A romantic self-catering cottage along with equally romantic glamping options - in a glorious rural location.
Compton Abbas, Near Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0NQ 01747 811 881
We sayTim and Lucy Kerridge run a small but highly desirable B&B in the heart of rural Dorset, not far from the charming country town of Shaftesbury – think about the classic Hovis ad and you've got it. But just across the yard from the main house they also let out a beautifully converted blacksmiths forge – The Smithy – that sleeps two along with three cosy glamping options: a gypsy caravan and a couple of shepherd's huts. The Smithy is a great place, rustic and at the same time contemporary, decorated with the Kerridges' old blacksmiths tools and fab old retro signs (many of which pertain to their love of classic cars) but with all the mod cons you could possibly need, including wifi. Inside there's a lovely beamed sitting room with a wood-burning stove, a well-equipped kitchen and bathroom and a galleried upstairs bedroom. It's also got its own outside terrace and and vine-covered pergola.
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The Smithy sleeps two in cosy comfort, as do both shepherd's huts – Sam and Mabel – and Rosie the Gypsy Caravan.
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The Smithy costs £375–£575 a week; short breaks £275–£475. Rosie the Gypsy Caravan and Sam and Mabel (Shepherds' Huts) each cost £95 a night. You can also order a fabulous, award-winning cooked breakfast at a cost of just £10 a head. All prices include linen and towels, electricity and hot water.
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