The open fire adds even more character to this lovely barn conversion.
The well-equipped kitchen and dining-area.
The front of Dairyman's Cottage with a pretty little sitting-out area, which is attached to Hatts Barn (2093).
Free-range farmyard ducks, chickens and guinea fowl will delight children.
This view shows Dairyman's Cottage (2093) and Hatts Barn (2093) in their fabulous rural setting.
Looking across the open plan living-area from the front door.
Plenty of space to relax and unwind.
The bright twin bedroom.
The master bedroom looks out over the little lane to the fields beyond.
Hatts Farm is situated on a quiet lane.
The family bathroom in Dairyman's Cottage is fresh and contemporary.
Dairyman's Cottage is a cosy barn conversion.
Hatts Farm has a very rural feel to it.
The historic Saxon town of Shaftesbury is less than two miles away.
These beautiful bluebell woods are a two minute walk down the lane.
You can easily spend a whole day at the National Trust's Stourhead Gardens.
Hatts Farm nestles in the panoramic view of the Dorset/Wiltshire countryside.
Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument and World Heritage Site, is a 40 minute drive away (photograph copyright English Heritage).
Salisbury is famous for the Cathedral but also has regular markets to visit.
The Benett Arms at Semley, a traditional 16th Century Inn and freehouse, is a short drive away.
Iconic Durdle Door on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast an hour from the cottage.
The New Forest National Park has ponies, cattle and pigs roaming free.
Bicycle hire is available in the villages of Burley and Brockenhurst, there are miles of cycle tracks through ancient woodland and open heathland.
The ammonite pavement at Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis, a great place for fossil hunting.
The RSPB nature reserve on Brownsea Island which has lots of visiting birds and the added attraction of peacocks and red squirrels.
If you like primates, Monkey World is a rescue and rehabilitation centre where you can see plenty of them.
Hatts Farm nestles into the hillside amid the stunning countryside on the Dorset and Wiltshire border.

Dairyman’s Cottage


1.7 miles NE of Shaftesbury / Sleeps 4 + cot

7 Nights from £390 - £897

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Benett Arms Semley (1 ½ miles)

Dating back to the seventeenth century, this pub is centrally located in the village in beautiful countryside. Food is traditional pub grub and reasonably priced with outside seating on the village green opposite.

Nearest beach

Rockley Sands Beach (23 miles)

Rockley Sands beach in Poole is a small sand and mud beach, with facilities including a cafe, shop, toilets, equipment hire and parking. There is also disabled access and the beach is dog-friendly all year. Swimming at low tide should not be attempted due to strong currents.

Nearest walk

Shaftesbury Round Walk (1 ¾ miles)

Courtesy of the website this walk starts in Shaftesbury and takes in the ancient woodland site of Kingsettle Wood. This particular walk is about seven and a half miles long and medium difficulty.

Nearest town

Shaftesbury (1 ¾ miles)

Another famous haunt of the novelist Thomas Hardy, Shaftesbury has some of England’s most fascinating architecture, including the famous cobbled street of Gold’s Hill and the ruins of the abbey which date back to 888AD. The town sits at the top of a hill with panoramic views in every direction over Dorset and Wiltshire. Despite its glorious position and the beauty of its buildings and streets, Shaftesbury remains unspoilt by tourism.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hill October 2013

Really worth a visit

We thought this would be more 'touristy' with the attraction of the Gold Hill. We stayed nearby and could have enjoyed pottering into Shaftesbury everyday. Turnbulls Deli and Cheese shop is amazing. (bring deep pockets). There are lots of cafes and independent clothes, gift shops and galleries to dip into. We didn't even get time to go to the Abbey but there are some fantastic views across the vale in the park area next to the Abbey entrance. A really friendly small market town, which even has an excellent curry house (Chutneys) which was an unexpected bonus.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Vesey-Wells November 2011

Shaftesbury is a lovely little town with an excellant bakery and nearby Hovis hill (Gold Hill)

Also nearby

Stourhead (8 ¼ miles)

World famous landscaped gardens with a magnificent lake as centrepiece. Certainly worth a visit to see the classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare, exotic trees. Why not combine a walk around the garden with a visit to the house, restaurant and shop with opening time information available on their Web site.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe October 2014


This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Merriman September 2013


A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.

Chutney's Restaurant (1 ½ miles)

A well established Indian restaurant serving both traditional and contemporary cuisine. A take-away service is available and booking is recommended.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hicks August 2014

Hidden gem

Definitely worth a visit, gets very busy at weekends so go early! Plenty of choice on the menu, beautifully cooked chef's specials, polite service, just what you need. My husband ordered 'off menu' and they were happy to oblige.

Stitchncraft (1 ¼ miles)

If you are interested in the art of bead craft, knitting or crochet, you are sure to find a workshop here to suit your tastes. All course listings are on the Website.

The Artisans Bakery (1 ½ miles)

A real gem of a find, set in the heart of Shaftesbury, just off the high street. A beautiful old building with stone floors and huge fireplace with a great range of bread and a cafe. The loaves look amazing - perfect for sitting around with cheese and wine and pulling off chunks.

The Green Rock Cafe (1 ½ miles)

Lots of organic, wholefood dishes with a Mediterranean influence.

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