brick fireplace with a rugged wooden mantle housing the woodburning stove sits at centre stage, in front of the classic style sofas underneath modern spotlights.

A bright and open kitchen provides a tranquil place to make use of the excellent range of appliances set within the sleek off-white units.

A dining table is there to gather around, overlooking the glass patio doors that lead to the idyllic cottage garden.

As the evening draws to a close, find your resting spot in one of the two bedrooms including a king-size and a twin, with cute cottage-style decoration set under exposed wooden beams on the ceiling, contrasting against the bright white walls.

Take advantage of your location and head out on the bikes and explore the local cycle paths and mountain biking routes, test your limits in new surroundings while taking in the gorgeous landscapes.

Not far away is the pretty town of Sturminster Newton, a favourite of Thomas Hardy's, in the Blackmore Vale with picturesque scenery and the Stour Valley Way running for 64 miles along the River Stour.

Apple Tree Cottage will make the perfect spot to enjoy the delights of Dorset.


  • Two bedrooms
  • 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating and woodburner
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher,washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking for 1 car beside a lane within 50 yards, on a first come, first served basis
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed patio with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome downstairs only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: The steep stairs may not be suitable for people with limited mobility
  • Note: Intermittent mobile phone reception
  • Note: The cottage is situated beside a country lane and therefore some associated traffic noise can be heard.

About the location


Sturminster Newton 4 miles; Blandford Forum 5.5 miles.

The friendly village of Shillingstone can be found beside River Stour, in the heart of North Dorset’s Blackmore Vale, only a short drive from the bustling Georgian market town of Blandford Forum. Once on the Somerset and Dorset railway line, the village is proud of its beautifully restored station. Locally there are a wealth of well marked footpaths, criss-crossing the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the local pub welcoming you with refreshments after your stroll. Within easy reach are the ancient towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne, whilst the scenic Dorset Jurassic Coast is also easily accessible. An attractive Dorset village providing a rural base from which to explore this lovely area at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas