Chantry Cottage

John, one of our hosts greeted us at Chantry Cottage and showed us around our home for the next eight days, a lovely two-level, two-bedroom, one and a half-bath, living room, kitchen, and gorgeous conservatory overlooking a 1.5-acre, landscaped garden. Dominated by a magnificent 250-year-old Tulip tree (planted by an American Quaker returned from America), it was home to a rather portly cock pheasant (Phillip) oversaw his harem of three hens. Hilary, our other host came over later make sure that everything was acceptable and to invite us for tea the following afternoon. It may have been overcast and cold but our welcome was warm. Below us lay the mist-shrouded Blackmore Vale, above us, on the crest of the hill, Shaftesbury’s high street. Breakfast in the large conservatory, overlooking the gardens, protected from the cold winds and mist, made for a lovely start to the day. Despite the cold and mist, we enjoyed exploring the town and checking out restaurants for my birthday dinner followed by a lovely tea with our hosts. Hilary, having provided an excellent information package in the cottage, provided even more over tea.  We finished the day with a walk up Gold Hill for an excellent birthday dinner at the Mitre pub and restaurant, and a pleasant evening stroll back to the cottage. St. James Church, viewed from its pasture/parking lot, was our next door neighbour but one.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
by David E. Moon
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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Chantry Cottage

John, one of our hosts greeted us at Chantry Cottage and showed us around our home for the next eight days, a lovely two-level, two-bedroom, one and a half-bath, living room, kitchen, and gorgeous conservatory overlooking a 1.5-acre, landscaped garden. Dominated by a magnificent 250-year-old Tulip tree (planted by an American Quaker returned from America), it was home to a rather portly cock pheasant (Phillip) oversaw his harem of three hens. Hilary, our other host came over later make sure that everything was acceptable and to invite us for tea the following afternoon. It may have been overcast and cold but our welcome was warm. Below us lay the mist-shrouded Blackmore Vale, above us, on the crest of the hill, Shaftesbury’s high street. Breakfast in the large conservatory, overlooking the gardens, protected from the cold winds and mist, made for a lovely start to the day. Despite the cold and mist, we enjoyed exploring the town and checking out restaurants for my birthday dinner followed by a lovely tea with our hosts. Hilary, having provided an excellent information package in the cottage, provided even more over tea.  We finished the day with a walk up Gold Hill for an excellent birthday dinner at the Mitre pub and restaurant, and a pleasant evening stroll back to the cottage. St. James Church, viewed from its pasture/parking lot, was our next door neighbour but one.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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