The SpaceUpdown Cottage is an historic, luxury, 5* Gold Award-winning, C16th self catering cottage standing on one of the most famous and iconic hills in Britain. The views from the cottage and garden stretch for miles over the stunning Blackmore Vale in the north of Dorset - Thomas Hardy's 'Vale of little Dairies'.
Gold Hill in Shaftesbury was the setting for Ridley Scott's 1970s 'Boy on a Bicycle' advert for Hovis bread and such films as Far from the Madding Crowd.
The cottage sleeps up to 6 in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms but is the ultimate cosy bolthole for a very special romantic getaway for 2 or for anyone looking for inspiration to work, write or compose.
Wifi, national landline calls and the use of the baby grand piano are included as are a breakfast basket, 36 Nespresso capsules, basket of logs for the inglenook woodburning stove, all natural toiletries throughout your stay, Egyptian cotton linen, bathrobes, towels, heating, cleaning products, etc.
Guests can also pre-book spa treatments without leaving the cottage, by therapists selected by My Personal Sanctuary.
Shaftesbury is the perfect location for exploring anywhere in the south west from Stonehenge, Longleat, Salisbury Cathedral, Sherborne Abbey and Castle, Wardour Castle (within half an hour) to Bath, the Jurassic coast, Wells, the south Cotswolds, Corfe Castle (within the hour). The local food and music festivals are legendary!
The ancient town's boutique shops, delis, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, pubs and galleries are just 1 minute's walk away at the top of Gold Hill and yet the cottage looks out on to glorious countryside.
A car is advisable for sight-seeing but not essential if you intend staying in the area as all facilities are very close and there are excellent cab services available.
Trains from London Waterloo run regularly and take 2 hours to Gillingham (Dorset!) which is 4 miles away. Guest AccessThe entire house and garden are at the guests' disposal. Absolute privacy is therefore guaranteed.
Heating controls, wifi, use of baby grand piano - the perfect place to rest, sightsee or work if need be. Mobile reception is good. Interaction with GuestsWe are always at the end of a phone or email.
Access to the house is via a mobile call to a device in the door so guests are free to come and go as they wish without needing to clock watch. Housekeeper visits between lets or during stay for additional fee if required. The NeighborhoodShaftesbury is an historic small town which has largely avoided the chain shops of most other high street towns. The people are friendly, welcoming, proud of their area and therefore willing to share local information with any who visit. The place is unpretentious and refreshing!
The views from the town and cottage are absolutely stunning. Shaftesbury sits atop an outcrop of greenstone standing 700 feet above the surrounding Blackmore Vale and was the site of King Alfred the Great's Abbey in the 9th century - the walls of which still stand line Gold Hill, opposite the cottage.
Don't miss visiting the site of the Abbey, the museum at the top of Gold Hill, the local National Trust Stately Homes, Stonehenge, Wardour, Corfe Sherborne Castles, Salisbury Cathedral, Sherborne Abbey, Bath, Longleat which are all well within the hour. Getting AroundYou can reach the cottage by train to Gillingham, 4 miles away and then by taxi or by National Express coach to Shaftesbury itself. If you intend a few days of utter relaxation, Shaftesbury has everything and more that you'll need so transport is unnecessary but to see further afield a car would be helpful and make more efficient and relaxed use of time. Other Things to NoteBookings are from Mondays or Fridays and end on Mondays or Fridays.
At short notice or in low season we may be able to be flexible on length of stay and start and finish days.