A charming, antique cottage in an ancient cobbled street, just a minute’s walk from Shaftesbury overlooking Dorset’s hills….
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 3 nights
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If you remember the good old days with a wistful longing then your eyes will light up when you arrive at Updown Cottage. Huddled in a cobbled street amongst a characterful row of houses, it is a picture-perfect home in a sought after location. Famous for featuring in the classic Hovis advert, Gold Hill in Shaftesbury has a charming antiquity. Ancient thatched roof cottages adorn its steep, uneven slopes, while King Alfred the Great’s Shaftesbury Abbey sits on the opposite side of the road.
The 16th century cottage has a quaint, white façade framed by terracotta roof tiles and pretty window shutters. A swinging candle lantern helps to light the way in and hangs beside the ever-creeping ivy and the wooden, country door. Inside, you’ll be overwhelmed by a rich sense of history, where every nook or cranny tells its own forgotten story.
A wealth of rustic features wait beyond the brick hallway and include exposed beams, low passageways and quirky, little alcoves. Its steep, narrow stairways will take you in every direction as you find your way across its eclectic four stories. Wherever possible the rooms have remained unchanged and have been furnished with reclaimed antiques that have been beautifully maintained. Modern home comforts are the only addition and showcase thoughtful, personal touches and luxury extras.
The living accommodation is split into a number of cosy rooms with a sitting room, a music room and a spacious dining area. Look out for the baby grand piano or for the vintage school table, before lighting the wood burner in the inglenook fireplace. A well-equipped kitchen is also hidden downstairs and is complete with a state of the art Aga range and welcome hamper.
Upstairs, you’ll find four characterful bedrooms, including two comfortable single rooms and two lovely doubles. Each of the rooms is finished to an exceptional standard and has sumptuous linens and sink-in mattresses. Sleigh beds and canopies add to their historic charm, while fluffy robes and thick towels will keep you toasty and warm.
When you’re well rested and want to explore, the centre of Shaftesbury is just a minute’s walk. Home to a myriad of tiny lanes and traditional, little shops, it is a gorgeous place and one of Britain’s oldest towns. The secluded Dorset landscapes are also a joy to uncover and have a wild romance and a dramatic atmosphere. Discover the flourishing Blackmore Vale or the stunning Jurassic Coast, or the nearby counties of Somerset and Wiltshire.
Baby grand piano, stunning views, world renowned location, fully equipped kitchen, all natural toiletries throughout, free landline national calls.
The Jurassic Coast, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bruton, Sherborne Abbey, Wardour Castle, Bath, National Trust properties, Corfe Castle are all within easy driving.
LHR approx 2 hours 91 miles
Jan 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Feb 3rd Weeks: £795 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £545
Feb 10th Weeks: £895 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £645
Feb 17th, 24th, Mar 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Weeks: £795 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £395
Mar 31st Weeks: £1095 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £745
Apr 7th, 14th Weeks: £1095 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £745
Apr 21st Weeks: £895 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £645
April 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th,
Jun 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Weeks: £1095 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £745
Jul 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th,
Aug 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Weeks: £1395 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £845
Sep 1st Weeks: £1395 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £845
Sep 8th Weeks: £1095 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £745
Sep 15th, 22nd, 29th Weeks: £895 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £645
Oct 6th Weeks: £795 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £595
Oct 13th, 20th Weeks: £995 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £695
Nov 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th,
Dec 1st Weeks: £795 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £545
Dec 8th, 15th Weeks: £895 Weekend and Mid-week stays: £645
Dec 22nd, 29th Weeks: £1395
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