Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset
Orchard Cottage is a holiday cottage in Shaftesbury, Dorset, sleeping 2 and pet friendly this is perfect for couples who really want to get away from it all
Orchard Cottage is located on the border of Dorset and Wiltshire about 3 miles away from Shaftesbury and is surrounded by 10 acres of natural scenery for a chance to truly get away from it all. Stroll through the 10 acres of grounds or explore further with Bath, Salisbury or Sherborne all under an hours drive away. Shaftesbury is just 3 miles away with shops and restaurants, great views from the top of Gold Hill, famous for Ridley Scott's Hovis advert or explore Shaftesbury Abbey which dates back to the 11th century. For lovers of the countryside you have the whole of the Blackmore Vale to explore with many picturesque walks available which can be enjoyed with a pet as Orchard Cottage is dog friendly.
The accommodation at Orchard Cottage comprises of an open plan living area with Freeview TV, comfortable sofa and armchair with WiFi enabled throughout. The kitchen has an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dining table with seats for four. The bedroom is arranged as a double and the bathroom has a bath with shower over, toilet and wash basin.
Outside are 10 acres of grounds to explore. There is off road parking. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price. Pub 1.4 miles, shop 2.9 miles.
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 26 miles away
Bristol is 37 miles away
Exeter is 69 miles away