Holiday lets 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.

Featured Self catering country cottages near Fontmell Magna, Dorset, England:

Chaffeymoor Grange, Gillingham, Dorset, England

10 bedroom Mansion, West Country.

sleeps 8 - 24 guests
8 - 24
10 bedrooms
9 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome

Wonderful 10 bedroom manor house in the Blackmoor Vale surrounded by beautiful gardens and lush Dorset countryside.

Special features: free internet access, tennis court, games room.

Weekly Price from: £5800

Special Offer: from 21 January to 27 February 20
Late availability: from 14 February to 31 March 20

Stonebank Annexe, Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset, England

2 bedroom Cottage, World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
4 star

Charming 2 bedroom, dog-friendly holiday home located near the heart of Chickerell, conveniently close to the beautiful Dorset Jurassic coast and just 3 miles from Weymouth.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £360

Late availability: from 21 January to 07 March 20

Canford Dairy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England

9 bedroom Large Country House, Jurrasic Coast.

sleeps 2 - 20 guests
2 - 20
9 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome

Large luxurious holiday house with swimming pool and private hot tub near the Dorset Coast and Bournemouth, suitable for large groups of up to 20 people.

Special features: free internet access, pool (In the Pool-house for your exclusive and private use. ), games room.

Weekly Price from: £2750

Special Offer: from 21 January to 14 February 20
Late availability: from 21 February to 24 February 20

The Old Manor, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England

9 bedroom Large Country House, West Country.

sleeps 10 - 24 guests
10 - 24
9 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 6 dog(s) welcome
4 star

Magnificent 9 Bedroom Dorset Country House, ideal for large groups of friends or family, with an private hot tub and games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and air hockey on site there is plenty to keep your group entertained (hen and stag group friendly) at this fine property and the Dorset coast is just a short drive away.

Special features: free internet access, tennis court, games room, outdoor hot tub, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £2450

Special Offer: from 21 January to 14 February 20
Late availability: from 20 February to 24 February 20

Crepe Farm Cottage, Symondsbury, Dorset, England

4 bedroom Farmstay, West Country.

sleeps 6 - 8 guests
6 - 8
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome

This 4 bedroom country cottage has a definite wow factor with high quality interiors, an inglenook fireplace, a woodburning stove and a private hot tub along with a secluded garden and a location in rural Dorset close to the Jurassic coast.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £925
Next availability:
from 07 February to 14 February 20 from 21 February to 27 March 20

We have no cottages within Fontmell Magna itself currently. However,the properties listed above are all within a 40 mile radius of Fontmell Magna. For more options please take a look at our search assistant or to widen your search, why not take a look at available Last Minute Cottages in England