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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Hovis Ads and Swedish Vallhunds

So far I've blogged lots about what M and I got up to on our Easter weekend getaway, such as visiting Durdle Door and Abbotsbury, but in reality they were an hour's drive from our actual accommodation.

It's definitely about time I told you all about the delights closer to our (Airbnb) home. We picked this beautiful studio called the The Coppice Studio Retreat set just outside the village of Shaftesbury. Shaftesbury is made famous due to its starring role in the famous 70s Hovis bread ad. Although the ad made out the location in question was Yorkshire, in actual fact it was all filmed on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Wiltshire. On the first evening M and I went to see what all the fuss was about.

Gold Hill 

We met a lovely woman with her two dogs. I'm pretty knowledgeable on my dog breeds due to an avid fascination with Cruffs, but I had never seen anything like these two! They were exactly like a cross between a husky and corgi. Their owner proudly told me that they were Swedish Vallhunds. If you look closer at their tails, you'll see that the one on the left has a far fluffier tale. Their owner told me that the two dogs were bothers and that the other dog had chewed its brother's fur off and it had never grown back!

After our evening stroll around Shaftesbury, we went back to the studio for a dreamy dinner in the garden, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather and all the sounds of the wildlife around us.

The Coppice really is a retreat for anyone wanting to escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. The owls even woke me up at night hooting so loudly. Amazing.

There's lots to do in Shaftesbury and its immediate surrounds, but its central location is what really recommends it. Bath lies an hour to the North, Salisbury and Stonehenge are 30 minutes to the East, while Dorset and its many delights are an just an hour's drive South. A perfect weekend getaway and just a couple of hours drive from London.

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