The cottage provides a comfortable base to explore the local area. Shaftesbury is renowned for its stunning location, Thomas Hardy country, and Barbers Cottage provides a central location to stay at. Internal exposed stonework and beams couple with a newly refurbished home.
A large living space has two sofas, TV, DVD, iPod dock, CD player and a gas wood burning stove - cool in the summer and cosy warm in winter months. A large 6-seater dining room with limed, solid oak furniture is adjacent to a fully-equipped kitchen and both lead onto a terrace with garden tables and chairs. Through the gate, steps lead you to the lawn with trampoline.
Upstairs the large master bedroom has a king size bed and ceiling beams (an extra person can be accommodated here). The twin bedroom leads from a large landing - the bathroom is separate from the toilet.
The furniture has been chosen to be as sustainable as possible - FSC wood or vintage. Organic bamboo sheets and towels add to a luxurious stay
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What you could do in a week.....: - browse the boutiques, cafes, antique and craft shops
- buy fresh bread and cakes at Indulgence
- have a lunch at the Grosvenor's Greenhouse restaurant, run by a Michelin Star Chef
- walk on the downs and admire the magnificent views
- have a swim
- pick up some delicious goodies at Turnbulls delis
- watch the sun set from the Mitre pub back deck
- walk down (rather than up) Gold Hill, from the Hovis Ads
or visit castles, safaris parks, English houses and gardens, the jurrassic coast, stonehenge, farms or go for a swim
or just relax in our comfortable cottage drinking tea and eating gorgeous cake that can we can have waiting for you by request.
and we have WIFI!
Worth a trip: Shaftesbury boasts lots of independent shops from delis to cake shops to cafes. Try the chutneys at Turrnbulls or the morning croissants at Indulgence the Bakers. The Mitre pub in town has a back deck with views down the Blackmore Vale, a great early evening spot in the summer. There are many walks straight from town which can take you to the heart of the countryside and the Cambourne Chase.
Tea on Arrival?
Let us know in advance and we can have tea and cakes ready for you on arrival. Or the local deli can provide a hamper of food for you (please contact us in advance for details).
Our House / Young Kids?: The garden was created by a keen gardener and there is a top lawn which in spring and summer is bursting in colour and plants. The terrace which can be accessed by the back door or fence windows is a great place to relax or have a BBQ. A gate to the steps and the rest of the garden means toddlers can play without you worrying about them walking up the steps.
Other things for Kids
There are games and books for children to use. The house is equipped with a high chair, cot, blender, microwave and other things that parents with babies and toddlers may need. the local area has hundreds of things for children to do from longleaf Safari Park to Old Castles - it would be difficult to get bored even in the rain.
Key Dates / Things to Do:
Shaftesbury Local Food Festival
5th May 2012
Dorset Arts Week
26th May - 10th June 2012
Shaftesbury Cycle Revival
27th May 2012
Royal Bath & West Show
30th May - 2nd June 2012
Dad's Day Out
17th June 2012
Yeovilton International Air Show
23rd June 2012
Gold Hill Fair
7th & 8th July 2012
Larmer Tree Festival
11th - 15th July 2012
Olympic Flame Through Shaftesbury
12th July 2012
Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show
15th August 2012
The Great Dorset Steam Fair
29th August - 2nd September 2012
The Bath & West Gardening Show
31st August - 2nd September 2012
The Dorset County Show
1st & 2nd September 2012
Shaftesbury Arts Festival
5th - 9th September
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
8th & 9th September 2012
Berwick St John Country Fayre
15th & 16th September 2012
29th September 2012
6th October 2012
RNLI Michaelmas Fair
25th & 26th October 2012
Shaftesbury Late Night Christmas Shopping
3rd December 2012
Shaftesbury Christmas Street Fair
16th December 2012