Updown Cottage is a luxury self catering holiday cottage to rent on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, close to the borders of Wiltshire and Somerset. It is rated 5* by Visit Britain with a Gold Award, given to only the highest scoring holiday accommodation properties in Britain.
Shaftesbury is an unspoilt Saxon market town, set 700 feet up on a hill above the surrounding glorious English countryside and is perfectly located for walking, visiting historic places of interest, exploring the local food produce, relaxing and recharging.
Its winding streets of greenstone cottages and buildings are home to ancient pubs, excellent restaurants, cafes (including vegan / vegetarian) and independent shops, many of which are linked by secret tunnels. They are all within a minute’s walk of Updown.
The town is central for days out to the Cotswolds and Bath to the north, the Jurassic coast (Broadchurch location) to the south, Stonehenge and Salisbury to the east and Devon and Dartmoor to the west.
The nearest train station is just 4 miles away in Gillingham which is well served by taxis and Shaftesbury is just 2 hours by car from London, Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
From the cottage there are spectacular views over the Blackmore Vale: Thomas Hardy’s ‘Vale of little dairies’. The setting, halfway up Gold Hill and opposite the 9th century walls of King Alfred the Great’s Shaftesbury Abbey, is famous as the location for many films and adverts, in particular Ridley Scott’s 1973 ‘Boy on a Bicycle’ advert for Hovis bread.
The cottage dates from the 16th century and the original beams run through every room, exuding hundreds of years of character but the interior design aims to integrate the historic details and antiques with contemporary comfort and convenience. The cottage is heated by central heating and a woodburning stove and is cosy and wam in winter but its thick stone walls keep it cool in summer.
It sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms + a baby in the travel cot provided. There are also 3 bathrooms or shower rooms, 2 sitting rooms (1 with baby grand piano), a dining room with a table for 12 guests, a woodburning stove in the inglenook fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen with Aga Masterchef and a terraced hillside garden.
Free wifi, national landline calls, toiletries, a grocery basket, a basket of logs, linen and towels are all provided.
Updown Cottage has provided the perfect home for a composer seeking inspiration and solitude, romantic couples wishing to find peace and relaxation and families needing a base for exploration and fun. Please get in touch to find out more.