Gold Hill in Shaftesbury - Dorset's Saxon hilltop town

Holiday Cottages in or near Shaftesbury

The ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury has a history dating back to Anglo Saxon times when Alfred The Great built founded a burgh (fortified settlement) here in 880 as a defence in the struggle with the Danish invaders. Alfred and his daughter Ethelgiva founded Shaftesbury Abbey in 888. The town is particularly famous for Gold Hill, the steep cobbled street, which featured in Hovis adverts in the 1970's and which commands far-reaching views over the Blackmore Vale. Shaftesbury is known as Shaston in the novels of Thomas Hardy. Hideaways' extensive choice of holiday cottages in and around Shaftesbury provide the ideal base for exploring this friendly, market town.

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