Hartgrove Farm Cottages 
					- self catering farm cottage accommodation near Shaftesbury, 
					Dorset, England

Out and About

Our village of Fontmell Magna is a thriving little thatched village nestling beneath the chalk downs of the Cranborne Chase. We have a doctor's surgery, a school, a village pub which serves really good food, and an excellent post office and general store. John and Wendy, who own the stores, are happy to deliver groceries to your cottage before you arrive and during your stay. The village church is lovely, and well worth a visit.

Fontmell Magna Post Office Pond

Many of the local thatched villages have good pubs serving food. Amongst these is the Crown at Marnhull, (The Pure Drop Inn of Thomas Hardy's novels).

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Shaftesbury, with its renowned Gold Hill (made famous in the 'Hovis' advertisments), is a lovely old town and a good shopping centre.

There are several fine stately homes and gardens within easy reach, including Stourhead (National Trust), Kingston Lacey (NT) and Chettle.

The world-renowned Jurassic Coast is an easy drive, whilst the beautiful sandy beaches at Studland are about 45 minutes away. Poole Quay, with its regular crossings to Brownsea Island, is even closer. Brownsea is a must for the children.

Lyme Regis is a must for fossil hunters; with fossil shops and organised fossil hunts in the summer.

Over the years, guests have been amazed at the variety of nearby attractions: Longleat, Monkey World, the Sealife Centre, Farmer Giles Farmstead, Moors Valley Country Park with its fishing, railway and play and treetop walks, the Bovington Tank Museum. We really are spoilt for choice!


Walking: The whole area is a walker's paradise with beautiful walks on the magnificent National Trust downs, Hambledon Hill, Duncliffe Hill or the patchwork of valley footpaths including the lovely Stour Valley Way. We have lots of guides for you to borrow. These cover coastal paths, walks based on pubs and other interesting ways to enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside.


Fontmell Down is particularly lovely, a dry walk on the chalk with majestic views. Ideal for families, as you can picnic, play football, fly a kite or wonder at the scenery - a very special place.

After all this activity, a glass of beer or cup of coffee at the small private airfield on top of Zig Zag Hill goes down well while watching the little planes come and go. There is a museum of flying too.

Farm Stay UK Southwest Tourism Member English Tourism Council -- 4 Stars Self-Catering
Tourism For All
Dorset SP7 0JY

Tel +44 (0)1747 811 830


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