Updown Cottage

5* Gold Award C16th Dorset cottage in Shaftesbury on the iconic and spectacular 'Hovis' Hill of 'Boy on a bicycle' fame. Sleeps 6 in 4-bedrooms. 2017 is our 10th anniversary year and all guests will be entered into a prize draw every quarter for a collection of local produce.

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Midway up the beautiful Gold Hill in Shaftesbury close to the Somerset and Wiltshire borders in Dorset, Updown Cottage offers luxury self catering holidays for 2-6 guests in 4 bedrooms. The Cottage has a 5-star gold award rating from Visit Britain and is indeed a very comfortable and characterful place in which to enjoy a holiday exploring the coast and countryside of this rural corner of the West Country.

The cottage offers far reaching views of the countryside over the Blackmoor Vale, often referred to as ?Thomas Hardy Country? It lies opposite stout walls of the wonderful 9th Century Shaftesbury Abbey, on the street made famous in the 1970?s by Ridley Scott?s Hovis advert featuring a bakers-boy on a bicycle and is often used as a film location.

The 16th Century holiday cottage features original beams in every room, blending historic character with stylish modern living, incorporating ever modern convenience. Central heating and a woodburning stove will keep you warm and cosy in winter, while its thick stone walls keep it cool indoors in the heat of the summer.

Sleeping up to six guests in its 4 bedrooms (plus cot) with 3 bathrooms or shower rooms, means no queues for the loos, Downstairs there are 2 lounges (one with a baby grand piano), a separate dining room with seating for 12 (in case you wish to invite friends for dinner), and a well-equipped kitchen.

The price includes WiFi, national landline calls, a welcome pack of groceries for your first evening, toiletries, towels, bed linen and logs.

It?s the perfect place for a romantic escape, musicians seeking inspiration or somewhere to practice while on holiday or families looking for somewhere full of character in which to relax while exploring the towns, villages, Jurassic coast beaches and other attractions of Dorset and Somerset. It?s an easy drive further afield for day trips to Bath and The Cotswolds and Bath to the north, Stonehenge and Salisbury to the east and Devon and Dartmoor to the west.

Visit the Updown Cottage Website for further information using the link at the bottom of this page.

Unwound and relaxed by Mrs P, Devon on November 24th 2014

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you. I literally cannot remember the last time I unwound and relaxed as well as I have over the last few days. The cottage is beautiful and lighting a fire at the end of the day was fabulous. We loved Shaftesbury and Turnbull`s was yummy! We have left some comments in the book and posted numerous pictures on Facebook!! As a matter of interest how far in advance does the cottage get booked for Christmas? It would be heavenly to be here.

Repeat guests by Mr G, USA on April 18th 2014

We had a terrific time and can't wait for the next time we can visit! We'll be in touch - many thanks for the hospitality; we love this place!

From fellow 5* cottage owners by Mr & Mrs W, Ireland on January 13th 2014

We arrived here just after 3 pm and are absolutely delighted with your beautiful cottage. As like minded people, we really appreciate the quality of the restoration, the standard of fixtures and fittings and the level of comfort provided. We are sure we are going to have a wonderful time here. Thank you very much Many thanks for a great stay. As fellow cottage owners we appreciate your attention to detail, provision of 'stuff' and degree of comfort. It's s great cottage and I'm sure we'll be back.


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Jane & Simon Colston
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Cottage added 9th June 2010

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