West Lane Cottage
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Adjacent to a bridle path so ideal for walkers and dog owners, West Lane Cottage is a modern cottage built using reclaimed materials and furnished to reflect it's Country setting. Piddlehinton is a delightful village which has a pub and a children's play area both of which can be easily reached by taking a short walk along the bridle path. Many visitors return year after year to this cottage as they love it cosy and welcoming atmosphere. The cottage is set in in rural West Dorset yet is only 6 miles from Dorchester and 12 miles from the Jurassic Coast.
There is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room, a twin bedroom with adjacent bathroom, a downstairs cloakroom and two reception rooms - one with Freeview TV/DVD and a pair of leather sofas and a feature brick fireplace with beams; the other with a single sofa and drawers full of games, books and DVDs to watch on the DVD player and TV screen. Free Wi-Fi is provided.
We do not charge a security deposit as we trust our visitors to tell us about any breakages or damage. We ask for a deposit of 25% with the booking and the balance is due 60 days before the start of the holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Weymouth 24 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth 45 km, Nearest railway: Dorchester 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There is a living room with feature fireplace and "electric woodburner", TV with freeview, dvd player, IPod docking station, wi-fi internet access, and two comfy leather sofas. A second reception room offers flexibility and has a sofa, dvd player and plenty of games and books. The kitchen diner is very well equipped and has electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, fridge and freezer as well as everything you need for a self catering holiday. There is a downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs, you will find a double bedroom with plenty of storage and an en suite shower room. The second bedroom offers twin beds and an adjacent bathroom. Outside as a private and enclosed garden which adjoins a bridle path leading to a children's play area, the village Pub, and beyond!
There is an outside tap for muddy boots and paws.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is private and enclosed. There is a dining table, 4 chairs and a parasol and the shed has a BBQ which you are welcome to use. The adjacent bridle path will take you to The Millennium Green play and picnic area which adjoins the River PIddle
About this location
The Dorset region
Somerset and Dorset, which is the most easterly. Dorset is probably most famous for its coastline - the World Heritage Jurassic Coast - 95 miles representing 185 million years of geology, home to Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Towns to visit include the County Town of Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Corfe Castle, Bridport, Shaftesbury and Sherborne while villages not to be missed include Cerne Abbas, Abbotsbury and Milton Abbas.
Ancient sites include Dorchester's Roman Town House, The Hardy Monument, St Catherine's Chapel, Kingston Russell Stone Circle, Jordan Hill Roman Temple, Maiden Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant, and many more.
The climate in Dorset is mild, less wet, cool and moist than the South-West of England generally.
Dorset is great for lovers of wildlife as its habitats are among the richest for biodiversity in the country. It is also the only county in England without a Motorway!
The County Town of Dorchester offers a good range of shops and places to eat, as well as Museums, Sports facilities, a Market Place and Gardens. On the outskirts is Poundbury, famous internationally as a pioneering example of urban development using principles expounded by The Prince of Wales.
Piddlehinton is mentioned in the Domesday Book and during the reign of King Athelstan in the 10th century was granted to the Abbot of Milton. William the Conqueror gave the village to his half brother Robert, Count of Mortain. In 1440 King Henry VI made a gift of ‘property including a farm and rent of £14-8-4 of Hynepuddle otherwise called Pydelhyngton’ to Eton College who owned it until as recently as 1966. St Mary the Virgin was dedicated in 1299.
The current village hall used to be the School - Mary Hardy, sister of Thomas, taught here for several years from 1870.
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28 Aug 2014
"Wonderful cottage, well situated and very dog friendly"
We enjoyed a lovely stay in this very comfortable, well appointed cottage. The cottage is spacious, very clean and tidy and has all the facilities you need. The gate from the back garden leads directl… More
So sorry that I seem to have missed this review when you submitted it. Lovely to ready that you enjoyed the cottage and its surroundings including the Thimble Inn which has just been refurbished and given and updated menu - we have had very favourable feedback! We plan to have the kitchen at the cottage updated over the winter so perhaps you will be back to try it out next year!
22 Mar 2014
"Absolutely Delightful - A real Home from Home"
Booking was very easy and made very smooth by the owner's communications. Helen assisted along the way with all the information we could need and responded very quickly to our e-mails. The cottag… More
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thorough review which I am sure will benefit future readers. It is gratifying to know that people appreciate that we really do try and make our cottages "homes" and not just holiday lets - we stay ourselves as often as we can and we aim to provide all you could need.
We were pleased to hear from you during your holiday that you particularly enjoyed the Martyrs Inn at Tolpuddle and hope that you manage to visit The Thimble in Piddlehinton next time you are in Dorset - latest reviews on this site looking very good!
