Updown Cottage - 5* luxury, Gold award-winning, historic cottage with stunning views in Dorset


Details of the Cottage

Updown Cottage stands on 'Hovis' Hill in one of the most photographed, picturesque locations in the world. Often nick-named 'The Tardis' the cottage extends over 4 levels and sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, making it cosy for 1 or 2 people & large enough for groups of friends & larger families or 2 small families who wish to stay together.
Every luxury and necessity is supplied from essentials such as piles of fluffy towels & White Company Egyptian cotton bedlinen, Bramley all natural toiletries throughout, a basket of logs, a basket of breakfast and tea groceries, 36 Nespresso capsules, flat screen TVs, DVDs, CDs, video, ipod connections (with own cable) to facilities not usually found in a holiday cottage such as a baby grand piano!
The cottage is brimming over with character & atmosphere & begs to be used as a cocooning cosy retreat from winter weather in inclement seasons, with its inglenook fireplace & large elegant sofas but an airy base to soak up the inspirational views in warmer times.
Thoughtfully renovated to the highest standard with the aim of combining antiques & contemporary features to compliment the character & age of the building.
Shaftesbury is an historic small town, set 700ft above sea level & is the site of King Alfred the Great's 9th century Abbey, the walls of which are opposite the cottage. The town is in north Dorset & perfectly placed for easy access to the major sight-seeing locations of south-west UK eg Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath, Jurassic

Facilities of the Cottage

General / living area
  • TV
  • Satellite / cable TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Books
  • Central heating
  • Log fire
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Telephone
  • Internet access
  • Wi-fi
  • Alarm clock
Inglenook fireplace and basket of logs. Beams
2 sofas
TV, DVD, CD, ipod connection with cable, library, film library, CDs, writing desk, wifi
2nd sitting room - baby grand piano, sofa, sheet music
Kitchen / utility
  • 4 ring hob
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Microwave oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Coffee maker
  • Blender
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Toilet paper provided
Aga Masterchef, microwave, fridge-freezer, food processor, Nespresso machine, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier
Bedrooms (4)
Includes: Double beds (2), single beds (2), en-suite bath/shower rooms (1)
2 kingsize double beds
2 single bedrooms
White Company linen
Designer furnishings
2 bedrooms with digital radios
1 bedroom with TV, DVD, CD, ipod connection with cable
Bathrooms (3)
Includes: Bathrooms (3) of which en-suite (1). Shower (2) and WC (3)
1 ground floor, slate-lined, wetroom style shower room with loo and basin
1st floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, loo and basin
2nd floor ensuite shower room with loo and basin
All natural Bramley toiletries throughout - shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and handwash
  • Patio
  • Terrace / roof terrace
  • Garden
  • Parking (on the road)

Updown Cottage is located in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Shaftesbury can be reached by train to Gillingham (Dorset not Kent!) from Waterloo, London in 2 hours. The station is 4 miles from the cottage and is well-served by taxis.
National Express coaches also run to the centre of the town.
Hire car is available locally.
It is perfectly possible to have a very relaxing break in the cottage without a car as all shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs are within a short walk however for reaching the slightly wider area, National Trust properties, heritage sites, the coast and Cotswolds, a car is recommended.
Most of the online supermarkets deliver to the hill.
Guests often remark that they need to book another stay in Updown Cottage to see more of the area next time as they had not managed to leave the cottage (except for visiting the local pubs!) as they were so relaxed and comfortable.
The cottage is so much more than just a base - it is a home that is yours for the duration of your stay.

  • Heathrow: 150 km
  • Bristol: 70 km
  • Poole: 40 km
  • Rushmore: 13 km
  • Nearest Shops: 0.2 km
  • Nearest Restaurants: 0.2 km
  • Nearest Bars: 0.2 km


Rental Rates

Rental rates £695 - £1295 per week
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Booking Terms & Cancellation Policy

We ask for £100 deposit to secure the booking.
The balance + £100 refundable housekeeping deposit are due by 4 weeks before the stay.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card (subject to £5 per credit card transaction) or cheque.
The cottage should be left as found
The deposit will usually be retained up to 4 weeks before the stay.
The full amount is due after this point although we will endeavour to re-let.
We advise full travel insurance should be taken out by the renter in case of difficulties reaching the cottage from abroad or elsewhere (including weather).

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