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Cosy thatched cottage minutes from the sea, nestled in gentle rural countryside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Winfrith Newburgh, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, England - located In a peaceful village, ideal walking countryside, and in easy reach of numerous attractions

PLEASE NOTE!! The change-over date for weekly bookings is FRIDAY.

Also, PLEASE NOTE this website is incapable of showing accurate prices for 2, 3, 4, and 5 night breaks (when available), so that facility has had to be disabled. If you wish to enquire about a 2, 3, 4, or 5 day break (when available) just send us a booking enquiry, and we will provide you with a COMPLETELY ACCURATE quotation for you booking. Thank you!

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Nestling in the rolling South Dorset Downs and within the natural beauty of Hardy country, Winfrith Newburgh is a quiet conservation village complete with medieval church and manor house, and is only 3 miles from the 'Jurassic Coast' - designated as England's first natural World Heritage Site - with its spectacular scenic wonders of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. They are a short five minute drive away, or even within walking distance for the more adventurous. To the North lie the famous cottage and birthplace of novelist Thomas Hardy at Higher Bockhampton, 18th century Milton Abbey, and Milton Abbas. Other places of interest include Abbotsbury Swannery, the magnificent Maiden Castle just outside Dorchester, one of the largest collections of army fighting vehicles in the world at Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, and the natural wonder of the Blue Pool near Wareham.

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Kelly Rose
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
31 March, 2018

About Kelly Rose

We first discovered Snail's Place in 1977 when it was a derelict ruin, as you can see from the picture in the front porch. By 1979, this picturesque 17th century thatched cottage (a Grade II listed building) had been completely restored by an Old Buildings Preservation and Restoration Trust, sympathetically blending exposed beams, traditional fixtures and fittings together with modern household facilities. The cottage was our base for many family summer holidays during the early years with our two young daughters. Now they are grown up, we spend more time travelling, often enjoying the delights of Italy, and especially our grand-daughter who lives there, and our restored 200 year old Italian farmhouse Villa Gelsi in Le Marche, which is also available for rental – see www.villagelsi.com.

Kelly Rose purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Kelly Rose chose Winfrith Newburgh

After cancelling a much needed holiday in Corfu with our daughters in 1977 because of illness, we eventually found an alternative escape in Dorset. Staying in a local pub at Lulworth, we fell in love with the area. Returning the following year, we discovered the ruin we had seen the previous year was being lovingly brought back to life. We started chatting to the architect who showed us some of the intricate details of the restoration being undertaken. We became so absorbed in the project that we determined that our wishful thinking had to be transformed into reality. So for us, Snail's Place became a dream come true, a quintessential Grade ll thatched cottage with a rose climbing round the front door. Magic!

What makes this cottage unique

Snail's Place is an ideal location for those who enjoy the pleasures of walking, with glorious rolling countryside within easy reach. There are a multitude of beaches along the coastline, all ideal for families - from the broad sands at Weymouth to the west to the four-mile stretch of golden, sandy unspoilt beach at Studland to the east. There is no shortage of places to eat - from a host of local, and more distant pubs serving good wholesome food, to smart restaurants for that special night out. You can spend your time immersed in the numerous attractions that are on offer in the area, or enjoy a peaceful picnic in the surrounding countryside. There is so much to see and do, both for the young, and the not so young. And all within easy reach of Snail's Place.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Absolutely perfect! We enjoyed our last romantic holiday as a couple – before our baby will be born – and hope to come back some day as a family!

Oliver & Vivien - Germany

Such a cute & cosy cottage, great location. Handy for everything. Managed to pack a lot in the 4 days we were here.

Jeremy, Catina & Oliver - Hampshire

We’ve had a perfect stay in Snail’s Place. The sun has shone every day and we’re relaxed in front of the fire in the evenings. We’ll always have happy memories of being here because we got engaged this weekend.

Amy & Ed - Oxfordshire

Cottage beautiful & relaxing. Had a great break.

Tracy & Gary - Surrey

A very much needed relaxing break in a beautiful part of the country. We don’t want to go home.

Jamie, Jenny, Abbie & Bethan - Hampshire


Lovely characterful cottage. Very cosy. Lovely feel – clean + all equipment you need. Really enjoyed Durdle Door + Lulworth Cove walks. Thank you.

