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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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Recent Reviews

Lovely accommodation, gorgeous location.

5 of 5
We had a wonderful time at The Granary. The cottage itself is extremely comfortable and we loved the ensuite bathrooms for every room. The kitchen was the icing on the cake with everything we needed to cook whatever we wanted. We loved walking around the farm, seeing the lambs and the horses, and going down to the river to relax. The perfect getaway.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Lovely quiet retreat

5 of 5
A lovely little retreat, very clean, well kept property in a fantasic place close to the Juarassic Coast and beautiful places to explore. Very friendly and helpful owner who lives next to the property. Would definateley recommend this property to friends and hopefully return ourselves. Our dog loved the enclosed garden.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017