Dibben's Cottage

A charming cottage in Wiltshire near Shaftesbury

The area

Where to go?

 

The market town of Shaftesbury is 10 minutes away.

 

The village of Tisbury is 10 minutes in the other direction. It’s got the best butcher’s for miles around -

and also frequent trains from London Waterloo to Tisbury which only take one hour 45 minutes.

 

Head for Wardour Old Castle (10 minutes away) for a fantastic game of hide and seek up and down the ruins. If you regonsie it, it was in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

 

Fifteen minutes away is Stourhead, the National Trust's most visited property. Bath is 45 minutes away and Salisbury (with that Cathedral) is only 30 minutes away.

 

Longleat, Wilton and Stonehenge are all about 30 minutes away.

 

The Dorset seaside towns of Weymouth, Lyme-Regis or Chesil Beach make for a comfotable day trip.

 

There are arts and agricultural festivals nearby throughout the summer. Hatch House Ballet  (18-19 July) and Garden Opening (15th June) is just up the road. We're the perfect palce to stay for ballet in Wiltshire ! Book tickets here. Also neaby is the Chalk Valley History Festival (23 - 29 June 2014) and the famous Great Dorset Steam Fair (27 - 31 August).

 

There are some great nearby antique shops. Some of the furniture in Dibben's Cottage comes from the excellent Dairy House Antiques near the old Semley train station or from the lovely Olliebobs in Gillingham.

What to do?

 

In colder weather, put on your wellies and take a bracing yomp in the neighbouring footpaths and return to a roaring fire in the bright upstairs sitting room. Then you could enjoy a lazy film evening - take your pick from our classic DVD collection.

 

When the weather gets warmer, you can settle into the garden for some long lazy lunches. Cooks will enjoy the good local produce that can be found in the area.

 

Idyllic Pythouse kitchen garden and café is just up the road, ready for you come and pick your own raspberries, runner-beans or sunflowers (whatever's in season) or enjoy a great meal while the children mess about in the playhouse. It's idyllic.

 

Pythouse club is 5 minutes walk away with tennis courts - surely one of the most beautiful places to play tennis in England. And riding, golf and an outdoor heated swimming pool are all within 15 minutes or much less.

 

We can also recommend some excellent country pub lunches close by, including the Beckford Arms that always seems to be in the weekend newspapers’ ‘England’s best pubs’ lists. We love our local, the Bennett Arms in Semley.

 

And please do buy local at our excellent, community-run village shop - Semley Village Store.

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