About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Wonderful for families, friends or couples with a host of original features
JUST COMPLETING (IN JUNE - date TBC) A NEW PRIVATE CAR PARKING SPACE!
Our popular cottage provides a comfortable base to explore the local area. Shaftesbury is renowned for its stunning location and Barbers Cottage provides a central location to stay at with all the lovely cafes and boutique shops within a couple of minutes walk. Internal exposed stonework and beams couple with a house which is designed to be a home from home. (and we have Superfast broadband!)
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 an excellently equipped kitchen with range cooker and both lead onto a private terrace with garden tables and chairs. There is a lovely raised terrace as well which is perfect for idyllic morning sun (and a coffee) giving you in-town peace and tranquility. Through the gate, steps lead you to the lawn and unique, mature garden - a plant lovers paradise with a small lawn at the end.
Upstairs the large master bedroom has a king size bed and ceiling beams (an extra person can be accommodated here) and antique furniture. The twin bedroom leads from a large landing - the bathroom, with a separate shower, has a roll top double end bath and fired earth tiles (with complimentary bubble bath).
The furniture has been chosen to be as sustainable as possible - FSC wood or vintage. Delicious sheets and towels add to a luxurious stay.
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 restaurant or go for a sandwich in the salt cellar at the top of gold hill
- walk on the downs or just on park walk in town and admire the magnificent views
- have a swim in the outdoor pool in town (in summer)
- 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 installed superheats broadband 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.
Markets in town:
Every Tuesday - Antiques Market (Town Hall)
1st saturday of every month - Farmers Market
1st sunday of the month - a fabulous market
Thursday mornings - WI Country Market (Town Hall)
DORSET COUNTY FAIR - September
SNOWDROP FESTIVAL feb - March
SHAFTESBURY FESTIVAL - June for a week
SHAFTESBURY OPEN GARDENS - June
GOLD HILL FAIR first week of July
LAMER TREE FESTIVAL July
SHAFTESBURY CARNIVAL September
Gillingham Carnival Oct
Jane Austen Lyme Regis Weekend Oct
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
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Great winter bolthole
Lovely well set out cottage which was perfect for a long weekend. The kitchen was very well equipped and the place was warm and had welcome provisions when we arrived...and some daffodils!
Sweet and comfortable cottage
Well located cottage with close proximity to walking paths and shops. We did not have a car so quickly became familiar with the surrounding area. Infrequent bus service made for some careful planning. The property owner was very quick to respond to questions.
Shaftesbury is a delightful town and we enjoyed the week immensely.
Beautifully restored , clean, cosy and homely feeling
Property on high street , perfect location for a short walk to the town and amenities . Gold hill just around the corner . Plenty of lovely cafes and eateries . A short drive away from airfield and longleat . Fabulous , can't wait to go back .
Lovely cottage with lots of space and comfortable furniture
Nice well equipped Cottage, parking is a bit of a pain but overall very positive
Barber's Cottage, Shaftesbury England
The most charming cottage for a stay in the English countryside. Perfect location near shops, restuarants and pubs.
Sally the property manager was wonderful and responsive to all our needs prior to our arrival. It's on our do again list!
Thank you we are glad you had a good stay and hope to welcome you back.
Wonderful Village Location
Cottage was well equipped with plenty of room. Beautifully equipped kitchen with most everything you need to prepare meals. Shaftesbury is a great little town with plenty of shopping and the people are quite friendly. We were happy to see a Catholic church a few doors down for us to attend Sunday mass!
Barbers Cottage is in the heart of the old Saxon town of Shaftesbury with its shops, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance. THE TOWN has wonderful views over the surrounding countryside - designated an area of outstanding natural beauty - great for walking / flying kites. WALKING DISTANCE from the house: Gold Hill (from the Hovis ads), shops / cafes including antiques and deli, museum and galleries, selection of pubs and restaurants, the Grosvenor bar and restaurant, swimming pool / playground / theatre /local countryside / Town markets and fairs SHORT DRIVE: range of country pubs (with good food), animal market, Compton Abbas airfield (great lunches / breakfast), Wardour castle, Pytt House walled gardens, Larmer Gardens, downs, plains, bison farm, horse riding, flying lessons, golf, stunning villages, Gillingham Station - c20 MINUTE DRIVE: Longleat House & Safari Park, Farms, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Old Serum, Stourhead, Sherborne, Salisbury Plain - Beaches, Jurassic Coast City of Bath are WITHIN 20 MILES
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We offer weekend breaks and mid-week offers in off peak season - Shaftesbury is only 2 hours by train from London and less than an hour by car from Bristol and a wonderful place to spend a weekend eating, shopping or relaxing.