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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).

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    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
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    House #1458353
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      Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
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        Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
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          Cottage #1026235
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            Cottage #803557
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              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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              Bungalow #8172205
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                • 2 BA
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                Cottage #1869354
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                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                  • 2 BA
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                  Cottage #8114497
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                    House #1511096
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                      Excellent! 4.4/5
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                      • 1 BA
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                      Bungalow #1593990
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                        Cottage #6735798
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                          Cottage #1663750
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                            • 3 BA
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                            Chalet #8075247
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
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                              Cottage #1968468
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                                • 2 BA
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                                Cottage #8137866
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                                  Bungalow #1746122
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                                    Cottage #1966315
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 3 BA
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                                      Multiple rentals Cottage #8123191
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                                        • 2 BR
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                                        Cottage #1988218
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                                          • 1 BR
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                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #8123191
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                                            Cottage #1869292
                                            2 Reviews
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Cottage #1689362
                                                • 3 BR
                                                • Separate Toilet
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                                                Cottage #1902499
                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                  Barn #1690049
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                                                    Cottage #1868447
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                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                      Cottage #1863367
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Cottage #1862504
                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                          • 8 BR
                                                          • 5 BA
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                                                          Chateau / Country House #1869294
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                            Cottage #1963876
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                                                              Cottage #1965589
                                                              1 Review
                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                Barn #1689952
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                                                                  Cottage #1968044
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Cottage #1963703
                                                                      • 6 BR
                                                                      • 4 BA
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                                                                      Barn #8156436
                                                                      1 Review
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Cottage #700388vb
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                                                                              Cabin #1690552
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                                                                                  Apartment #1750633
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                                                                                          Cottage #6544403
                                                                                            • 2 BR
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                                                                                            Apartment #1689331
                                                                                              • 3 BR
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                                                                                              Cottage #6723288
                                                                                                • 3 BR
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                                                                                                Barn #1690302
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                                                                                                  Apartment #1890185
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                                                                                                    Barn #1690535
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Dorset Delight

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      April Cottage was a real find! A great deal of thought had clearly gone into the equipment and sundries provided, the furnishing and fittings and the welcome goodies. In our case the extra items provided for our dog were also much appreciated - we had glorious weather but the dog towel provided was most useful when those we had brought along were soggy! The cottage was sparkling clean, nicely decorated and had good quality appliances and home furnishings. We used the cottage as a base for visiting various parts of Dorset. It was convenient to be able to walk into Blandford to shops, pubs, etc, to have dog walking potential from the door and took about half an hour to drive to Poole going south and to Shaftesbury going north. We wish we had been able to stay longer as there were so many places to go! Jane and Roger were extremely welcoming, showing us into the cottage and were helpful and cheerful each time we saw them. I would recommend a stay here to anyone looking for a relaxing, comfortable break to discover Dorset.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      The cottage is beautiful, clean, comfortable and welcoming. It is set in a quiet, pretty lane.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We sadly didn't see the local villages and towns due to an illness of one of our group but the cottage had everything we could possibly need. The entertainment barn is amazing and Kim & Peter couldn't have been any more accommodating! They are lovely people. We will certainly be back again soon.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Dorsets little gem

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Returned home today after a fantastic week in this wonderful cottage. Made welcome by the owner on arrival with a welcome pack which was a lovely gesture. Warm, comfortable, quiet and very well equipped all helped to make our week in Dorset a perfect holiday. Situated down a lane in the lovely village of Sturminster Newton it is a lovely place to explore such a pretty county. Highly recommended....... thank you!! 😀
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016