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Beautiful rustic cottages. Pet friendly, private gardens & friendly farm animals - The Bothy Sleeps 7 (3 bedrooms - superking bed, 2 king size & 1 single

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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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The Bothy Sleeps 7 (3 bedrooms - superking bed, 2 king size & 1 single

The Bothy, 3 double ensuite bedrooms, sleeps 7 (+1)

The Bothy is homely, comfortable, very spacious and full of character with charming rustic features throughout. Private fenced garden.

Bedroom 1;Super-King size 6ft bed, (can be made into 2x 3ft beds.). 3ft single bed. Refurbished ensuite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet & basin. TV and DVD player.

Bedroom 2; King Size bed, ensuite shower, toilet and basin.wooden floorboards, vaulted ceiling and beautiful old beams. TV & DVD player.

Bedroom 3 (ground floor); King Size bed, ensuite with shower, toilet and basin. Exposed stone wall, solid wooden floorboards and rustic beams throughout. TV and DVD player.

Living/dining room-very large room with oak floor boards and rustic beams. Overlooks garden and goat pen. Large dining table;plenty of comfortable seating, TV, DVD player, radio/CD player.SKY TV. Fully refurbished kitchen with table & chairs. Oven, washing machine,fridge/freezer, microwave,dishwasher

Luxury designer bed linen

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About the property


Broadwindsor is a popular,historic conservation village, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is characterised by beautiful rolling hills, and pretty villages. It is a haven for walkers ; there are many walks direct from the cottages including Lewesdon Hill (the highest point in Dorset). Dogs are welcome too. There is a friendly pub; The White Lion, and a renowned Craft centre, with a restaurant, Village Store, play park and 12th century church. The three cottages are located within the grounds of West Hill House. Beautifully restored high quality accommodation with original rustic features throughout. Numerous animals on site including Pot Bellied pigs, Pigmy goats, sheep and lambs in spring.The beautiful town of Lyme Regis with a wonderful sandy beach is 20 mins drive away. All cottages have private fenced gardens and private parking. The cottages are highly recommended by our guests who return year after year. ## PLEASE SEE OUR MANY EXCELLENT REVIEWS ON TRIP ADVISOR ##

Member since: 2013
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Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2017


We live a few miles away in Broadwindsor and run 3 other holiday cottages which are very popular.

There is a small holding with numerous friendly farm animals including Pot Bellied pigs, pygmy goats, sheep and miniature horses.

Guests at Albert Cottage are very welcome to visit and pet the animals.

We continually improve update the cottages so that they are of a high standard and your holiday is as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

We hope to provide an enjoyable holiday experience. We try to cater for individual and family needs, and wherever possible we will try to accommodate specific requests.

Why JOHN LEADER chose Lyme Regis and West Dorset


What makes this cottage unique

When we moved in, in May 2006, the properties needed some immediate substantial repairs.The origins of the house are uncertain, but the main house originates from at least the 17th Century, and possibly earlier. Orchard Cottage is an extension to the main house and The Bothy was an old coach house and stable, with hay loft above. They are both at least 200 years old.

The main house which was originally thatched, is of stone construction, the brick facia at the front was added approximately 150 years ago. The two new houses to the left of West Hill House were built on what was originally the walled vegetable garden for the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Bothy;An amazingly equipped cottage, everything you would expect and much more. The lay out worked well with plenty of space for all of us. Hospitality was exceptional,the owners and their delightful children allowing us interaction with their animals, even when the sheep were lambing. Location for us was ideal. The local pub served great food at very reasonable prices. There is nothing negative I can say about this cottage or its location.

Orchard cottage;This is the best cottage we have ever stayed in. The house is beautiful, spacious,warm and cosy and tastefully decorated and really well stocked with kitchen equipment, books, toys and games. It was just wonderful waking up and being able to wander down to see the goats, pigs and lambs in the garden. The location is brilliant.

Hursey Gate Stables;Simply the best equipped and most comfortable holiday let yet. David and Elaine had simply thought of everything and there was nothing that lacked either in the kitchen or elsewhere.
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Booking Notes:
Deposit £150 payable by internet banking or cheque

Changeover Day:
Friday change-over, we welcome guests from 3pm, please vacate by 10.30am on departure.

Notes on prices:
Discounts for repeat bookings; 10% in school holidays, 20% all other periods


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(5 traveller reviews)


Simply Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

A truly fantastic holiday cottage.

We returned home today and have total holiday blues. This is a delightful property in stunning surroundings.

A perfect stay with fantastic facilities and an amazingly well equipped kitchen.

The animals are great. Our 4 year old was devastated to leave them behind. He'd now like a goat like odd spot!

Was great to be shown around by Elaine and introduced to the animals. It made our little ones day getting to feed the lambs. Rosie and Ryan are delightful and were great with our boys. Thank you to you all.

Keep up the good work, your properties are fab!!!!

See you next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Orchard Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We visited for the second year running. Orchard Cottage was as good as Hursey Gate had been the previous year. The cottage is warm, welcoming and extremely well equipped. David & Elaine are wonderful, hardworking hosts. It has been our pleasure to stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place for Family Get-togethers

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a brilliant week at the Bothy.

All 9 of us (3 generations) had an amazing time.

David, Elaine, Ryan and Rosie made us truly welcome.

The grandchildren loved the animals and the use of the slide and trampoline.

