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 →

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 →

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