Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This Grade 2 listed cottage offers a quiet, peaceful base for exploring the beautiful Dorset countryside and coast with its dramatic cliff top walks, sand and shingle beaches and the World Herritage Jurassic Coast. A 19th Century estate cottage in the heart of Puddletown village, it lies 12km from the coast in the midst of 'Thomas Hardy Country'. The cottage is beautifully presented and is comfortably furnished with plenty of outdoor space.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ringstead Bay 12 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth 38 km, Nearest railway: Dorchester 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Sleeps 4/5. The property offers two bedrooms; one double and one kingsize bed. There is also a foldaway bed available for a 5th person or if 2 people do not want to share a double bed. The bedrooms have stripped pine floors with the back bedroom overlooking the beautiful cottage gardens at the back of the house. The upstairs bathroom has a powerful shower (no bath) and there is an additional toilet downstairs off the utility area. The lounge has an open, coal or log burning fire, a 2 seater and a 3 seater sofa with the original Dorset Blue Lias flagstone flooring. The kitchen/diner offers a comfortable area to dine in with a fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances and everything you need for a self-catering holiday. The utility area houses the washing machine and offers adequate drying or storage space for your boots, coats, bicycles and beach gear.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage has a secluded garden which is lawned with mature planted borders. Perfect for a game of boules, a play area for the kids or somewhere to relax after a hard days exploring. There is a raised patio section at the back of the garden which catches the last rays of sun in the evening as it drops behind the house. There is a brick built BBQ and table and chairs for dining outside. The garden is accessed by a side gate or over steps outside the back door. There is off road parking for 2 cars at the side of the house.
A 25% deposit to be paid at the time of booking with the balance paid 4 weeks prior to your stay. Except for last minute lets where payment to be received at the time of booking.
We will usually only take bookings for a minimum of one week during holiday periods.
During the colder months coal and logs will be provided for your first evening's fire.
The West Country region
Dorset is one of the four counties in the west of England including Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. It lies on the south coast and has 89 miles of coastline which forms part of the 630 miles South West Coast Path.
The Jurassic coast is a World Heritage Site and stretches from Exmouth, Devon in the west to just beyond Swanage, Dorset in the east, and comprises dramatic, undulating cliffs, sandy beaches and pebble beaches including the famous Chesil Beach.
Dorset is perfect for outdoor pursuits, offering coastal and inland walking, horse riding, canoeing, sailing, fishing, diving and rock climbing on the Isle of Portland.
Dorset gets more sunshine than anywhere in the UK and for days where the weather is not condusive to being outdoors, it is teeming with history and culture and places to visit. Dorset is steeped in ancient and Roman History with sites including stone circles, Roman Temples, Maiden Castle and Corfe Castle. Dorset's most notable resident was Thomas Hardy who lived in and around Dorchester and many places can be recognised in his novels including Dorchester and Puddletown.
Puddletown is centrally located in Dorset - 31 miles from Lyme Regis to the very west and 19 miles from Poole to the very east. It has a thriving local shop with Post Office, butchers and other fresh produce. The cottage is situated just off the main square and from the back of the house you can see the12th/13th Century church - St Mary the Virgin. A short amble past the River Piddle takes you to the highly recommended gastro pub â??The Blue Vinnyâ??.
It is located to the north east of Puddletown forest where there are good walks and a walk of 2 miles along forest tracks will bring you to Thomas Hardy's cottage. A drive through the forest will take you down â??Rhododendron mileâ??, which is stunningly beautiful in the spring. On the outskirts of Puddletown you will find Athelhampton House and gardens where 'From Time to Time' based on The Chimney's of Green Knowe was filmed.
The neighbouring village, Tolpuddle, home of the famous Tolpuddle martyrs is an hours walk or a short drive or cycle where there is a museum and a pub, The Martyrs Inn, both of which chronicle their story.
Driving south towards the coast for 8 miles through picturesque villages and lanes takes you to Ringstead Bay and Osmington Mills. A cliff top walk to the east gives you stunning views of Durdle Door and walk a little further and you reach Lulworth Cove. Miles of beautiful sand can be found at Studland and if you prefer a town beach; Weymouth, Bournemouth and Swanage are all within easy reach by car.
Dorchester is considered to be one of the Gateway Towns to the Jurassic Coast. A short drive away, it is a busy shopping centre with a market every Wednesday and Saturday. There is an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, delis and pubs including the smallest Michelin starred restaurant in Britain: Sienna.
Outdoor pursuits include coastal, forest and inland walking; cycling; horse riding; canoeing; sailing; fishing on the Jurassic Coast; diving and climbing on the Isle of Portland.
There are many cultural activities and places of interest including the museums in Dorchester, Thomas Hardy's cottage and birthplace, stately homes, market towns and nearby Monkey World and the Tank Museum..