Holiday Cottage in Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Property Ref. Updown Cottage PIC001003

5* Gold Award self catering holiday cottage with spectacular views. 4 bedrooms. Sleeps 6.

Updown Cottage is a C16th cottage, full of character and luxury, perched halfway up Hovis Hill in Shaftesbury and with stunning views across Blackmore Vale.

It sleeps 6 people in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and caters for all looking for inspiration, whether gastronomic or musical.  The cottage is equipped with Wifi, high quality AV systems, a baby grand piano, logs for the woodburning stove set in the inglenook and an Aga masterchef and all facilities for feasting.

All bedrooms are furnished with antique or bespoke beds fitted with White Company Egyptian cotton bed linen, billowing pillows and duvets, piles of white towels and bathrobes and White Company toiletries.

Guests will find a basket of breakfast goodies from the local deli and Nespresso capsules for the Nespresso machine.  Meals may be ordered ready for your arrival from the deli and caterers can be recommended for special meals during your stay.

There is a vast library of films to keep you entertained or a wealth of cultural, outdoor, tourist and foodie destinations within a short distance of the cottage.  Guests may also like to arrive by light aircraft at Compton Abbas airfield or take advantage of its flying lessons and facilities.



Property Summary


2 double bedrooms with kingsize beds

2 single bedrooms


1 ensuite shower room, loo, basin

1 bathroom with bath and hand shower, basin and loo

1 gorund floor wet room-style shower room with loo and basin. All are slate-lined.


Aga Masterchef. All appliances including microwave, fridge freezer, Nespresso machine, dishwasher, food processor, etc

Utility Room

Washing machine, tumble drier, sink, iron, ironing board, drier

Living Room

2 sofas, various Windsor chairs, TV, Video, DVD

Other Rooms

Music room with baby grand piano

Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid Service

Cleaning and all linen included and additional cleaning service can be arranged.


Pretty terraced hillside garden with wooden garden furniture and various bower seats from which to soak up the views.


Rushmore Golf Club is a 10 minute drive.


There is a wealth of walks from the cottage and further afield. Books and maps are provided.


Wonderful pubs for beer, food and wine abound! Some within walking distance and other renowned foodie pub restaurants a short drive away.

Local Attractions

The Abbeys of Shaftesbury & Sherborne

Salisbury Cathedral



The Jurassic Coast



Optional Information

Children are welcome and there is a travel cot but there are plenty of stairs and no stair gates.

Sadly we are unable to cater for smokers or pets but there are local kennels or dog sitters.


Not suitable for guests with mobility problems as the cottage is arranged on the hill over 4 floors.


The cottage is only 30 seconds walk from bus stops including the National Express stop. Gillingham station is 4 miles away and well served by taxi services.

Special Interest Holidays

Guests may like to take a cookery course or flying lessons or attend local music festivals such as Salisbury or Sherborne.

Guest Comments

"Next year, same time, same place!"

"truly a gem, we have self catered many times and this is the cream of the crop."

"there can be little to add to the superlatives already scribed by other euphoric visitors ..."

"two superb celebratory dinners courtesy of Tyrone; Lee and then Corinne at Turnbulls ... both utterly mouthwatering!"

"one of the most well presented cottages we have ever stayed at and our every need catered for ..."

Price Information

Rental Periods Price Per Week

January - December

£695 - £1295
Short Breaks from £450
Notes on Prices Price per week. See Owner's website for full details.

Changeover Day

Monday or Friday

Contact the owner for availability and further details

Property Ref PIC001003

Owners details
Simon & Jane Colston
Mobile: 07710 307202

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Booking Notes

Please contact us by email, phone or via the website to make an enquiry. We simply ask for £100 deposit with the balance + £100 refundable housekeeping deposit by 4 weeks before the booking date. You may follow us on Twitter at

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