Dining area perfect for family meals
Impressive well-equipped kitchen
Kitchen a perfect place to try out some new recipes
Listen to some music whilst cooking up a storm
Lounge/kitchen/diner with impressive apex ceiling
Impressive well-equipped kitchen
Lounge area a perfect place to relax and unwind
Stunning lounge area with woodburner for those cooler evenings
View towards the property with wood fired hot tub
Wood fired hot tub with surrounding countryside views
Countryside location
Relax in the hot tub
View towards the property boasting fabulous countryside views
View towards the property
King-size bedroom with TV and beautiful views
Stylish en-suite bathroom with hand held shower and WC
King-size zip and link with dressing room and en-suite bathroom
Relax in comfort
Cosy twin bedroom perfect for children
Luxury wet room with shower and WC
Upstairs king-size bedroom boasting countryside views
Enjoy a hot drink before getting up for the day ahead
Spacious entrace
View from the property
View of complex  towards Melbury Beacon
Property detail
Utility room perfect for storing muddy boots
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2 / 27  Impressive well-equipped kitchen
3 / 27  Kitchen a perfect place to try out some new recipes
4 / 27  Listen to some music whilst cooking up a storm
5 / 27  Lounge/kitchen/diner with impressive apex ceiling
6 / 27  Impressive well-equipped kitchen
7 / 27  Lounge area a perfect place to relax and unwind
8 / 27  Stunning lounge area with woodburner for those cooler evenings
9 / 27  View towards the property with wood fired hot tub
10 / 27  Wood fired hot tub with surrounding countryside views
11 / 27  Countryside location
12 / 27  Relax in the hot tub
13 / 27  View towards the property boasting fabulous countryside views
14 / 27  View towards the property
15 / 27  King-size bedroom with TV and beautiful views
16 / 27  Stylish en-suite bathroom with hand held shower and WC
17 / 27  King-size zip and link with dressing room and en-suite bathroom
18 / 27  Relax in comfort
19 / 27  Cosy twin bedroom perfect for children
20 / 27  Luxury wet room with shower and WC
21 / 27  Upstairs king-size bedroom boasting countryside views
22 / 27  Enjoy a hot drink before getting up for the day ahead
23 / 27  Spacious entrace
24 / 27  View from the property
25 / 27  View of complex towards Melbury Beacon
26 / 27  Property detail
27 / 27  Utility room perfect for storing muddy boots

Dukums House,

Melbury Abbas, Dorset
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautiful detached barn conversion offering traditional yet contemporary interiors
  • A 5 minute drive from the pretty market town of Shaftesbury
  • Network of countryside walks from the property
  • Excellent holiday base to explore this pretty county whatever the season
  • Take a day trip to the seaside resorts of Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth
Property code: 48814

Stylishly restored in 2017 this beautiful detached barn conversion is situated in the rural village of Melbury Abbas amid glorious Dorset countryside, boasting countryside views from the accommodation and gardens.

We are now delighted to welcome this fantastic home into our stylish and sought-after collection of Joules properties. The superb open-plan kitchen/diner will now have Joules’ quintessentially British crockery for mealtimes with other lovely accents peppered throughout the house.

Situated in the heart of Dorset’s beautiful landscape of rolling hills and open farmland affording wonderful walking, there are a network of footpaths directly from the property. The area offers a wealth of pretty villages, sandy beaches and a coastline which has world heritage status. The pretty market town of Shaftesbury, which itself is home to Gold Hill, known to many as “Hovis Hill” as it was used in the 70’s television adverts for Hovis bread, is 5 minutes away. The popular seaside resorts of Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth are worth a visit. Other attractions include Hayes Motor Museum, Longleat House and Safari Park, the beautiful gardens at Stourhead House, Salisbury Cathedral, Yeovilton Air Arm Museum and Monkey World.

Entering the property from the enclosed terrace you are met by a beautiful lounge/kitchen/diner with an impressive apex ceiling, exposed beams, sliding doors and oak flooring. Here you can relax and enjoy the countryside views while snuggled up in front the wood burner. Enjoy watching your favourite programme on the Smart TV or take time to enjoy a DVD. The impressive kitchen is very well equipped and is perfect to try out some new recipes or cook some old family favourites using the breakfast bar/island. The kitchen has an electric oven and hob, Lavassa coffee machine, microwave, fridge with ice compartment and dishwasher. The utility room has a fridge/freezer, washing machine and plenty of space for storing muddy boots. Leading from there are the ground floor bedrooms starting with the king-size with TV and beautiful views, the second super king-size zip-and-link (which can be made into a twin on request at time of booking) has a dressing room, TV and en-suite bathroom with hand held shower over bath and WC. You will then come to the third bedroom a cosy twin with TV, a great room for children. There is also a wet room with shower and WC conveniently located on this floor too. Heading upstairs you will find a king-size bedroom with TV. All four bedrooms are beautifully furnished and all king-size rooms boast countryside views.

