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
View across the rolling hills whilst planning your walks
Direct access from the kitchen
En-suite bathroom
Plan your day out
Countryside views
View towards the property
View across the front lawn and beyond
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2 / 15  Beautiful lounge/diner with exposed beams
3 / 15  Lounge with woodburner perfect for those cooler evenings
4 / 15  Dining area leading to the kitchen
5 / 15  Well-equipped kitchen
6 / 15  Kitchen area perfect for trying new recipes
7 / 15  King-size bedroom with countryside views
8 / 15  King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom
9 / 15  View across the rolling hills whilst planning your walks
10 / 15  Direct access from the kitchen
11 / 15  En-suite bathroom
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13 / 15  Countryside views
14 / 15  View towards the property
15 / 15  View across the front lawn and beyond

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, Lavassa coffee machine, 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
  • Lavassa coffee 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
  • 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 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Christine, 12th October 2018

Very clean and well presented cottage with lots of room for the two of us. The owners were very welcoming and helpful when needed. We visited in October when it was quiet. As there are several properties all together with play barn and a large grassy area this is an ideal spot for families but may not necessarily be a quiet retreat for a couple in Read morethe summer months. Otherwise the situation was quiet and very convenient for local attractions and lovely walks from the door. Hide

Reviewed by Lorna, 5th October 2018

Beautiful property, very comfortable and clean with excellent facilities. Great for the dog with secure garden. Lovely walks accessed straight from the property. We hope to return again next year.

Reviewed by Sarah, 21st August 2018

Lovely cottage and extremely well equipped. We loved our time there and are hoping to return.

Reviewed by Steven, 12th August 2018

Lovely cottage , perfect for a couple and centrally located in Dorset with walks across the downs from the front door and only a 30-45 minute drive to the coast.

Reviewed by Alan, 15th June 2018

Would recommend the cottage. It's one of the best we have stayed at .It was spacious and carefully equipped. The owners were very helpful .

Reviewed by David, 1st June 2018

We had a wonderful holiday. Our cottage was easy to find.There was no waiting around for the key and our cottage was perfect and we had everything that we needed, even down to the basic of tea, coffee and sugar and fresh milk in the fridge. The cottage was extremely clean, fresh and we enjoyed staying there. We would highly recommend the area to ouRead morer friends. We really do not have any negatives :) Hide

Reviewed by Amanda, 26th May 2018

I can not speak highly enough about this absolutely beautiful cottage. We were delighted to find everything spotless and incredibly tasteful with very pretty and high quality soft furnishings. Extremely well equipped With everything you may need. It was our first holiday with our dog Holly and there was even a little basket with doggy essentials inRead more. So thoughtful. Crisp bed linen and sparkling towels too. Thank you Hannah and Nigel for a 5 star holiday cottage. A perfect hideaway break. Hide

Reviewed by Malcolm, 13th May 2018

The accommodation is first class, well above the average accommodation we have stayed at. We appointed with an attention to detail beyond anything we have experienced before. Little touches like kitchen cleaning items are provided, hand soap, toilets roll etc, that we would normally bring along with tea, coffee and sugar, this all provided which waRead mores most welcome. To our surprise, a 4 pint milk, carton of orange juice and 4 choc o pans were left for us by the owner. Top nonch accommodation Hide

Reviewed by Charlotte, 16th April 2018

What an amazing time we had staying at No 1 Curwens. It was perfect so relaxing and our dog Libby love it to. Great location, lots of good dog walks on your doorstep and the coast is only 40/45 min away. Best hoiliday we had in ages

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.

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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
View across the rolling hills whilst planning your walks
Direct access from the kitchen
En-suite bathroom
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