Abbeyfield House is close to all the amenities of Shaftesbury, a Dorset town steeped in history with its famous Gold Hill and Saxon Abbey ruins.
A walk to the ruins will afford visitors the most beautiful view across the valley into the neighbouring county of Wiltshire. King Alfred burnt his cakes, it is said, in a café to be found just a few steps away from the house.
Gold Hill is the steep cobbled street made so famous by Ridley Scott’s Hovis advertisement. It is home to a fascinating museum full of local interest.
The view looking down from the top of the street has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.”
The annual Gold Hill Fair in early July is famous throughout the area.
Thriving High Street
Shaftesbury has several shops, cafés, banks, a post office and a hotel in its High Street. There is a market every Thursday and a farmers’ market once a month.
We’re also very lucky to have a thriving Arts Centre which has a wide range of entertainments and activities throughout the year.
Shaftesbury has its own community hospital with a minor injuries clinic, X-ray department, hearing clinic and small rehabilitation ward.
There’s a swimming pool, a library, and a large supermarket on the other side of town. The community choir meets in the town hall on Wednesday evenings and a tea dance is held there on Saturday afternoons.
Buses go from the High Street to the local major towns and there’s a good rail service from nearby Gillingham to London and the South West.
The Blackmore Vale is one of the most beautiful areas of countryside. It offers rural living, with excellent rail and road links.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) once referred to Blackmore Vale as “The vale of little dairies”, describing it as a place where “the fields are never brown and the springs never dry”. We are very lucky to have this right on our doorstep.