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Make a holiday cottage in Shaftesbury your home away from home

Shaftesbury is a small town dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. Located in Blackmore Vale, it is one of the oldest and highest towns in England and is known for its spectacular scenery, castles, and its role in the Hovis bread adverts. HomeAway offers holiday cottages in Shaftesbury with luxury views over the town and rural scenery while holiday apartments in Shaftesbury offer all the advantages of a market town setting. Being furnished and with all the amenities you would expect, holiday homes in Shaftesbury are perfect for couples looking for a quiet weekend, or a family wanting to stay in a tranquil home complete with reliable transport links to the attractions of the surrounding area.

Things to do in Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury holiday cottages sit in the rolling green hills of the Dorset countryside. With the town being only 20 miles away from the historical city of Salisbury and a short distance from Glastonbury Tor, there are lots of things do in and around the local area. This is an historical area of the country and there are plenty of interesting sights and attractions within a short radius of Shaftesbury running the gamut of the ages from Iron Age Hill Forts, Roman Villas, Stone Circles to sprawling country manor houses and gardens. And for those that just want to enjoy the great outdoors, the scenery is splendid and the holiday pursuits varied.

-Old Wardour Castle is a beautiful lakeside castle built by John Lord Lovel in the 14th century. Its light fortifications show it was originally designed to act as a luxury abode. Most unusually, it has a central courtyard with a hexagonal tower house. Visit and learn about the history of the castle through an audio tour which brings the past to life.

-Gold Hill Museum is an intriguing exhibition which once served the local community as a doss house for the jugglers, drovers, and traders which attended the town’s fairs and markets. Today, it’s a museum revealing the town’s past and which sits in beautiful gardens. Sit in the gardens and enjoy a view over Gold Hill, which was where the famous Hovis adverts of the 1970s and 1980s were filmed.

-Farmer Giles Farmstead is a working farm which offers an adventure playground for all ages. Within just a few miles of most Shaftesbury holiday homes, this farm lets visitors bottle-feed baby lambs, cuddle the donkeys, and meet an alpaca. Children can also enjoy riding in a full-size tractor. This is an all-weather venue, to be enjoyed by all ages.

-Wincanton Racecourse and Golf Course is a racecourse, and 9-hole golf course, just outside of Shaftesbury. Throughout the year, racing enthusiasts can expect quality jump racing and the best betting action around. The small but well formed 9-hole golf course, which can be played to 18 holes, is another facility offering challenging sport for experts and a place where beginners can try the game for themselves.

-Compton Abbas Airfield is 800ft above sea level and comes complete with working planes and a restaurant. Visitors can enjoy a selection of locally-sourced dishes for breakfast and afternoon tea. And there’s even the chance to gain control of a plane and take to the skies over the magnificent Dorset countryside and coastline.

Weather in Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury is blessed with mild winters and reasonably warm summers. The average for the summer months is between 15 and 21°C. The North Atlantic Drift ensures winters rarely dip towards freezing point.

Travel to Shaftesbury

Getting to Shaftesbury by road is a decent drive as the main route from London the M3/A303 runs close to Salisbury, with the A30 being an alternative. Shaftesbury has no railway station but mainline services run from London and Exeter to Gillingham. National Express coaches serve the town directly and Shaftesbury holiday cottages are also with easy reach of Bournemouth airport.

    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Separate Toilet
    • Sleeps 5
    House #1458353
    10
      Excellent! 4.6/5
      (20 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 5
      Cottage #803557
      20
      Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (16 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 4
        Cottage #8171107
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          Excellent! 4.6/5
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Cottage #8128567
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
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            House #6857799
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              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 6
              Cottage #1869354
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              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Cottage #8181171
                1
                Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 4
                  Cottage #700388vb
                  1
                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Cabin #1690552
                      • 4 BR
                      • Separate Toilets
                      • Sleeps 7
                      Cottage #6492938
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Cottage #6816353
                          • 2 BR
                          • Separate Toilets
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Cottage #1859535
                            • 3 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 5
                            Cottage #1968044
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Apartment #8089487
                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                (10 reviews)
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                                • 4 BR
                                • 3 BA
                                • Sleeps 7
                                House #6815471
                                10
                                Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (10 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Apartment #6708741
                                  10
                                  Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                    (20 reviews)
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 2
                                    Apartment #6475096
                                    20
                                    Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                      (12 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 2
                                      Cottage #6723148
                                      12
                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                        (7 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Barn #6818810
                                        7
                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (23 reviews)
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 3
                                          Bungalow #8172205
                                          23
                                          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            Bungalow #6919226
                                            2
                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                              (17 reviews)
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 2
                                              Cottage #8118181
                                              17
                                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                • 5 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 10
                                                House #1781387
                                                5
                                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                  (15 reviews)
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  House #1110076
                                                  15
                                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (4 reviews)
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                    House #6830271
                                                    4
                                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Very Good! 4.1/5
                                                      (17 reviews)
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                      Cottage #852920
                                                      17
                                                      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                        (4 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Barn #771469vb
                                                        4
                                                        Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (14 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Cottage #8159006
                                                          14
                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Bungalow #1746122
                                                            4
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (13 reviews)
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                              Cottage #1845260
                                                              13
                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (8 reviews)
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                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 3
                                                                Barn #1018400
                                                                8
                                                                Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                  (13 reviews)
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                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Apartment #1730044
                                                                  13
                                                                  Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                    (22 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Cabin #8173542
                                                                    22
                                                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                      (9 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Cottage #8116734
                                                                      9
                                                                      Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Cottage #1663750
                                                                        1
                                                                        Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                          (4 reviews)
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                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 7
                                                                          Cottage #6723143
                                                                          4
                                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                            (10 reviews)
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 7
                                                                            Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
                                                                            10
                                                                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 10
                                                                              Cottage #8077365
                                                                              2
                                                                              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (13 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                Cottage #8114497
                                                                                13
                                                                                Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                  (4 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #8123191
                                                                                  4
                                                                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (12 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Cottage #1426246
                                                                                    12
                                                                                    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                      • 5 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                                                      Cottage #1012555
                                                                                      3
                                                                                      Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (4 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                                        Cottage #6735798
                                                                                        4
                                                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                          (6 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                                          Bungalow #1593990
                                                                                          6
                                                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #8137866
                                                                                            3
                                                                                            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                              (20 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #8133240
                                                                                              20
                                                                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Cottage #8144592
                                                                                                5
                                                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                  Apartment #1626853
                                                                                                  2
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #8128373
                                                                                                    1
                                                                                                    Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                      (5 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Apartment #1932590
                                                                                                      5
                                                                                                      Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      A beautiful cottage. The interior is deligtful , cosy, fresh and so comfortable.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I stayed at The Cottage whilst on a business trip. The Cottage is stunning. Inside there is absolutely everything you need. It is spacious and beautifully decorated with gorgeous curtains and furniture. Hilary met me the day I arrived. There was tea, coffee, milk etc. already in the cottage and fresh flowers from the garden. The bed was really comfy and it was the perfect retreat in the evenings, whilst working in the day times. This is not a holiday let it is a real home from home. The views from the garden are stunning - I could have sat there for the whole stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      A lovely character propety, full of charm in a beautiful village.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Beautiful home from home.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017