Venturing outside you will find a private enclosed terrace directly outside the lounge/kitchen/diner doors, perfect for outside dining with garden furniture, BBQ and a wonderful wood fired hot tub. There are large shared gardens all enjoying the fabulous countryside views. Have fun in the shared open sided games barn with table tennis and table football. Ample off-road parking is available in the gravelled parking area.

  • 4 bedrooms – 2 super king-size, 1 king-size zip-and-link and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom and 1 wet room
  • Kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment and dishwasher
  • Lavassa coffee machine
  • Utility room - fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • Wood fired hot tub
  • Electric and under floor/central heating included
  • Shared open sided games barn with table tennis and table football
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Ample parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Regret no smoking
  • Regret no pets
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Arrival 3pm
  • Smart TV and DVD 
  • BBQ
  • Within a 5 minute drive to shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs
  • Discount for family of 5 people or less, please enquire

This property joined our collection in 2018 and is managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 37 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Peronel, 6th March 2020

Plenty of space inside and out, well equipped, the bedrooms are luxurious.

Reviewed by Chloe, 29th November 2019

Beautiful home, lovely location. We really appreciated all the extra touches which made it special, like the blankets, flip flops, cake and board games!

Reviewed by Sue, 22nd November 2019

Spent a birthday weekend with the family here. The place is so comfortable, we felt at home immediately. Excellent facilities and comfy beds. We tried the hot tub, difficult to regulate but great fun working it out. Our 2year old recommends the house for hide and seek!

Reviewed by Kathryn, 15th November 2019

Dukums House was the perfect place to stay for our special family get-together. The house is spotlessly clean, decorated to a high standard and very well-equipped. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful with fabulous walks. We really enjoyed the hot-tub and the games room. Hannah and Nigel are excellent hosts who are very welcoming and helpfulRead more. We wouldn't hesitate for a moment to return. Hide

Reviewed by Deanna, 1st November 2019

it is not the easiest place to get to! however, once there, it was lovely. the youngsters enjoyed the hot tub - at night! and there are walks with stunning views. the rain did not always help! but the bakery came up trumps with the birthday cake. the owner was very helpful and friendly.

Reviewed by Adam, 25th October 2019

Great house for a holiday, amazing space and lovely rural location for visiting the Dorset and adjacent areas. Wood fired hot tub absolutely brilliant. Would recommend.

Reviewed by Dave, 20th October 2019

The house and location are fantastic and peaceful. Good inventory, very clean and well managed property. The whole family enjoyed country walks to pubs, day trips to nearby towns and National Trust sites. A very relaxing few days, will definitely be back!

Reviewed by Jonny, 18th October 2019

Beautiful place. Would be really good for family get together. I went with a group of friends for a weekend break and it was lovely. No pavements locally so is not somewhere to "go for a walk" but a lovely place to stay.

Reviewed by Lynne, 21st September 2019

We feel so lucky to have stayed in this incredible property. The home is beautiful inside - the curtains, linens, and furniture have been so thoughtfully chosen - and the beds and pillows very comfortable. The showers were warm and we had everything we needed in the kitchen to be right at home as we puttered around. The view and location are beyondRead more beautiful! Right next door is an old church and being from America, we were all so charmed by the bells ringing in the evening. We hope to return! Hide

Reviewed by Jenny, 23rd August 2019

What a brilliant week we have just had. My husband is a manual wheelchair user and the property was ideal for him. Downstairs wet room is small but he was able to manage in there with his carers help and he could access the rest of the house and grounds with ease. It was such a relief to have such a spacious and user friendly place for him. The resRead moret of us loved the house. Kids made full use of grass areas, games in the shared open barn. Adults loved the hot tub and scenery. Tranquil. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Roy, 16th August 2019

Our whole family (8 of us) have just returned from a stay at Dukums House which we all loved. The accommodation was well appointed, spacious and created a perfect environment for the family to spend time / play games. We used the accommodation as a base to explore many of the sites within Dorset. It worked well for this. Nigel and Hannah (the ownerRead mores) were very friendly, inviting us to the annual village picnic and rounders match.... All in, lots of little touches to ensure a good stay!! Great Hide

Reviewed by Chantelle, 9th August 2019

I booked this place for myself, my partner, our children (7 & 8), my mother and my 88 year old grandmother. We rent a holiday home every year and this one definetly stands out as one of the best. It's location is excellent, beautiful and tranquil settings, close to Shaftesbury, with attractions such as Longleat, Poole harbour, Farmer Palmers and thRead moree New Forest not far away. The house has everything you need, and more. We would highly recommend this place for your next break! Hide

Reviewed by Sarwat, 2nd August 2019

A fantastic place for a get together with family or friends. Great for enjoying quality time together - we didn't need to go out often, as we wanted to spend time on site with the different facilities and views.

Reviewed by Alan, 26th July 2019

Lovely quiet setting with great views of Melbury Hill. Property was well cared for with everything and more that we needed.

Reviewed by Carol, 12th July 2019

Cant recommend this enough. The owners are so helpful and friendly, the cottage is the best equipped place that we have stayed in (and we often book cottages). There is so much to do locally. We wished we had a fortnight there. Loved it.

