Shaftesbury town

Pump Cottage self-catering holiday home is located in St James, at the bottom of Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England.

Shaftesbury is 2 hrs by car from London and there is a direct train to London from Gillingham (4 miles) which is well served for taxis.

Shaftesbury itself is a town of very great charm. Shaftesbury has two museums: Gold Hill Museum at the top of Gold Hill, and Shaftesbury Abbey Museum in the abbey grounds. The town hall was built in 1827 by Earl Grosvenor and is next to the 15th-century St Peter’s Church. The town is well-provided with shops, supermarkets and restaurants.

Shaftesbury is situated on the A30 highway , 20 miles (32 km) west of Salisbury, near to the border with Wiltshire. Shaftesbury’s altitude is between about 165 m (541 ft) at the lowest streets below the promontory, to about 235 m (771 ft) at Wincombe Business Park on the hilltop in the north, with the promontory and town centre being at about 215 m (705 ft). Below the town to the west is the Blackmore Vale, which undulates between about 60 m (200 ft) and 110 m (360 ft). About 2 miles (3 km) to the west of the town and within the Blackmore Vale is the conical mound of Duncliffe Hill, visible for miles and home to Duncliffe Wood and a nature reserve. The countryside east of the town is part of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Local Markets

Blandford Forum – Thursday
Dorchester – Wednesday
Gillingham – Thursday & Saturday
Poole – Thursday
Salisbury – Tuesday & Saturday
Shaftesbury – Thursday
Sherborne – Thursday
Sturminster Newton – Monday & Saturday
Wilton – Thursday
Wimborne – Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Farmers’ Markets

Shaftesbury – 1st Saturday of each month
Blandford Forum – 2nd Friday of each month
Dorchester – 1st Saturday of each month
Salisbury – 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month
Wimborne – 2nd Thursday & Friday of each month
Wincanton – 1st Friday of each month