Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

Friday, 29 July 2011

A gorgeous holiday escape...

We love to recommend places for you to stay - tried and tested by one of us, so you know it will be just lovely.

After a recent break in Dorset we are delighted to tell you about a cottage on one of the most photographed streets in the UK. Gold Hill in Shaftesbury is famous for the Hovis bread TV advert of the little boy pushing his bicycle up the steep, cobbled hill.

Updown Cottage was found on Alastair Sawday's invaluable website, and is every bit as special as promised. Comfy beds, crisp white sheets and fluffy towels, squashy velvet and tweed sofas, a log-burner for colder nights, a beautiful terraced garden (for breakfast coffee and evening G&Ts) and even a baby grand piano!

The local area offers tons to do for any age - Lulworth Cove for fossil hunting and swimming, Durdle Door for breathtaking scenery and walking, Stonehenge for a must-see experience, Punch and Judy and ice creams in Weymouth, the huge cathedral with modern art installations in Salisbury and idyllic views at Stourhead are just a few of the highlights within driving distance.

Shaftesbury itself is a quiet market town with an eclectic selection of shops and eating places. Great delis and shops for one-off gifts and crafts, and a treasure trove of gorgeous clothes and things found at Six the Commons, just look at these irresistible dog clocks! Mine's the spaniel please!

Take a look at Updown's website here.

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