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Updown Cottage historic 5* luxury in Dorset. Stunning views, beams & wood fire.

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4 Bedrooms , 3 Bathrooms , Sleeps 6
Shaftesbury, Dorset, England
Updown Cottage is a C16th self catering holiday cottage, assessed as 5* with Gold Award from Visit Britain for all 11 years.
The cottage is for currently for sale as we are moving closer to family but we are continuing to take bookings and look forward to hearing from everyone and anyone who may wish to stay or in fact own their own slice of history.
We've loved every inch of the cottage and town and would love to pass it on to a like-minded person!
The cottage stands on Gold 'Hovis' Hill which is famous from Ridley Scott's 1970s Hovis Bread advert featuring the 'Boy on a Bicycle'.
The views are spectacular from both cottage and hillside garden and are certainly some of the most photographed in England.
Every luxury that you would expect from a 5* hotel is provided, but the whole cottage is yours for the duration...
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Listing #FKN2377419
About the Owner
Simon and Jane C
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2010
Interaction with guests
We are always at the end of a phone or email. Access to the cottage is via a mobile phone call to the latch device so you are free to arrive and depart at your convenience without needing to keep to official check in times.
Reviews from our community
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Stayed for a weekend and had a fantastic time. Communications with Jane ahead of our stay were excellent and instructions very clear. The cottage is in a superb location, Gold Hill is a short walk from all amenities, beautifully quiet but a couple of minutes...More

Date of stay: June 2018
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Jane C, VR Owner at Updown Cottage historic 5* luxury in Dorset. Stunning views, beams & wood fire., responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you so much for leaving this review & we’re delighted you had a good time. Apologies that the garden had ‘thrived’...... our gardener is such a lovely older gentleman who knows absolutely everything there is to know about the area. I’ll give a small...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017

We booked the cottage because we needed a holiday with access to piano. We knew the place would be nice because of all the pos-ve reviews. But we were still surprised and delighted: such a blend between very old and very modern. It is so...More

Date of stay: October 2017
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Jane C, VR Owner at Updown Cottage historic 5* luxury in Dorset. Stunning views, beams & wood fire., responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you so much for this wonderful review - for taking the time and for highlighting all those aspects of the cottage that you enjoyed. Please do come again whenever you are able - you'd be very welcome!

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

On 21April, 2017 my dream of staying in Updown Cottage came true. Updown is a 16c cottage. A perfect marriage of the 16th and 21st century. Four bedrooms. Three bathrooms. Music room and sitting room. The kitchen is truly amazing. One wall is stone. Original...More

Date of stay: April 2017
1  Thank Sharon G
Jane C, VR Owner at Updown Cottage historic 5* luxury in Dorset. Stunning views, beams & wood fire., responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Sharon, thank you SO much for this amazing review! You’ve described it all better than I could! We just aim to make people feel just as you did - that they are at home & never want to leave!

  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(1)
  • Dining Seats (12)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • King Beds:(1)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (6)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower Rooms (1)
  • Single Beds:(2)
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • SuperKing Beds:(1)
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
No courses without full details and permission.
    1 Full bath
    1 Shower
    1 Attached (ensuite)
    1 King
    1 King
    1 Crib
    2 Twins
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night Per week
Default 3 nights
3 Nov 2018 -
19 Dec 2018
3 nights
Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to British Pounds and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Damage Deposit: £100 / stay - Deposit
Additional Rate and Availability Information
Week long bookings only at Christmas and New Year.
Bookings usually run from Mondays to Mondays or Fridays and from Fridays to Mondays or Fridays only and stays over these lengths will incur the whole week price.
There is a refundable £100 housekeeping deposit payable at the same time as the balance which is due 4 weeks prior to the stay.
A deposit of £100 is requested to reserve the booking.
Cards are taken for payment.
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About the neighbourhood
A beautiful old town situated 700 feet up in Thomas Hardy's 'Vale of little Daires'. Shaftesbury dates from the time before Alfred the Great and flourished when he established the Abbey. The massive walls opposite Updown Cottage date from the days of the Abbey and have seen centuries of pilgrims and latter day tourists pass over Gold Hill's cobbles.
The spectacular views from the cottage stretch over miles of glorious English countryside and change with the weather and seasons, offering a constantly fascinating outlook.
Shaftesbury is ideally situated for exploring the whole of the beautiful west country of England with its castles, coasts, cathedrals & stunning countryside.
Getting around
A car gives the greatest flexibility but it is possible to arrive by train or coach and take taxis or hire cars to see the sights.
It is also possible to enjoy Shaftesbury on foot as all shops, cafes, museums, pubs and restaurants are within a minute's walk.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Heathrow: 148.0 km
Railway: Gillingham (Dorset): 6.4 km
Ferry: Poole: 40.0 km
Just 2 hours drive from London, passing Stonehenge en route, giving a great view from the car windows! Parking is free and unrestricted on the lower tarmac area of Gold Hill, only a few yards from the front door. You can drive up to the door to unload though.
Trains from London to Gillingham, Dorset in 2 hours. 4 mile taxi ride to the cottage.
National Express coaches stop in Shaftesbury.
Gatwick and Heathrow airports are 2 hours away.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Nearest Beach: 40.0 km.
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