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View towards the lodge
View from the lodge
Lounge with far reaching countryside views
Light and airy lounge
Kitchen/dining room
Kitchen
Enjoy the views from the enclosed porch area
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
Covered outside seating area
View from the lodge
Shaftesbury's famous Gold Hill
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2 / 13  View from the lodge
3 / 13  Lounge with far reaching countryside views
4 / 13  Light and airy lounge
5 / 13  Kitchen/dining room
6 / 13  Kitchen
7 / 13  Enjoy the views from the enclosed porch area
8 / 13  Double bedroom
9 / 13  Double bedroom
10 / 13  Covered outside seating area
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12 / 13  View from the lodge
13 / 13  Shaftesbury's famous Gold Hill

The Lodge At Paynes Place Farm

Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Working farm
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Log Cabin / Lodge
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Detached lodge-style property sleeping two
  • Idyllic romantic retreat
  • Tranquil rural location in the grounds of the owners’ smallholding
  • Enclosed lawn garden with covered veranda
  • Located just a mile from Shaftesbury town centre
Property code: PPLOD

Romantic and rustic detached lodge enjoying a secluded location on the owners’ smallholding, surrounded by fields, and yet just one mile from the historic town of Shaftesbury.

The tranquil countryside surroundings of this property belie the fact that it is situated just one mile from the attractive historic town of Shaftesbury. Eagle-eyed visitors will recognise the town’s sleep cobbled Gold Hill as the location used in the famously nostalgic Hovis adverts, and it is this quaint feeling that gives the town its unique atmosphere. There is a good range of shops in the town, as well as a choice of cafes and pubs, alongside an interesting history museum and the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey. Further afield but still within easy reach, other attractions in the area include Longleat Safari Park, The Fleet Air Arm Museum, and the cathedral city of Salisbury.

Set within a thirty-acre smallholding, this romantic log cabin makes a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all. A single step leads to the front veranda, which guests cross on their way to the front door, opening onto the enclosed porch, where there is a seating area with table and chairs. Moving through to the main living space, the lounge is a lovely homely space with two sofas, a TV/DVD, and hi-fi. From the lounge, a doorway leads to the spacious kitchen/diner where guests will find a dining table seating four, as well as an oven, hob, microwave, fridge with freezer section, and washing machine. The property has one bedroom, a book-lined double room which benefits from a small sofa and armchair making it a great space to relax with a book before turning in. The en-suite bathroom, meanwhile, offers a bath, hand-held shower, and WC. It is also possible to request a fold-out single bed which can be set up in the property’s porch, which has a privacy curtain separating it from the lounge.

Outside, there is a traditional covered veranda to the front of the property with a table and chairs, which enjoys views over the enclosed lawn gardens.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 double bedroom, plus additional fold-out single bed available on request
  • En-suite bathroom with bath, handheld shower, and WC
  • TV/DVD and hi-fi
  • Kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, fridge with freezer section, and washing machine
  • Electric and central heating included
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Shops and pubs 1 miles, beach 1 hour’s drive

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 19 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Beverly 9th July 2021

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Comfortable lodge in a stunning location, the owners, Norman and Bev, were the perfect hosts without being intrusive. The farm has land to roam on, with two lakes. We were greeted on arrival with two inquisitive peacocks. The sunsets were amazing. Great for just relaxation with a book or as a base for exploring Dorset.

Reviewed by Hilary 25th June 2021

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The Lodge is in a perfect location for seeing a great deal of wildlife including foxes and deer. The lake and meadows are beautiful, with resident Canada geese, heron, coot and occasionally a buzzard! The accommodation is very comfortable and the view, spectacular! We recommend the Udder Farm Shop on the A30 for anyone with a dog who needs a local Read moreoutdoor place to eat, the food and service are excellent. Duncliffe wood is perfect for dog-walks! Hide

Reviewed by Jessica 18th June 2021

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Reviewed by John 4th June 2021

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A rustic retreat just 2 mins drives or 15 min walk from Shaftsbury. For us it was the perfect getaway to relax and recharge. The hosts was amazing and being able to use the summerhouse by the lake was such a wonderful and unexpected bonus. The property is really cosy and has everything you need and the location is perfect. If you are looking for anRead more away from it all break within easy reach of a lovely town with some great places to visit close by you will not be disappointed. Hide

