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 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 stable doors to garden. Utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer) and loo. Upstairs, three bedrooms – two double (5' beds) and a room with 3' bunks, all prettily furnished, carpeted, with painted beams/wood panelling. Large 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|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|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|
|Furniture||Double beds (2)|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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.
West Dorset is Thomas Hardy country: chalk downs (sheep, yew-tree woods, marbled white butterflies and a carved giant) and chalk cliffs (over which Gabriel Oak's sheep cascaded in 'Far From the Madding Crowd' and below which Sergeant Troy left his clothes at Durdle Door) and thatched stone cottages with exuberant flower gardens.
It is great bowls and vales of tree-speckled farmland, magnificent when viewed from wooded hill-tops, some with ancient forts. Country houses in their own valleys remind one of Downton or Brideshead. Time-forgotten villages make you want to stay forever – their unusual double-barrelled names (like the one and only Whitchurch Canonicorum) are just as memorable.
Hunting fossils on west Dorset beaches is one of life's simple pleasures which should be on every bucket list; try your luck at Lyme Regis or Charmouth. Climb the dome of Golden Cap near Chideock for magnificent views of the 'Jurassic Coast' and visit the extraordinary 18-mile long Chesil Beach of pebbles which regularly wrecked sailing ships and shelters Abbotsbury and its swannery. West Bay, long enjoyed as a family seaside destination, has recently found new fame in the TV drama, Broadchurch.
Portland is famous for its views, stone and Bill and beautiful Lulworth Cove gave its name to a butterfly. At Weymouth, with its handsome seafront, King George III made bathing machines popular, now updated to Olympic sailing facilities. Sherborne is Dorset's best looking small town and at Tyneham (which you can visit) 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.