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

Gold Hill
15 reviews
Gold Hill
Aqua kingsize bedroom
View from Updown Cottage and garden
Sitting room
1st floor slate-tiled bathroom
The front door
Sofa beside the woodburner and inglenook
Baby grand piano
Dining room
Halfway up the garden path
Bathroom with 1920s copper cruise ship mirror
Toile bedroom with canopied single sleigh bed
Teal bedroom with kingsize bed
Tulip bedroom with single antique sleigh bed
Updown at Christmas
Piles of towels
Updown Cottage
Teal bedroom with kingsize bed, flatscreen TV, DVD, CD, Digital radio, ipod connection
The view from the music room
Contemporary comforts
Stourhead National Trust
Salisbury Cathedral
Dusk over Gold Hill
Classic wedding car awaiting the bride staying at Updown Cottage
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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.
2017 is our 10th anniversary year and we all guests will be entered into a quarterly prize draw to win a collection of local produce.
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 of your stay with complimentary Wifi, free national landline calls, a baby grand piano, log fire & basket of logs, huge film library, welcome breakfast and tea basket, 36 Nespresso capsules, all natural toiletrie...
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About the Owner, Simon and Jane C
Languages spoken: English
Calendar Updated: 1 day ago
Listed since : Jul 2010
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 15 reviews and 1 property
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.
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Excellent - based on 15 reviews
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1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago for a stay in October 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 much bigger than meets the eye. We enjoyed breakfast and afternoon drink on the sunny...

Management response:

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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Sharon G
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 September 2017 for a stay in April 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 stone. A beautiful dining room wth a gorgeous wood table that could seat 12 people...

Management response:

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!


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Ginny J
York, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Lovely location and a divine cottage every time we left we felt like movie stars as people were taking photos

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Thank you so much Ginny! We're so pleased you enjoyed Updown.


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  • 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
No courses without full details and permission.
    1 Full bath
    1 Shower
    1 Attached (ensuite)
    1 King
    1 Super 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
31 Oct 2017 -
14 Dec 2017
Off season
3 nights
15 Dec 2017 -
21 Dec 2017
Low season
3 nights
22 Dec 2017 -
4 Jan 2018
High season
7 nights -- --
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  • Damage Deposit: £100 / stay - Deposit
Additional Rate and Availability Information
Everything is included.
Week long bookings only at Christmas and New Year.
Bookings 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 with a £5 fee per transaction.
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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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