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Pretty period cottage with garden, within easy reach of all Dorset and the coast



Updated: 30-Sep-2016
Period 2-bedroomed cottage in Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset - Attractive Dorset Village With Well-stocked Shop And Gastro Pub. Good Walking Closeby

Enjoying a secluded village setting our period cottage has a main bedroom, a single bedroom and a new bathroom upstairs. Downstairs there is sitting room, separate dining room and separate, well-equipped kitchen with walk-in pantry. It is pleasantly furnished with new fitted carpeting throughout and gas central heating, plenty of light, ceilings of a good height and attractive views. However, it's an old-fashioned cottage and, although it offers a welcoming rustic charm (and free wifi), it would not suit those seeking a contemporary feel. The pretty cottage garden is long and narrow and enjoys the sun until mid-afternoon in summer. The Cottage has its own carport with secluded parking as well as plenty of parking for visitors. The footpath from the cottage gate crosses the little river Piddle and leads into the heart of the old village which has an excellent gastro-pub and a well-stocked village shop with late opening hours.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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The locality of the cottage is very good to explore Dorset and it is very comfortable with everything necessary for your stay. The owners, Nick and Lauran, are extremely welcoming and helpful but will not intrude on your visit. My boyfriend and I have now visited twice and fully intend to return. There is a very good gastro-pub just opposite the cottage with great food, good service and a very friendly atmosphere.TA

A great relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting. Amenities within the cottage were good, very clean and a well stocked kitchen with both washing machine and tumble dryer. All in all I cannot recommend this highly enough. TA

We found this cottage was ideal for our visit to Thomas Hardy country: the perfect base for walks through Puddletown Forest to Hardy's birthplace and for touring Dorchester, Stinsford, and to the coast. The cottage is furnished with attention to cosy detail. The fabrics and furniture have been carefully chosen to enhance the warm home-from-home. TA
Jun 2013
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13 Reviews

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Cosy comfortable well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

On our arrival we were greeted by the owners, Nick and Lauran, they were so friendly and welcoming. Lauran showed us round the cottage and made sure we knew how everything worked and had all that we needed - she had kindly left milk and teabags in case we needed a cuppa! The cottage itself was clean and comfortable, we found the beds gave us a good nights sleep. Its well equipped and has a little private garden area too, there are some garden chairs should you wish to sit outside. It is in a very pretty village and a quiet spot yet within easy reach of lots of super places. The village has a good shop and post office, excellent doctors surgery (my daughter had an ear infection so we tested the doctors out!) and you can get onto the main A35 in minutes and reach Dorchester in 10 minutes and Poole in 30 minutes. We didn't eat there but the Blue Vinny would be very handy - just a walk down the drive and across the road. All in all a very good place to stay - we would recommend and definitely would use this cottage again ourselves. Thank you very much to Nick and Lauran.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you all and to share our lovely part of the world with you. Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review - especially since you had just got back after a long drive! It would be lovely to welcome you back again one day.
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Most enjoyable stay in delightful cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Was greeted by the friendly and helpful owner, who showed us around the cottage which was as attractive as described and had everything needed for a pleasant stay. Situated in a very pleasant village from where a large number of places for a day out were within easy reach. After a day out a very good place for a drink and a meal was The Blue Vinny, just a hundred yards walk down an attractive tree lined driveway. We ate there 3 times and each meal was very good. There are numerous other pubs offering meals within an easy drive. The Thimble just a few minutes drive up the road was another where we enjoyed a meal. Another lane running by the cottage gives an easy walk to the local shop. Al in in all a great place to stay for a relaxing week in a pleasant village. Wouldn't hesitate to go again, very good value and would recommend highly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely positive review - we're so glad you had an enjoyable stay and hope you're able to come again sometime.
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Good country cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a lovely relaxing week in Dorset staying in the cottage. It was clean, tidy and had all that we needed to enjoy our stay.

