In Beaminster, 50' back from a no through lane, a pretty, detached, 19th cent. cottage. Lovely wooded valley walks to neighbouring Netherbury, where the original 'River Cottage' from the TV series is located. Access up 6 shallow steps to stable doors into hall with tiled floor and shower-room (suite); archway into attractive living room with fireplace ('living flame' electric fire) and TV/DVD; small dining room and neat kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, gas cooker) with back door to little paved sunny area (table/chairs) on two levels (2 steps); further steps up to outhouse-cum-sunroom with sink, washing machine and comfy sofa, good for sunny cuppas on cool days. Stairs from living room up to two bedrooms – a double (5' bed), and a very roomy twin with pretty village view to the hills; bathroom (suite, shower over bath). Parking for one small car. No children under 3, except pre-crawling babies. A welcoming cottage for all seasons.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Property is within 5 miles of a railway station|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|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 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'.
Beaminster: thriving little town (church, pubs, cafés, shops, museum, art gallery) in the midst of a conservation area, 5 miles from the ancient historic market town of Bridport (restaurants, pubs, cinema, arts centre) and 7 miles from the wide, unspoilt beach of West Bay (location for ITV's 'Broadchurch' series) on Dorset's 'Jurassic Coast'.