Reviewed by Alan 3rd May 2021

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This is the peaceful, cosy, remote place that it appears. The view across the valley is beautiful and the sunsets amazing. I had a good 4g signal so the no WiFi was not a problem. Well fitted out with a good range a cooking equipment. When outside you do hear the road very slightly in the far distance, but nothing nearby - this would not bother mosRead moret people. In the countryside but with shops 5 mins drive away. Would love to stay again! Hide

Reviewed by Jacqueline 23rd April 2021

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Perfect location! Staying at the Lodge feels like being in the middle of the countryside but Shaftesbury is within walking distance. The Lodge makes a great base from which to explore the local area. There are great views from the veranda, lots of wildlife to watch and amazing sunsets to appreciate. The Lodge is cosy and comfortable and provided evRead moreerything we required. The owners are very welcoming and friendly. Would thoroughly recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Angela 16th April 2021

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An amazingly comfortable warm cottage in unbelievable countryside. It's also well equipped. You could sit looking at view from the terrace all day, seeing the wildlife go past. Yet the centre of Shaftesbury is 20 minutes' walk away. The owners are very helpful and friendly.

Reviewed by Susan 16th October 2020

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Magnificent views across valley. Well placed for visiting and walking. Shaftesbury is fascinating. The lodge is peaceful and full of wildlife - a deer prancing across in front of your window - wow! The ownsers very kindly give access to their lake and surrounding area including summer house. The lodge is very warm, cosy and comfortable inside. DecoRead morer deliberately 'old fashioned' in a modern way with oak panelling. We love that sort of thing. Brilliant holiday - recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Graeme 10th October 2020

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Reviewed by Sarah 2nd October 2020

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The location is perfect to travel around and visit different locations And landmarks. Right on the border of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset. The lodge is absolutely gorgeous and spacious with beautiful views and located on fabulous land. The owners were welcoming and very friendly. We went for a walk around the property and seen a fox sunbathingRead more and a deer drinking some water from the lake. Outside our windows we could see the King Alfred monument At Stourhead. Definitely take binoculars. Hide

Reviewed by Heidi 25th September 2020

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A perfect retreat in Dorset. Well stocked cabin, very cosy and warm. A well presented property. The garden is secure for dogs . We were lucky enough to see deer, owls and buzzards in the garden The views are gorgeous and the hosts were extremely welcoming and kind. Highly recommend this cabin. No WiFi for you techy people, we were happy with that, Read morebut I guess some folk would find it difficult. Ideal for walkers and to explore Dorset and the surrounding counties. Hide

Reviewed by Sally 11th September 2020

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It is very cosy, an idyllic retreat to have peace and quiet and be relaxed. It feels remote, but it is not far from civilisation!

Reviewed by Victor 4th September 2020

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The location is ideal for the town of Shaftesbury. The views are very nice. It was wonderful to see 2 deers within 50 yards of the property. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The only issue we had is there is constant road noise.

Reviewed by Nigel 14th August 2020

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Location is stunning and owner very friendly.

Reviewed by Linda 1st November 2019

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This cottage is suitable for couples/those who have come to ramble. Somewhere to hang your hat at the end of the day. It is not pet, child or disabled friendly. The 'extra bed' is in a cold porch, no lighting, no heating, no electric, not suitable for sleeping. The owner, Norman, was welcoming. The site of the cottage is central/great for walks andRead more seeing the many sites around. Not impressed with this property's standards. Hide

Reviewed by Sue 11th October 2019

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The cottage was in a great location. And the view was marvellous. We had two great sunsets. Its not to far to walk into the village but it is up hill. The couple that own the cottage are very friendly and helpful nothing is to much trouble to them. We will go back

Reviewed by Tim 20th September 2019

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Despite a couple of rainy days, the conservatory and covered 'verandah' gave us good space. In addition, the dining area was nicely separated from the lounge. Overall, a very good week.

Reviewed by Sarah 9th August 2019

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There was nowhere you could plug in a hairdryer near a mirror so you could style your hair. The shower temperature was not regulated so the higher you raised the shower head the colder the water became. The shower head did not have a wall fixing so had to be hand-held. The corrugated translucent veranda roof was covered in debris which made the proRead moreperty dark and the gutters were blocked so the rain overflowed and splashed the floor. Hide

Reviewed by Francis 21st June 2019

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View towards the lodge
View from the lodge
Lounge with far reaching countryside views
Light and airy lounge
Kitchen/dining room
Kitchen
Enjoy the views from the enclosed porch area
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
Covered outside seating area
Show 1 moreView from the lodge

Location

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