Shaftesbury House

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Sleeps: 16 - 18 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 8


Manor Country Estate Quirky Self-Catered
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
All Bedrooms En-Suite Wheelchair Access Parking Space


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Shaftesbury House holds a wonderful location, situated in a countryside position in the village of Wimborne St Giles, just thirty minutes from the market town of Shaftesbury and the popular seaside resort of Bournemouth.

The 17th century home has been lovingly and carefully modernised in order to preserve its original charm and character while ensuring it offers all the modern amenities guests could possibly need. Shaftesbury House can comfortably accommodate up to eighteen guests across its eight beautifully-appointed bedrooms, each of which boasts en-suite facilities. There is plenty of room for the whole group to socialise together, either relaxing on the velvet sofas in the spacious lounge or enjoying a meal in the impressive dining room, which can comfortably seat up to thirty. The first two bedrooms are situated on the ground floor, ideal for those who perhaps struggle with mobility, while the remaining six are upstairs.

Outside, guests of Shaftesbury House are welcome to enjoy leisurely strolls through the Estate’s vast parkland. The house is located in a fantastic position for those wishing to explore the wonderful surrounding area, with the New Forest and the coastline within easy reaching distance.

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What you should know…

  • Two of the bedrooms are situated on the ground floor and while this may be ideal for those who struggle with mobility, it may not suit all groups
  • One of the bedrooms is set up as a family suite and is therefore better suited to those travelling with younger children
  • Guests staying in our accommodation are politely asked to respect the family's privacy by keeping away from the main house, formal gardens, lake, woodlands and the immediate surrounding area

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Coffee Machine Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Smart TV Wheelchair Access Indoor Games Heating Parking Space

Ground Floor
- Entrance hall
- Fully-equipped professional-style kitchen
- Dining hall
- Cloakroom
- "Skewbald Suite" with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- "Roan Suite" with king-size bed, additional double bed on mezzanine level, in-room bath tub and en-suite shower room

First Floor
- Living room with library, billards table and bar
- Cloakroom
- "Chesnut Suite" with king-size bed, in-room bath and shower and en-suite cloakroom
- "Dun Suite" with king-size bed and mezzanine en-suite bathroom
- "Buckskin Suite" with king-size bed and mezzanine en-suite bathroom
- "Dapple Grey Suite" with king-size bed and mezzanine en-suite bathroom
- "Palomino Suite" with king-size bed and mezzanine en-suite bathroom
- "Bay Suite" with king-size bed and mezzanine en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Access to Estate's parkland

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Smart TVs
- Bluetooth speaker
- Hairdryers
- Parking


About the surrounding area of Shaftesbury House
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Shaftesbury House is situated in the Dorset village of Wimborne St Giles, a selection of helpful amenities can be found in the neighbouring village of Cranborne, including, a farm shop and a post office, just a 5-minute drive away. A wider variety of amenities can be found in the towns of Verwood, Ringwood or Fordingbridge, all less than 20-minutes away while the hilltop town of Shaftesbury itself is a 30-minute drive.

There is plenty for the whole family to see, do and explore in the surrounding area. The seaside resort of Bournemouth is just a 30-minute drive away, here there are seven miles of sandy beaches and plenty of child-friendly attractions including indoor adventure golf, an Oceanarium and the RockReef activity centre. Just a little further along the coast, is the iconic Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, just under an hour away they truly are a must visit while staying in Dorset.

