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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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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.

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.