Rolling chalk grasslands, ancient woods and lush river valleys are all on the doorstep of Sixpenny Handley holiday cottages. This pretty village is located in northeast Dorset, 12 miles southwest of Salisbury. It lies on Cranborne Chase, a dramatic chalk plateau and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which straddles the counties of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Take a wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Sixpenny Handley and you will discover a welcoming community which has changed little in recent decades. There is a graceful 14th century parish church with a wild graveyard, and a number of family-run businesses along the High Street. Pop into Sixpenny Handley mini market for fresh produce from the surrounding countryside, or head to the Roebuck Inn for a pint of locally brewed ale or cider. A few doors away, Clarkes Butchers sells the highest-quality meat from local farms, with homemade sausages and daily specials to choose from.

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Sixpenny Handley is surrounded by glorious countryside, and a number of good footpaths leave the village, passing farms before heading out onto the hills. It is an unspoiled region, where pretty villages and ancient ruins dot the landscapes, sheep and cows graze peacefully in the fields and crystal-clear rivers and streams amble through steep, wooded valleys. The countryside is a joy for walking and wildlife-watching, with far-reaching views across Wiltshire and Dorset.

Self-catering holidays in Sixpenny Handley are a great opportunity to enjoy traditional events in rural Dorset. Cranborne Chase hosts events throughout the year, including the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Larmer Tree Festival and the Cranborne Chase AONB Woodfair. Sixpenny Handley itself hosts a number of fun events, including an annual street party and fireworks display. Pick up a copy of the Downsman to see what's on during your stay.