£58 / night
Price for guests, Nights

The Old Exchange – Home 426348 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Dorset country cottage with self catering for two in Witchampton.

Situated on the outskirts of the picturesque and historic village of Witchampton in the Vale of the River Allen. Much care was expended in converting this old telephone exchange into a relaxing holiday retreat for the discerning couple.

Its location gives the best of all worlds - equally close to the Isle of Purbeck or the New Forest, and adjacent to Cranborne Chase - yet only ten minutes from Wimborne itself with its historic Minster and charming shops.

The accommodation consists of one double en-suite bedroom, fully fitted kitchen, separate cloakroom, lounge with extensive views over the countryside. The property has a cosy oil fired central heating system and wifi. There is ample parking outside for at least two cars.

There is so much to do from here - walking, mountain biking, fishing, sailing courses, mooching and tea shopping, pub lunches, great restaurants ....or absolutely nothing and let the world roll by.

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

We recommend use of a car as transport links to the property are infrequent. Wimborne and Poole have ample parking and excellent bus routes across Dorset. Train services from Poole to Wareham and Weymouth are also fun.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

About the owner

Peter H.
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
06 Sep 2020
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 27 Apr 2013. Located in Dorset, it has 12 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £401.

The Owner has a response rate of 94% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 06 Sep 2020.


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Guest reviews

12 reviews

Very Good

“Lovely peaceful getaway”

Reviewed 23 Apr 2019

Returned to this lovely place for a second time, really cozy well equipped cottage in a wonderful peaceful setting. Property was clean and well equipped.I highly recommend this place for a peaceful br… More

Owner's reply: We are really pleased to hear you enjoyed your break at The a Old Exchange - hope to see you again in the future! Peter and Sarah

“Mixed Review”

Reviewed 24 Mar 2019

My stay did not start off well unfortunately as I arrived after driving for 2hrs to an empty house and no-one in. Apparently the Holiday Lettings website had taken my booking and auto-booked it so the… More

Owner's reply: Dear Anne, thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback. Unfortunately your stay did get off on the wrong foot as due to a booking error, you were able to book within 24hrs with no ability for us to confirm before acceptance. We did apologise and explain at the time. We have located and disabled this option within the booking portal as both Sarah and I are unable to guarantee to check booking emails frequently enough to prevent disappointment. The collection of brochures is one we regularly add to, and only remove if attractions no longer exist, some are ones either ourselves or guests have helpfully left following travels further afield so may well be more than a year old. I am sorry to hear about the problems with the newly installed timer/thermostat, it is likely the heating came on because it became cold below the temperature set by the heating engineer. I will check that everything is set OK, but we have had guests before and after without issue. I do hope that the location, accommodation and view will be sufficient to encourage you to return, and with better preparation by ourselves, you will have a better experience, best regards, Peter

“Most peaceful setting, lovely quarters and delightful helpful owner: great area access!”

Reviewed 19 Jul 2018

Dorset's an area I'd previously crisscrossed repeatedly in multiple lengthy UK trips, but wanted to give the attention of a full cottage based week, As it turned out, the attention is well d… More

“the Old Exchange”

Reviewed 20 May 2018

This cottage is ideal for exploring the area of Dorset, the coast and inland. The amenities are excellent, everything one would need on holiday. We visited many gardens, and much admired them, from Stourhead, Kingston Lacey, Furzey, this was my favourite, and private houses, too. The route to Blandford Forum has spectacular views over the countryside, and the verges are filled with wild flowers.

“Peaceful Location, Cozy retreat”

Reviewed 2 Jan 2018

Having never explored Dorset I came upon this location online and booked direct with the owners who where incredibly friendly and helpful. The Old Exchange is a unique, quirky little retreat, nice liv… More

Owner's reply: Dan and Kirsty were great guests - so pleased they were able to take full advantage of the range of activities nearby - hope to see you again soon!

“Just What We Were Looking For.”

Reviewed 26 Aug 2017

Last year we decided to make a trip to this years The Great Dorset Steam Fair, and needed a place to stay as close by as possible, and found The Old Exchange. Our luck was definitely in. … More

“Country retreat close to lots of interesting places”

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Very peaceful location with all you need for a comfortable stay. Peter was very helpful and has provided great maps to enable you to find all you need. Plenty of space for 2,and a second loo is a real… More


Reviewed 9 Apr 2017

We used the old exchange as our base for a 4day trip during which we explored both the local surroundings and the Dorset coast. It's a Tardis of a place, and we found it really relaxing with all we needed to be home from home, Sarah was delightful, and we'll be back!

“Excellent place to stay.”

Reviewed 16 Feb 2017

The Old Exchange is in a lovely quiet location, with everything that you need if you want to self cater, some good pubs nearby for food if you are feeling lazy. Warm and cozy place to stay.

“Stunning Rural Location”

Reviewed 12 Aug 2015

Gorgeous cottage in stunning countryside, far from the madding crowd. Extremely relaxing and restful. Plenty of information in the property regarding places of interest etc. Owner, Peter, extremely… More

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How do I find more info about the property?

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Send Peter (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Peter (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Peter the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Or send Peter (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from Peter (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

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How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Peter (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call Peter (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Peter (the owner) a message.

If Peter (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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