It was conveniently located for all that Dorset has to offer and we would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for a quiet peaceful and relaxing week. Jon Thompson

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to have a relaxing holiday in our lovely county. Many thanks for taking the time to write a review!
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Very relaxing holiday

  • 4 of 5

A well positioned holiday cottage in striking distance of many places of interest, whatever the weather. We found the property to be very clean and well-equipped for our needs and extremely cosy. Having both a grocery shop and restaurant/pub in easy walking distance was a bonus, as was the view of deer from our bedroom window most mornings. We also appreciated the warm welcome from the friendly owners who were on hand if needed.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad you had a relaxing time in Dorset and in our cottage and appreciate your taking the time to write a review. Thank you!
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absolutely the best

  • 5 of 5

joan and I had the best holiday ever. The cottage was clean, well equipped ,Wi-Fi, everything anyone could need. Nick and Lauran gave us a lovely welcome ,and made it clear they were there should we need anything but remained unobtrusive hosts. Lovely ,warm and friendly couple.

also it is an absolutely ideal place to use as a base to explore the stunning coastline , with Devon , Cornwall , Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire in easy reach. there is so much to see and do. best place to eat is the Martyrs Arms in Tolpuddle which is approx. 2 miles from the cottage, fantastic food and beer and lots of history. we stayed for a week and without any doubt will return next year and stay a lot longer, hoping the cottage is free as Puddletown itself is a lovely place. Cant thank Nick and Lauran enough for letting us have the cottage

and being such wonderful hosts

thank you and see you soon

Bill and Joan

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both very much for such an enthusiastic and positive review - so good to know that you enjoyed your holiday, as it was your first time in the Dorset neck of the woods! Hope to welcome you to our cottage again next year.
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Pretty cottage, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a lovely week's break in this perfectly located quaint cottage in the interesting village of Puddletown. Everything was as described by the owners Lauran and Nick who gave us a very warm welcome and explained everything we needed to know. The cottage was very clean and prettily furnished, and from the bedroom window we regularly saw deer in the next field along with plenty of other wildlife.

There are plenty of good eating places around especially The Blue Vinney where we enjoyed a lovely meal.

Dorset has so much to offer and this cottage is perfectly located for seeing most of them. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you enjoyed your break in lovely Dorset and in our cottage! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to seeing you again if you get the chance to come back.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Blue Vinny at 200 Metres Nearest Train : Dorchester at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Blue Vinny at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Ringstead/Weymouth at 8 Miles Car: recommended


8 miles from Ringstead Bay, 10 miles from Weymouth, 15 miles from Poole


Nearest airport Bournemouth, ferries to Weymouth and Poole


Poole/Bournemouth, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach, Studland Bay, Weymouth and Portland which hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events, are all within easy reach. The celebrated Jacobean Athelhampton House is within a mile. The Tolpuddle Festival and Hardy week take place in July, the Dorchester Show at the end of August, the Steam Fair at the beginning of September.

Further Details:

Puddletown is a pretty, typical Dorset village which has a well-stocked village shop and is within easy reach of Puddletown Forest and other good walking areas. An excellent gastro-pub is a few minutes' walk away, and Dorchester has a 24-hour Tesco, 10 minutes drive away. The Piddle Valley offers several country pubs with good food.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half term
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early winter
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

We're happy to accept payments through Internet banking, or by cheque, or via the Owners Direct booking service.

We make a £30 cleaning charge, unless you're happy to leave The Cottage as you found it, in which case we're happy to waive this charge.

Changeover Day: Saturday changeover in peak season, flexible at other times.

Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10.30am.

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Also a wash basin
  • A new bathroom with bath and shower over, plus washbasin and toilet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs there is a main bedroom with a king-sized bed and pleasant views across the fields and a small but light single room. Each bedroom has a wardrobe, bedside tables and chest of drawers.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation:- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept children under 7 or pets. Free WIFI included Outside: The cottage has its own pretty, long and narrow garden which gets the sun until mid-afternoon and a carport with secluded parking. Portable table and chairs provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen is included and beds are made up. We provide tea towels, but not personal towels, although these can be provided for a small charge.

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