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.

22 rental properties

Ryecross Rural Retreat near Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Farm Cottage, Fontmell Magna 3 miles away

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
3 star

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

Weekly Price from: £276
Next availability:
from 04 July to 12 September 20 from 19 September to 26 September 20

The Old Stables Holiday Barn, Winterborne Stickland, Dorset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Barn Conversion, Fontmell Magna 6 miles away

sleeps 3 - 6 guests
3 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage
5 star

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.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £360
Next availability:
from 03 June to 04 September 20 from 30 October to 04 December 20

Corner Pet-Friendly Barn, Dorset AONB, Winterborne Stickland, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Barn Conversion, Fontmell Magna 7 miles away

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

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.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £348
Next availability:
from 10 July to 24 July 20 from 31 July to 28 August 20

Apple Tree Cottage, Blandford Forum, Dorset, West Country, England

5 bedroom Thatched Cottage, Fontmell Magna 7 miles away

sleeps 6 - 10 guests
6 - 10
5 bedrooms
5
3 bathrooms
3
no dogs allowed
5 star

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

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £897
Next availability:
from 03 June to 05 June 20 from 08 June to 15 June 20

The Victorian Barn Self Catering Holidays with Pool & Hot Tubs, Dorset., Blandford Forum, Dorset, West Country, England

32 bedroom Cottage Complex, Fontmell Magna 8 miles away

sleeps 4 - 70 guests
4 - 70
32 bedrooms
32
 32 bathrooms
32
no dogs allowed
4 star

Luxurious barn conversion accommodation, sleeping up to 14 people in style and comfort, with lots to offer including access to excellent leisure facilities on site including an indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, hot tub and a gym, as well as a games room with full-size pool table, a quiz machine and football table and an outdoor play area for children, as well as coarse fishing lakes.

Special features: free internet access, pool (Please enquire with your guest numbers so we can direct you to the perfect property!), games room, outdoor hot tub, sauna, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £300


Special Offer: from 02 June to 28 December 20
Late availability: from 10 July to 10 September 20

The Beams Country Cottage, East knoyle, Wiltshire, West Country, England

1 bedroom Couple's Rural Retreat, Fontmell Magna 8 miles away

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

Whisk the one you love away for a romantic break at this idyllic English country cottage nestled close to the village of East Knoyle in Wiltshire, with access to an outdoor heated swimming pool in season and great walks nearby, this is a fantastic rural retreat for just two.

Special features: free internet access, pool ().

Weekly Price from: £250
Next availability:
from 03 June to 15 June 20 from 06 July to 17 July 20

The Old Chapel Conversion, Huntingford, Dorset, West Country, England

1 bedroom Chapel Conversion, Fontmell Magna 9 miles away

sleeps 1 - 4 guests
1 - 4
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
5 star

For a self-catering holiday for 2 out of the ordinary in Dorset, stay in a unique one bedroom converted chapel with twin beds high up in the eaves on the gallery overlooking the cosy living area below; during your stay discover the pretty countryside on the Dorset Wiltshire borders, the National Trust property of Stourhead House, Wincanton for racing and Longleat Safari Park.

Weekly Price from: £269
Next availability:
from 03 June to 24 July 20 from 29 July to 25 October 20

Whitey Top Lodge, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Farmstay Lodge, Fontmell Magna 10 miles away

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
4 star

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.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £520
Next availability:
from 03 June to 17 July 20 from 24 July to 07 August 20

Chaffeymoor Grange, Gillingham, Dorset, West Country, England

10 bedroom Mansion, Fontmell Magna 11 miles away

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

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 02 June to 31 August 20
Late availability: from 02 June to 22 July 20

Shepherd's Hut Barn, rural Dorset, Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Holiday Barn, Fontmell Magna 11 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
5 star

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.

Weekly Price from: £394
Next availability:
from 07 August to 21 August 20 from 28 August to 04 September 20

The Quad, Wellington, Somerset, West Country, England

9 bedroom Large Country House, Fontmell Magna 11 miles away

sleeps 10 - 24 guests
10 - 24
9 bedrooms
9
4 bathrooms
4
dog-friendly cottage, 6 dog(s) welcome
6
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, games room, outdoor hot tub, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £2450

Little Cheriton House, South Cheriton, Somerset, West Country, England

7 bedroom Large Country House, Fontmell Magna 12 miles away

sleeps 16 - 18 guests
16 - 18
7 bedrooms
7
5 bathrooms
5
no dogs allowed

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.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £3200
Next availability:
from 03 June to 10 July 20 from 12 July to 13 July 20