Shaftesbury’s elevated position provides wonderful views over three counties, this was once a medieval trading post; today the town offers a lovely picturesque location for a cottage holiday in Dorset.
There are centuries of fascinating history here, independent shops and regular weekly markets and a monthly farmers market. For a glimpse of old England visit Gold Hill with its chocolate box thatched cottages and ancient cobblestones, familiar to thousands as the location for the fondly remembered ‘Hovis’ advert.
Close by there are lots of places to visit and things to do; Shaftesbury Arts Centre puts on a year-round program of plays, films, workshops and exhibitions. Sherbourne Castle dates back to 1594 and was built by Sir Walter Raleigh. This historic house displays 400 years of history and has fascinating interiors and marvellous collections furniture, art and porcelain. Outside is no less impressive with stunning architecture and acres of grounds designed by ‘Capability Brown’.
Shaftesbury is located amongst beautiful tranquil countryside just made for relaxing outdoor activities. The Wessex Ridgeway Trail passes through the heart of the Dorset countryside and due to its ridge-top elevation provides wonderful views. Also close by are numerous excellent cycling routes where you can get out and about and if you don’t bring your own, bicycle hire is available locally.
Other activities within the vicinity include a number of riding stables offering lessons and cross country rides and coarse fishing at Todber Manor Fisheries.
To discover this beautiful corner of Dorset, please take a look at our selection of Cottages in Sherbourne and surrounding area.