Set in an enviable location within the pretty Dorset market town of Shaftesbury, this charming historic cottage is the ideal bolt hole for a romantic break surrounded by breath-taking scenery
Known as ‘Shaston’ in Thomas Hardy novels, Shaftesbury offers stunning views across rolling green pastureland and pretty streets lined with chocolate box cottages, sure to have been the inspiration behind some of the author’s great works. Walk up the iconic Gold Hill to the town centre, where you will find a choice of shops, pubs and cafes, ideal for a pit stop following a day’s walking or cycling. For those wishing to explore the Saxon roots of the area, the town museum and abbey ruins are well worth a visit. Slightly further afield are Longleat house and safari park, Stourhead house and gardens, Haynes motor museum, the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Bath and the Kennet and Avon canal.
Tucked within Shaftesbury’s historic pump yard, step through the wrought iron gate and take a short stroll through the beautiful shared cottage style garden to the private entrance into this Grade II listed property. Once inside you are met with a charming kitchen diner with contemporary units housing all you will need to prepare home cooked meals, including a gas hob and electric oven, microwave, compact fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Tucked beneath the stairs is a compact washing machine. This inviting space has underfloor heating and comfortable dining space for two, making use of the wonderful window seat overlooking the garden. A set of narrow cottage style stairs take you to the first floor. To the left is a cosy lounge with wood burner, Smart TV/DVD and sound bar, making this the perfect space in which to unwind in front of your favourite shows. Just next door is a stylish king-size bedroom, complete with organic cotton sheets – sure to help you drift off for a good nights’ sleep. A further narrow and winding staircase rises to a mezzanine level overlooking the lounge, which provides a comfortable spot to sit with a good book. Leading from here is a contemporary shower room with WC cleverly set into the eaves. Due to the age of the property there are numerous low ceilings and beams peppered throughout, which only add to its character and charm.
Stepping outside you will find a beautiful shared garden lined with gravel paths leading to the adjoining cottages. Take a moment to admire the blooms before stepping through the gate to the roadside, where you will find free parking (subject to availability).
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.