Reviewed by Sofka, 31st May 2019

This was perfect for our family get together. The barn is beautifully converted and very well equipped. We all had comfy beds and crisp linen. All in a beautiful setting.

Reviewed by Mark, 19th May 2019

We had an absolutely fantastic time. The location is perfect and hosts very helpful and welcoming. The property is clean, warm and very spacious with everything you could ask for. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Christie, 17th May 2019

Beautiful holiday cottages in perfect location. I stayed here with my bridal party and it was ideal as there are a number of cottages to rent all within the same court yard. Hannah is a fantastic host.

Reviewed by David, 8th May 2019

Dukums House is a fantastic property - it's spacious, very well equipped and in a really stunning setting (thoroughly recommend taking a walk through the sheep field and up the hill opposite for some stunning views). The owners are lovely and really happy to help with anything you need and there's plenty of things to do with just a little bit of drRead moreiving. It's a lovely place and I would definitely recommend staying here. Hide

Reviewed by Mark, 15th March 2019

What a splendid barn conversion, a large spacious area for family gatherings with a log burner, comfortable bedrooms with a real country feel and glorious scenery. The owners were very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed by Amy, 15th February 2019

We had a fantastic break as two families with children aged 7-9 years. The children loved the hot tub and the amount of out door games available to play with was an added bonus. A beautiful field was just opposite the property where we had a big game of cricket.

Reviewed by Kellie, 1st February 2019

We had a lovely, relaxing break. The house was very nice, comfortable & well equipped. We were a group of 7 & there was plenty space. The owner is very friendly & helpful. Cant recommend this property highly enough.

Reviewed by Suzanne, 25th January 2019

We loved the house, the touches of essentials in the kitchen was great. The house location for a chilled weekend is perfect, a nice long country walk over the hills and returning to the hot tub was just perfect.. its a really socialable space and worked well for a friends weekend.. the hosts were super friendly and accommodating..

Reviewed by Jess, 18th January 2019

This cottage is wonderful for a weekend away with friends! There was lots of activities on offer from board games to country walks. The cottage was spacious and well equipped and the owners were very friendly.

Reviewed by Kelly, 21st December 2018

This property is absolutely beautiful. Its modern and superbly finished. The location is idillic, perfect for hikers and star gazers. A wonderful place for our big family group to spend Christmas. With everything you need, pots, pans, servings bowls etc. to cook a full Christmas lunch for 8. Very friendly owners, especially Nigel who started the hoRead moret tub fire for us. Hide

Reviewed by Georgina, 7th December 2018

We had such a wonderful stay in this beautiful house! Thank you so much for a lovely weekend! And for all the lovely little extras such as bathrobes. We would love to come back thank you for being so accomodating!

Reviewed by Lisa, 30th November 2018

The owners are really helpful and nothing is too much bother. The accommodation is absolutely amazing and done to the highest speck. This was our second time here and looking forward to going to again next year.

Reviewed by Tim, 26th October 2018

Idyllic location, wonderful establishment, very well furnished. All superb except the wet room combined with the toilet does not work that well.

Reviewed by Pam, 7th September 2018

We stayed as a family for my mothers 80th birthday. It is in an amazing location the surrounding countryside is beautiful. At night the sky is filled with the most wonderful display of stars due to the lack of light pollution. Shaftesbury is a lovely town with so much history. The house it's self is a great family space, roomy and comfortable. The Read morehosts were super helpful and friendly. We will be coming back for sure. Hide

Reviewed by Heidi, 24th August 2018

An absolutely stunning property and area. We had a wonderful week away at Dukums house. Lots to do if you are willing to drive an hour-Longleat safari park, beaches and countryside walks. We enjoyed the hot tub on a number of evenings and the teenagers loved the barn with the table tennis and table football.

Reviewed by Luke, 17th August 2018

This property is nice and spacious very quite and peaceful there are lots of places to go in driving distance or hikes on the doorstep if you dont want to drive

Reviewed by Victoria, 10th August 2018

This house is beautiful and in a stunning location. The house has been well decorated and is fully equipped with everything you need for the trip away. There is also a hot tub which looks amazing but due to the weather we didnt get to use. 3 of the 4 bedrooms are large doubles and are beautifully decorated. The 4th bedroom was large enough for my tRead morewo children but Im not sure it would be big enough for two adults. The main downside is the lack of bathroom, there is one ensuite and a wetroom. Hide

Reviewed by Gerrit, 13th July 2018

Great stay! Very nice and spacious cottage. Spend a week with a familie of 4. Very well equipped.

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Dining area perfect for family meals
Impressive well-equipped kitchen
Kitchen a perfect place to try out some new recipes
Listen to some music whilst cooking up a storm
Lounge/kitchen/diner with impressive apex ceiling
Impressive well-equipped kitchen
Lounge area a perfect place to relax and unwind
Stunning lounge area with woodburner for those cooler evenings
View towards the property with wood fired hot tub
Wood fired hot tub with surrounding countryside views
Countryside location
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