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It always lifts my day when I hear that someone has chosen to stay at Updown for one of the most important occasions of their lives. I like to think that being surrounded by hundreds of years of history while you prepare yourself for the next phase of your life, is a reminder of how… Continue Reading →

On Monday, 2nd December we joined in the celebrations to mark the switching on of the Shaftesbury Christmas Lights. This year marked 40 years since Carl Barlow featured in Ridley Scott’s ‘Boy on a Bicycle’ advert for Hovis and Ruth Hughes of The Beadster managed to track him down to invite  him to switch on the… 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 →

Eighteeen months ago I was tweeted by Melanie Backe-Hansen, aka the House Historian,  asking whether I might have a photo of Gold Hill that could be used in a new book that she was researching. I duly emailed a few possibilities, one of which I was particularly fond – an elderly chap slowly making his… Continue Reading →

We have some space coming up and would like to offer a discount for anyone who can take a break between 25th Nov and 6th Dec………. which all means more to spend on Christmas shopping or treats for yourselves! Shaftesbury’s Christmas Lights are being switched on by none other than the Hovis boy himself (complete… Continue Reading →

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