Luxury Self Catering Cottage: Directions


From London

Take the A316 to the M3 (quickest as crow flies and recommended but can get trafficky with roundabouts and Twickenham when rugby is on) or take the A4 and then M4 towards the M25 (equally prone to heavy traffic so check before setting off). Head south on M25 until you get to junction 12; once on M3, head south in the direction of Southampton. Drive approx 30 mins and come off at junction 8 for the A303. Stay on this for about 45mins. Turn off right for the A350 after passing through Chicklade (look for a petrol station, a Little Chef and then a sharp uphill dual carriageway with a speed camera). Follow signs for Blandford Forum/Shaftesbury. Drive (south) on A350 for approx 5 miles and then turn left for Semley. Several brown signs with 'Village inn and pub' precede the turn-off. Continue on this country road (you’ll pass under a railway bridge) until you reach Semley Common: the Bennett Arms Inn/Pub will be on your left. Follow the road to the right by driving around the pond (keep church on your left) and keep going straight and then gently up the hill. As you head up the hill take the first left (it’s almost a fork in the road). Follow uphill until you reach Gutch Common (at the top of the hill where the road narrows, cottages on either side). Take your immediate, first left and follow the road downhill (stay left and ignore road going off on your right). As you head into the woods, Rose Cottage is on your immediate left after the bend.

Address: Rose Cottage, Gutch Common, Nr Shaftesbury, Wiltshire SP7 9BE

Trains and Planes

• Tisbury (10 mins from property) is 2 hours travel time from London Waterloo (

• Nearest airports are Southampton and Heathrow

  1. Local taxi company: Hilltop Taxi in Shaftesbury: 01747 855 555


If driving from London and feeling peckish, pop into Heston Blumenthal’s Little Chef at Popham Services-it’s only one in the UK ( Popham is the first service station on the A303 after exiting the M3. There is also a small M&S attached to the BP station, so altogether a useful stop.