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 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).