Brookland Barn is all on one level in a tranquil setting facing south, with rural views from every window.
The open plan living-room is a bright and sociable space, the perfect place to relax.
The kitchen area has all that you need to create a special holiday feast, the village shop always has fresh local produce.
The master bedroom has a high quality 5ft bed and looks out onto the garden.
The fully enclosed garden is the perfect place to relax and listen to the birds.
The front door is a stable-door and the south-facing patio and terrace are a sun-trap.
Brookland Barn is in the most tranquil rural setting.
The French doors open onto the patio, perfect for a lazy breakfast.
The French doors allow the light to flood in.
Nearby, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury has a Benedictine Abbey, which at its peak had the largest women's religious community in England.
The local pub is just half a mile away - a two minute drive or a ten minute walk from Brookland Barn.
The en suite to the master bedroom.
The en suite shower-room has a large shower with a small step up into it.
An array of books invite you to relax and indulge.
The light twin room has super comfy 3ft beds and a narrow French door looking over the garden.
The family bathroom has a fitted shower with drench head.
The south facing patio is perfect for afternoon tea.
There is even more, a delightful summer-house with electricity and the mill stream trickling away behind it.
The summer-house is an unexpected little haven, and has beautiful hand-made curtains.
Nearby Sturminster Mill, an ancient flour mill on the River Stour, with three floors of working machinery to explore.
Salisbury Cathedral is a magnificent building, the cloisters and green give a relaxed feel to this small city, about 40 minutes from the barn.
Stonehenge, where you can marvel at the creation of our Neolithic ancestors. Picture courtesy of English Heritage.
The New Forest is about 50 minutes away, perfect for a day trip, you can wander through the ancient woodland or hire bikes in Burley or Brockenhurst and explore miles of paths and tracks.
Nearby woodland offers beauty all year round.
West Bay and the Jurassic Coast is an hour away, there is a quirky vintage centre near the coast; this working fishing port offers day fishing trips.
The market town of Wareham gateway to the Jurassic coast has much to offer, including kayak hire, summer boat trips, or just sit and watch the world go by.
The Isle of Purbeck looking back towards Bournemouth bay, home to some fabulous heath species and the RSBP nature reserve at Arne is well worth a visit.
Dorset Wildlife Trust manage the lagoon on Brownsea Island, breeding ground for many species of bird, a day boat trip can include a tour of Poole harbour too. The lagoon has a webcam.
The village of Corfe is dominated by the castle, the guided tour gives some fabulous views.
Lulworth Cove is spectacular and busy most of the year round.
Dorset's iconic Durdle Door, with the Isle of Portland in the far distance.
Further afield, Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb is on the Jurassic Coast and offers a chance to relax by the coast.
The Abbey town of Sherborne has a relaxed feel to it, with some fabulous indpendent shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Jurassic coastline all along the Isle of Purbeck is spectacular.
Every window has a beautiful rural outlook.

Brookland Barn


3.8 miles S of Shaftesbury / Sleeps 4 + cot

7 Nights from £465 - £1070

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

Nearest pub

The Fontmell (½ mile)

A beautifully restored bar and restaurant which offers traditional, seasonal food served in a tasteful, serene environment.

Nearest beach

Rockley Sands Beach (18 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

Melbury Beacon and Downs (2 ¼ miles)

A National Trust area of Natural Beauty taking in chalk downland. This three mile, quite challenging circular walk has some lovely views of the surrounding area but take note, it gets muddy after wet weather and although dogs are allowed on a lead, you may need to lift them over a stile.

Nearest town

Shaftesbury (3 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 (12 miles)

Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.

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.

Goldhill Organic Farm Shop (2 ¾ miles)

Stock up on organic veg and British beef grown and reared on the farm. Goldhill has been an organic farm since 1988.

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

October 2008

Gold Hill Farm Shop

Great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as groceries, yoghurts and cold meats. They do turkeys at Christmas and run a box scheme.

- J Barber

Milestones Tea Rooms (1 mile)

Indulge in a Dorset cream tea.

Chutney's Restaurant (3 ¾ 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.

Plumber Manor (6 ¼ miles)

Crisp white table linen, impeccable service and fabulous food.

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

Mrs Carsley July 2011

Excellent food in beautiful country house. In all guides. Welcoming atmosphere. A special night out.

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