Wi-fi internet access.
Low season £375 - £650 pw.
High season £480 - £650 pw.
Bookings: Fri Fri.
For further details please contact:
Mrs Jane Cecil
Tel: 01747 811081
Fax: 01747 812029
Last minute vacancies during weeks:Reload this mapConverted stables close to our main house but standing in the most magnificent setting. The cottage is only a few feet from a large fenced off pond that is about 100 metres long and 4m deep in the middle. It is fed by four freshwater springs and is the head of the Twyford Brook.
25 acres of land surround the cottage and our fields are grazed by sheep. You can occasionally see foxes, badgers, deer, buzzards, hobbies, woodpeckers, rabbits and wild flowers in the spring. National Trust land backs on to us with many footpaths. The cottage has a small garden area, but you have freedom to roam across our fields and wood.Accommodation
Shaftesbury is famous for its 'Gold Hill', the Hovis Bread cobbled street advertisement with boy and bicycle and Shaftesbury Abbey ruins and museum.
- The cottage contains two attractive bedrooms, one twin and one double. Each bedroom has its own modern en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.
- The small sitting room has lovely views of the lake and rolling hills. It has a freeview television, and Tape/ Radio/ CD player. Radios in all bedrooms, Wi-fi internet access. DVD player on request.
- The galley kitchen has a small fridge with ice-box and a four-ringed gas hob, electric toaster, electric kettle, microwave and a separate roasting/grilling ovenette. You have an additional full size gas cooker, refrigerator with ice-box, dishwasher and automatic washing machine in the laundry room (access through the second bedroom or from outside).
- The cottage has oil-fired central heating and radiators have individual thermostatic controls.
BIRD WATCHERS PARADISE
The following birds were spotted between 20th and 23rd April 2012:
Moorhen (nesting), Little Grebe (nesting), Tufted duck, Mallard, Common Buzzard, Raven, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit (nesting), Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Tree Creeper, Dunnock.
Very close by on Melbury Down traces of Bronze Age field systems are discernible with a singular burial mound at the top of the slope just before Compton Abbas airfield. Note also the large and impressive Ranch Boundary, bank and ditch on the sloped of Melbury Hill to the north. The visible remains of prehistory can be seen by the two cross dykes found within the site.
OUTSTANDING CONSERVATION AREA
Fontmell and Melbury Down is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, lying in the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is part of the South Wessex Downs Environmentally Sensitive Area. It has gained European status since being designated a Special Area of Conservation in respect of its large number of endemic early gentians which flower in May. It is also a regionally important Geomorphological Site for the significance of Melbury Hill (seen from Pond Cottage) and the interlocking spurs of Melbury Down.
"Many thanks for our wonderful stay in your "little paradise". Pond Cottage is delightful and so very well equipped (even needle and thread!!). Our intention before arriving was to visit several places but found we were so relaxed and 'comfy' there, we only left it to eat out. Look forward to visiting again in the near future. (can't wait!)" DL.
"My wife, daughter and I stayed in Pond cottage in May and used it as a base to go to Peppa Pig world near Southampton. The cottage was lovely; well equipped with everything we needed and set in a truly picturesque and wonderfully tranquil location. Our host was attentive and helpful and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to stay in. A hotel, or here is just a no brainer. Many thanks NB"
"We have had a lovely stay in the cottage, enjoying the beauty, figs, fishing, eggs and barbecues. We look forward to coming back sometime soon. M & J"
Thank you very much for the eggs from the chickens. We had a very nice stay in your lovely cottage. BH