Archives for 2014

This week it was announced that the National Trust have bought Hambledon Hill near Shaftesbury to safeguard thousands of years of history. Hambledon is an Iron Age hill fort which stands next to Child Okeford in the Blackmore Vale. The massive earthwork defences were built over 2000 years ago on one of the most significant… Continue Reading →

Yesterday morning a large envelope arrived in the post from Quality in Tourism. Our 7th consecutive year of being the proud possessors of 2 stiff white certificates, confirming that Updown Cottage has achieved a grading of 5 star and a coveted Gold Award for ‘exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service’. We were awarded 100%… Continue Reading →

I watched an inspirational TED lecture yesterday (whilst ironing!), which made me think…..as TED lectures usually do! One of the themes was about Apple and why we all buy their products….apparently it’s because we buy into WHY they do what they do, not WHAT they do. I didn’t quite get the significance of this at… Continue Reading →

On Friday evening I received the following texts from Mr C which simply made us very happy! “Just a short text to thank you again for what my wife described as a perfect week and I must concur Hope all was left to your satisfaction Cannot wait until we return Thanks again” I thanked him… Continue Reading →

Updown offers a chance to relax, live in the moment, savour the taste of the local food and gaze on timeless landscapes. If this sounds just what the doctor ordered, we have availability for 3 short breaks left in July and August. 4th – 7th July @ £695 21st – 25th July @ £795 25th… Continue Reading →

We are delighted to be able to announce that Updown Cottage has retained its 5 star Gold Award for the 8th consecutive year. The rating is the highest accolade that can be awarded to a property so we are very proud that the cottage has continued to reach such a high standard, consistently for so… Continue Reading →

We have a little space coming up for anyone wanting to get away while it’s quiet. Between Friday, 13th June and Monday, 23rd June all week long bookings are available at a discount of £100 to £895 and all weekends or short breaks are at a discount of £50 to £645 The weather is set… Continue Reading →

All week the forecast had been showing yellow alerts for rain in the south west and sure enough as Saturday dawned, the view from Updown Cottage disappeared as the cloud closed in. Disappointing for the Festival but not unexpected. A few spots of rain fell and we dodged them as we ran around Shaftesbury asking… Continue Reading →

The Shaftesbury Festival takes place this Saturday with everything from music, food stalls, arts and crafts, parades and the highly competitive Cheese and Bike Races up Gold Hill. From 2-3pm we shall be holding an Open House for anyone who’d like to look round Updown Cottage and see the views from the terrace. We will… Continue Reading →

I always love contact with guests (past or future), asking for more information about the history of the cottage or Shaftesbury. This week I was searching for the origins of ‘Gold’ Hill and although there doesn’t seem to be a definite answer, it may be derived from a Guild (or Gild) Hall having stood on… Continue Reading →

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