St James's Cottage

Shaftesbury, Dorset
Price: £640-£1087 per week
Sleeps: 4 + cot**
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
  • Beautifully restored, 300 year-old thatched cottage below Gold Hill
  • Shops & pubs a few minutes' walk
  • Secluded garden
  • Open fire
  • WiFi broadband
  • Non-smoking
  • Sorry no pets

What our guests say

We stayed in this cottage for Christmas and it felt like home- there was everything you could possibly need. The owner had left a great welcoming treat for our family and the who....

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Availability and Booking

October 2017
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Available for bookings of any length
Available for Fri - Fri weekly bookings
(NB flexible over Christmas & New Year)
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The price for your stay will be £477

Price includes a special offer discount of £119 (20%) off the normal rental of £596


20% discount for all holidays ending on or before 3rd November


In the ancient area of St James’s, below Gold Hill (made famous by the Hovis advertisement), St James’s Cottage is the quintessential English cottage which has received careful, sympathetic and high-quality restoration and improvement. It has the feel of being in a quiet village but it is only a five minute walk up the hill to reach the main part of the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury. Interesting remains of bygone times (the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey founded by Alfred the Great and the museum are well worth a visit) and a wide range of independent shops makes Shaston, as it used to be known, a place to spend time wandering happily around exploring the ancient buildings and passages and unexpected glimpses of the surrounding country or perhaps attending the Thursday morning local produce market.

The open country is close by – just across the street in fact – and there are numerous places to explore in the surrounding area. Within an hour’s drive are Stonehenge and Avebury, Longleat, Stourhead House and Gardens (NT) and the Georgian city of Bath. Salisbury, about 40 minutes away, is a ‘must’: the cathedral has the highest spire and arguably the finest close in England. For walkers and cyclists, the neighbouring Cranborne Chase (an AONB) offers superb walking and cycling and the chalk downland with Neolithic remains and ancient drove roads can be glimpsed from the cottage. Beyond them is South Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic coastline, a 45 minute car journey away. Returning home at the end of the day, guests will find the quiet and friendly Ye Olde Two Brewers pub a short distance up the street.

However, there is probably nothing to match sitting outside on a warm day in the secluded garden, either on the terrace immediately outside the cottage with a drink or in the enchanting vine-covered ‘arbour’ at the top end which has a decidedly ‘Mediterranean’ feel and is the perfect place for an outdoor meal.


Entrance from the street to a large sitting room with typical ‘cottage’ feel, an open log fire for cosy winter evenings, and flagstone floor with rugs. A fully-fitted and well-equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces and Neff oven and hob, and a dining area with farmhouse table and exposed beams are behind the sitting room. Steps lead up to a very light and welcoming garden room with French windows to the patio and garden beyond. Utility room and separate downstairs wc are on this level.

Carpeted stairs (NB fairly steep) lead from the sitting room to the first floor. A very pretty bedroom with kingsize ‘Loaf’ bed is complemented by an en suite bathroom/wc with high-quality fittings and shower over the bath. Further stairs lead to the second floor and a delightful ‘cottage’ bedroom under the eaves with double bed and a fine view over the back garden. The en suite luxury bathroom/wc is neatly fitted under the thatch.


  • Open fire
  • Gas fired central heating (under floor downstairs)
  • Logs, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels & comprehensive welcome pack included in rent
  • **Space for visitor’s own cot
  • Flat screen TV and DVD
  • WiFi broadband
  • Ipod dock
  • Automatic washing machine & tumble dryer in utility room
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Parking in street outside cottage
  • Pub almost opposite
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants within walking distance up the hill
  • Sorry no pets
  • Non-smokers only


What our guests say

A lovely cottage with perfect location

We stayed in this cottage for Christmas and it felt like home- there was everything you could possibly need. The owner had left a great welcoming treat for our family and the whole house had Christmas decorations:)) Our kids loved it, we would recommend it for sure. On our last night there the boiler was misbehaving and the heating stopped but other than that it worked fine.

Guests' review on TripAdvisor, 01 January 2017. 5 of 5 stars.
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