Cottage Holidays in Fontmell Magna, Dorset, England

What could be more idyllic as a base for your self-catering holiday than a village with pretty thatched cottages, a stream passing through it, and gorgeous countryside surrounding it? Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Add to that a shop with a post office, a pub, some lovely gardens and a main road giving fast access to nearby towns and you have Fontmell Magna. For days out, the south coast is easily accessible by car as is the New Forest National Park.


Information on Cottage Holidays in Fontmell Magna

For your break away, choose from rural country cottages in the countryside surrounding Fontmell Magna or for something really special a thatched country cottage in the village. Wherever you choose to stay we’re confident that you’ll find Fontmell Magna a charming and peaceful place.

Situated on the A 350 between Shaftesbury and Blanford Forum in north Dorset, Fontmell Magna is a popular place for walkers and for those who enjoy the beauty of undulating countryside. At one time the village had four working mills feeding from the Fontmell brook that rises at a lake behind one of these mills, now known as Springhead, which also features some delightful gardens. As the brook meanders its way through the village on its way to the river Stour it actually passes through the pub, ‘The Fontmell’. This was planned when the pub, then known as ‘The Crown’ was renovated and extended to accommodate the brook between the new dining area and the bar. Apart from this unique feature the pub is full of character with the dining area looking more like a library and odd antique chairs adding to its charm.

When enjoying a cottage break in this part of the West Country why not visit the village’s imposing church which has parts dating back to the 15th century. St. Andrews was extensively restored in the 19th century but the tower is original. The church also has a 12th century font. One landmark in Fontmell, unfortunately no longer visible, was the village gossip tree where villagers used to gather. After 250 years the elm was the victim of disease and was felled in 1976, despite warnings that anyone responsible for cutting it down would receive bad luck.

North of the village is the market town of Shaftesbury one of Britain’s oldest and highest towns, this town is not to be missed if taking a self-catering holiday in this part of the West Country. One of its hilly cobbled streets, Gold Hill, was made famous as the site for the award-winning Hovis TV advertisement of 1973. If you walk up the hill you’ll find there is now a museum and gardens at the top depicting the historic life of the town.  Further evidence of the town’s history is on display at its Abbey Museum.

South coast resorts such as Bournemouth, Poole, and Lulworth Cove have plenty to recommend them and can be reached from Fontmell via Blanford Forum. Predominately of Georgian architecture Blanford is sited on the river Stour and has excellent shopping and dining facilities. It also features a fashion museum with historical costumes, a history museum and at nearby Blanford Army Camp a Royal Signals museum.

We trust that you’ve found our hints and tips on what Fontmell Magna has to offer for cottage holidays helpful. For more helpful information we recommend that you visit the local tourist information office on arrival.

We hope you find the ideal place to stay on Country Cottages Online and that you have the best of times on your Dorset cottage holiday.

Book a Fontmell Magna cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Dorset on holiday.

18 rental properties

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Price from £3480
Next available 25/05 to 28/05/22
sleeps 16 - 18 guests 16 - 18
7 bedrooms 7
5 bathrooms 5
no dogs allowed

7 bedroom Large Country House

Stylish and impressive 7 bedroom manor house with stunning country views, private outdoor hot tub and spacious elegant accommodation, half an hour's drive from Yeovil.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiOutdoor Hot Tub
Price from £1200
Next available 16/06 to 24/06/22
sleeps 1 - 8 guests 1 - 8
4 bedrooms 4
4 bathrooms 4
no dogs allowed
5 star

4 bedroom Barn Conversion

Newly available is this stunning 4 bedroom barn conversion set by the unspoilt Dorset Downs, enjoy a luxury country holiday, just half an hour's drive from the beautiful Jurassic coastline.

Facilities & Features: Gold Award Winning CottageTVFree WifiGames room
Price from £995
Next available 02/06 to 10/06/22
sleeps 1 - 6 guests 1 - 6
3 bedrooms 3
3 bathrooms 3
no dogs allowed

3 bedroom Barn Conversion

Langford Valley Stables has recently be converted from a flint and brick barn to create a luxury 3 bed self catering property.

Facilities & Features: TVFree Wifi
Price from £527
Next available 19/06 to 24/06/22
sleeps 2 - 6 guests 2 - 6
3 bedrooms 3
2 bathrooms 2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome2
5 star

3 bedroom Holiday Barn

Want to stay somewhere with tranquil rural views over fields and pastures where you can relax and unwind in Dorset? This 3 bedroom family-friendly and dog-friendly ban could be perfect, close to Thomas Hardy's Country and within reach of Dorset's Jurassic Coast for day trips.

Facilities & Features: TV
Price from £310
Next available 07/06 to 10/06/22
sleeps 1 - 2 guests 1 - 2
1 bedrooms 1
1 bathrooms 1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome1
5 star

1 bedroom Romantic Retreat

Idyllic rural retreat which with its king-size bed is ideal for two, this studio property is complete with a beautiful interior and a lovely countryside location and is situated near to the West Wiltshire Downlands.

