Archives for 2014

It’s a little known fact (to me until last week!) that the patron saint of Dorset is St Wite (sometimes known as St Candida). Her relics lie in the church of St Candida (or St Wite) and Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum and apart from Westminster Abbey, this was the only church in England that contained… Continue Reading →

I just came across this absolutely charming Newsreel via my friend Nina’s twitter feed. Nina designs and makes the most vibrant and uplifting jewellery which reflects her personality perfectly! Do pay her site a visit as she’ll also accept commissions. The charm of Shaftesbury lies in its unchanged, unspoiled and unpretentious character which is illustrated… Continue Reading →

Sadly the beautiful Fibre Naturelle silk that we had used for the music and sitting room curtains, had not survived the sunlight for which Dorset is so renowned. Natalie Canning to the rescue! I’ve always felt, quite passionately, the need to go with the feel of a room rather than against. If you try to… Continue Reading →

A couple of weeks ago I tweeted a reason that #westisbest in response to a competition run by iescape in association with Bramley Products It was along the lines of the people in the south-west lacking superficiality and there being a greater sense of shared interests linking people rather than money……rather dour perhaps but the… Continue Reading →

I’ve only just realised that I placed a late availability offer on various listing sites, facebook and twitter but I’d completely forgotten to mention it on our own website! Hopeless! Next week Mon, 28th April – Fri, 2nd May is available and consequently reduced to £500 as a last minute offer. If you can get… Continue Reading →

This weekend we’ve discounted the rate! Arrive any time from 4pm on Friday, 11th April and leave any time before 10.30am on Monday, 14th and get a discount of £145, so pay just £550 rather than the usual £695. Why not book into The Grosvenor Arms for dinner on Friday evening as it’s just 1… Continue Reading →

I wrote a post for facebook late last night and I’m not sure that I’ve ever had such a positive response with so many people liking and sharing it! It’s about availability…….. Facebook Do let me know if you would like further info Contact Updown Cottage luxury 5* self catering holiday cottage to rent on… Continue Reading →

For anyone in the area between 2nd and 8th June 2014 the Shaftesbury Festival is taking place all over the town with music, exhibitions, food, demonstrations, markets, dancing, more food and the customary races up Gold Hill – one race on bikes and the other on foot……. but carrying giant cheeses. Madness prevails……! Charlie Turnbull… Continue Reading →

An email arrived this morning from Little Miss Homes, the award winning home interiors blog from Laura Holmes (now Laura Butler-Madden – ed). A couple of years ago we were honoured to be featured by Laura in her Homes Away from Home section……precisely what we aim to provide at Updown! Laura Butler-Madden: Updown Cottage 5*… Continue Reading →

This is a must see, surely?! Camel racing?! And for a very worthy cause. http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/needs-Cheltenham-Festival-enjoy-camel-racing/story-20811310-detail/story.html 5* luxury self catering holiday cottage to rent on Gold ‘Hovis’ Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, Great Britain, UK

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