'Hug Ho Cottage’ is on the market with Symonds & Sampson, but how did it get its unusual name?
'Hug Ho Cottage’ is on the market with Symonds & Sampson, but how did it get its unusual name? Giles Wreford-Brown of selling agents Symonds & Sampson understands that Hug Ho is an abbreviation of Huggler’s Hole, the hamlet near Semley in which it is situated.
The name is believed to have come from ‘Smugglers Hole’, and to be where smugglers stopped to divvy up their loot en-route from landing on the coast to selling their haul in Bath or Warminster. It was a good place to stop as is just a mile or so after they would have had to scale the hill up to Shaftesbury. A little research and this tale is evidenced in a quote from The Icknield Way by Edward Thomas, which mentions Huggler’s Hole among other country lanes, as ‘little-known roads known to lovers, thieves, smugglers and ghosts’ and goes on to suggest that these lanes ‘may be frequented by men of the most primitive habit’!
There’s certainly nothing primitive about Hug Ho Cottage, this charming cottage dates from the early 1800’s, so may have a few smugglers’ tales in its history, but today, it is a wonderful family home. Tastefully extended and improved by the current owners, the 3-bedroom house cleverly takes full advantage of the pretty garden and countryside views beyond.