Many a tourist guidebook will happily tell you that Sherborne is one of the most beautiful of English market towns. Stay for a holiday in one of its delightful holiday cottages and don’t be surprised if you find yourself in agreement. With its abundance of medieval buildings, a superb Abbey, picturesque Almshouses, a pair of ancient castles (one of which Cromwell knocked about a bit) and a very old house once a monastic hospice, Sherborne has much to appeal to visitors at any time of year. Standing in Dorset close to the Somerset border makes it easily accessible by road or rail from London and the Midlands for a weekend or midweek cottage holiday in Sherborne.
Sherborne’s shopping centre comprises an attractive range of independent shops of the kind now long gone from most High Streets. Small delicatessens, tearooms, grocers, bakers, butchers, craft shops, art galleries, antique shops and little boutiques all await exploration. Visiting Sherborne Abbey, once a Saxon Cathedral, is an absolute must, as is picturesque Montecute House, or Tintinhull Garden, both National Trust Properties a short drive away towards Yeovil.
The town also hosts a number of festivals and events that attract visitors from all over the UK. Book a holiday Cottage for a weekend to enjoy the Sherborne Literay Festival, The Oak Fair, Leigh Food Fair and Classic Car and Bike Display or for Opera Weekends in Oborne.
Further afield there are plenty of attractions to keep families entertained for a week or more. Visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton – the world’s second largest naval aviation museum or step back in time at the fully restored Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre. For beach lovers, Sherborne lies within easy reach of the coast for day trips to Weymouth, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.