3.8 miles NW of Sturminster Newton

Knapp Cottage

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Set in the smallest town in Dorset close to the Somerset border, this delightful cottage lies in the Blackmore Vale not far from Sherborne and Shaftesbury. From the moment you step through the door, gorgeously luxurious interiors with more than a nod to soft, sumptuous botanicals leave you feeling soothed and relaxed; here you can escape the busyness of the everyday and leave your worries at the front door. With open plan living and three beautiful bedrooms, one of them with easy access on the ground floor, this is a perfect getaway for couples, families, and multi-generational groups alike. It's also dog friendly, meaning your four-legged friend can come along too. Knapp Cottage is the perfect base from which to explore Dorset and Somerset, with the likes of Sherborne, Shaftesbury and Dorchester just a short drive away. Escape to the country, where you can don boots to explore the surrounding walks, venture to the spectacular Jurassic Coast or journey to the lovely town of Bruton and beyond...

Living and eating

The open plan living, dining and kitchen area offers the perfect space to come together, with the stunning sitting room set at the far end, followed by the dining room and then the kitchen, with underfloor heating throughout.

The beautiful sitting room in warm, dusky pink, soft greens and buff tones, is just a delight to retire to at the end of a busy day out exploring. With both windows and French doors leading out to the garden, this is a beautifully light space to escape the heat of the day, or in winter draw the curtains tight, light the cosy, gas wood burner and snuggle up with a glass of something extra special in hand on the two plumptuous sofas. There's also an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot throughout the house, you you can create the soundtrack to your holiday, should you wish to.

The heavenly open plan kitchen at the other end of the room is just a dream in exquisitely natural shades of green and white, with a Lacanche Cluny range cooker at its heart and underfloor heating to keep toes cosy. The fabulous central island provides plenty of space for prepping and serves as a breakfast bar (perfect for snacks on the go or watching the chef at work). The kitchen comes fully equipped with two dishwashers, a Fisher & Paykel fridge freezer with ice maker and chilled water tap, combi-microwave, and wine cooler plus all the other essentials you might need to rustle up feasts, whilst enjoying the DAB Roberts radio.

The dining area lies in the centre of the room and comfortably seats eight lucky people: the perfect setting for laid-back brunches and celebratory dinner parties.

In addition, there's a wonderful study just in case you must catch up with some work or an email or two, and you'll find the washing machine and tumble dryer in a utility room.


There are three elegant bedrooms to choose from, two upstairs and one on the ground floor.

On the ground floor is a charming king size bedroom which benefits from French windows leading out on to the patio and garden. Underfloor heating keeps this room extra cosy, and it comes with an en suite with walk in shower, making it perfect for those with limited mobility. We just love the original feature fireplace and the extra windows above the bed, making this a beautifully bright space for breakfast in bed.

Upstairs you'll find the two further bedrooms.

The first, with beautiful, vaulted ceiling, beams and wooden floor, also comes with a super comfy, French inspired king size bed as well as a lavish baby blue sofa, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

The second can be set up either as twin beds or a king for flexible sleeping arrangements, and also boasts a vaulted ceiling, wooden floors, colourful Indian wardrobe and chest of drawers.

All of the beds come swathed in luxurious Portuguese linen, cushions and throws to ensure a blissful nights' sleep. In addition, there are beautiful luxurious Indian silk kimonos for every adult to waft about in.


Knapp Cottage has a glorious family bathroom on the first floor complete with bath and overhead shower, whilst the downstairs en suite has a walk-in shower. Both come with heated rails to keep the organic cotton towels warm and fluffy. Both bathrooms are supplied with organic Dorset luxury toiletries.

Outdoor space

Step through the French windows in the sitting room and you'll discover a stunningly secluded garden, tucked away from the world with its own potager garden with herbs for you to cook with. On the sun-soaked patio there's a teak dining table and chairs for alfresco meals complete with a Weber gas barbeque, whilst outside the downstairs bedroom there's a wrought iron table and chairs for two - just perfect for a morning coffee. In addition, there is a double lounger seat for relaxing on sunny afternoons and we just love the wooden tree seat; a wonderfully shady spot to escape the heat of the day. The courtyard at the front of Knapp Cottage faces West, so perfectly catches the afternoon sun - bliss!


There is off road, private parking available in the courtyard.

Babies and children

Babies and children are most welcome, please bring your own baby equipment with you.


Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome at Knapp Cottage, we charge £35 per dog per week or short break.

In the Area

As you would expect, there are some fabulous places to eat, drink and explore nearby. The lovely town of Sherborne is just a few miles away and home to all the amenities you need, plus a beautiful abbey and two castles, the newer castle dating from 1594 built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Surrounded by so much to see and do, you'll never lack for days out, such as pottering in the independent shops of Shaftesbury, discovering the vibrant town of Dorchester, exploring natural beauty spots such as Hambledon Hill or heading towards the Jurassic Coast where the likes of Studland, Lulworth Cove and Lyme Regis are. Additionally, you're close to Glastonbury (make sure to visit the abbey and iconic Tor), the city of Wells, the natural wonders of Cheddar Gorge, the Wookey Hole Caves, the Mendip Hills, Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Blackdown Hills. You're also not far from Bath and the lovely town of Bruton, home to The Newt and Hauser and Wirth.

Oh-so-beautiful, this dreamy homestay for six is an exquisite escape from it all; dog friendly, it's just perfect for exploring the beautiful countryside of both Dorset and Somerset.

