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Immortalised by film makers Shaftesbury evokes memories of days gone by

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Perched on a hill high above Dorset's gentle Blackmore Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the charming historic market town of Shaftesbury is one of England’s most scenically placed towns. The active community holds festivals and farmers' markets regularly and runs a selection of independent shops.

Our collection of Shaftesbury holiday cottages will set you right at the heart of the countryside in an idyllic setting. Nearby are Compton Abbas airfield and Larmer Tree Gardens.

Shaftesbury is a browser’s and historian’s treasure trove with a wealth of traditional shops, regular markets, secondhand books and antiques. Take a step back in time and discover the story of Shaftesbury’s past by visiting the Shaftesbury Town Museum. Ever-popular is the unrivalled small plane-watching opportunities at Compton Abbas Airfield. Shaftesbury Arts Centre & Gallery has art exhibits, stage productions and films showing every week and well worth a peek. Visit the Larmer Tree Gardens where the ornate buildings, majestic trees and intimate arbours can be enjoyed by all. Farmers Markets are held every first Saturday in every month.

The nearest beaches are on the south coast between Weymouth, Bournemouth & Poole with a huge choice of family beaches.

There are a wide range of restaurants catering for all with traditional a la carte restaurants, Italian, Chinese and Indian. Traditional coaching inns and pubs with real ales offer an alternative with superb bar menu and Sunday roasts, locally sourced and freshly cooked produce. High quality 14thC tearooms and good value with Sunday lunches a speciality and located at the top of Gold Hill is The Salt Cellar with spectacular views.

Dorset Arts Weeks is part of the largest Art event in the country with over 300 venues and 600 artists taking part. Early May sees the Shaftesbury Local Food Feastival and Gold Hill Fair is in early July with Shaftesbury Carnival at the end of September.

While you’re there

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Gardens

Walk around the pretty walled garden containing the remains of the once important and influential Abbey.

Larmer Tree Gardens

Enjoy a beautiful display of trees and shrubs all year round at this beautiful garden in the Cranborne Chase.

The Crown Inn

The Crown Inn at Marnhull is a beautiful traditional inn serving delicious food and fine locally brewed ales.

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