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Romantic Thatched Cottage set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Thatched Cottage in Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset - Ideal location to Visit the Countryside and the Coast

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This boutique thatched cottage is located in the quintessential Portman estate village of Durweston, opposite the church, in the heart of dorset. A dreamy 18th century cottage described by 'Dorset Life' as 'the stuff of chocolate boxes'. Perfectly located to explore the coast and stunning country side yet the fabulous Georgian market town of Blandford Forum (noted in Thomas Hardy's book)is 10 mins away. Visit Cranborne Chase, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, the New Forest and Lulworth Cove. The cottage boasts a wealth of original features including a large inglenook and is attractive furnished with a bespoke kitchen. Decorated beautifully, earth tones & natural linens (used for magazine shoots). Luxury touches include wifi,ipod dock, freshly cut flowers, Egyptian cotton linen and Goose down duvets & pillows! Guests enjoy the lovely walks on the estate and visiting the local gastro pubs on the doorstep. The private cottage garden is planted with cherry blossom, roses & fresh herbs.

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Emma

Emma and Martin currently live and work in London but like to spend as much free time as possible in this stunning part of Dorset. They fell in love with this beautiful, Grade II listed cottage on one of their many visits.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Cosy and warm with everything we needed. One of the best country cottages we've ever rented!' Cant speak highly enough about the Cottage - it's fab!-Thank you so much for making us comfortable. (Christmas)

Fantastic Cottage beautifully presented for Valentines weekend 12th-14th Feb)

Four days of spring sunshine in your beautiful cottage. Loved the home feel of it-your paintings, all the home comforts, herbs in the garden. (April Let)

A wonderful break. The cottage is geogeous-lovely touches everywhere... superbly located for local and further adventures..we'll definitely be back (May)

We had a fantastic time, home from home feel cottage, very relaxing. We have been to Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door geogeous beach, Kimmerage Bay great for Rock Pooling... we will be back! (June Let).

Had a great stay- loved the house. Visitted Lulworth, Bristol, London, Shaftesbury, Poole, Corfe Castle, walked up Hod Hill, Hambleton Hill..more to do next time! (August let)
Aug 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Blandford Forum in Durweston

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main Bathroom: Tiled tumble stone floor, bath with mixer shower tap, wc, basin, heated towel rail, & a range of toiletries. The Garden "Old Wash house": Dressing Room, shower, basin, W.C, heated towel rail, slate tiled floor, range of toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (10% discount) or 4 Notes on bedrooms: Main Cottage Bedroom 1: King Size Bed , antique chest of drawers, throw, easy chair, hair dryer, mirror. Bedroom 2: King Size Bed , chest of drawers, throw, easy chair, mirror (we can accommodate an additional single if needed)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: We do not allow smoking in the property. Well behaved dogs may be permitted with prior written permission. Flexible arrival days. Outside: A lovely fenced private rear "cottage" garden, with pots of fresh herbs to pick, a bird nesting house and newly planted cherry blossom, spring bulbs, herbs and roses. There is a patio area, table (seats 6) and level lawn. A new shed provides space to store bikes and barbecue. Parking - there is good parking to the front of the house and a small graveled parking area to the side of the house (we are lucky to have a nearby fenced village green with tennis courts, playing fields and climbing frames for public use). There are lovely walks from the door step around the Portman Estate where you can see lots of wildlife, Bluebells, Snowdrops and wild flowers. Utility Room: You can store bikes in the shed if you wish. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned before and after your visit. White Company crisp white Egyptian linen and towels, luxurious goose down duvets & pillows. Toiletries, hairdryer, and dressing gowns all included. Other: Dining hall with inglenook fireplace. Study with antique desk. All rooms have wifi access.


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Romantic Thatched Cottage set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Lovely cottage in beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

This is a pretty cottage in a very sweet village. Emma was great at communicating with us throughout our booking process. The cottage is well appointed and beautifully refurbished. The children loved playing in the garden. It is a great base from which to explore Dorset. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Picturesque thatched cottage beautifuly presented.

  • 5 of 5

I experienced easy and pleasant booking with excellent communication and follow up.

The cottage is well presented with many small details attended to, ensuring this cottage is not an average holiday let. For example, the welcome pack, crisp white linen, toiletries, books, DVDs etc…

A good location for touring. We did a day trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury followed by another to the Jurassic coast as well as local towns.

The only thing I did not find were microwave dishes, though not a problem.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil haven

  • 5 of 5

The cottage lived up to its description in every way. As well as the lovely interior decoration, position and tranquillity it was all the extra touches that made the stay so lovely: fresh coffee and Hotel Chocolat chocolates, wine, biscuits, local cheese and butter as well as fresh flowers in every room - there were even treats and china bowls for our dogs!

Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

The property was situated in the loveliest quaint village, exactly what I was hoping for. The cottage itself was beautiful; it was clean, had pretty much everything we needed and was wonderfully cosy sitting in the lounge of an evening.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Such a cosy and beautiful cottage! We had a wonderfully comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings, both in and around the cottage. Emma was great to communicate with and all the extra touches from a Welcome Tray to toiletries and luxurious beds were much appreciated. This is a lovely part of the world and as our stay was only three nights we know there is much more left to explore so we hope return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jenny, Thank you so much for your lovely words. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope that we can welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, Emma
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"A chocolate box gem"

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, cosy property. The cottage was spotlessly clean, well maintained and very comfortable for our 3 day stay. The house book gave clear instructions on how the appliances worked and other information was good. The wood burners we lit in the evening gave a lovely warm cosy feel throughout the cottage. All the bed linen was of exceptional quality and the bedding and pillows were extremely comfortable. We were provided with lovely soaps and fluffy towels too. The owners have decorated and furnished this property with good taste and when we arrived there were lovely vases of flowers in each room. A tray of biscuits, wine and chocolates were left for us with cheese in the fridge. A lovely welcome! The owner is easily contactable if needed. We visited many attractions locally and within a 30 min drive including the Jurassic coast. Lots to see and do from this location. This is a super property to stay in and my family and I would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm glad you had a lovely stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Emma
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Special interest holidays:

No 53 is less than 1/2 mile from Bryanston School. The school hosts Dorset Opera and the Slade School of Art Summer Programs. Popular Local attractions/activities include BBW Clay Shooting company, The Lamer Tree Gardens, Kingstone Lacy National Trust, Salisbury Cathedral, Gorcombe Farm Shop, The Tank Museum, Monkey World and Jurassic Coast. Excellently placed for walking (with good buggy access) and cycling routes. Ideal location if visiting Dorset Steam Fair and The Larmer Tree Festival of Music, The Dorset Opera.


Within 35 minutes drive is the beautiful Jurassic Coast, including Lulworth Cove, the Poole Sandbanks beach and Shell Bay. Poole and it's enormous natural harbour and Brownsea Island are within 30 mins driving, where kite and windsurfing are very popular.


Southampton Airport (1 hour drive) is well served by Flybe from many UK and European destinations. The closest railway station is Salisbury (30 minutes drive). Use of car makes life easier, although there are bus routes available starting from Blandford (1 mile away).


The cathedral town of Salisbury is 30 minutes drive. The medieval town of Shaftesbury is 20 minutes drive. Further afield lie Lyme Regis and the spa town of Bath (both 1 hour's drive). London is best reached by train from Salisbury, where the journey is 80 minutes. Local attractions - National Trust Kingston Lacy, Monkey World, Hall and Woodhouse Brewery Visitors Center, Tank Museum.

Further Details:

Nearby Stourpaine (just less than 1 mile away) has a fantastic Pub, village store and Post Office, accessible by a picturesque footpath if you wish to walk. Blandford Forum (less than 10 mins drive) has several banks and 2 large supermarkets, including markets most days in the town square. If you are in search of the quintessential English country pub, the Talbot Inn at Iwerne Minster (5 miles), the Anchor at Shapwick (6 miles) and the Museum Inn in Farnham (10 miles) are highly recommended all . Milton Abbey is 10 miles away with it's wonderful Abbey and it's famous lined street of thatched cottages. Dorset is the only county in England with no motorway and lends itself to those who wish to explore either on foot or in the car. An ordnance survey map (supplied with the house) is a must if you wish to get to those areas unmarked on the larger road maps.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Damage Deposit £350

Booking Notes:
2 persons only staying (in 1 room): 10% discount on list price for 7 night booking.

3 night minimum stays are charged at 60% of the weekly rate. Discounts apply for over 3 nights - please enquire with Emma the Owner for detailed pricing: 07966 490 836/

Payment Method: Either Cheque, Bank Transfer.

Deposit: £150.00 to secure booking.

Changeover Day:
3 night min stay, subject to availability.
Please feel free to make enquires

Notes on prices:
Flexible arrival days. Couple only staying (in 1 room): 10% discount on the list prices for 7 night booking. Mini Breaks: We are happy to accommodate Mini Breaks where possible. Please e-mail requesting your requirements. Dogs: £10 per stay per dog. Please do not hesitate to discuss your requirements. We welcome "last minute" bookings.
Payment method: Bank transfer or cheque.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.