View towards the property
Beautiful lounge/diner with exposed beams
Lounge with woodburner perfect for those cooler evenings
Dining area leading to the kitchen
Well-equipped kitchen
Kitchen area perfect for trying new recipes
King-size bedroom with countryside views
King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom
En-suite bathroom
Countryside views
View towards the property
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2 / 11  Beautiful lounge/diner with exposed beams
3 / 11  Lounge with woodburner perfect for those cooler evenings
4 / 11  Dining area leading to the kitchen
5 / 11  Well-equipped kitchen
6 / 11  Kitchen area perfect for trying new recipes
7 / 11  King-size bedroom with countryside views
8 / 11  King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom
9 / 11  En-suite bathroom
10 / 11  Countryside views
11 / 11  View towards the property

1 Curwens,

Melbury Abbas, Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 1
Complex of properties
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautiful barn conversion offering traditional yet contemporary interiors
  • A 5 minute drive from the pretty market town of Shaftesbury
  • Within a 5 minute drive to shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs
  • 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: 48717

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

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 private terrace you are met by the charming galley kitchen, which leads to the beautiful open-plan lounge/diner with oak flooring and exposed beams. Here you can cosy up in front the wood burner and watch the Smart TV or your favourite DVD. The lounge/diner leads to the well-equipped kitchen with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, washing machine and door to the private terrace. There is also an separate WC conveniently located on this floor too. Heading upstairs you will find a king-size bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC. This beautiful king-size bedroom has character features including exposed stonework and beams, it also boasts countryside views from the large dormer window which can be enjoyed with a morning coffee on the cosy sofa.

Venturing outside you will find a private terrace directly outside the kitchen door, perfect for outside dining with garden furniture and a BBQ. 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.

Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

  • 1 bedroom - 1 king-size
  • 1 bathroom
  • Kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment and washing machine
  • Wood burner - first basket of logs included
  • 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
  • 1 dog welcome. Dogs must be kept downstairs and a stairgate can be provided.
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Arrival time 3pm
  • Complex of 3 properties
  • Smart TV and DVD 
  • BBQ
  • 1 and 2 Curwens can be booked together to sleep 6, there is an interlinking internal door which on request can be opened to allow access to both properties. 

This property joined our collection in 2017 and is managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 20 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sarah, 29th March 2018

Lovely development of three holiday cottages. A little bit close to one another for complete privacy, but clean and new and in a very beautiful valley close to lots of lovely countryside and things to do. Fairly well equipped with bare basics, but dont expect any luxury touches, or even a rug in front of the fire.

Reviewed by Roger, 17th March 2018

A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting. Been refurbished to a high standard with modern fittings but retaining all the character of the barn on which it is based. The log burner came into its own during our visit as the Beast from the East paid us a visit! Hannah and Nigel were lovely hosts, on hand if needed and made us feel very welcome.

Reviewed by Sarah , 9th March 2018

The cottage looked even better than the images, beautifully decorated. Everything very high quality, beautiful location and hosts were lovely. Access to logs for wood burner which was great. Left wine and croissants for us as an added bonus. Everything thought of.

Reviewed by Clare, 23rd February 2018

Beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside on foot paths direct from the cottage and many attractions easily accessible by car,Lulworth cove and Durdle door. Hosts most welcoming,and the cottage a very high standard,so comfortable and warm. Our stay cut off by the snow has left us with many fond memories.We shall return,thankyou Nigel & Hannah.

Reviewed by Sally, 16th February 2018

The cottage was excellent, well laid out, very dog friendly plenty of walks around the area very impressed with welcoming pack from owners.

Reviewed by Fred, 9th February 2018

Owners offer a great experience to a calming retreat. Beautiful views from various windows up or down stairs of the countryside.

Reviewed by Emma, 11th November 2017

Beautiful, clean, cosy cottage with great facilities. Very dog friendly, left a whole basket full of goodies and useful bits.

Reviewed by Sarah, 25th October 2017

Great location, peaceful, beautiful and comfortable. Really high standard inside and out. Lovely places to eat out nearby.

Reviewed by Hannah, 21st October 2017

Just returned from a long weekend and will definitely be visiting again. We went on some the first day we woke up and decided to see what everyone was doing on the hill in front of us. Certainly views not to miss. Beautifully scenery, gorgeous cottage and good facilities.

Reviewed by Nick, 4th October 2017

Beautiful conversion with convenient accommodation and magnificent views. Just walk from the door through lovely countryside. Welcoming bottle of wine and croissants etc. Starter set of logs for the wood burner provided, which was fun although not needed as the underfloor heating was plenty warm enough. Short drive into Shaftesbury for shopping andRead more sightseeing. Hide

Reviewed by Jill, 8th September 2017

We loved our stay at this cottage - it was furbished to a high standard and was most comfortable and restful. Great for dog owners - lots of different walks from the cottage in a safe environment. Nigel, the owner, suggested we visit Ringstead Bay which we thoroughly recommend...indeed, we were spoilt for choice - so many wonderful places to visit!Read more Would definitely return and would recommend this cosy cottage to anyone, without question! Hide

Reviewed by Penny, 1st September 2017

The property was part of a beautifully converted barn belonging to a farm. There were two other properties in the complex but generally very peaceful. You can see the sheep and cows in the fields from the bedroom window as this was a working farm. This property had been lovingly styled and equipped. Everything was thought of. There were good pubs aRead moret a ten minute drive and lots of interesting places to visit. It was a great holiday. The owners left some provisions for us on arrival- so kind. Hide

Reviewed by Gillian, 29th June 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the owners Hannah and Nigel were very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed by Deb, 9th June 2017

Lovely modern conversion of old building. Underfloor heating for cosyness. Helpful owners. Good unmuddy walking with fantastic views from hills possible direct from property.

Reviewed by Lin, 2nd June 2017

The cottage is superb and and beautifully presented. The scenery from both the front and back windows is very good and several recognised footpaths within minutes from the cottage. The views from the nearby Compton Abbas Airfield are amazing AND they serve a very good breakfast too! Although in open countryside, there is a good selection of the maiRead moren supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Waitrose) with a short drive and not forgetting the friendly village pubs who serve good food at a reasonable price Hide

Reviewed by W, 23rd May 2017

Very nice place to stay. Beautiful views over the surrounding country side. Nice owners who also gave good information on excursions to make in the surroundings.

Reviewed by Mark, 28th April 2017

My wife an I stayed here for a week with our dog Ted and I have to say it was a perfect holiday for us all. The cottage was beautifully decorated, well equipped and as warm as the reception we recieved from the owners who were both charming. Highly recommended for accommodation and location!

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View towards the property
Beautiful lounge/diner with exposed beams
Lounge with woodburner perfect for those cooler evenings
Dining area leading to the kitchen
Well-equipped kitchen
Kitchen area perfect for trying new recipes
King-size bedroom with countryside views
King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom
En-suite bathroom
Countryside views
View towards the property


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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