Updown Cottage, Shaftesbury

Holiday Cottage: 3139 Dorset

Updown Cottage with Curtain Billowing

Enjoy England:   5 star
Quality in Tourism:   5 star
Cottage's own web site
A home for all seasons... in winter, curl up cosily in front of the woodburning stove surrounded by sumptuously rich fabrics... in summer, soak up the long, light-filled days from the hillside garden, perched above the tiled and thatched roofs of Shaftesbury whilst taking in the views over miles and miles of glorious English countryside.

Retire to bedrooms adorned with crisp, white, Egyptian cotton bed linen piled high with luxurious cushions.

The cottage sleeps 6 in 4 beautifully decorated and furnished bedrooms, complemented by an ensuite shower room, a bathroom and a wet room.

Situated near the top of historic, cobbled Gold Hill, C16th Grade ll listed Updown Cottage abounds with beams and the character which can only come with the passing of over four hundred years.

The old Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury stands on a 700 foot spur above Blackmore Vale in Dorset near the south coast of England. Its history dates back to the times of Alfred the Great who founded the Abbey in the 9th century, the old walls of which form part of Gold Hill.

Stroll 2 minutes up the hill to find an eclectic selection of stylish shops, delicatessens, restaurants, galleries and museums.

(included in the price)

Free wired / wireless Internet access
Free local and national telephone calls
Electricity, gas & water
Baby grand piano
Woodburner and basket of logs
Televisions, DVDs, VCR, CD & DAB Radio HiFis
Extensive library of DVDs, videos, CDs & sheet music
AGA Masterchef range cooker
Washing machine
Tumble dryer
Nespresso coffee machine
Electric hand blender
Tea towels
Welcome basket including tea, Nespresso capsules, milk, orange juice, butter, bread, jam, marmalade, Dorset Cereals muesli
Iron and ironing board
Shower room on ground floor
Bathroom on first floor
En-suite shower room on top floor
White Company Egyptian cotton bed linen, towels and bathrobes
natural toiletries
Personal chef, massage therapist and cleaning services may be arranged.

  • Spectacular views.
  • Baby grand piano, free Wifi & national landline calls.

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Aqua Bedroom with Window Seat Overlooking Gold Hill
Aqua Bedroom with Window Seat Overlooking Gold Hill
The Sitting Room with Inglenook Fire
The Sitting Room with Inglenook Fire
Baby Grand Piano in the Music Room
Baby Grand Piano in the Music Room
Misty Vew from Cottage and Garden
Misty Vew from Cottage and Garden

Sleeps:   6
Bedrooms:   4
Cot Available:   No
Disabled Facilities: No.

Linen Provided: Yes.
White Company Egyptian cotton bedlinen Bathrobes, bath sheets, bath towels, hand towels, bath mats, tea towels
Pets Allowed: No.

Central Heating: Yes.
Fuel type: Gas
Open Fire: Yes.
Fuel type: Wood
Smoking Allowed: No.

Outdoor Facilities: Yes.
Terraced hillside garden with table and chairs and arbour seating with spectacular views over miles of countryside. Giant Jenga.
Local Services: All services - shops, transport, restaurants, pubs only a minute's walk up Gold Hill

Shaftesbury is easily accessible by road, national coaches to the top of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury or rail to Gillingham only 4 miles away.
Show map...
Nearby Attractions on AboutBritain.com

Pricing and Opening Times
Seasons Open: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

Off Season:
Week: £695.00.
Short Break: £495.00.

Low Season:
Week: £795.00
Short Breaks: £595.00.

Mid season:
Week: £995.00.
Short Break: £695.00.

High season:
Week: £1295.00.
Short Break: £795.00.

Please contact us for details of season dates.

Available all year for weekly bookings (Friday - Friday) and short breaks (Monday - Friday or Friday - Monday).

Awards and Accolades
Guest Book Comments:

Gold Award 5* from Visit Britain
"almost too perfect - they've thought of everything" Sally Shalam The Guardian 4th Aug 2007.
Featured in Sunday Times Britain's Best Cottages March 2008.

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