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Delightful barn conversion in 130 acres of wooded farmland boasting exposed beams and wonderful views across Blackmore Vale. Sturminster Newton 3 miles. (Ref. 1854)
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Lovely rural retreat in North Dorset, close to Shaftesbury. Perfect for a small family or couple looking for some peace and quiet. (Ref. 988893)
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A homely cottage situated near the village of Motcombe, Dorset. Opposite award-winning pub. Shaftesbury 2 miles; Salisbury 22 miles. (Ref. 957189)
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This ground floor cottage is located near the village of Shaftesbury, Dorset. Open-plan. Shared lawn garden. Dog friendly. Salisbury 21 miles; Bath 30 miles. (Ref. 992677)
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Just Show Me
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
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.
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!
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