G O’T – London

We had a fantastic week in beautiful Dorset. Weather has been fabulous so lots of beach days. Cottage is lovely, very clean & a great base to explore.

PR – Bedford

For our first ever holiday together the cottage was perfect, everything we needed and in a lovely village. Breathtaking scenery and so much to see and do. We hope to come back again. Thank you!

R T - Cambridge

Lovely weekend. Cottage so welcoming & comfortable. Good walk to Lulworth & Durdle Door. Enjoyed Sailor’s Return/ Village shop excellent! We’d love to come back. Thank you.

DL - Bristol

Thank you for a wonderful stay in a beautiful cottage. Lovely and clean with everything you need. Thank you very much!

KP - Oxford


We had a fabulous time! What a gorgeous little thatched cottage in a really great location. We were so comfortable & cosy – everything was perfect. The cottage is spotlessly clean & so well equipped – EVEN a grapefruit knife!

GH - Kendal

Thank you for a wonderful stay in a beautiful cottage. Lovely and clean with everything you need. Thank you very much!

KP - Oxford
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Winfrith Newburgh in Winfrith Newburgh

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom/WC has a heated towel rail, electric wall heater, and shaver point. A power shower is incorporated with the bath. Towels and bed linen are all provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: On the first floor there are two bedrooms, one with two small single beds, and one with a double bed. All the beds have pillows and duvets. The double room has a small wardrobe, and both rooms have electric heaters and hair dryers.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Notes on accommodation: Sorry, but no pets allowed. Regrettably due to some bad experiences in the past. Outside: There is a small secluded patio garden to the rear of the cottage - which can become quite a suntrap in the summer months - with a small garden table and two chairs, plus a two seater garden bench. Sorry, but barbecues are not permitted because of the risk of fire with a thatched roof. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and bed linen are provided.


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Cosy thatched cottage minutes from the sea, nestled in gentle rural countryside
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Cosy idyll in a gorgeous little village

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Snail's Place (nice pun) is a wonderful little cottage ideally placed to explore the best that Dorset has to offer. Other than the low ceilings one gets with cottages of this age (I'm 6'2", so bumped my head a few times!), everything was just so. We'd stay again in a heartbeat.


  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the Jurassic Coastline is about 3 miles away by car.

Other beaches include:

Tyneham - 4 miles (coves).

Kimmeridge - 4½ miles (coves).

Ringstead - 5 miles (pebbles).

Weymouth - 8 miles (sandy beach).

Portland - 10 miles

Swanage - 14 miles (sandy beach).

Sandbanks -National Trust - 18 miles (long sandy beach).


Bournemouth Airport (45 mins drive).

Weymouth ferry crossing (30 mins Drive).

Poole ferry crossing (40 mins drive).


Lulworth Cove/Durdle door - 3 miles (10 mins drive)

Dorchester - 8 miles (20 mins drive)

Weymouth - 8 miles (20 mins drive)

Wareham - 8 miles (15 mins drive)

Portland - 10 miles (40 mins drive

Monkey World and Tank museum - 4 miles (10 mins drive)

Tyneham Ghost Village - 5 miles (8 mins drive)

Corfe Castle - 12 miles (21 mins drive)

Milton Abbas - 13 miles (21 mins drive)

Further Details:

Supermarkets, shopping and other facilities:

At Dorchester: Waitrose, Tesco, M&S, Co-op, Cinemas. Library, Tourist Office, Museum, train station

At Wareham: Sainsburys, Cinema.

At Weymouth: Asda, Tesco, M&S, Debenhams, Cinema

Horse Riding is available at the Lulworth Equestrian Centre in Coombe Keynes - 4.5 miles (10 minutes drive) away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Winfrith Newburgh, Purbeck

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Mar 2018 - 19 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Whitsun half term
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
1 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
15 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
31 Aug 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn half term
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Oct 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
14 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit of 50% is required within 7 days on confirmation of booking, with balance due 8 weeks before the holiday start date. Full payment due at time of booking if within 8 weeks of start date. BACS or cheques for payments.
Short Breaks (minimum 2 nights) are available through the year but with Peak Time restrictions. Prices for short breaks available on application.
Cancellation charges detailed in Terms and Conditions, available on request.

Changeover Day:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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