Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Situated in a secluded country setting, yet within easy reach of all Dorset, The Cottage is a great choice for those who wish to stay a while and explore Hardy country with the freedom of self-catering. Enjoy the small but pretty cottage garden; stroll out of the garden gate, walk over the little River Piddle to the old village centre with its church and thatched cottages dating from the sixteenth century; visit other typical Dorset villages, stately homes, the coast or countryside.
Puddletown is a pretty, typical Dorset village which has a well-stocked village shop and is within easy reach of Puddletown Forest and other good walking areas. An excellent gastro-pub is a few minutes' walk away, and Dorchester has a 24-hour Tesco, 10 minutes'drive away.
B&B with private access and your own key also available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ringstead (Weymouth) 12 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth 15 km, Nearest railway: Dorchester 7 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Further details indoors||
Our period cottage has newly-installed gas central heating, and a new bathroom, with a shower over the bath. Upstairs the cottage has a main bedroom with a king-sized bed and lovely views of ancient water meadows, a small twin bedroom and a bathroom. Downstairs there is sitting room with satellite TV, radio/CD/cassette player, a dining room and a separate, well-equipped kitchen with walk-in pantry. It is pleasantly furnished with new fitted carpeting throughout, plenty of light, ceilings of a good height and attractive views. However, it's an old-fashioned cottage and, although it offers a welcoming rustic charm, it would not suit those seeking a contemporary feel.
We also offer B&B facilities (sleeping up to 3 people) in a separate 2-roomed suite with private access so you can come and go as you please.
|Further details outdoors||
The pretty cottage garden is long and narrow and enjoys the sun until mid-afternoon in summer. The footpath from the cottage gate crosses the little river Piddle and leads into the heart of the old village which has an excellent gastro-pub and a well-stocked village shop with late opening hours. The Cottage has its own carport with secluded parking as well as plenty of parking for visitors.
The Cottage has a steep staircase (with a handrail on both sides), so we don't accept children under 7, and regrettably no pets.
The West Country region
Dorset is home to many a quaint village and is famous for its rolling countryside and pretty beaches. In 2012 Weymouth hosted the Olympic sailing and Paralympic events. Its Jurassic coast has earned dorset a World Heritage Site status. Dorchester was a central hub for the Romans so as a direct result many old Roman roads are dotted through the chalk ridged landscape of Dorset, which of course makes for wonderful walks. Dorset is also famous for its literary inhabitants most notably Thomas Hardy who drew inspiration from the breathtaking scenery.
Only a short drive away from Ilsington Lawn are numerous famous Dorset attractions - Monkey World, for example, Cerne Abbas and its chalk giant, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach, Studland Bay, Weymouth and Portland - which hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events - pretty villages, historic buildings and beautiful gardens. There's something for everyone here, all year round. The celebrated Jacobean Athelhampton House is within a mile. Tolpuddle - world famous for the martyrs who instigated the trades' union movement - is just a mile or so beyond. The Tolpuddle Festival and Hardy week take place in July, the Dorchester Show at the end of August, the Steam Fair at the beginning of September.