10 Nov 2013
"Brilliant property would love to stay here again"
We stayed for a week in november as the weather was getting colder and always returned to a cosy homely house. This was a lovely place to stay the layout was good and the two bedrooms a very good size… More
It is a cosy place isn't it? - I think "cosy" is the word most used by people! You'd be welcome to return any time and when your little one is bigger they can enjoy the play area down the bridle path!
14 Oct 2013
"Great cottage to stay in for your holiday!"
Thoroughly enjoyed staying in this pretty cottage - it had everything you'd want from a holiday rental. Every home-comfort had been thought about for us and even our dog. The owners have recently… More
Thanks for posting your summary of West Lane Cottage - we are glad you enjoyed it! We think that the cottage is so well placed for dog walkers that we hope all members of the party enjoy the holiday equally.
17 Aug 2013
We loved this cottage , it is better equipped than our own home! It feels loved and is in a lovely position for travelling around the area. We took my mother in-law in her eighties and she felt very c… More
I am glad that you all enjoyed the cottage and the area. Thanks for your review!
7 Jan 2012
"Our home from home"
We immediately felt at home in this delightful cottage and felt that we had been there before. All we needed was in there and we were delighted with the size and layout of the property. We felt that … More
This response dated April 2012 as I have only just discovered the ability to respond to reveiews - sorry about that. One advantage of having installed wi-fi at the cottage, is that holidaymakers can contact us with any questions or comments and email is so immediate and less intrusive upon a holidaymaker's time than a telephone conversation.
20 Nov 2011
"Excellent cottage in a picturesque dorset village in an ideal location"
Piddlehinton is a charming Dorset village and West Lane cottage will make you immediately feel at home. Logically and well equipped with all you are likely to want or need. Information about local pubs, eating, walking, outings, events , and background on the district as well as how everything in the cottage works (and if it doesn't , whom to contact)? It's all there in two folders for you.
Close enough to the coast for day trips and Dorchester for shopping it is also remote enough to feel you are away from it all in the charming Piddle valley with the Piddle itself just 50 yards away.
Not sure what you will do when you get there? A week before you arrive you will get an email from the owners with the coming events. That is typical of their obvious desire to make sure your stay will be memorable, and if you are like me you will go again.
Thank you for your review. We do welcome all feedback from our visitors as we can only improve something if we identify a need for it. It is great to hear when people appreciate our efforts to make West Lane Cottage a real "home from home".
17 Nov 2011
"Complete rural relaxation"
West Lane Cottage is in the delightful village of Piddlehinton, about 5 miles outside Dorchester. The cottage is comfortable, warm and very, very well equipped. A host of footpaths run from the village and you can walk for miles and miles across beautiful Dorset countryside. If you want to use the car many attractions are a short drive away.
The local pub, The Thimble, is a no-nonsense, friendly village inn with great beers and pub food. It's less than ten minutes walk, so no worries about drinking and driving.
Thanks for your review of West Lane Cottage. The Thimble Inn has a new landlord (chef) and landlady with effect from late March 2012 and we visited for Sunday lunch on April 1st. A small menu but we tasted a good range between us and all was obviously fresh, home made and delicious. The chef told us that the only thing that had come out of the freezer was our ice and that all that could be home made, would be, and the menu certainly reflects this with homemade bread and brioche, and home cured salmon evident on the Sunday lunch menu. There was also a good smattering of locals in who proclaimed the new residents most welcome and friendly and we agree!
Rectory Road is a small road at right angles to the B314, the High Street running through the village. We do get some farm traffic (especially at harvest time) and some commuters. There is a 30 mph speed restriction, the cottage is double glazed throughout and very few people comment on the traffic. However, if holidaymakers feel that a peaceful lie in is particularly important to them, we would suggest our sister cottage Wren Cottage, Tolpuddle which is beautifully quiet and also offers a countryside view from the bedrooms!
15 Nov 2011
"Well equiped, very comfortable cottage in great location for Dorset highlights"
We have stayed at West Lane Cottage at least half a dozen times and have always been impressed by the standard of accommodation and the attention to detail. West Lane Cottage is in an ideal location to explore the beautiful Dorset coast which really is an incredible place to visit. We visit with our dogs and the cottage is situated right next to a lovely bridleway which makes taking the dogs out for a quick trot ideal before embarking on a longer romp across the coastal path. The cottage has a lovely cosy feel, is always extremely clean and tidy when we arrive and there is a pint of milk in the fridge for a much needed cup of tea after the journey! Nothing is left to chance but is all meticoulsy planned and well oiled by the owners. Great place to stay - thoroughly recommended
Now I know that I should respond to all reviews, those received after April 2011 will get a swift reply! So, retrospectively, thank you for your kind comments which I hope prospective visitors will find useful. It is so nice when people come back as it is the most positive recommendation one can get!
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