Compton Nest

Compton Nest, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7

3 reviews


£1,250 - £3,350

Full Weeks

£1,950 - £4,750







A large country cottage on the tippy-toe of beautiful Cranborne Chase, Dorset.

Compton Nest is in the quiet village of Melbury Abbas, in north Dorset. It has a lovely, traditional, feel and is particularly suitable for holidays with friends and family.

There are 8 bedrooms, sleeping up to 20 guests. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor of the main house, one of these is wheel-chair friendly, with an en-suite wet room. The other ground-floor bedroom has room for a cot, and uses a WC across the corridor.

The remaining 5 bedrooms are upstairs, with three single beds, two sets of two single beds, and a set of four single beds (perfect for lots of children!). There is a double bed with an en-suite, and two separate bathrooms on the first floor.  The last bedroom is in the converted barn, with an en-suite loo and a single bed up on a mezzanine floor above.

Downstairs,  there’s a large kitchen with all the equipment you might expect, and a table for seating ten for breakfast. There’s also a living room with comfortable sofas and a television, and a boot room for stashing wellies, dogs, pushchairs and naughty husbands.

The dining table (seating 20) is in the library, which is part of the converted barn. There’s also another television (with Sky), an open fire, and views of the surrounding countryside.

The house nestles within three acres of garden, and there’s plenty of space for games and exploring and running off some steam. There’s an outdoor table-tennis table and a sheltered terrace, for BBQ’s and evening drinks. Once the young people have been wrestled off to bed, there’s a hot tub (at additional cost) in which to unwind.

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“Compton Nest really is a charming place, with a great English country-cottage feel. My favourite bit is the tiny air strip behind the house, where only light craft and vintage aeroplanes land and take-off. I can think of nothing better than drinking Pimms and watching loop-the-loops on a airy summer’s evening.”

About the Location

Compton Nest is just south of the town of Shaftesbury, off the A303. The house is on the edge of Cranbourne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s a main-line train from London to Gillingham, which is about 20 minutes’ taxi drive from the house. Should you drive your own car, there’s parking for up to six cars.

Things To Do

Shaftesbury itself is a lovely town to explore – it’s stuffed full of traditional pubs, independent shops and art galleries, and some decent restaurants.

If you have a lot of children in your party, there’s some great cycling and Bear Hunt-style adventure to be had on Cranborne Chase, and Longleat is within driving distance. Stonehenge is about 20 minutes away, and the seaside about 40 minutes (well worth a day exploring the Jurassic Coast).

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3 weeks ago

Stayed here March 2019 with a group of 17 people. The house itself is beautiful, set in a great location and has most of the things you need, and my group did have a great holiday. Points for improvement would be two pillow instead of one. There is no hob only and aga so not sure how you cook when this is turned off int he winter and there were only 4 baths/ showers one of which only had cold water while we stayed. Also they say there is parking for 6 but we managed to get 8 cars in as there is no parking in the village nearest parking is about 10 minute drive. However I would not book here again because of the owner, all emails I sent perhaps with two clear questions I would only get an answer to one. All of the signs and house information were worded like the house owners we doing you a favour. We ran out of hot water one day after half of our group had bathed, I texted the owner and received a reply hours later to say they were not surprised as I had too many people at the house (we had 17 people and 8 people as previously mentioned to the owner came over for lunch one day) still under the 25 person limit it says it hosts. The deposit was received back at the 14 working day cut off not sure why it took so long given this was all done via bank transfer. This particular group have stayed in houses like this every year for the past 5 years and have not come across such bad customer service.

2 months ago

Our large family group stayed here for the weekend. The house is beautiful and well equipped. We would definitely visit again.

3 months ago

My family and I stayed at this lovely house in rather horrible weather. The setting was absolutely stunning and the house was warm and comfortable and clean. A real refuge. We all had the most wonderful time and the owner was really kind and helpful and forthcoming with good ideas of things to do indoors. This is the second property we have stayed out from sarah campos and we are looking forward to coming back to another next year.

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