For those looking to explore the great outdoors, the New Forest, home to some of the South of England’s most picturesque countryside, is less than 40-minutes from Shaftesbury House. The lavish mansion of Kingston Lacy, owned by the National Trust, is just a 20-minute drive, visitors will enjoy exploring the beautiful gardens on a sunny day. A visit to Highcliffe Castle also makes for a wonderful day out with its fabulous gardens and tea room, also just 40-minutes away.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Town Verwood


Nearest Village Wimborne St Giles


Nearest Supermarket Morrison's, Verwood


Nearest Restaurant Al Trullo, Verwood


Nearest Golf Crane Valley Golf Club


Nearest Beach Bournemouth



Pack your bags and fasten your seatbelts, as Oliver's Travels is thrilled to present a dazzling array of luxury holiday properties in the enchanting land of Dorset! A captivating county where time seems to stand still, Mother Nature has outdone herself. Dorset, with the rolling hills of the Dorset Downs and the jaw-dropping Jurassic Coast, is a real-life tapestry of postcard-perfect landscapes, historic landmarks and villages oozing charm in lavish abundance.
The Jurassic Coast is not just a coastline, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Dorset's showstopping features. Stretching an impressive 95 miles from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, this coastline presents endless coastal wonders. Dramatic cliffs, hidden coves and beaches boasting ancient fossils, Charmouth and Lyme Regis are the treasure chests for fossil hunters and curious minds alike.

Dorset is also a playground for history buffs, with landmarks like Corfe Castle standing tall and proud. Perched on a hill, this fortress offers far-reaching, breathtaking views. The Cerne Abbas Giant is a colossal chalk figure etched into a hillside near the village of Cerne Abbas, Dorset's own friendly giant, captivating visitors for centuries.

Dorchester, the county town, is a delightful mishmash of Georgian architecture and markets that buzz with life. Thomas Hardy's Cottage, near Dorchester, gives you a peek into the life of the literary legend himself. Bridport, with its bohemian vibes and eclectic street markets, is like the cool kid in the market town crew. Meanwhile, Weymouth's golden sandy beach and bustling harbour are perfect for leisurely strolls and exploring historic Nothe Fort. For a touch of seaside nostalgia, Swanage brings the Victorian pier and a heritage steam railway into the mix.

The Isle of Purbeck is a haven of beauty, featuring Lulworth Cove's sheltered bay and crystal-clear waters. Just around the corner, Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch, sets the stage for coastal walks and views so stunning, they might bring a tear to your eye. For the adventurers among us, the Dorset Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are calling. Hiking trails such as the South West Coast Path and the Wessex Ridgeway offer a rollercoaster ride through diverse scenery, from cliffs to heathlands.

Dorset's culinary scene is a delightful fusion of tradition and modernity. You will savour local produce at farmers' markets, indulge in fresh seafood along the coast and let the county's pubs and tearooms be your warm and welcoming retreat for traditional cream teas or a sip of local ales.

Dorset is an experience that seamlessly blends history, natural beauty and that quintessential British charm. It promises an adventure that captures the very essence of England's southwest.


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Shaftesbury House makes an excellent choice for families with children who are bound to enjoy exploring the expansive Parkland grounds. One of the bedrooms is set up as a family room, ideal for those travelling with younger children. In the surrounding area and within easy reaching distance are a wide variety of fantastic family-friendly attractions, including the popular seaside town of Bournemouth.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Catering Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, 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

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

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!

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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

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 to be paid prior to arrival and to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Friday or Monday
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 2-night minimum stay, this may be increased across peak dates
Pets welcome? A maximum of 4 well-behaved dogs are allowed on a request basis at time of booking. Please note that there is an additional charge of £25 per dog, per stay. Dogs are to stay downstairs. Please clean up after your dogs and ensure they are kept on a lead when outdoors
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Other Ts and Cs There is an Honesty Bar available in the living area. If you would like to make use of this, then please expect to pay a fee of £10 per person on arrival. The balance will be settled on check-out.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 21st 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 £5,074 £7,611 £10,148 £12,685 £17,759
Jan 3rd 2025 - Aug 24th 2025 £5,074 £7,611 £10,148 £12,685 £17,759

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 21st 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 €5,513 €8,269 €11,025 €13,781 €19,293
Jan 3rd 2025 - Aug 24th 2025 €5,513 €8,269 €11,025 €13,781 €19,293

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 21st 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 $5,959 $8,939 $11,918 $14,897 $20,856
Jan 3rd 2025 - Aug 24th 2025 $5,959 $8,939 $11,918 $14,897 $20,856

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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