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Pond Dipping
View across the courtyard
Rotunda area set up for wedding ceremony
Courtyard offering al fresco dining
Historic House
Historic House
Historic House
Historic House
Historic House
Historic House
Mill Room set up for Wedding
Summer borders
View of rotunda across the lake
View across the vale
Stable Block accommodation
Double/Twin bedroom in mill building
The garden in winter
Mill Room set up for a wedding
Outdoor Amphitheatre
View across the lake
Mill room set up for a wedding
Early morning mist on the lake
Blossom time
Autumn colours
Pond Dipping
View across the courtyard
Rotunda area set up for wedding ceremony

The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Sleeps 2 - 20 11 Bedrooms 50 Dining

Large bunkhouse and cottages sleeping 20 for family get togethers, group holidays and wedding celebrations near Shaftesbury

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury, Dorset, sleeps 2 - 20 in 11 bedrooms.

Sleeps 2 to 44 in 3 accommodation type
The Centre sleeps 36
Historic house sleeps 6 + 3 double sofa beds
Mill Building sleeps 2

The Centre is suitable for a wide variety of groups including family gatherings and wedding parties, adult groups on retreats (yoga etc), youth groups and schools on educational and holiday trips. Its beautiful ornamental and wild gardens are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to Fontmell Down, recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. People of all ages find it a relaxing and enriching place to visit.

Springhead is a beautiful 7-acre estate in North Dorset on the borders of both Wiltshire and Somerset. Its stunning lakeside gardens are featured in the book "1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die" by Rae Spencer-Jones.

When a group books the Centre, it has the exclusive use of the 7 acres of ornamental lakeside gardens and a choice of, or combination of, two styles of accommodation - Standard and Historic Extra:

Standard includes the 18th Century Mill Buildings, stable block accommodation and Trust's lakeside gardens. In the main Mill Building, there are two good-sized reception rooms upstairs which overlook the lake and gardens. The larger room, the Mill Room, can seat up to 55 people and is ideal for workshops and presentations. The Garden Room offers comfortable wicker chairs, a fireplace with a log burner and French doors leading onto the gardens. On the ground floor there is a professional kitchen and a large dining room that opens on to a picturesque courtyard, where guests can enjoy eating al fresco in summer.

The Standard accommodation has bunk, single and twin bedrooms for up to 38 including an en suite twin bedroom in the Mill Building, which has disabled access and facilities.

The Historic Extra accommodation comprises 4 bedrooms for up to an additional 10 guests in spacious boutique-style rooms in the newly renovated Historic House. Perfect, too, for smaller groups of up to 6.

Guests have the option of full, half board or self-catered facilities.



Public telephone and WiFi.


Disabled access and toilets.

Dog Friendly

By arrangement - please enquire.


Large and fully equipped professional kitchen.

Dining Room

Dining Room seats 40 but the Mill Room can accommodate 50 seated for a meal and 60 for a conference.

Sitting Room

2 reception rooms including comfortable wicker chair seating in Garden Room.

TV and Music Facilities

None available.

Games Room

There is no games room.

Heating and Open Fires

Night storage heating and wood burner.


Centre: 5 bunk bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, 1 single. Historic house has 6 doubles + 3 sofa beds.


Linen is provided.


Accommodation blocks have 6 modern shower rooms and toilets. Mill Building has 3 wash-rooms (including 1 disabled toilet) plus an en suite bedroom.

Children's Facilities

Children's games available.


7 acres of grounds including lakeside gardens, orchard and picnic tables. Barbecue and camp fire areas available.

Swimming Pool

There is no pool.


Secluded car park for 40 cars.


No smoking please.

Booking Information

Prices on request – from £20 per person per night. Late availability discounts offered.

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Springhead Trust, Dorset

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Springhead is located in the quintessential Dorset village of Fontmell Magna, approximately 4 miles south of the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury.

  • 0.5 mile.
  • Gillingham approx 6 miles, takes 25 minutes.
  • 4 miles Shaftesbury.
  • 0.5 mile to local shop, 4 miles to supermarket, nearest organic farm shop 3 miles.
  • Nearest Bistro Pub - The Fontmell, Fontmell Magna 0.5 mile.Nearest Family Pub The Cricketers, Iwerne Courtney 3 miles.
  • Bournemouth International approx 25 miles, takes 1 hour.

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This venue is available for Youth & School Trips and Weddings

Youth & School Trips

Situated in North Dorset, students have exclusive use of the 18C main mill buildings and grounds, enjoying on-site activities as well as being within travelling distance of must see attractions.


Springhead's stunning setting can be booked exclusively for a wedding of up to 50-100 guests. Licensed for civil marriages and partnerships ceremonies. 3 reception rooms and accommodation.

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Please contact the owner for availability dates.

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