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The Grade II-listed cottage that featured in the famous 1973 Hovis bread advert has been put on sale in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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  • What’s the property like?

    Look familiar? Gold Hill provided the vivid backdrop to the famous Hovis bread advert back in 1973, in which a boy pushes his bike with a basket weighed down by bread up a steep hill.

    Directed by Ridley Scott, it has been voted the favourite ad of all time and now one of the most prominent properties on the iconic street has been put on sale.

    With its white walls, thatched roof, exposed beams and Inglenook fireplace, the Grade II-listed cottage is quintessentially English, inside and out.

    But you won’t step back in time here because 14 Gold Hill has been fully refurbished and modernised, without losing any of its charm (or views across the Blackmore Vale countryside).

    The four-storey cottage has two bedrooms and a further room that could make either another bedroom or study.

    Where is it?

    Gold Hill is located in the small and picturesque market town of Shaftesbury, Dorset. It's close to the A303, which runs through the West Country, from Basingstoke in Hampshire to Honiton in Devon. The city of Salisbury, Wiltshire, is around a 40-minute drive away.

    How much is it on for?

    The cottage has a £450,000 asking price via Hamptons International.

    The price tag is above the current £348,714 average house price in the area. Values have climbed by 27.8%, or £75,906, in the past five years alone, according to Zoopla.

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    What else is interesting about the area?

    Shaftesbury, and in particular Gold Hill, is a popular choice for landlords eyeing holiday let opportunities as well as buyers looking for a second home.

    And 14 Gold Hill is no exception. It’s been a much-loved family B&B, but there's scope for it to be used as a buy-to-let or weekend getaway.

    If you're looking to put longer-term roots down, then it's handy to know that the town is conveniently located for both grammar schools and private schools, including Milton Abbey, Bryanston and Sherborne.

    Like the look of Shaftesbury? Here’s some other homes for sale in the area:

    1. Four-bedroom house for sale in Long Cross near Shaftesbury for £740,000

    Built in the 1800s, this Grade II-listed farmhouse offers south and south westerly views over Blackmore Vale. It's been brought bang up to date with, among others, underfloor heating and a high spec bathroom. Available via Hambledon Estate Agents.

    2. Three-bedroom house for sale in Edgebridge near Warminster for £500,000

    Another period property from the 1800s, Lords Mead Cottage has been extended to provide modern and spacious accommodation. It has off-road parking, detached double garage with loft storage, and garden. Available via Purplebricks

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