sitting end-of-row, just off the village square in the heart of Broadwindsor, an attractive, Grade II listed cottage. Beautifully renovated, now modern, smart and efficient with soft, pale colours and oak/tiled floors (rugs), with just the odd beam giving a hint of its 18th cent. origin. Behind, a good-sized, enclosed garden with big level lawn, sunny paved terrace (table/chairs, barbecue) and small summer house/games room (mini table football/pool table/air hockey/table tennis). From the square, door to spacious entrance hall; beamed living room (TV/DVD, iPod dock, woodburner); light-filled snug (sofa) with French windows to terrace and garden; step down to generous cottage-style kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, gas range-style cooker) with handcrafted units, stable doors to garden. Utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer) and loo (washbasin). Upstairs, three bedrooms – two double (5' beds) and a room with full-sized bunks, all prettily furnished, carpeted, with painted beams/wood panelling. Large family bathroom (suite with slipper bath and separate shower) and neat shower-room (suite). Arrival after 4pm. A welcoming, stylish and charming cottage in a handy, heart-of-village location.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2)|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 3.5 star.
Dorset: is chalk downs (sheep, yew-tree woods, marbled white butterflies and a carved giant) and chalk cliffs (over which, in Far From the Madding Crowd, Gabriel Oak's sheep cascaded and below which Sergeant Troy left his clothes at Durdle Door) and chalk streams (trout fishing) and dark-thatched stone cottages with exuberant flower gardens. It is great bowls and vales of green tree-speckled farmland looking magnificent from wooded hill-tops, some with ancient forts; and country houses in their own valleys, reminding one of Brideshead; and lots of double-barrelled village names often beginning with Winterbourne or ending with Abbas and the one and only Whitchurch Canonicorum. It is fossil-filled cliffs (and hunting them on the beaches below) by Lyme Regis (French Lieutenant's Woman) and Charmouth, and the dome of Golden Cap near Chideock, and the extraordinary 18 mile long Chesil Beach of pebbles which regularly wrecked sailing ships, enclosing a lagoon which inspired Moonfleet (about smugglers) and shelters Abbotsbury and its swannery; and it is Portland (its views, stone and Bill), and Thomas Hardy, Egdon Heath and the lanes that Tess plodded, and Lulworth Cove which gave its name to a butterfly. Weymouth (with still handsome seafront and sandy beach where King George III made bathing machines popular, and now with Olympic sailing facilities) and Poole (huge natural harbour full of boats and Brownsea Island with red squirrels). Sherborne is its best looking small town. At Tyneham, Army occupation has caused an unintentional sanctuary for wild flowers, birdsong and friendly (mostly) insects. The whole Dorset coast is called a 'World Heritage Coastline'.
Broadwindsor: pretty conservation village (12th cent. church, good food pub, shop, craft centre/tea room). Excellent base for walking beautiful countryside; Pilsdon Pen, Dorset's highest hill and Iron Age fort (lovely views), 2 miles. Beaminster (pubs, restaurants), 3 miles; not far to great houses/gardens; sea at West Bay, 8 miles; Lyme Regis and Charmouth (fossil beaches), about 12.