Archives for 2014

This month’s Country Walking magazine features Updown Cottage and Gold Hill on the cover. They’ve chosen a wonderfully snowy and atmospheric version of the hill and detail a gentle walking route inside. We could have added a ‘Stay’ line too! Perhaps someone should draw their attention to this for next time?!  

There are plenty of refreshingly different Christmas shopping opportunities in Shaftesbury in the next few weeks. * Until 29th Nov, if you spend a minimum of £5 in 8 of Shaftesbury’s independent shops, cafes, restaurants, etc, and collect a stamp in each, you’ll be entered into a £1000 prize draw. * Handmade for Christmas @… Continue Reading →

A wonderfully apt article appeared in The Times this week Relaxing before a roaring fire lowers blood pressure explaining how relaxing in front of a roaring log fire can lower blood pressure and promote well-being. If you are not a subscriber, don’t worry as most of the article is previewed anyway. If you are in… Continue Reading →

From 31st October to 28th November all available short breaks are now discounted by £50 to £445. Please visit the Tariff, availability and booking page to reserve your dates or make an enquiry via the Contact page. The cottage makes a superb base for exploring the numerous and varied sites and sights within an hour,… Continue Reading →

We’ve upgraded the bookings and availability calendar so that, instead of enquiring about dates by email, you can now pick the dates yourselves and make provisional reservations online. The booking and availability calendar and rates may be found here We’ll then make contact to arrange the payment of the deposit and answer any queries you… Continue Reading →

Today is the start of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week – an annual event to increase awareness of Dorset’s wealth of architecturally important buildings and culture. The initiative allows free access to many buildings that are normally closed to the public or charge for entry. Their website gives all the details of what’s on and how to book… Continue Reading →

We occasionally send out a newsletter telling people about late availability and discounted rates for last minute stays. Here is the latest, link  with thanks to my hero AA Milne and his friends Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin…..another author who undoubtedly aimed his work at adults and who had such incredible perception and insight.… Continue Reading →

To go or not to go? That is the question…… Next week the cottage is available from Monday, 8th Sept to Friday, 12th Sept at £695.Shall I take £100 off the price for a last minute rate or shall I go and stay myself?Let me know if you’d like to stay to save me from… Continue Reading →

  I love hearing from people when they’ve spotted Gold Hill and Updown Cottage featuring in the media. This time it was on the cover of the Caravan Club magazine, extolling the virtues of Dorset. Whilst I don’t suppose readers of the magazine will be looking to stay in a cottage, it was lovely to see… Continue Reading →

In July an academic gentleman from across the pond spent the week in the cottage. I really enjoyed corresponding with him before his arrival, answering questions, researching and helping him to plan so that he could make the very most of his short stay in the area. He is a frequent visitor to England and… Continue Reading →

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