Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset
Abbotts Cottage is a holiday cottage in Stour Provost, Dorset, sleeping 2 this makes a perfect couples retreat with a beautiful English country garden to enjoy
Abbotts Cottage is a semi-detached cottage, attached to the owners property and situated in the village of Stour Provost. Completely refurbished there is now a contemporary feel while keeping its period charm such as the traditional stone walls and has more than a hint of luxury behind it as evidenced by the 5 star award by Visit England. Situated down a quiet country road you are just 4 miles away from both Gillingham and Shaftesbury with much to explore in both places and beyond with Sherborne Castle, Minterne Gardens and the Cerne Abbas Giant being just three examples. A shop and a pub are just 1 mile away.
The accommodation at Abbotts Cottage comprises of a living room with a Jotul wood burning stove, TV, DVD player, iPod dock and a window seat to enjoy the view. The kitchen and dining area has a table and chairs and French windows which lead out to the private garden and comes equipped with an induction hob and electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine as well as a range of accessories and utensils. The ground floor also has the shower room with basin and toilet. Up the spiral staircase to two bedrooms, a double bedroom and a single bedroom that is suitable for a cot which can be supplied along with a highchair.
Outside is a West facing private garden that has obviously been lavished with love, care and attention and comes complete with patio area, outdoor furniture and a barbecue. There is also an orchard to wander through. There is off road parking available. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
Shaftesbury is close to the border of Wiltshire and stands 219m above sea level making it one of the highest towns in England. It has spectacular views across the Blackmore Vale and is very pretty, with many buildings made from the local greensand stone and covered in thatch. Shaftesbury is a popular tourist town made even more famous by the Hovis advert featuring Gold Hill that was directed by Ridley Scott.Read more
This is another region where there are many villages worth a visit, with good eating pubs, great countryside and chocolate box good looks. Cann to the south will lead you to Fontmell Magna while to the east you can cross the border into Wiltshire to find Donhead St Mary. To the north lies Motcombe and Gillingham and to the west Guy's Marsh, Stour Row and East Stour.
There are good local markets in Shaftesbury itself. There is a local market every Thursday and a Farmer's Market the first Saturday of every month. In July the Gold Hill Fair is a weekend event with music, dance, local foods and crafts all happening on the famous cobbled hill. In June, the Shaftesbury festival is a weeklong celebration with too much going on to list all the events. However, highlights include lots of music, arts and crafts, lots of stuff specifically for children, runs and races and even dog shows and drumming workshops. Most events are free but there are some ticketed events. At the end of August the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show has over 500 exhibitors and a host of events including ferret racing, birds of prey and motorcycle display teams.
There is certainly a lot to do and see in the area so I will try to list as many as possible without going into too much detail. The Larmer Tree Gardens are stunning and have something to offer all year round but in summer he hydrangea collection makes a striking display of colour. Stourhead House and Gardens dates to the 1740s and is set in 2,650 acres of stunning grounds. Well worth a visit. Longleat House is just 13 miles up the road and is probably the most famous Safari and Adventure Park in the land for good reasons. They also hold a large number of special events throughout the year so do check for the time you will be visiting. The Gartwell Light Railway will be a must for any steam enthusiast.
There are a number of museums in the area, the Gillingham Museum, Gold Hill Museum and the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum. Old Wardour Castle, dating from the 14th century and run by English Heritage is a great day out. The castle was used in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and children and grownups alike will love exploring the turrets and the views from the top of the castle to beautiful countryside beyond.
There are 40 places to eat out in Shaftesbury and many more if you want to go out and explore some of those villages I mention above. There is a good choice of what is available including a vegetarian restaurant and tastes from around the world.Read less
Bournemouth is 28 miles away
Bristol is 35 miles away
Exeter is 63 miles away