Set in an enviable location within the pretty Dorset market town of Shaftesbury, this charming historic cottage is the ideal bolt hole for a romantic break surrounded by breath-taking scenery
Tucked away within Shaftesbury’s historic pump yard, this chocolate-box cottage is the perfect destination for couples and their canine companions seeking a romantic retreat within easy reach of the town’s many amenities. Stroll the quaint streets to one of the town’s many dog-friendly traditional inns, walk up Gold Hill, star of the famous Hovis advert and enjoy the far-reaching views as you ramble along the tree-lined Park Walk. Sniff out the most fragrant path through the beautiful Abbey gardens or pick up some local produce in the weekly farmers’ market.
Step through the wrought iron gate and cross the shared cottage-style garden to the entrance of your Grade II listed retreat. Tails will wag at the charming kitchen/diner, with exposed beams and bright artwork adorning the walls. Rustle up delicious dinners for two to share at the cosy dining table. Narrow cottage-style stairs lead to the first floor where you will find the inviting living room. Snuggle up on the plump sofa and unwind in front of your favourite TV programme while your hound warms their paws in front of the wood burner. At the end of the day, cuddle up in your light and airy king-size bedroom for a good night’s sleep. A further set of narrow stairs lead to the contemporary shower room and a comfortable mezzanine reading nook. Outside is a beautiful shared garden where your pup can stretch their paws. Due to the age of the property, there are numerous low ceilings and beams peppered throughout, which only add to its character and charm.
With designated doggy hours and five estate walks to explore at Stourhead House (1.5 miles), you’d be barking mad not to visit this National Trust property with picnic spots and water bowls provided for your pup. Take the lead and let your dog sniff out the winner at Wincanton Racecourse (10.5 miles) for a day of equine excitement. Further afield, discover the historic spa town of Bath (22 miles) for riverbank walks, or why not step onboard a sight-seeing cruise for a tranquil journey down the Avon with your hound?
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.