Melbury House

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Sleeps: 19 - 20 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 5


Free hot tub!

Melbury House is a quintessentially English rambling manor house, set within acres of private land - this listed building offers a cosy and welcoming abode, set in a secluded rural idyll.

This charming home casts an impressive silhouette: a majestic sight of original local stone, slate roofing and pristine, flower-framed lawns stretching ahead. With three acres of gardens, comprising sedate terraces with charcoal barbecue, outdoor dining and games, as well as woodland and mysterious pathways, guests can truly lose themselves in the idyllic, rustic haven that is Melbury House.

The interiors are sleek and classic, whilst being warmly informal. A refined drawing room has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a centrepiece original fireplace. With regal accents of crimson and florals, bookcases brimming with good reads, guests will be able to unwind away from the strains of urban life and the crowds, and reconvene as a family or group.

The farmhouse style kitchen has a four oven Aga as well as top range fittings; an ideal space for large scale meal preparation, as well as having an eat-in option for informal meals and children’s snack time. Finished with a palette of creams, terracotta flagstone flooring and views across the lawns, cooking will be a pleasure!

There is a second reception wood, with chic and tasteful dove greys and soft coral tones: finished with a wood burning stove. Up to twenty guests can be accommodated across eight elegantly finished bedrooms; a mix of kings, doubles and singles. Each bedroom has its unique touches and accents of colour or style - whether it be beautiful artwork, plush fabrics, lavish prints of pops of bright colour against a serenely neutral backdrop.

Outdoor dining is executed so stylishly, with chic outdoor furniture on the terrace, overlooking the lawns and far reaching views. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine in the luxurious hot tub as the sun softens at the end of the day, or a tasty barbecue after a busy day out exploring.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • A car is needed due to the rural location - there is ample parking (for up to six cars!)
  • The mezzanine bedroom is not suitable for toddlers or smaller children
  • Hot tub is not suitable for children under ten   
  • Hamlet location, the nearest amenities are a drive away

Property Features

Ground Floor
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with twin beds and wheelchair friendly en-suite wet room
- Cloakroom with WC

First Floor
- Bedroom with super-king size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with three single beds
- Bedroom with four single beds
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Family bathroom x2

The Barn
- Bedroom with king-size four poster bed, additional single bed on mezzanine level (steep access and so not suitable for young children) and en-suite

Exterior Grounds
- Hot tub (please see T&Cs tab for details)
- Table tennis
- Dining facilities
- Barbecue

Additional Facilities
- Parking for 6 cars


About the surrounding area of Melbury House
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Melbury House is nestled in a peaceful, tranquil hamlet called Cranborne Chase, just outside Shaftsbury.

Cranborne Chase is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty; outdoors enthusiasts will be in their element - whether it be fishing, horse riding, hiking or walking, there is access to so much varied outdoor beauty. This stunning area overlaps the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset offering a diverse landscape of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys.

Visitors will be able to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life to wild open spaces, beautiful chalk down land, and ancient woods rich in history and wildlife. Whether it be walking, cycling or riding, visitors will take in dramatic views from chalk ridgeways and visit picturesque villages unchanged by time, historic churches, ancient hill-forts, and charming country pubs.

The beautiful Nadder Valley region stretches from Wilton near Salisbury to Shaftesbury, with the friendly village of Tisbury complete with its own railway station. This outstanding area is a paradise for outdoor types like walkers and cyclists with miles of public rights of way, trails and easy access to all the major attractions.

Close by is the Compton Abbas Airfield where vintage aircraft enthusiasts will enjoy being able to indulge in private airshows.

The historic town of Shaftesbury is a couple of miles away and offers a good selection of independent shops, art gallery, theatre and restaurants.

Stonehenge is twenty minutes away and the Jurassic Coast about forty five minutes drive. The area is know for superb food, with an array of excellent gastropubs.


Best Suited For: All Ages

Melbury House is an enchanting environment for children of all ages. This home is impeccably executed with the needs a family in mind. Several of the bedrooms are made up of three or four twin beds, and parents also need not travel with cots and highchairs, as there are provided.

The generous proportions, flawless level of modern conveniences and appliances, including all the practical touches such as utility room, as well as the range of spaces both indoors and outdoors, offer endless choices for the family to relax and convene in such sublime tranquillity.

This magical home will set small imaginations alight, with its winding corridors, fascinating original touches and sense of history, youngsters will enjoy a return to traditional childhoods of exploring and learning through discovery and play. Roaming the outdoors, exploring, climbing trees and romping freely are very much in keeping with the tone of this home.

Sharing a bedroom with cousins, siblings or friends will be a great novelty, whilst outdoor meals will be relaxed and informal, with plenty of outdoor games, lawn space, space for picnics or woodland walks.

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy walking, pony riding, cycling and visits to local picturesque villages.


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Terms & Conditions

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 19 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 24th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 £3,092 £3,580 £3,792 £3,792
Aug 30th 2019 - Sep 6th 2019 £3,675 £4,223 £4,259 £4,259
Sep 6th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019 £2,625 £3,023 £3,092 £3,092
Oct 25th 2019 - Dec 25th 2020 £3,442 £3,792 £3,792 £3,792

Prices based on an occupancy of 19 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 24th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 €3,314 €3,801 €4,064 €4,064
Aug 30th 2019 - Sep 6th 2019 €3,939 €4,486 €4,564 €4,564
Sep 6th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019 €2,814 €3,211 €3,314 €3,314
Oct 25th 2019 - Dec 25th 2020 €3,689 €4,064 €4,064 €4,064

Prices based on an occupancy of 19 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 24th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 $3,772 $4,259 $4,625 $4,625
Aug 30th 2019 - Sep 6th 2019 $4,483 $5,031 $5,195 $5,195
Sep 6th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019 $3,202 $3,600 $3,772 $3,772
Oct 25th 2019 - Dec 25th 2020 $4,198 $4,625 $4,625 $4,625

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • We'll be back!

    Created on 11/02/2019

    We enjoyed another fantastic stay at Melbury House, and already are looking forward to a return visit, maybe in Summer!

  • Lovely holiday home

    Created on 28/01/2019

    Thank you we had a lovely weekend the house is great. We are hoping to come for a full week in the summer as it’s the perfect distance for all of us to get to. The house is lovely, very warm and one of the first places we’ve rented where there was more than enough of everything.

  • The house was amazin

    Created on 19/11/2018

    We had a great time at the weekend in the lovely house. It's such a fantastic place and the most beautiful location.

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