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Make A Holiday Rental Cottage in Shaftesbury & North Dorset, England Your Home Away From Home

 

Boasting the titles of being one of the highest and oldest towns to be found in Britain is the wonderful town of Shaftesbury. The town is located in the district of North Dorset, in the county of Dorset, in the far south of the country of England. A Shaftesbury & North Dorset holiday is attractive to many types of traveller as it not only offers the opportunity to indulge in a variety of activities, it also provides the chance to see some of the most interesting attractions to be found in the south of England. A Shaftesbury & North Dorset holiday rental cottage is the perfect base from which to explore this active district whilst providing guests with all of the comforts of home to ensure that they have a really enjoyable stay.

Things to Do on Holiday in Shaftesbury & North Dorset, England

If you enjoy being outdoors then a Shaftesbury & North Dorset holiday will be the icing on the cake for you. Visitors can indulge in a variety of outdoor pursuits in the district including hiking, mountain biking, small game hunting, archery, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, swimming, horse riding, tennis, golf and bird watching.

Places to Visit on Holiday in Shaftesbury & North Dorset, England

If you decide to venture out from your comfortable Shaftesbury & North Dorset holiday rental cottage to explore the surrounding area then it is worth stopping off in the peaceful village of Chettle. Probably the biggest attraction in Chettle is the wonderful Chettle House, which was built by Thomas Archer in 1710. Although it is not certain, it is believed that the house took 25 years to complete and used only local materials. One interesting feature of Chettle House is that there are absolutely no sharp corners – all of the corners on the house are rounded giving a unique and smooth appearance!

Weather in Shaftesbury & North Dorset, England

If you are now considering booking a fantastic Shaftesbury & North Dorset holiday rental cottage then you will be pleased to hear that you can expect to experience relatively warm summers and mild winters! Generally speaking the hottest time of the year to have a Shaftesbury & North Dorset holiday are the months of July, August and September when the daytime temperature can reach a comfortable 22°C. The cooler months of December, January and February still offer temperatures during the daytime of between 5° and 10°C. The annual rainfall amount for the district is 26 inches.

Travel to Shaftesbury & North Dorset, England

Travellers on a Shaftesbury & North Dorset holiday can arrive at either Bournemouth Airport (BOH) or Southampton Airport (SOU) which are both approximately an hour’s journey from the district. Air operators that have affordable, frequent flights to these airports include Flybe. Passengers can depart from various UK airports such as Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN), Newcastle(NCL) and Liverpool (LPL).

    Exceptional! 5/5
    (10 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Separate Toilet
    • Sleeps 5
    House #1458353
    10
    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.8/5
      (5 reviews)
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      • 3 BR
      • 3 BA
      • Sleeps 6
      Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
      5
      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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        • 3 BR
        • 3 BA
        • Sleeps 6
        Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
        3
        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Cottage #1026235
          2
            Excellent! 4.6/5
            (20 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 5
            Cottage #803557
            20
            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5/5
              (23 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 3
              Bungalow #8172205
              23
              Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                (16 reviews)
                avg/night
                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Cottage #8171107
                16
                Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 2
                  Bungalow #1746122
                  4
                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                    (17 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Cottage #8128567
                    17
                    Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Separate Toilet
                      • Sleeps 6
                      Cottage #1869354
                      3
                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                        avg/night
                        • 3 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Separate Toilet
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Cottage #1663750
                        1
                        Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5/5
                          (4 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 2 BR
                          • 3 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Multiple rentals Cottage #8123191
                          4
                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (4 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 2
                            Cottage #6735798
                            4
                            Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 5
                              Bungalow #1593990
                              6
                                • 2 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Cottage #8137866
                                3
                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 2
                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #8123191
                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                    avg/night
                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Cottage #1966315
                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                      (4 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Cottage #1988218
                                      4
                                      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                        (10 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 4 BR
                                        • 4 BA
                                        • Sleeps 8
                                        Barn #8149297
                                        10
                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 3 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Chalet #8075247
                                          1
                                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                            (5 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Cottage #8160361
                                            5
                                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (4 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Barn #8151057
                                              4
                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                (10 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 8 BR
                                                • 5 BA
                                                • Sleeps 16
                                                Chateau / Country House #1869294
                                                10
                                                Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  Cottage #1869292
                                                  2
                                                    • 6 BR
                                                    • 4 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 14
                                                    Barn #8156436
                                                    1
                                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Cottage #1968468
                                                      1
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Cottage #1967858
                                                        1
                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Cottage #1967859
                                                          1
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                            Cottage #1965582
                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                              Cottage #1965589
                                                              1
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Barn #1689952
                                                                1
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Apartment #1689608
                                                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Multiple rentals Cabin #8121755
                                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Multiple rentals Cabin #8121755
                                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        House #1511096
                                                                        2
                                                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Cottage #1862504
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Cottage #1963876
                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                              Cottage #1868447
                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • Separate Toilets
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Cottage #1863367
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Cottage #1963703
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Cottage #700388vb
                                                                                    1
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Cottage #6723288
                                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                                        • 4 BA
                                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                                        House #1155511
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Apartment #1155514
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #1863786
                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 4 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 10
                                                                                              House #1155510
                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                Cabin #1690552
                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Barn #1689772
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilets
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #1863746
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Cottage #1861505
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Great stay in a lovely cottage in a beautiful setting. Recommended.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A great place to relax, highly recommended!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      Gorgeous property in a beautiful setting.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The Piggeries is a lovely spacious barn set in a stunning setting. Beautiful views and so peaceful. We were staying with our grandsons and it was ideal for toddlers, being all on one level. We really appreciated all the extra ' baby stuff' especially the double buggy!! They also loved the toys and games in the safe garden. The Piggeries is ideally situated to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside. A trip to Longleat is well worth it ( especially if you have Tesco vouchers!! ). We also enjoyed exploring Shaftesbury, Old Wardour Castle , Stourhead and Sherborne. Good food at the local pub and lots of footpaths to explore in the surrounding countryside. We hope to come back!!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017