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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 #6111562
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                  Cottage #6502202
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                    House #420589
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                      Apartment #6706595
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                        Cottage #8144289
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                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                                        House #435955
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                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Perfect Retreat

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Very difficult to find fault with this accommodation. Lovely owners on site, everything provided, garden full of wildlife. Located in a lovely part of Dorset. Would book again
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Spacious and well appointed, 1min from town centre.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Property is very spacious and well appointed. Its near the town centre (well, in it really), and has a nice feeling about it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Warm and Welcoming

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a fantastic stay in the farmhouse. It was a family get together for a 90th birthday and we were all a bit concerned as to how things would turn out- often disabled access properties may be functional but not so homely. This one, however, was both! The house was perfect in all respects particularly for my 90 year old Dad who has Parkinsons, is confined to a wheelchair and is generally very frail. He loved every minute of our stay! Aside from the practical aspects of the house, it was a great location with lovely views and a sunny terrace (which we were able to use even in Feb!). The log burner at night made it very cosy and warm and the huge eat in kitchen provided the perfect room for all our feasting. We also really enjoyed exploring the farm estate and walking along the river which borders the property. Lots of things to do nearby too - we explored Bridport (a nearby market town), the coast and found some cosy country pubs (with disabled access). Jason was a fantastic ' host' who was very responsive and kind in meeting our various requests. I would very much recommend this property to anyone wanting a tranquil and peaceful holiday in Dorset. Moreover it is a particular treasure for any wheelchair users. Thank you so much for a wonderful stayJason!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017