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20 glamping hotspots near Shaftesbury, North Dorset

 

SHAFTESBURY has a very good collection of hotels, cottages and B&Bs. But as the town sits on a hilltop, there isn’t a great deal of room to innovate with glamping options. Happily, there is a great deal of space in The Blackmore Vale and Cranborne Chase surrounding Shaftesbury – and there has been a considerable amount of innovation in recent years.

From a list of 12 in summer 2017, we now have 21 sites close to Shaftesbury which offer glamping options, from luxury safari tents and yurts to a converted double decker bus, eco pod and shepherd huts with hot pools. 

Many have spectacular views and settings, in oak woodlands, deer parks, kitchen gardens, equestrian centres and working farms. And they all add to the wealth of accommodation choices in North Dorset, alongside a number of AirBnB options. Come and stay in north Dorset for a short break, or a full family holiday: we’re halfway between London and Cornwall, just off the A303, and within easy reach of Dorset’s world famous Jurassic Coast.

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Get close to nature this summer: chill out on holiday in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story updated July 6

SHAFTESBURY is again ready to welcome visitors to our hilltop town and the breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful landscapes that surround us. After months of lockdown, the doors opened on July 4 to a huge range of fantastic glamping and camping sites close to Shaftesbury, together with a large number of cottages, hotels and pubs/restaurants with rooms.

Accommodation providers have been hard at work ensuring they meet all government requirements regarding distancing and cleanliness. In some cases, there will be gaps of 24 or even 72 hours between bookings to ensure deep cleaning. Many will offer visitors self check-in. The usual rules about deposits and balance payments have also been relaxed in places.

We know families want to be able to relax, to run around, to chill. We know that visitors want to enjoy a meal, to walk the hills and de-stress. As Ali Russell at Ash Farm says: “Like many of Dorset’s holiday providers, we can offer guests the chance to get away in seclusion and safety, watch wildlife, see open views of rolling countryside and escape from their city lives.”

After seeing their income evaporate since March, our hosts are ready to roll out the red carpet. “I would love to see my guests back again – I have missed them!,” says June Watkins at Lawn Cottage. It is already clear that there is pent-up demand for a staycation this summer. And a survey this week by Visit England says that top of the list is – a short break in the countryside in a holiday home. Some 38% of consumers surveyed cited they “want to get close to nature” as the main motivation for a holiday. Well, we can tick all the boxes there.

We’re just off the A303, halfway between London and Cornwall. We are an hour from the coast and on the doorstep of Stourhead and the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which includes the Thomas Hardy landscapes of Fontmell and Melbury Downs, both maintained by The National Trust. Many of our cottages and glamping properties are buried deep in the countryside, many on working farms.

We are all very excited to begin the new normal phase. But while the rules mean marked differences in a pub or restaurant, our providers have done their utmost to make you feel safe and very, very welcome. If you need any help in town, visit our Tourist Information Centre on Bell Street – open 10am-2pm, Monday- Saturday. See you soon!

  • We contacted 40 accommodation providers within 12 miles of Shaftesbury for information on their offering this summer: just over half responded, and their details are below. We will add more responses as and when we receive them
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The Old Bank B&B

Sarah Hood
Burton Street
Marnhull
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 1PH

Tel: 01258 821019
Mobile: 07434 280963
Email: enquiry@theoldbank-marnhull.co.uk
http://www.theoldbank-marnhull.co.uk
From: £35.00 pppn
1 double bedroom
1 double (Kingsize)/twin
1 double & twin suitable for families
Private facilities available
Comfortable village house between Shaftesbury and Sherborne. Pretty courtyard and garden. Close to many local attractions.
Children and Dogs Welcome. Open all year

Updown Cottage

Simon & Jane Colston
12 Gold hill
Shaftesbury
Dorset SP7 8HB



Tel: 07710 307202
Email: info@updowncottage.co.uk
http;//www.updowncottage.co.uk
From £795 to £1395 per week

Updown Cottage is a C16th cottage where character and antiques blend with contemporary comfort. Perched halfway up Gold “Hovis” Hill, opposite the walls of King Alfred’s Abbey, it enjoys stunning views across Blackmore Vale. Cosy enough for a couple but spacious enough for 6 guests & a baby, there are 4 bedrooms, 3 batrooms, dining room, 2 sitting rooms (one with baby grand piano, one with a massive inglenook fireplace and a terraced hillside garden. Open all year.

Black Pig Retreats

Carolyn Bourchier
Bittles Brook Farm
Bittles Green, Motcombe
Dorset SP7 9NX

Tel: 01747 590678
Mobile: 07772 444861
Email: info@blackpigretreats.com
http://www.blackpigretreats.com

From: £275 to £1275
3 night minimum stay
Sleeps: 4 to 6
King 1, Single 2 + double cabin bed

3 Luxury safari tents sleeping 4 or 6 persons.  Hot showers and flushing toilet in each tent.   Fully equipped kitchen with gas hob and wood burning stove.  Comfortable beds.  Beautiful views in a peaceful farm location.  Easy access to Shaftesbury. Open March – October

Summer Lodge

Angel Court
Shaftesbury
Dorset
SP7 8HX

Mobile: 07855 760806
Email: info@shaftesburyluxurylodges.co.uk
http://www.shaftesburyluxurylodges.co.uk/

From £355 – £775 per week
1 King size double bed
1 Twin Beds

Boutique Cottage in the heart of the historic area of Shaftesbury with private parking. Furnished and presented to a high standard.  TripAdvisor cert of Excellence. Patio seating areas back and front. Welcome pack.  WiFi.

Holbrook Bed and Breakfast

Diane Holt
Holbrook
6 Ivy Cross
Shaftesbury
Dorset
SP7 8DW

Tel: 01747 858522
Mobile: 07790 610743
Email: info@holbrookbandbshaftesbury.co.uk
http://www.holbrookbandbshaftesbury.co.uk/

Rooms from £40.00 pppn inc. breakfast
1 Double Ensuite
1 Triple Ensuite
1 Twin Ensuite
1 Single Ensuite

Holbrook offers a warm and a friendly personal service. Excellent varied breakfast menu. All rooms tastefully refurbished to a high standard. Town centre within an easy ten minute walk. Free WIFI.  Free off road parking.

The Chalet

Doug and Anne Giberson
Christy’s Lane
Shaftesbury
Dorset
SP7 8DL

Tel: 01747 853 945
Mobile: 07810 872 696
Email: enquiries@thechalet.biz
http://www.thechalet.biz/

Rooms from £45.00 pppn inc. breakfast
1 Superking/Twin ensuite
1 Kingsize Double ensuite
1 Twin ensuite

A warm welcome awaits you at The Chalet. Luxuriously equipped ensuite bedrooms with bath and shower.  Choice of delicious breakfasts, using local produce. (Eggs from our own hens) Secure parking. 5 mins walk to town centre. Discount for 3 or more nights. Children 10 + Free Wifi

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