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Occupying a truly enviable position on the historic and renowned Gold Hill, within the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury, is Updown Cottage, a gloriously refurbished, Grade II listed, quintessential cottage offering an array of living and sleeping accommodation with some of the most spectacular countryside views in the area.
Conveniently positioned near the top of Gold Hill, Updown Cottage has been subject to a sympathetic yet comprehensive schedule of renovation and restoration by the present owners. The home you find today is warm and welcoming, true to its original era yet boasting modern convenience.
The accommodation is effortlessly stylish with original character features evident throughout. Upon entering the home there is a sizeable entrance hall with ample space for coats, hats and boots. This in turn leads through to the ground floor sitting room. The room is a generous size with a wonderful focal point inglenook fireplace with a log burner and a side window giving the first glimpses of the incredible views beyond the home. Stairs lead through to the first floor. Beyond the sitting room is the music room/snug, a lovely room bathed in light with more exceptional views to the rear. A staircase leads to the lower ground floor. There is a further beautifully appointed shower room on this floor. The living accommodation continues on the lower ground floor. The cottage kitchen is well appointed and fitted with a range cooker (available by separate negotiation) and ample storage space in the farmhouse style wall and base units with oak block work surfaces. The dishwasher stands in an arch which reputedly formed an exit to one of the ancient Shaftesbury tunnels. The kitchen opens through to the dining room with double doors leading to the rear garden and terrace. The glazed rear elevations allow light to flood the room and captures the uninterrupted Blackmore Vale views beyond. There is also a useful utilities cupboard with Butler’s sink, wood work surface and shelving and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
On the first floor there are three characterful bedrooms serviced by a beautiful family bathroom. A further master suite can be found on the second floor boasting stunning views with an expertly fitted en-suite shower room.
This stunning home is currently a superb and exceptionally busy holiday cottage. The home has been reviewed in the national press and received a 5 star Gold award from Visit Britain/Quality in Tourism every year for the last 11 years. Additional information regarding the business is available by further request.
Updown Cottage presents an incredible opportunity to purchase a superb and acclaimed ongoing business or a private home in one of the most prestigious and historic locations in the region.
Gold Hill was famously featured in a television advertisement promoting Hovis bread, created by director Ridley Scott in 1973. The iconic image of a boy pushing a bicycle up the steep incline and then riding back down again brought instant popularity to this picturesque street, which is regularly voted as one of the prettiest and most famous streets in the UK.
Shaftesbury is a delightful market town with an attractive and vibrant High Street. The town provides services to cater for most everyday requirements including a farmer's market, a supermarket, a cottage hospital, doctor's surgery, secondary and primary schools, boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.
One of the major attractions is the proximity to some of the best independent schools in Southern England including Bryanston, the Bruton schools, Clayesmore, Hanford, Knighton House, Leweston, Millfield, Milton Abbey, Port Regis, Sandroyd, Sherborne Boys, Sherborne Girls and St Mary’s Shaftesbury, to name a few.
The area is blessed with great communication links via the A30, A350 and the A303 providing access to London and the south west, the nearby towns of Gillingham & Tisbury (5 miles) also offer mainline railway stations serving London Waterloo (2 hours).
There is a glorious hillside garden to the rear of the cottage. A terrace adjoins the dining room, perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining and the ideal spot to best enjoy the seemingly never ending Blackmore Vale view beyond.
A path weaves between borders generously planted with colourful herbaceous and floral shrubs, with flights of steps guiding you down the gardens. At each level there is a viewing spot, all boasting high degrees of privacy and offering different aspects of the gardens and vista beyond.
Four Bedrooms including Master Bedroom with En-suite
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