Location

The pretty detached cottage is situated in a no-through lane with delightful views across North Dorset countryside. At the top of the lane is the popular Kings Arms Pub, which serves great food – booking is advisable. Five minutes down Fern Hill is The Udder Farm Shop also serving food along with lots of other goodies. For a better stretch of the legs there are many other good pubs nearby, local maps are available.

Our cottage is the perfect place to stay whilst exploring the Dorset countryside and all the attractions it has to offer. There are many beautiful walks to be enjoyed just outside the cottage door and some spectacular walks and cycle rides just a drive away. Walkers can follow the long-distance Wessex Ridgeway or take a shorter, circular day walk around Cranborne Chase. The village of Cranborne itself features beautiful Manor Gardens open to the public along with a charming garden centre and tea-rooms.  Walks along the Blackmore Vale feature Hod and Hambledon Hill and their breathtaking views of the Dorset countryside.  The chalk downlands at Win Green, Fontmell and Melbury Downs offer countryside filled with rare flora and fauna. Close to Win Green are the pleasure gardens of The Larmer Tree, home to the annual music festival of the same name and Compton Abbas Airfield is great for spotting aerial acrobatics whilst enjoying lunch in the café.

A five minute drive away from the cottage is the Saxon, hilltop town of Shaftesbury. Once featured in a Hovis advert, the town of Shaftesbury is surrounded by Dorset countryside. Shaftesbury, called Shaston in the novels

of Thomas Hardy, has far-reaching views, best enjoyed from the top of Gold Hill or along the Abbey Walk. Gold Hill features a steep, cobbled path lined with traditional, Dorset, thatched cottages. The town itself has many cafes, galleries, tea-shops, pubs and boutiques. On Thursdays there is a Farmer’s Market, perfect for meeting local food producers. Shaftesbury has a regular calendar of events including Food Festivals and fairs along its picturesque streets.

Whilst staying at Gable Cottage, we recommend a day trip to Stourhead house and gardens. This beautiful, National Trust property offers something for everyone! Woodland walks, parkland perfect for picnics, breathtaking gardens and a Palladian mansion featuring such treasures as a Regency library and furniture made by Chippendale. Enjoy a walk through the gardens featuring spectacular lakes and Follys made for playing hide and seek. The gardens are a year round feature.

Other local, historical attractions include Sherborne Castle, the world famous monument at Stonehenge and Salisbury Catherdral. We would also encourage you to take time to visit the beaches of Dorset and the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site. The coastline along Weymouth was host to the 2012 Olympic sailing competition whilst the beaches at Sandbanks offer unspoilt, golden stretches of sand. At the end of your busy day, look forward to returning to the peace and quiet of Gable Cottage. Give yourself time to relax whilst planning your next day’s adventure.