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Updown Cottage, 12 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8HB

5 * Gold Award


  • 5 * Gold Award
  • Country Cottages
  • Sleeps up to 6

The self catering holiday cottage accommodation with spectacular views to rent on the famous “Hovis” Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset….as featured in the Sunday Times Britain’s Best Cottages

A home for all seasons… in winter, curl up cosily in front of the woodburning stove surrounded by sumptuously rich fabrics… in summer, soak up the long, light-filled days from the hillside garden, perched above the tiled and thatched roofs of Shaftesbury whilst taking in the views over miles and miles of glorious English countryside.

Bedrooms (click here to see a list of all facilities). Although each of the bedrooms reflects its own unique character, they are all equipped to the same high standard. From the romantic beds dressed with White Company Egyptian cotton, designer fabrics, throws and cushions to the complimentary welcome basket of toiletries and fluffy white bathrobes and towels, your experience will be one of pure indulgence.

The cottage sleeps 6 in 4 beautifully decorated and furnished bedrooms, complemented by an ensuite shower room, a bathroom and a wet room.

Situated near the top of historic, cobbled Gold Hill, C16th Grade ll listed Updown Cottage abounds with beams and the character which can only come with the passing of over four hundred years. The old Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury stands on a 700 foot spur above Blackmore Vale in Dorset near the south coast of England. Its history dates back to the times of Alfred the Great who founded the Abbey in the 9th century, the old walls of which form part of Gold Hill.

Stroll 2 minutes up the hill to find an eclectic selection of stylish shops, delicatessens, restaurants, galleries and museums.

Make use of the kitchen with dining facilities for 12 people.

Shaftesbury is suitable for a car-free break as the National Express coach stop is only a minute’s walk from the cottage; Gillingham train station is 4 miles away and well-served by taxis. All shops, restaurants and pubs are just a step away.


Tariff Information.

Prices are fully inclusive of all the facilities and can be viewed by clicking here


“beautifully welcoming, divinely comfortable”

“nothing but praise for this inspirational place”

“the cottage feels like a boutique hotel but with such unique charm.”

“restored with such love and inspiration”


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