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Thatched cottage for five or hideaway for two near Lulworth Cove in Purbeck - Rex Officio Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)

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Updated: 12-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Internet
  • Bookable online


Rex Officio Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)

Open plan kitchen, dining and reception area, some 18ft square. Well appointed kitchen with washing machine, ice-box fridge and microwave. Upstairs bedroom sleeping two in either a twin or double arrangement and ensuite shower room.

About the property


Damers is a thatched cottage in Chaldon Herring (or East Chaldon as it may otherwise be known) overlooking the village green on one side and open fields on the other. Rex Officio is a modern conversion with views across open farmland to the rear. Both properties are only 4 miles by road from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, but can be walked by the more adventurous across the downs. Despite our remoteness, a short drive will take you to the seaside towns of Weymouth or Swanage, the market towns of Wareham and Blandford and our county town, Dorchester.

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About the Owner

Mrs Rosemary Hodder
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 March, 2017

About Mrs Rosemary Hodder

These two cottages are owned by Rosemary Hodder who has been fortunate to have lived in Chaldon Herring for most of her life. Now retired from a very busy and demanding life operating a coach company and, with both children resident in New Zealand, life is spent in the garden and playing bridge. The company’s former offices and workshop, once the hub of taking tourists to foreign parts, have now been converted hopefully to attract tourists into south Dorset with no motorways, impressive Jurassic coastline, sandy beaches and rural retreats nestling among attractive market towns.

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Booking Notes:
A completed booking form together with 30% deposit is required when booking with the balance due eight weeks before arrival. Full payment is required if booking is made within eight weeks of holiday date. Payment in Euros is accepted but all bank charges are the clients' liability.

Changeover Day:
Damers changeover day is Saturday; arrival not before 4pm depart by 11am.
Rex Officio changeover is Friday; arrival not before 3pm depart by 11am.

Notes on prices:
Damers lets run from Saturday to Saturday and is a pet-free home.
Rex Officio lets run from Friday to Friday and dog(s) welcome.
Short Breaks - min stay is three nights charged at 2/3 of full weeks rent; extra nights are 10% of the full weeks rent. During the peak times from June-September, Oct & May half-terms, Christmas, New Year and Easter, short breaks may only be booked within two weeks of the required date.
Mon-Fri breaks are offered at 4nts for the price of three.

4 Reviews

4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


Well situated property convenient for exploring local area

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well appointed and with a comfy bed, this property is set in a picturesque village, close to a pub. From the cottage you can easily drive to all the local attractions and amenities or why not leave the car behind as we did and walk from the front door to Durdle Door. A great afternoon out. Don't forget your trainers as the path is really quite steep in places and maybe a snack to boost your energy on the way back. Our holiday here was a real tonic .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great with a 2-year old

  • 5 of 5

We travelled with a 2-year old and had our own cot, but Rosemary was able to provide one had we not. She did provide a highchair as we requested. There was plenty of room for the cot in the bedroom. Although there was no bath and our 2-year old had not had a shower before, it was the perfect introduction (with the help of some bath toys brought from home) and there was no problem. The open plan downstairs was great for keeping an eye on him and being able to cook etc. as necessary. Bonuses were tractors going past throughout the times we were there - he is mad about tractors. We were even treated to the hay being cut, made into bales, and loaded onto a trailer in the field behind the house late one afternoon. We had friends staying at Rosemary's other property a few doors along in Damers and it was so easy spending time with them, or going across the road with a football to the big field with a permanent goal set up there to have inter-family games, but also having our own space when we wanted - a great alternative to our original plan to get one big property between us. Highlights of the property were a massive and very comfortable bed, the bed being set up by the window so having a sense almost of camping and being out under the stars, discovering fossils in the paving outside, and a very welcoming lemon drizzle cake when we arrived. Dorset's best village shop is just a mile or so away and we bought homemade Portuguese custard tarts, local beer and a map from here. The map meant we were able to plot our route to the sea which was a leisurely hour and a half walk to Durdle Door - just the right distance for 2-year old to sleep in the carrier and have a nap ready to watch tractors again in the evening on their way home to bed! Ideally situated for trips to beach and local attractions. All in all a very happy stay. Would definitely consider coming back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quiet area and plenty of space

  • 4 of 5

Thanks again for the wonderful weather that you had ordered for our holiday in East Chaldon. We were able to experience some wonderful days in Dorset and along the Jurassic Coast. The cottage was very generous and spaciously equipped and, my wife, my motorbike and I, we felt very comfortable there. I was fascinated by the view at night of the British magic starry sky seen straight from my bed.

Thanks again for the warm welcome and the pleasant and relaxing stay with you in the south of England. We wish you a nice time and stay healthy.

Many greetings from Bavaria

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Great little cottage, perfect for us two!

  • 5 of 5

Rex was a great base for lots of lovely Jurassic Coast walks. It was clean, comfortable and well-maintained. Rosemary provided very good customer service both before and during stay. Would highly recommend Rex and the local pub (which is a short walk away!)

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bournemouth at 28 Miles Nearest Barpub : Sailors Return Inn at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Weymouth/Poole at 9 Miles Nearest Golf : East Dorset & various at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Wool at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : A352 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sailors Return Inn at 200 Metres Nearest Ski : Warmwell Dry slope at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Lulworth Cove at 4 Miles Car: recommended


What splendid choices for beach aficionados. For families with small children, there are safe, sandy beaches at Weymouth (9mls) Studland and Swanage (20mls) or rock pooling on the more rugged rocks of Lulworth (4mls), Ringstead (6mls) and Kimmeridge (18mls), or further afield, Lyme Regis (34mls), to search for fossils.


Car is recommended, as the village has limited public transport. The nearest train station is Wool, five miles away, where taxis are available for hire. Nearest airports are Bournemouth (28mls) & Southampton (60mls), Exeter (60mls) or Bristol (62mls), whilst ferry ports are Weymouth (9mls), Poole (19mls) and Portsmouth (60mls).


Village pub 200m. Jurassic coastal path 30mins walk. Good village shop in next village a mile away. Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World about 6miles. Ideal for Thomas Hardy, William Barnes and the Powys family followers.

Further Details:

Nearest ATM is at Wool (5mls). Nearest supermarkets are in Dorchester and Weymouth (9mls) but why not shop online for delivery after arrival time.


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1


  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Both properties include supply of linen and towels, oil-fired central heating, electricity and LPG for hobs, off-street parking, cot and high chair and patio furniture. Both have wifi installed and information packs on local attractions and places to eat. Damers pet-free home, whilst Rex Officio welcomes one dog. Changeover day for Damers is Saturday (4pm arrival and 11am departure) Changeover day for Rex is Friday (3pm arrival and 11am departure) Outside: Damers has a large garden/patio area with furniture for sitting out. Rex Officio has garden/patio area with furniture for sitting out with views of open farmland.

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