Facilities & Features: TV
Price from £582
Next available 06/06 to 24/06/22
sleeps 2 - 4 guests 2 - 4
2 bedrooms 2
1 bathrooms 1
no dogs allowed
4 star

2 bedroom Farmstay Lodge

Modern stylish 2 bedroom holiday lodge with warm bubbly outdoor private hot tub in a rural setting on a dairy farm, within around 30 minutes' drive of Salisbury and the New Forest National Park.

Facilities & Features: TVOutdoor Hot Tub
Price from £318
Next available 12/07 to 23/07/22
sleeps 2 - 4 guests 2 - 4
2 bedrooms 2
1 bathrooms 1
no dogs allowed
3 star

2 bedroom Farm Cottage

Get away from it all with a stay at this idyllic rural retreat near the attractive hillside town of Shaftesbury in Dorset.

Facilities & Features: TV
Price from £1099
Next available 19/06 to 23/06/22
sleeps 6 - 10 guests 6 - 10
5 bedrooms 5
3 bathrooms 3
no dogs allowed
5 star

5 bedroom Thatched Cottage

Pretty 5 bedroom thatched country cottage, near Blandford Forum, with warm bubbly outdoor hot tub in garden.

Facilities & Features: TVOutdoor Hot Tub
Price from £478
Next available 12/06 to 17/06/22
sleeps 3 - 6 guests 3 - 6
3 bedrooms 3
2 bathrooms 2
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome1
5 star

3 bedroom Barn Conversion

Family-friendly and dog-friendly barn conversion with modern interior, situated within a small development on a working farm, ideal for rural retreat breaks and within reach of the Jurassic Coast.

Facilities & Features: TVGames room
Price from £400
Next available 06/07 to 15/07/22
sleeps 1 - 4 guests 1 - 4
2 bedrooms 2
2 bathrooms 2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome2
5 star

2 bedroom Barn Conversion

This 2 bedroom pet-friendly barn conversion is located within a development of six holiday barns in a tranquil rural setting close to the Purbeck Heritage Coast and the Jurassic Coast, shared facilities on site include a games room with pool table, table football and air hockey, whether for a family holiday or a getaway with friends, there is plenty to keep you entertained here.

Facilities & Features: TVGames room
This owner/agency is showing availability but has not provided full pricing information.
Price from £2250
Next available 06/06 to 10/06/22
sleeps 2 - 21 guests 2 - 21
8 bedrooms 8
10 bathrooms 10
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome2

8 bedroom Large Country House

Stylish roomy holiday farmhouse in Wiltshire with 8 ensuite bedrooms, sleeping up to 18 people (an additional 6 can be accommodated by arrangement), complete with excellent leisure facilities including an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and hot tub for a relaxing break, plus a games room and cinema room for fun times.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiGames roomOutdoor Hot TubSaunaHeated pool
This owner/agency is showing availability but has not provided full pricing information.
Price from £800
Next available 27/06 to 01/07/22
sleeps 1 - 4 guests 1 - 4
2 bedrooms 2
1 bathrooms 1
no dogs allowed

2 bedroom Holiday Lodge

Idyllic 2 bedroom hideaway set by Sydling Brook and Langford Lake within Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, relax and unwind in this tranquil setting or enjoy fishing on site.

Facilities & Features: TVFree Wifi
This owner/agency is showing availability but has not provided full pricing information.
Price from £1100
Next available 14/06 to 24/06/22
sleeps 2 - 8 guests 2 - 8
4 bedrooms 4
4 bathrooms 4
no dogs allowed

4 bedroom Large Country House

An ideal country retreat, this holiday lodge enjoys a fantastic rural setting high within the Dorset Downs and offers characterful accommodation along with fishing on the River Frome nearby.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiGames room
Sorry, this owner/agency has not provided availability information.
Price from £499
sleeps 4 - 6 guests 4 - 6
2 bedrooms 2
2 bathrooms 2
no dogs allowed
4 star

2 bedroom Rural Retreat

High quality 2 ensuite bedroom holiday rental with private hot tub and access to a shared swimming pool, on a family run farm in rural Dorset.

Facilities & Features: Gold Award Winning CottageTVFree WifiGames roomOutdoor Hot TubHeated pool
Sorry, this owner/agency has not provided availability information.
Price from £300
sleeps 1 - 4 guests 1 - 4
2 bedrooms 2
1 bathrooms 1
no dogs allowed

2 bedroom Cottage

Two bedroom family holiday cottage with a private south facing garden and country views located in a rural village in Somerset close to Glastonbury Tor, available for short breaks and longer stays.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiGames room
* Price quoted is not inclusive of any applicable booking fees or local charges.