Why do you travel? Do you enjoy exploring historical sites, visiting the coast, or relaxing in the countryside? No matter what your preference may be, at the heart of your travel is probably a desire to connect with those closest to you. So, what is your next destination? If you could find a spot where history abounds, in scenic countryside near a dramatic coastline, where you can stay in one of an array of luxury holiday cottages and enjoy a holiday curated for you, would you go? We have the perfect spot, and it is closer than you may realize. Right here at home, there are luxury holiday cottages in the UK, in the beautiful and captivating region of Sherborne.
Sherborne is more than just one of the most beautiful towns in England, it is also home to an impressive number of historical sites. Whether you are visiting the magnificent Abbey, exploring the ruins of the Old Castle, or wandering the stunning grounds of the Sherborne Castle and Gardens, you will feel the rich history of the area. Stroll down Cheap Street and feel transported to an age of old-world charm, or stay in a 17th century cottage, where the romantic glow of a bygone era will enchant you. How many other towns can boast two castles?
History is not all that Sherborne has to offer, however. Surrounded by green valleys and wooded hills, this gem of a town is known for its art, antiques, and world-famous schools. It is so picturesque that it has served as the location for films including ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ as well as the BBC drama ‘Wolf Hall’. Its beauty is not all there is to recommend it, though. Sherborne is a bustling town, full of shops and boutiques where you are likely to find unique gifts and exclusive fashion. At the farmers’ market, you can find fresh local produce, and the vintage market yields a treasure trove of antiques.
Entertainment is easy to find. There are many classical music concerts and performances held at Sherborne Abbey, where the exquisite setting adds to the ambience. There is also the annual Sherborne International Film Festival, Autumn Colours weekends at the Castle, the Sherborne Literary Festival, and the Fireworks Extravaganza, all of which draw crowds every year. When you want to get some exercise, there are several walking trails to choose from. If cycling is more your speed, National Cycle Network Route 26 connects Sherborne to the Isle of Portland coast to the south or Glastonbury in the north. Just west of Sherborne is Ninesprings at Yeovil Country Park, where you can cycle along an old railway network and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
When you are ready to explore the natural wonders along the coast, the dramatic coastline is just a short drive away and offers a spectacle all its own, with magnificent arches, coves, and stacks carved by nature’s forces over millions of years. Dorset is home to landmarks like Lulworth Cove, where clear blue water and a lovely, secluded beach are surrounded by unique geological landforms that include the Stair Hole. A 10-minute drive away is the Durdle Door, which is probably the world’s most famous rock arch. Another highlight of the Jurassic Coast is the Golden Cap Estate, home to the highest point on point on the south coast as well as walking trails and lush meadows of beautiful wildflowers.
When you stay in Sherborne, you will be delighted by the variety of places to eat. Tearooms, coffee shops, cafes, pubs, bistros, and a la carte restaurants beckon, and many now offer takeaway or delivery options. The country pubs in Dorset serve local ales and ciders as well as hearty homemade food, and most welcome dogs. Sherborne is home to a variety of pubs, from those that are known for award winning cuisine to those beloved by locals. At Sherborne’s cafés, you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere when you go for coffee, brunch or lunch, and there is even an Italian Gelato café. Cosy bistros abound, and you will find a few restaurants and pubs in and near Sherborne that feature in the Michelin Guide. These include The Green, in the centre of Sherborne, as well as The Rose and Crown Inn at Trent, The Clockspire at Milborne Port, The White Post at Yeovil, and The Queen’s Arms at Corton Denham, all just a few miles away. You will not want to miss Seasons Restaurant at the Eastbury Hotel, which has won two AA rosettes.
Sherborne is a convenient destination, with transport links to railway, coaches, bus services, and international airports, making it the perfect place to establish a home base from which to explore the Southwest. In fact, if you are looking for holiday cottages in the South West, you will find none more charming than the Sherborne accommodation offered by Together Travel Co., a honey coloured 17th century cottage in the centre of town. Fully restored, this beautiful property offers all the contemporary comforts you would expect in a self-catering property. From the sophisticated lounge to the enchanting garden to the Victorian style bathtub to the wood-fired hot tub, every inch of this property is bursting with style. In fact, of all the places to stay in Sherborne, we believe our Sherborne cottage is the most appealing. Perfect for families, it sleeps six people and welcomes pets.
When you are ready to travel to a destination rich with history, bursting with charm, and surrounded by exquisite natural beauty, Together Travel Co. is here to bring your holiday dreams to life, just around the corner from home. Why cope with stressful airport queues, when you can load up your car and be in Sherborne before you know it? It is easy to connect with your family as you explore the all the area has to offer together from a home base at one of the prettiest holiday cottages in Sherborne. Find out how we can make your holiday amazing by contacting our expert concierge team at +44(0)1625 416430 or emailing us for more information.