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Gold Hill
Kitchen
Aqua kingsize bedroom
View from Updown Cottage and garden
Sitting room
1st floor slate-tiled bathroom
The front door
Sofa beside the woodburner and inglenook
Baby grand piano
Dining room
Halfway up the garden path
Bathroom with 1920s copper cruise ship mirror
Toile bedroom with canopied single sleigh bed
Romance
Teal bedroom with kingsize bed
Tulip bedroom with single antique sleigh bed
Updown at Christmas
Bathrobes
Piles of towels
Updown Cottage
Teal bedroom with kingsize bed, flatscreen TV, DVD, CD, Digital radio, ipod connection
The view from the music room
Contemporary comforts
Stourhead National Trust
Salisbury Cathedral
Dusk over Gold Hill
Classic wedding car awaiting the bride staying at Updown Cottage
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

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raymond18...
winchester
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
114 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Lovely Weekend”
Reviewed 3 weeks ago for a stay in June 2018

Stayed for a weekend and had a fantastic time. Communications with Jane ahead of our stay were excellent and instructions very clear. The cottage is in a superb location, Gold Hill is a short walk from all amenities, beautifully quiet but a couple of minutes from the town centre, coffee shops, a couple of small museums and several nice pubs. Car parking was always available lower on the hill. The cottage is fab, super history, plenty of room over the four floors and well equipped. As you might expect from such an old building, it has some quirks and tons of character. We used a number of the local eateries, which were excellent. Everything essential was provided, towels, bath robes, shower gel and shampoo and there was a nice welcome basket. There was very good WiFi, a decent coffee machine and TV/DVD etc. Our only area of constructive feedback is the garden, lots of climbers and vigorously growing plants and it was a little overgrown when we visited, which made it difficult to allow our kids to explore and wander. Otherwise, a superb weekend and well worth a visit.

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Management Response
Jun 29, 2018
Thank you so much for leaving this review & we’re delighted you had a good time. Apologies that the garden had ‘thrived’...... our gardener is such a lovely older gentleman who knows absolutely everything there is to know about the area. I’ll give a small elbow....
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A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“ancient and modern, cozy and interesting”
Reviewed November 5, 2017 for a stay in October 2017
2
people found this review helpful

We booked the cottage because we needed a holiday with access to piano. We knew the place would be nice because of all the pos-ve reviews. But we were still surprised and delighted: such a blend between very old and very modern. It is so much bigger than meets the eye. We enjoyed breakfast and afternoon drink on the sunny terrace and also spent evenings by the fire. We loved the touches like coffee machine, bathrobes, welcome basket, beautiful shower products. Amazing place!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 7, 2017
Thank you so much for this wonderful review - for taking the time and for highlighting all those aspects of the cottage that you enjoyed. Please do come again whenever you are able - you'd be very welcome!
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Sharon G
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Dream come true”
Reviewed September 27, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
1
person found this review helpful

On 21April, 2017 my dream of staying in Updown Cottage came true. Updown is a 16c cottage. A perfect marriage of the 16th and 21st century. Four bedrooms. Three bathrooms. Music room and sitting room. The kitchen is truly amazing. One wall is stone. Original stone. A beautiful dining room wth a gorgeous wood table that could seat 12 people is right off the kitchen and overlooks the beautiful garden.
The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you could possibly need down to and including all the spices!
Full sized Bosch fridge. Bosch dishwasher and Bosch washer and dryer. Belfast sinks in kitchen and laundry room. Even an ironing board. Jane and Simon, the owners, have thought of everything. Cable TVs, trunk full of dvds, books and sheet music. Wood burner in the sitting room with wood!!
The cooker is an Aga MasterChef which is an amazing cooker.
The back garden, overlooking Blackmore Vale, is a magical place. It is a terraced garden with lovely special spots in which to sit and breathe in the clean Dorset air.
The beds are heavenly and the sheets, towels, shower robes and Bramley products are lovely. Updown Cottage is on iconic Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset.
Shaftesbury is a quintessential English town. High street is just up Gold Hill.
Plenty of shopping and restaurants. Lovely people.
I didn't want to leave and I certainly plan on coming back.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 28, 2017
Sharon, thank you SO much for this amazing review! You’ve described it all better than I could!
We just aim to make people feel just as you did - that they are at home & never want to leave!
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Ginny J
York, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely location”
Reviewed July 2, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Lovely location and a divine cottage every time we left we felt like movie stars as people were taking photos

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Management Response
Jul 3, 2017
Thank you so much Ginny!
We're so pleased you enjoyed Updown.
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fcchelsea
United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A lovely stay”
Reviewed April 7, 2017 for a stay in March 2017
1
person found this review helpful

We booked Updown Cottage for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday and it did not disappoint. The cottage is great and just as described. It is spread over four floors and all the rooms are decorated to a very high standard. It has the feel of a home where the owners have just stepped out (in a good way). The welcome basket was a very nice touch and it furnished us with our breakfast, which we ate in the lovely garden, for the length of our stay. Gold Hill is iconic having been made famous by the Hovis advert but it is also surprisingly quiet as there is no through traffic. We very much enjoyed our time at Updown Cottage and Simon and Jane were very helpful. Shaftesbury is a quiet town, at least in March, but that suited us. There are lots of places to walk and Park Walk alongside the excavations of the Abbey is particularly atmospheric at dusk. We didn't eat in any of the town's restaurants but from what we saw on our walks they all looked nice. We were too early in the year for the various museums in the town but that made us determined to return.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 8, 2017
Thank you so much for your lovely review Anne.
We really appreciate it and would love you or your friends and family to return!
Thanks again and best wishes, Jane & Simon
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Kate M
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Incredible Christmas experience!”
Reviewed December 29, 2016 for a stay in December 2016
1
person found this review helpful

When our Canadian family decided to join us in England for Christmas we wanted to find something special...Updown Cottage was perfect. In fact, it was more than we could have ever expected! From our easy arrival (with a lovely welcome basket of goodies, a Christmas tree and firewood waiting for us!), extremely comfortable stay, gorgeous views, cozy games and movie nights by the fire, a fully loaded kitchen, excellent day-tripping opportunities from the area, and also dining/shopping and even countryside rambles within and around Shaftesbury - it was just perfect and will be a Christmas to remember. My family and I were over-the-moon with this rental and the worst part was honestly having to leave at the end of the trip!

If you are reading this right now stop what you're doing and JUST BOOK. I promise, you will NOT regret it.

Thank you so much to Jane for being so accommodating and flexible, her quick responses and answers making the booking process a breeze. We will be recommending this place to everybody we know - oh and yes, fingers crossed we'll be back.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Dec 30, 2016
Dear Kate and family,
Thank you so much for your lovely review of Updown. It was honestly a pleasure to organise your stay and we really appreciate your comments and your enjoyment of the cottage.
We hope you do manage to return before too long!
Best wishes to all
Jane & Simon
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Olga B
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A real gem”
Reviewed September 19, 2016 for a stay in September 2016
1
person found this review helpful

This cottage is an exceptional find, and a sweet nest for a family. We really enjoyed the views, the garden, well thought thought and appointed property, comfortable little touches everywhere. In a nutshell: rustic with a touch of luxury. If you are wanting to get a taste of Dorset, could not recommend higher. Will definitely come back! Very grateful to the owners for taking extra care of us

Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 20, 2016
Dear Olga and Svein and your family,
Thank you so much for leaving us such a lovely review - we really appreciate your time.
It was a pleasure to help in any way we could and we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay.
Every good wish for your future plans.
Jane & Simon
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