Archives for 2015

Some very exciting news! We can now offer guests the chance to transform their stay at Updown Cottage into a luxurious spa break without leaving the cosiness and comfort of their home from home. My Personal Sanctuary have chosen therapists local to Shaftesbury to visit the cottage to give the full spa experience from hand beauty… Continue Reading →

My friend Nina of Working Glass Jewellery in Shaftesbury just posted a link to a delightful blog called The Dorset Finca which showcases the Best Bits of Dorset or as she says, ‘Dorset’s delicious bits’ – what a perfect way of putting it! Dorset’s food, crafts, festivals, arts, countryside, villages, towns and coast are all delicious!… Continue Reading →

The new trailer for the latest film version of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ has just been released and shows off some of the beautiful Dorset countryside and filming locations. The landscape has changed very little since Hardy’s time and his vision for the settings of his stories remains intact to such an… Continue Reading →

Following yesterday’s post from Country Calling I thought I’d remind us of their lovely write-up about Shaftesbury – It’s all happening in Shaftesbury (not) …… It’s a couple of years since it was penned so a few details have changed but the sentiment is the same – that Shaftesbury has retained its character and identity… Continue Reading →

One of my favourite websites for information on the south-west is Country Calling and I’ve just revisited their very kind review of Updown Cottage entitled Slow Down at Updown. The photo illustrating the article is of Aqua, the bedroom with a cushioned window seat overlooking Gold Hill, a bespoke kingsize bed from Morpheus Beds, White… Continue Reading →

According to The Telegraph Gold Hill is one of the prettiest streets in Britain! The cottages and cobbles, combined with the view, must challenge any street in the world for that title. Anyone who fancies staying on one of the prettiest streets in Britain has the choice of any dates in March and can reserve… Continue Reading →

I picked up a copy of Boots Health & Beauty magazine the other day and have just spotted their ‘Healthy Winter Breaks’ section. Recommended for a Close to Home Break is Shaftesbury! The article highlights the lush countryside in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the area rated as the sunniest place in… Continue Reading →

Yesterday I received an email from Tripadvisor asking me to verify that someone was a bonafide guest. Once I’d confirmed their authenticity the review was revealed and I was left almost speechless. I’m terribly grateful to Mrs G for taking the time and effort to write this – it means a lot. 20* is quite an… Continue Reading →

On Saturday The Guardian newspaper published its Holiday Hotspots: where to go in 2015 Both Dorset and Salisbury, just over the border in Wiltshire, hit the list of locations which stretched from Patagonia to the Faroes. The rolling hills, Jurassic coast, hidden villages and unchanged landscapes of Dorset, and the celebrations surrounding the 800th anniversary… Continue Reading →

Since the start of the new series of Broadchurch, south-west news reports a 200% increase in Google searches for places to stay in Dorset. West Bay near Bridport is the location for Broadchurch where Olivia Coleman and David Tennant play DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy. Situated at the eastern end of Chesil Beach… Continue Reading →

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