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CiD loves... Updown Cottage (and freshly made artisan bread)

19th May 16, 4:46 pm

Updown Cottage on Gold Hill (aka ‘Hovis Hill’) in Shaftesbury, Dorset is a 5 star rated luxury cottage to rent for a week or long weekend.

It offers the quaintest of home-from-homes for those seeking peace and relaxation, and families needing a base for exploration and fun.

The cottage dates from the 16th century and original beams run through every room, exuding hundreds of years of character with the interior design cleverly integrating contemporary comfort and convenience.

Its central heating and a woodburning stove make it cosy and warm in winter but its thick stone walls keep it cool in summer. Updown’s contemporary bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen, plus free wifi, grocery basket, and basket of logs means every modern comfort is catered for.

Shaftesbury is an unspoilt Saxon market town, set 700 feet up on a hill above the surrounding English countryside with glorious views all around. It is perfectly located for walking, visiting historic villages, exploring the local food produce, as well as days out to the Cotswolds and Bath, the Jurassic coast, Stonehenge and Salisbury or Devon and Dartmoor.

Views Updown Cottage

As if the cottage itself were not enough to tempt you to take some time off, a stone’s throw from its doorstep is Cann Mill which produces its own stone-ground flour using a 19th century waterwheel, powered by the river.  Within the mill is Panary Bakery which runs craft bread-making courses, ideal for guests staying at Updown Cottage.

A day’s course includes coffee, lunch and all the bread that you can carry but more importantly, all of baker Paul Merry’s enthusiasm, teaching, notes and tips.

Updown Cottage has availability that coincides nicely with bread-making courses in the Autumn:

  • 10th – 11th September – 2 day French with sourdough
  • 24th September – 1 day Yeast Trio
  • 1st October – 1 day French
  • 22nd October – 1 day Pizza & Italian
  • 23rd October – 1 day Wood-fired Oven
  • 28th – 30th October – 3 day Going Professional

Paul’s courses are listed here with the option to book online.

Artisan bread Updown Cottage

If you can’t wait until then to stay at the lovely Updown Cottage, there are a couple of short breaks still available this Summer:

17th to 20th June – and – 4th to 8th July

Ideal for a post-exams treat. All dates with online booking for Updown Cottage are listed here.


**CiD client exclusive: when you book a stay at Updown Cottage through your CiD PA, a bottle of chilled fizz will be awaiting your arrival (in addition to the usual hamper of goodies).**



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