At a glance

From £1,017 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Celebratory stays

Enclosed Courtyard to the front

Family friendly

Gas burning stove

Large, enclosed garden

Less than 3 hours from London

Multi Generational Holidays

Underfloor heating downstairs


Workcation Retreat

Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub


Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Knapp Cottage:

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Joanna was the most wonderful host who was “on it” before we even arrived. Our daughter has a nut allergy and Joanna took extra care to make sure that the welcome hamper did not include any items containing nuts. Which leads me onto the Welcome Hamper….wow!! It was by far the best welcome hamper we have ever been greeted with; an abundance of delicious locally sourced produce! Knapp Cottage itself is absolutely stunning; the interiors are exquisite and can only be described as a home that “hugs you” as soon as you walk through the door. The Garden is beautiful and our 2 year old daughter very much enjoyed playing on the lawn with her toys and the lovely Duplo set which Joanna let us borrow during our stay. We honestly couldn’t fault the place or the location. Would highly recommend booking a table at The Clockspire which is only a short drive away; the food and interior are to die for! Do not hesitate to book Knapp Cottage; you will not be disappointed!

Knapp Cottage is absolutely gorgeous, with every modern comfort that you could wish for. The decor is luxurious and stylish, and the garden delightful. Highly recommended!

Knapp Cottage was probably the most comfortable, well-presented stay we have had anywhere. Joanna and Matthew provided the perfect experience from the pre-arrival advice through to the immaculately presented Cottage and garden. And as for the welcome basket, wow! Our only dilemma was whether we should go exploring the area or simply kick back and enjoy the comforts of what felt like our second home. We are already planning to return: something we normally don’t do as we like to explore new parts of the country.

A lot of care and thought has been lavished on this cottage, both the building and the garden are beautiful yet functional and the owners were delightful and really helpful. Best cottage we've stayed in.

Knapp Cottage really has a Wow factor from the moment we drove up. Amazing hosts are there for every question, recommendations just can't do enough to make the stay the best it can be! Welcome hamper was just fantastic packed full of treats. The Cottage is to the highest standards and beautiful in every way, not to mention the gardens all you hear are birds and peace. We looked forward to returning after a long day out sight seeing. Our teenagers had table tennis and croquet at the cottage and with a trip up the road they had tennis too. The location is great just a little over an hour and you can be on the beach, so many places to go. A week just wasnt long enough and we will certainly be visiting again, cant wait already!

We had a fabulous stay at Knapp Cottage, we loved the décor of the cottage and it was so well equipped. The garden is delightful and our hosts were very welcoming and always on hand to help make our stay perfect.

We enjoyed three lovely days enjoying the serenity and setting of this beautiful cottage. True English country living with modern ammenities. Thanks to you both for making such a special place to stay!

Book this cottage now. It is FABULOUS!

Knapp is a truly magical cottage. The layout, the flow of the rooms, the decor, the fittings, the feel of the place. All very special. We loved cooking in the kitchen, helping ourselves to herbs from the garden (with encouragement from Joanna & Matthew) social meals at the table or on the terrace, lounging on the generous sofas, relaxing in the beautiful garden. The bedrooms and bathrooms were gorgeous, especially the downstairs room with the French doors and private patio. Stallbridge has much to offer as well from the local pub to the fantastic local supermarket and excellent walking. We will definitely be back.

Thanks for looking after us in our hour of need! We love Knapp Cottage and truly relaxed here. We wish you all the best xxx

Knapp Cottage was perfect for our family birthday celebration. We loved the stylish decor, space and all those little extras that Joanna provided. The vegan goodies were all lovely. Truly a beautiful cottage and a memorable stay. Thank you xx

An absolute delight, by far the most beautifully furnished and decorated cottage we’ve had the pleasure to stay in. Wonderfully spacious and everything you could possibly need. Overwhelmed by the welcome hamper and homemade touches a delight - cannot wait to return Pollyanna & Nick

Beautiful cottage, very well equipped with excellent quality appliances and kitchen supplies. Hosts very welcoming and ready to help with anything they can to make stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Silk kimonos a lovely addition for all the ladies. We will definitely go back.

An absolute gem in the heart of Dorset! I cannot fault this place, the sparkling wine; the welcome hamper; the kimonos; the Christmas tree! This gorgeous cottage is both an absolute sanctuary and the perfect springboard to explore Dorset. The only thing better than the cottage? The kindness of our exemplary hosts! Thank you so much!

Such a beautiful cottage! The attention to detail is stunning, and Joanna is such an attentive host. She left 2 boxes of toys for our young daughter in the property which was very appreciated and going above and beyond. The welcome hamper was the best we’ve had - so many lovely local cheeses and even some homemade jam! The beds were very comfortable with beautiful bedding. We’d love to go back.

Comfortable and well-equipped cottage, perfect for our week away. Great location for local walks and exploring the lovely Dorset countryside, towns & villages. Luxurious soft furnishings. Amazing welcome hamper. A great place and we highly recommend it.

We had a wonderful stay at Knapp Cottage. The house is beautifully designed inside and outside and very comfortable. We had cozy evenings by the fire, dinner was a pleasure to prepare in the extremely well designed and equipped kitchen. And Joanna was kind enough to let us use their herb garden. The village is charming with a large very well stocked family run grocery store nearby, nice walks and a cozy local pub. The Queens Arms, about a 20 minute drive away also shouldn’t be missed. We’d highly recommend this charming, beautiful designed cottage to anyone who wants a quiet getaway with family and/ or friends and we hope to come back soon!

Beautifully appointed property with all comforts can think of provided.

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