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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

                                                                                                      Superb cottage in ideal location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Tanners provided everything we could have asked for in a holiday cottage - and some much appreciated local produce in the fridge when we arrived. Owner Kathy Jones was very helpful. The location, within walking distance of the shops, markets and riverside facilities at Wareham, was ideal for walks along the River Frome, trips to the stunning Purbeck coast (Lulworth, Kimmeridge, Swanage), Corfe Castle, RSPB reserve at Arne, Brownsea Island, steam trains on the Swanage Railway, ... - too much to do in one week!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      Cosy and clean

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      What a delight The Stable turned out to be. Hosts Mike and Carol were welcoming, knowledgable yet unobtrusive making us feel like friends from the start. The cottage feels more like a home than a self-catering unit, warm and comfortable with beautifully clean en suites. Having lived in a rural area we recognise the difficulties of getting dependable wi-fi but this was easily overcome by the welcome offer to use the conservatory at the main house for a connection. A most pleasurable stay. Would highly recommend a stay here as there are plenty of places of interest easily accessible in the area.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017