Cow Shed Cottages are perfectly placed in North Dorset to visit some diverse world-famous attractions, within day-trip distance.
Here are our recommendations for enjoying the best of our part of the south west:
Cow Shed Cottages are fully equipped for cooking up gourmet meals, but if you prefer to take a break from the kitchen during your stay with us, there are some excellent options for dining out, picking up take-aways or shopping for fresh, local produce in the surrounding area.
Here are some of our suggestions for local meals out (or in):
Supermarkets and Take-Aways are plentiful in the nearby towns of Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton, all within five miles of our cottages.
Just two miles away you can enjoy Happy Hour at this charming old pub which serves award-winning Dorset-brewed Hall & Woodhouse Badger Ales amongst its extensive offerings.
The food is superb, ranging from hearty pub classics and traditional grills to signature dishes, pizzas and pies, mostly home-made with local produce. You can order takeaways for collection too – see the menu on their website.
On the A30 near East Stour, just two miles from Cow Shed Cottages, is the irresistible family-run farm shop, restaurant, bar and coffee shop of Udder Farm with views of the Blackmore Vale.
The breakfasts are legendary, the afternoon teas memorable, and the dinners delectable.
You can also stock up on local produce (perfect for picnics) in the farm shop.
A proper country pub just a hop and a skip from Cow Shed Cottages, the bar serves up a varied and interesting selection of real ales, beers, traditional ciders and wines, and good quality food.
The menu changes with the seasons. Enjoy lunch or dinner every weekday – mainly traditional British dishes with a mix of modern favourites.
Note: Although some of these restaurants are close to our cottage accommodation, we recommend that you drive to them rather than walk, because the narrow country lanes in the area can be dangerous for pedestrians.
Disclaimer: Please note that the suggestions are given as an indication of what is available and are subject to change.