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Very good
16 reviews
Back garden
View of side garden from bedroom
Master Bedroom
Garden bedroom
Double bedroom
Enjoy the view from the kitchen sink
The kitchen
The spacious first floor sitting room
The sitting room has a functioning fireplace
The dining room
The view into the neighbouring field
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

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Very good - based on 16 reviews
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Arnaud B
Merville-Franceville-Plage, France
1 review
“A charming old cottage in a beautiful Wiltshire countryside”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We were so sad to leave Dibben's cottage. It isn't your usual holiday rental, this is a family letting you into their house. It's a lovely old cottage with heaps of history and personality, not brand new but very comfortable. And surprisingly spacious.
The photos don't do justice to the garden. It was in full bloom and was absolutely enchanting. And the surrounding landscape is wonderful.
The welcome tray and milk in the fridge were a nice touch. And the owners were very helpful as was the caretaker.

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Liked best: the spacious first-floor lounge with unexpected wide view of the coutryside
Liked least: Bathroom need refreshing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children People with pets
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Sheesh276
Mumbai, India
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Gem doesn't sparkle because some amenities lacking”
Reviewed 31 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Beautiful cottage, lovely garden, but this gem that could be 5 star remains 3 star because the owner didn't spend an extra few hundred pounds.
What's the use of a lovely garden when there is no garden furniture to sit on? We were told that it was "due to arrive" and offered a discount. And no barbecue? We were told that it's not shown on the website !
The wifi was very temperamental -- worked 1 day out of 3
One expects the occasional spider in a countryside cottage -- but cobwebs indicate lack of proper cleaning.
Wine glasses look like they were discards from PoundLand. DVD player was old and didn't play our dvds.

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Liked best: Garden
Liked least: Wifi not working, no garden furniture
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
4 Jun 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review Dibben’s Cottage. You are absolutely correct that the cottage is not a 5 star hotel and, if you don’t mind us pointing it out, it is not priced like one. It is exactly what it says it is, an old fashioned (most people think very beautiful) English cottage in a lovely part of the countryside. We use it as our family escape and don’t want it to be anything else. Genuinely sorry that you found some cobwebs. We’ll have to try harder.

We're terribly sorry about the garden furniture - It is now there (new photos going up shortly !)

We are sorry that you could not get the DVD to work. It does work (we just re-checked) but we’ll put up some improved instructions. Thank you for feedback.

You are right, there is no BBQ. And we didn't say there was. We have been advised by an agency not to have one as guests rarely clean them and that it gets pretty messy and difficult to clean very quickly. Most people seem very happy using disposable BBQs.

The wine glasses are not from Poundland, they are from the 1950s. They have been continuously in the house for 60 years and we like to think help given Dibben’s Cottage its rather special character. We're sorry they didn’t do it for you.

But, above all, thank you for your helpful and constructive feedback.
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Ariel S
New York City, New York
1 review
“Charming English cottage in rural Wiltshire”
Reviewed 28 January 2014 for a stay in June 2012

Eager to escape the hustle and bustle of Central London, we spent a lovely summer weekend at Dibbens. The cottage is an easy drive from London, yet the setting feels worlds away from the frenzy of the city. The garden is beautiful - ideal for an afternoon repose or an al fresco meal. The cottage is clean and comfortable, furnished tastefully and equipped with kitchen and dining room essentials. There's a brilliant pub a short drive from the cottage and Stourhead and Wilton make terrific excursions.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 January 2014 for a stay in September 2013

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 January 2014 for a stay in November 2013
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Liked best: The cottage has a lovely garden and the location is fantastic for walks.
Liked least: The weather was unfortunately very poor on that weekend
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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