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Melbury House

Chateau with 8 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in Compton Abbas, England

From £3,242 per week

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Chateau to rent in Compton Abbas, England

Melbury House is a quintessentially English rambling manor house, set within acres of private land - this listed building offers a cosy and welcoming abode, set in a secluded rural idyll.

  • Chateau
  • Sleeps 20
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms

Chateau overview - owner's description

Melbury House is a quintessentially English rambling manor house, set within acres of private land - this listed building offers a cosy and welcoming abode, set in a secluded rural idyll.

This charming home casts an impressive silhouette: a majestic sight of original local stone, slate roofing and pristine, flower-framed lawns stretching ahead. With three acres of gardens, comprising sedate terraces with charcoal barbecue, outdoor dining and games, as well as woodland and mysterious pathways, guests can truly lose themselves in the idyllic, rustic haven that is Melbury House.

The interiors are sleek and classic, whilst being warmly informal. A refined drawing room has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a centrepiece original fireplace. With regal accents of crimson and florals, bookcases brimming with good reads, guests will be able to unwind away from the strains of urban life and the crowds, and reconvene as a family or group.

The farmhouse style kitchen has a four oven Aga as well as top range fittings; an ideal space for large scale meal preparation, as well as having an eat-in option for informal meals and children's snack time. Finished with a palette of creams, terracotta flagstone flooring and views across the lawns, cooking will be a pleasure!

There is a second reception wood, with chic and tasteful dove greys and soft coral tones: finished with a wood burning stove. Up to twenty guests can be accommodated across eight elegantly finished bedrooms; a mix of kings, doubles and singles. Each bedroom has its unique touches and accents of colour or style - whether it be beautiful artwork, plush fabrics, lavish prints of pops of bright colour against a serenely neutral backdrop.

Outdoor dining is executed so stylishly, with chic outdoor furniture on the terrace, overlooking the lawns and far reaching views. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine in the luxurious hot tub as the sun softens at the end of the day, or a tasty barbecue after a busy day out exploring.


Ground Floor
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with twin beds and wheelchair friendly en-suite wet room
- Cloakroom with WC
First Floor
- Bedroom with super-king size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with three single beds
- Bedroom with four single beds
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Family bathroom x2
The Barn
- Bedroom with king-size four poster bed, additional single bed on mezzanine level (steep access and so not suitable for young children) and en-suite
Exterior Grounds
- Hot tub (please see T&Cs tab for details)
- Table tennis
- Dining facilities
- Barbecue
Additional Facilities
- Parking for 6 cars


Melbury House is nestled in a peaceful, tranquil hamlet called Cranborne Chase, just outside Shaftsbury.

Cranborne Chase is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty; outdoors enthusiasts will be in their element - whether it be fishing, horse riding, hiking or walking, there is access to so much varied outdoor beauty. This stunning area overlaps the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset offering a diverse landscape of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys.

Visitors will be able to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life to wild open spaces, beautiful chalk down land, and ancient woods rich in history and wildlife. Whether it be walking, cycling or riding, visitors will take in dramatic views from chalk ridgeways and visit picturesque villages unchanged by time, historic churches, ancient hill-forts, and charming country pubs.

The beautiful Nadder Valley region stretches from Wilton near Salisbury to Shaftesbury, with the friendly village of Tisbury complete with its own railway station. This outstanding area is a paradise for outdoor types like walkers and cyclists with miles of public rights of way, trails and easy access to all the major attractions.

Close by is the Compton Abbas Airfield where vintage aircraft enthusiasts will enjoy being able to indulge in private airshows.

The historic town of Shaftesbury is a couple of miles away and offers a good selection of independent shops, art gallery, theatre and restaurants.

Stonehenge is twenty minutes away and the Jurassic Coast about forty five minutes drive. The area is know for superb food, with an array of excellent gastropubs.


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Updated 18 June 2019

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 27 June 2019 - 18 June 2022: the minimum stay is 3 nights.



  • Refundable Breakage Deposit

    £1,000.00 per booking, paid locally



8 bedrooms, Sleeps 20


5 bathrooms


Average rating from 10 reviews

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