Lawn Cottage

Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast

Way off the beaten track yet minutes from Shaftesbury, this heart-of-Dorset home is surrounded by a beautiful garden


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Be welcomed with tea and biscuits and a chat under the apple tree. You’ll soon fall in love with Lottie (the Border Terrier) and your host June. The setting is idyllic: a cottage garden, a shepherd’s hut in a field, birds and butterflies and woods beyond. 

All is prettily decorated – June loves kilims and antique china and there are plenty of books. She offers guests two bedrooms on the ground floor (one with bunk beds) and a third upstairs; the shepherd’s hut, surrounded by nature and with stunning views is the perfect hideaway for two and you can add extra beds or tents. Breakfasts of crispy bacon, locally baked bread and eggs from known hens can be taken in the dining room or on the terrace when fine.

This is the Blackmore Vale – Thomas Hardy’s ‘Valley of the Dairies’. Many have gone, but you can still see cows dotted around the villages, including Stour Row. Stride across the fields to Duncliffe Wood; gaze on the views to Melbury Down; explore Shaftesbury Abbey museum and garden; have supper in the King’s Arms in the village.

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We think you'll love

  • Being welcomed by June – warm, vivacious and kind
  • Sitting round the fire pit outside the shepherd's hut watching the sun set
  • The walk from the cottage to Duncliffe Wood
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You should know

  • Low ceilings in the cottage - mind your head
  • Apart from the pub you can't really walk to anywhere to eat
  • Could be too far off the beaten track for some


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
By arrangement please
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Village footpaths and 250-acre Woodland Trust wood within easy walking distance.

Secure garden.

Pub/restaurant 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £80
Singles £50. Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
1 Twin/double
From £80
1 Shepherd's hut for 2
From £90
1 Double
From £80


My 3 sons & I stayed in June's shepherd's hut as a stop-over on the way to visit friends. We loved it so much, we wish we could have stayed longer. The weather was poor but we were very warm with the wood burner & the beds & bedding were more comfortable& luxurious than a lot of smart hotels we've stayed in. June couldn't have been a more delightful or welcoming hostess & she ensured the three growing boys had an enormous, delicious breakfast. We will certainly stay with June again & next time bring my husband to experience the shepherd's hut!

Philippa, Cirencester

Wonderful hospitality at Lawn Cottage. June immediately made us welcome with an invitation to tea in the Shepherd's Hut. Comfortable room and fantastic breakfast.


This B&B was exceptionally comfortable and welcoming. My partner and I were greeted by the owner with glasses of wine in the garden. Nothing was too much trouble. She was discreet yet available. A perfect host.


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The neighbourhood

Stour Row is one of several villages in a bucolic landscape, where footpath walks and cycle routes abound. The King’s Arms, East Stour is a five-minute drive, as is the market town of Shaftesbury, with its cobbled hill of Hovis-ad fame, and its numerous delightful cafes. Beautiful Sherborne and its abbey are 14 miles, and Bruton 16 miles, rural home to the legendary modern art gallery and gardens of Hauser and Wirth.

Local points of interest from June Watkins

  • Walk along the Ox Drove from Win Green to Tollard Royal and lunch at the King John Pub, visit villages such as Cerne Abbas (the Giant) Sherborne with the old and new castles and the delightful Abbey, not the mention the shops!
  • Shop in the charming towns of Sherborne and its Abbey and Castle, Shaftesbury, and Bruton (Hauser and Wirth). There are many excellent circular walks and National Trust properties nearby.
  • Let me give you an itinerary for gardens (both public and private) and the private historic houses and the National Trust properties.
  • Stonehenge, IronAge hill forts, ruined Royalist castles and the wonderful Purbeck coast and walks are all there to be visited.
  • Sherborne Country Fair (May Bank Holiday), the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show (mid August) and the Dorset Steam Fair(end of August) are great attractions every year.
  • My cottage was built about 1780 and was a drovers’ resting place on the drove road for sheep and cattle going to market in Shaftesbury.


June Watkins

June is a natural at B&B: she loves meeting new people yet understands those who prefer to be private. She enjoys gardening, cooking, travelling and bridge, and spending time with her grandchildren; swings and bikes are on tap.