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Make a holiday cottage in Shillingstone your home away from home

Situated within beautiful Blackmore Vale, Shillingstone is a tranquil village nestled against the River Stour in Dorset. The peaceful setting of Shillingstone and its proximity to holiday homes in Shaftesbury makes it an ideal escape from the city. Blackmore Vale is home to numerous historic sites and scenic walks that attract outdoor enthusiasts, families, and couples seeking a romantic hideaway. Shillingstone is actually mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was a village of 46 dwellings. It was once home to tallest maypole in Dorset, but today it is a typical rural village that just over 1,000 people call home.

Holiday cottages in Shillingstone are readily available through HomeAway, with everything from cosy one-bedroom cottages to luxurious five-bedroom cottages able to accommodate up to ten people. Prices for Shillingstone holiday cottages start at around £250 for the week, and all come furnished with the comforts of home. Additional amenities such as DVD players, washer/dryers, and the ability to bring pets are available.

Things to do

-Outdoor activities: Guests at Shillingstone holiday cabins will find themselves enveloped in the greenery of Blackmore Vale. Walking and cycling are both very popular here, as quiet roads and lovely scenery make the area around Shillingstone a wonderful place to explore. A prominent path is the circular trail from Shillingstone to Hanford, which is only a few miles long. The path takes visitors through both historic villages and boasts views of the River Stour.

-Historic monuments: There are plenty of historic sites within Blackmore Vale. The parish Church of the Holy Rood is a must-see for Shillingstone holidaymakers and dates back to the 12th century. Also in Shillingstone is the historic Shillingstone Railway Station, which first opened in 1863. Several other notable historic monuments are located in Shaftesbury, including St. Peter’s Church and the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey.

-Family attractions: Families have a lot of options to choose from in the area surrounding Shillingstone. Nearby Blandford has a well-rated leisure centre with a waterslide and other fun features, laying claim to its own fair share of holiday cottages. Over in West Knoyle, families can spot bison, elk, prairie dogs, and other interesting animals at the fun and educational Bush Farm Bison Centre.

-Culture: There are a number of wonderful museums within reach of holiday cottages in Shillingstone that cater to a wide range of interests. Children will love the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester, which is home to an excellent selection of dinosaur bones and fossils. Other popular museums in the area are the Tank Museum in Bovington and the Royal Signals Museum in nearby Blandford.

Weather in Shillingstone

Temperatures in Shillingstone do not differ greatly from the rest of Dorset. Its weather is characterised by warm and pleasant summers, and chilly winters. Visitors seeking warm and dry weather will want to visit the village in July or August, when high temperatures can reach into the mid-20s. Winter lows regularly dip below freezing and rain is more frequent.

Travel to Shillingstone

Shillingstone is less than a three hour-drive from London and is about 30 miles southwest of Salisbury. Though the easiest way to reach the village is by car, it is also possible to take rail services to nearby Shaftesbury, then continue by coach to Shillingstone. The coach journey takes about an hour, with services operating several times daily from Monday to Saturday.

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    Cottage #1965589
    1 Review
      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Cottage #6845260
        Good! 3.9/5
        (15 reviews)
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        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 4
        Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
        15
        Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
          Wonderful! 4.9/5
          (14 reviews)
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Apartment #8118158
          14
          Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
            Excellent! 4.7/5
            (53 reviews)
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            • 5 BR
            • 3 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 10
            Multiple rentals Cottage #98957
            53
            Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (31 reviews)
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              Cottage #1497933
              31
              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Apartment #6504470
                10
                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Apartment #8168248
                  20
                  Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cottage #1466979
                    30
                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Cottage #8144289
                      16
                      Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                        (11 reviews)
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Cabin #1893924
                        11
                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                          (33 reviews)
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                          • 5 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 8
                          House #8127983
                          33
                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.7/5
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 5
                            Apartment #8174284
                            18
                            Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                              • 4 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 8
                              Cottage #6505954
                              8
                              Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                (26 reviews)
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                                • 3 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Separate Toilet
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Cottage #417352
                                26
                                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (22 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  House #420589
                                  22
                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                    (13 reviews)
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                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Cabin #8159114
                                    13
                                    Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                      (16 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      Cottage #6015701
                                      16
                                      Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Chalet #8131170
                                        16
                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                          (30 reviews)
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                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Separate Toilets
                                          • Sleeps 9
                                          House #8139509
                                          30
                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
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                                            Apartment #6720384
                                            4
                                            Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                              21
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (15 reviews)
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Apartment #1874019
                                                15
                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (18 reviews)
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
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                                                  Cottage #1880104
                                                  18
                                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                    • 3 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
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                                                    Bungalow #1776888
                                                    13
                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                      Cabin #1900843
                                                      10
                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                        • Studio
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #1891605
                                                        15
                                                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                          (20 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                          Cottage #75313
                                                          20
                                                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (23 reviews)
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                                                            • 3 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                            Cottage #1782211
                                                            23
                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              House #1642463
                                                              15
                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                (20 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                Cottage #1840656
                                                                20
                                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                  (9 reviews)
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                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  Cottage #6502202
                                                                  9
                                                                  Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                    (11 reviews)
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                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    House #6067148
                                                                    11
                                                                    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Cabin #8137487
                                                                      7
                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                        (11 reviews)
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Cottage #6111562
                                                                        11
                                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                          (14 reviews)
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                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Multiple rentals Apartment #1891605
                                                                          14
                                                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (30 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            House #8172344
                                                                            30
                                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                              (21 reviews)
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                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                                              Bungalow #8172205
                                                                              21
                                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                                9
                                                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Cottage #8171251
                                                                                  16
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (16 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Cottage #6543077
                                                                                    16
                                                                                    Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                      Barn #1907649
                                                                                      7
                                                                                      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (15 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Apartment #1902685
                                                                                        15
                                                                                        Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                          (6 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          Bungalow #6493927
                                                                                          6
                                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                            (19 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                                            Cottage #8159257
                                                                                            19
                                                                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                                              (19 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                                              Cottage #58185
                                                                                              19
                                                                                              Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                (7 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Caravan #6508649
                                                                                                7
                                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                  (10 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                                  • 4 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                  Farmhouse #8095985
                                                                                                  10
                                                                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (15 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                    Cottage #8139013
                                                                                                    15
                                                                                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                      (13 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                                      • 4 BA
                                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                                                                      House #1854144
                                                                                                      13
                                                                                                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Lovely property cosy and comfortable.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Myself and 2 dogs had a lovely short break in this spotless, well maintained property close to coast and countryside. The secure garden is particularly good for dogs as are the many walking opportunities nearby. The stairs are steep but perfectly manageable for the fit and able. Would not recommend for anyone with stability issues. Everyone else will love it. P.S. The T.V. is very small to fit the overall proportions of the property but not really any good for watching rugby. Had to go to the pub. Not sure this could be resolved without spoiling proportions? Louise was very helpful yet unobtrusive. Greg.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful cottage with everything you could want for a home away from home

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The children's book under the stairs was a big hit. Both bedrooms are good size. Modern and clean kitchen and bathroom. Nice size garden with playroom for the children at the end. Good location to walk in to Christchurch or a short drive to Mudeford.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful apartment . Very clean and comfy. Everything we needed. Very helpful owner.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a lovely time at Sea Mist last week. Communication with Andrea was easy . We found everything we needed and really loved the location.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016