The Daily Telegraph have listed Shaftesbury (or Shaftsbury as they re-named it several times!) as one of the best places to escape to. Moving to the country? Britain’s liveliest and most idyllic villages. As they rightly point out, Shaftesbury benefits from a thriving farmers’ market, independent pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops, a lively arts centre,… Continue Reading →

Gold Hill provides inspiration to painters, photographers, ceramicists, modellers, embroiderers, printers and probably numerous other craftspeople who won’t spring to mind at the moment. I’m always delighted when guests send photos of their stay at Updown but this week Jeremy forwarded a copy of his mother-in-law, Beth’s painting which had been inspired by his own… Continue Reading →

The perfect Christmas present for someone who may be in need of some serious R&R……. a gift voucher redeemable against a stay at Updown. Spectacular views, luxurious bedding and furnishings, delicious natural toiletries, incomparable local food, music to make and listen to……that’s all 5 senses covered…..what more could anyone need? Vouchers are available for any… Continue Reading →

  That Holiday Lets Company recently put us forward for a feature in The Independent newspaper entilted Cosy Up: 20 Best Holiday Cottages for Winter The newspaper also chose a full frontal photo of Updown Cottage (even though they appear to have entilted it Uptown Cottage!) as their headline photo for the article. Nine years… Continue Reading →

This week Country Life has chosen this beautiful autumnal photo of Updown and Gold Hill to grace its front cover. Amusingly the photographer appears to have used a filter to give the golden tint which has turned our Farrow and Ball French Gray paint to a fetching Teal. One of the bedrooms is known as… Continue Reading →

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