Shaftesbury Cottages

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    A lovely apartment, in an ideal location to explore some of the best of the South West. WiFi. Private patio with furniture. Salisbury 21 miles. (Ref. 930193)

    7 nights from £339

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    Cosy Grade ll listed, mews-style stone cottage within easy reach of the heart of Shaftesbury town centre. Well-appointed throughout. Off road parking. Short walk to all facilities. Perfect Dorset touring base. Salisbury 21 miles. (Ref. 912355)

    7 nights from £297

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    Cosy ground floor cottage, half a mile from Shaftesbury. Close to rolling hills, lush green meadows and ancient woodland. Fantastic views. Relaxing base. Poole 27 miles. (Ref. 1113)

    7 nights from £289

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    Detached former cart shed, now a bright stylish holiday home. Woodland views, parking. Shaftesbury 1 mile. (Ref. 967197)

    7 nights from £357

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    Comfortably furnished cottage near Shaftesbury. Pet-friendly. Wing of owners' 1808 stone cottage. Exposed stone walls. North Dorset touring location within Blackmore Vale. Shaftesbury 2 miles. (Ref. 12541)

    7 nights from £300

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    Cosy, semi-detached cottage in the Dorset village of Motcombe. Comfortably furnished. AGA cooker. Garden room. Enclosed garden. Pet-friendly. Lovely walks close by. Shaftesbury 2 miles. (Ref. 16149)

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    7 nights from £319

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    A charming, well-presented, single-storey barn conversion, one of nine on site, found on the Dorset/Wiltshire border close to Shaftesbury. Courtyard setting. Beamed vaulted ceiling. En-suite facilities. Shaftesbury 2.5 miles. (Ref. 906533)

    7 nights from £294

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    An impressive barn conversion on the Dorset/Wiltshire border close to Shaftesbury. Courtyard setting. Beams, vaulted ceilings. En-suite bedrooms. Shaftesbury 2.5 miles. (Ref. 26856)

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    7 nights from £381

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    Delightful single-storey rural North Dorset barn conversion. Set in 10 acres of lovely grounds on the edge of Fontmell Magna village. Woodburning stove and en-suite. Shaftesbury 4 miles. (Ref. 918681)

    7 nights from £320

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    Delightful single-storey rural North Dorset cottage. Lovely country walks. Woodburning stove. Pet-friendly. WiFi. Shaftesbury 5 miles. (Ref. 917157)

    7 nights from £274

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Just Show Me Shaftesbury Cottages

Anyone who was around in 1973 will immediately recognise Shaftesbury as the setting for that famous Hovis Bread TV commercial, where a young boy pushes his bike laden with loaves up a steep, cobbled street (watch it on YouTube if you missed it!). This will give you a good inkling of what to expect when you book a Shaftesbury cottage as nothing much has changed - indeed, not much since the 18th Century.

Brimming with fine historical buildings, the best way to explore this hilltop Saxon settlement is to follow the Shaftesbury Heritage Trail. Start anywhere in town and look out for heritage panels and blue plaques displaying local information. Gold Hill (or 'Hovis Hill') plays its part and you can visit Gold Hill Museum at the top, as well as Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden, set on the site of a Saxon Benedictine Abbey. The views from the top are amazing, sweeping over Blackmore Vale and neighbouring counties of Wiltshire and Somerset.

There are lots of shops to potter and browse, from antiques and second-hand books to quirky gifts, plus a selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants. Thursday is market day and there's a monthly farmers' market. It's also worth checking out any local festivals and carnivals, or plays and exhibitions at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre.

Days out from your Shaftesbury cottage

Bath, Bournemouth, Stourhead, Stonehenge and Longleat are all within an hour's drive, while Compton Abbas Airfield and Aviation Museum is closer still. Or head deep into glorious countryside along the many walking and cycling trails of Cranborne Chase and Blackmore Vale.

Find out for yourself and book a Shaftesbury cottage soon!