Every room beautifully decorated, all the kitchen utensils you could want, a BBQ in the lovely private garden, lovely little village with shop, craft centre (serves the most gorgeous food) and a pub.

Nothing too much trouble to make our stay great, even lending Daniel some superhero Dvd's, on top of the extensive range to be found in the cottage. Hope to visit again one day.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Wonderful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

From our arrival at the Bothy we were made to feel extremely welcome and that nothing would be too much trouble. It is situated in a wonderful area for walking and a short drive to the coastal walks and beaches as well. There is a good pub and village shop and loads of great eating places all over the area.

Five adults, a toddler and baby stayed for a week so it was great to have either an ensuite shower room or bathroom with every bedroom. Although we did not need them because the weather was so brilliant there was a TV and DVD player in every bedroom as well as the lounge plus a separate iPod docking station in the lounge and a radio (much appreciated by the cook) in the kitchen (and bedrooms).

The kitchen was extremely well-equipped with more than enough cutlery and crockery and a far better of pans than I have at home!

The farm animals were much appreciated by the grandchildren who have requested a return visit already! There was a great chestful of toys and games for them to play with and lots of maps and guidebooks for us to browse.

Furnishings and fittings were maybe a little tired but that suited us as we did not have to feel ‘on edge’ worrying about damaging anything. The Bothy may not be everyone’s cup of tea but we thought it was great for a family holiday and, best of all, the owners are both amicable and helpful. We will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfection in Dorset

  • 5 of 5

Five of us (two couples and a dog) have just returned from a wonderful week in The Bothy. From start to finish the experience has been nothing short of fabulous. Situated in the small but perfectly formed village of Broadwindsor, where there's a great local pub (The White Lion) serving fresh, tasty pub grub and a delightfully friendly community local shop. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. All you can see is green. All you can hear are sheep, cows and the birds singing. The Bothy itself is absolutely charming with a real country cottage feel. It's wonderfully well equipped and everything was spotless, comfortable and it felt like a real home from home. The Leader family who live next door are very welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. They also have a menagerie of delightful animals. One of our favourite pastimes while we were there was going to feed the goats, Vietnamese pot bellied pigs and the friendly ewes in the field. It's been an incredibly chilled out and relaxing week, despite the fact that we've experienced all four seasons weather-wise! The weather however didn't stop us from enjoying the surrounding areas of West Bay, Bridport (great market on Saturdays), Lyme Regis (a seaside resort not to be missed) and if you want to treat yourself book in for lunch at Hix Oyster & Fish House which serves fabulous fish with an amazing view over Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coastline. We nipped over the border to Devon to Seaton and stopped off for a great pub lunch in the picturesque village-by-the-sea of Beer at The Anchor. On our last night we visited The New Inn in the nearby village of Stoke Abbott. Amazing! The food and service were fantastic. It's more 'gastro pub food' than The White Lion with prices to reflect that. However the food was beautifully cooked and prepared. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending a holiday in this gorgeous cottage in an incredibly picturesque part of the country. You do need to have a car unless you don't want to venture further than the village. And there's a downstairs bedroom, which is great for anyone unable to climb stairs. I can't wait to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Broadwindsor in Dorset

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Luxury powerful shower over the bath
    Bedroom 2- ensuite bathroom with walk in shower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are ensuite and they have good quality powerful showers
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1, above the kitchen, very large, vaulted ceiling - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Large family ensuite bathroom with shower over the bath
    Bedroom 2, above living room, vaulted ceiling - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , King size bed, ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
    Bedroom 3, on ground floor, suitable for restricted access - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Bedroom 1 is very large and there is space to put an extra single mattress on the floor if required giving the ability to sleep 8. There is a wardrobe, chest of drawers, TV, DVD player, and clock radio. If necessary the double bed can be separated to provide two 3ft single beds. (by prior arrangement) Bedroom 2 has a chest of drawers and a wardrobe just outside the bedroom door. There is also a TV, DVD and clock radio. There are lovely views across the village from the window. Bedroom 3 has a wardroom with drawers and bedside drawers. There is a TV, DVD player and clock radio All the bedrooms have rustic wooden floors and there are lovely character features throughout. There is a staircase to bedroom 1 from the kitchen and another staircase from the living room to bedroom 2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: All cottages have constant hot water and heating included in price. Shared use of tumble dryer. Minimum of 2 nights in low season Dogs welcome, £20 each wi-fi £10 per week Bed Linen, tea towels, oven gloves, shower mat, washing up equipment/liquid, dishwasher tablets, loo rolls provided. Personal towels not provided (unless travelling from overseas) Welcome tray; tea and biscuits provide on arrival. Information folder and OS maps provided. All double beds have high quality pocket sprung mattresses Single beds in Hursey Gate Stables have high quality pocket sprung beds. Outside: All cottages have their own private fenced gadens and there is also access into the large communal gardens and paddock. Hursey Gate Stables is very private and overlooks the paddock. The Bothy and Orchard Cottage both border the pygmy goat pen. There is a large trampoline with safety enclosure and slide in the communal gardens. Each cottage has garden furniture, parasol and BBQ. SAFETY NOTE; THERE IS A STREAM WHICH BORDERS THE COMMUNAL GARDEN, YOUNG CHILDREN MUST NOT BE LEFT UN-SUPERVISED

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