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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.

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                                                                                                      Completely wonderful!

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                                                                                                      We stayed in this delightful cottage at the beginning of July. We was not disappointed. It is an amazing cottage and the garden is beautiful with spectacular views. Very peaceful and it was lovely to hear the sound of the children in the village school next door. Lots of history in the town. As the weather was really hot we made the most of the garden and conservatory. The cottage was spotless and well equipped with everything we needed. Hilary and John were perfect hosts and went out of there way to make us comfortable. They even went out of their way to provide a barbecue but unfortunately we did not get a chance to use it but we will definitely make use of it next time! Thank you for that! The bed was really comfortable! Plenty of pubs and eating places within a 10 minute walk. The Mitre is worth s visit as it has spectacular views. The hotel in town is nice with a lovely courtyard. They have a Jazz band there on the first Thursday of the month which we was able to see. Had a great evening. The location is great and we were happy to stay around the area and chill. Compton Abbis Airfield is worth a visit as has amazing views. Thank you Hilary and John for making us so welcome. Would definitely return.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely property in a beautiful location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Just spent 3 nights at the property (6 adults and 2 toddlers) and we only have positive things to say about the trip. The property is spacious, well laid out, and clean, with great facilities (the kitchen had everything we needed). Lovely L-shaped garden that wraps around two sides of the property - perfect for the toddlers, and a nice barbecue space for the adults. All four bedrooms were a great size, and it was just pleasure having a base like this from which we could explore the area. in terms of location, we were only around 9 miles from the coast, so it was a short drive to Boscombe beach. We also went for a walk in the nearby Holt Wood, which was beautiful. We had a fantastic lunch in the local pub (5 min walk away), and it was welcoming to a group with two toddlers. We would all highly recommend staying! Ps - Angela left welcoming scones, clotted cream and jam, which was a really nice surprise :-)
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017