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Beautiful Thatched Property near Lulworth cove and Durdle Door

Bedrooms 6
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Thatched Property near Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

A significant thatched property in the rural village of East Chaldon. The Well House is one of the oldest houses in the village and has its own unique history. It has a large sheltered garden with hot tub for 6 persons, log cabin, BBQ and seating area. The World Heritage coast path and a great local pub just a short walk away. Lots of character in an inspiring location! Please note in the summer high season and at Christmas and Easter the property is only available to book for 7 days with summer changeovers on a Friday.

More Details

Philip Beale
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Philip Beale

The Well house is owned by Philip Beale, who is a writer, adventurer and entrepreneur.

Philip Beale purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Philip Beale chose Chaldon Herring

Several reasons to book this property:

Totally unique - one of the oldest properties in the village,thatched with ancient walls, walk in inglenook fire place with traditional bread oven.

sleeps 13 comfortably further 2 Z beds available

Large modern kitchen and dining area

Large garden and ample off road parking

Walk straight to the coastal path and cliffs and then on to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Great pub in village serving good food and bears

What makes this cottage unique

You will love this property because of its unique historic character and interior, its location near Lulworth Cove and the large garden and 6 person hot tub!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Stable cottage is charming and we will come back next year - thank you"

"The Well House is full of character and a real find. Totally different to any holiday let we have stayed in before."

"A peaceful retreat in the beautiful Dorset countryside. What more can one ask for?"
May 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chaldon Herring in Purbeck District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    En suite for annex - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , The bedroom is down stairs and ideal for elderly guests
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bedroom 5 Annex has en-suite shower + super kingsize bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed , Downstair double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can be made into a double bed or 2 singles (very flexible)
  • Note the Thatched Annex in grounds is included in this booking.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Electric central heating. Changeover day is Friday. Rent includes electricity, gas services, towels and linen. Dogs are permitted at extra charge of £25 each. . Outside: There is an enclosed garden with table and furniture plus BBQ.


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Beautiful Thatched Property near Lulworth cove and Durdle Door
average rating of 4.5 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A lovely quirky house in a fabulous location.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lisa, Glad you enjoyed the features of the Well house's Grade 2 listed features as one of the oldest properties in the village and its great position near the sea, for walks and just 300 meters from one of Dorset's best pubs.. The Sailor's Return.
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Lovely old house with good amenities and plenty of garden space. Great location for Jurassic coast

  • 3 of 5

Perfect for families and in a beautiful and interesting part of the country. Especially recommend an organised fossil hunt from Charmouth Heritage Centre

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well House experience

  • 4 of 5

The Well House suited seven of us perfectly for a family celebration. Low ceilings proved a bit of a trial but we loved the space and the peace and quiet. The modern extension was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A quaint, surprisingly large cottage with much character.

  • 4 of 5

This was a perfect venue for our wedding party easily accommodating twelve or so people on the wedding morning and eight sleeping the night before. We stayed for three nights. We all managed to bang our heads on beams, so be warned! If staying longer would need to learn how to cook on an AGA.

The cottage is 'lived in' and homely, and as such needs some attention paid to certain things, (dishwasher works but is clunky, upstairs flush on toilet needs attention, cooker (not Aga) needs updating). In some ways however, the homeliness makes the cottage easier to live in. Portmeirion crockery is lovely. Garden and hot tub, although not used are a great asset.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful historic cottage with everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

We booked a short break away just before Christmas as 3 adults and 1 toddler and weren't disappointed. The cottage is charming, warm, clean and provided us with all we required. A car was required for most exploring but there was plenty to see within just 10 minutes in the car. Failing that, the Sailors Return pub in the village provided welcome respite after a brisk walk. The owner was helpful and was available if needed but all our needs we're met. Thank you Philip

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from Dorset and had a wonderful time. The Cottage was idyllic. Such a chocolate box setting, very quaint and just perfect for what we needed. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and flowers in both the kitchen and bedroom, which was a lovely touch. The heating had been put on so it was all warm and cosy and logs ready for the fantastic log burner, which we used every evening. The bathroom with shower isn't luxurious but perfectly fine for the time we were there. The front room was large and cosy. The main bedroom had the most comfortable bed with fluffy pillows and the kitchen had everything you needed, including tea, coffee, sugar and very kindly fresh milk. The village is tiny so if you want to get away from it all, it's ideal. The location was great as so close to Lulworth and Studland. The garden would be great for the summer and all in all I thought it was a great place to stay and would certainly love to return during the summer months. Really had a wonderful time. Thank you Philip.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Situated near the coast. From the cottage one can walk straight onto the footpath to the coastal path lining the spectacular World Heritage coast.Great local pub just 300 yards away.


Use of car recommended. Nearest train station Wool or Dorchester. Nearest airports Bournemouth and Southampton.


Nearest shop is one mile; nearest pub The Sailor's Return serves great beer, wine and food just 300 yards.

Further Details:

Dorchester - 8 miles with Waitrose and a Tesco. Both will deliver..


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
Cottage is available for renting by the week with the change-over on Friday. Change-over days vary for short breaks. First payment is 50% of total rent plus dog fee (£25 each) if applicable. Linen is included. Final payment is due eight weeks prior to holiday. Full payment is required if booking is made within eight weeks of holiday.

Changeover Day:
Friday. We can be flexible in quieter periods.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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