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Period Thatch Cottage, Feature Well, Courtyard, Heart Of Historic Puddletown



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
Cottage in Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset, England - Easy Reach Of Dorset Attractions, Jurassic Coast, Beaches, Well Stocked Shop, Excellent Gastro Pub

Set in the heart of Puddletown in Thomas Hardy country, opposite the historic church and village square, our deceptively large period thatched cottage has a main bedroom, second bedroom and bathroom with shutters upstairs. Downstairs there is a large sitting room with original shutters, a hallway ideal for hanging coats and storing shoes, a separate dining room with feature glass covered well and a fully equipped kitchen. It is packed with character but furnished in a simple modern style. A secluded courtyard, accessible from inside and the lane at the back of the house, is ideal for sitting out in warm summer evenings and emptying the sand from bags and towels after a fun day at the beach. Within easy reach of all Dorset attractions, beaches (Weymouth, Swanage, Studland), the Jurassic Coast, Kingston Mauward and Athelhampton houses. Within 5 minutes walk there is the superb gastro pub, the Blue Vinny, the river Piddle, a well-stocked village shop and local doctors.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I bought my cottage in 2005 and have spent many happy years living there. Puddletown has a thriving community spirit and the people are very friendly and look out for each other.

I live locally but should you have any problems, the neighbours across the road or the lane at the back of the house will be more than happy to help. Dorset has an amazing coastline which I never tire of – for coastal walks on the cliffs or long sandy beach of Studland or just sitting with a pint of cider at the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers looking out to sea.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for letting us loose on your gorgeous house. We’ve had a wonderful time here. Everyone is so friendly in Puddletown and further afield. Farmer Palmer’s is fantastic for the children, and Monkey World too. Dan, Bonny & Mathilda

What a fantastic weekend – fabulous cottage, gorgeous weather and amazing places to visit. Many thanks for letting us stay. Lucy, Michael and family

We have had a great week. Lovely walking weather and beautiful coastal scenery – Lulworth Cove, Chapman’s pool, beaches at Sandbanks, Poole. Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely cottage, Mara & John
Nov 2013
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

Just got back from an amazing weekend at this fantastic cottage. The cottage was really clean and cosy. Well equipped.

It's within easy reach of local towns and attractions.

Highly recommend this property to anybody wanting a nice quiet location and property with lots of character. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Felt at home straight away

  • 5 of 5

... Felt at home on a good way! The rooms were better and bigger than the pictures suggest online. Everything was available, very well equipped- it was perfect.

Great location, close to Dorchester, monkey world etc. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Smashing Break

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely character cottage. The feature 'well' in the dining room was an intrigue to us all. The 'welcome gifts' a lovely and welcome touch. The living areas spacious though second bedroom a little of a squash for our children (8 and 10). Bed linen was GORGEOUS! all the necessary amenities and the information provided before and on arrival was fab. Puddle Town is a bit of a muddle town! Having the history book and tour made for a fun afternoon with the girls on scooters and a stop in the Blue Vinny for a pint. Only draw back is I did miss having a garden with the kids but given the weather was so rubbish it really didn't hinder too much. Close to many amenities for a good old walk out (old or young!)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weeks stay in Puddletown. The cottage is lovely, very comfortable and very well equipped. Perfect for the four of us (me, my husband, 3 year old and 4 month old).

Great location for exploring the beautiful Dorset coastline and inland attractions too. We visited a different beach everyday!

Would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in Hardy Country

  • 4 of 5

Lovely, period cottage in beautiful, quiet little corner of Puddletown, close to lots of places of interest and short walk to local pub. No garden but enclosed, private courtyard at the back, with pots of flowers and climbers, good for breakfasts and after dinner drinks. Parking no problem, right outside the house. The owner had thought of everything, with the cottage being very well-equipped - some welcoming goodies had even been left for us on arrival - thank you, very much appreciated. Excellent customer service with straighforward booking and detailed arrival instructions. Photos on the website don't do the cottage justice. Would recommend and would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel, Many thanks for your lovely review. I am so glad that you thoroughly enjoyed your holiday and the cottage. I very much look forward to welcoming you and your family back again to Puddletown. Best wishes, Emily
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Traumhafte Unterkunft

  • 4 of 5

Ein absolut wunderbares, liebevoll eingerichtetes Haus! Wir (2 Erwachsene + 3 Kinder) haben zwei fantastische Wochen hier verbracht. Das Elternschlafzimmer ist sehr geräumig, unsere beiden Mädchen haben im zweiten, recht kleinen aber sehr gemütlichen Schafzimmer übernachtet und unser Sohn fand das Sofa-Bett im Wohnzimmer ausgesprochen bequem. Die Nähe zum Smart TV gefiel ihm dabei auch ausgesprochen gut.

Die Küche ist technisch mit allem ausgestattet, was das Herz begehrt: Kühl-Gefrierkombi, Herd, Backofen, Toaster, Geschirrspüler, Waschmaschine mit integriertem Trockner usw. Wir fanden nur die Geschirrmenge etwas knapp bemessen (zumindest für eine 5-köpfige Familie). Es sind halt "nur" je 6 große / kleine Teller, Gläser, Tassen etc. Wenn man nicht nach spätestens jeder 2. Mahlzeit den halbvollen Geschirrspüler anwerfen möchte, ist das etwas knapp. Auch das Kochgeschirr ist für 5 Personen etwas unterdimensioniert. Ein richtig großer Topf und eine große Pfanne wären toll.

Ansonsten war aber alles absolut toll. Die Betten bequem, das Bettzeug kuschelig, die Ausstattung insgesamt sehr schön. Es war absolut kein Problem, auch mal einen verregneten Tag Zuhause zu verbringen und sich dabei ausgesprochen wohl zu fühlen. Das W-Lan funktionierte tadellos, der Smart TV bot eine große Programmauswahl sowie unzählige DVDs und CDs und wunderbar viele Bücher ließen keine Langeweile aufkommen.

Puddletown ist ein ruhiger, kleiner Ort. Es gibt vor Ort einen kleinen Supermarkt, dessen Sortiment die Grundbedürfnisse perfekt abdeckt. Wir haben sehr viele Ausflüge in die Umgebung unternommen. Die Tipps der Hauseigentümerin waren allesamt sehr hilfreich und gut.

Wir hatten eine fantastische Zeit hier!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

If you are interested in sailing, as I am, and watersports, this is the place to be with opportunities in Poole Harbour, Studland beach and of course the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. There are many places to explore: on the coast (Lyme Regis, Bridport, Charmouth, Swanage), historical places (Corfe Castle, Tyneham) or in land walking across fields and woodlands, in undulating Dorset countryside.

Activity and Interests


Within 10 miles: Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove & Castle, Jurassic Coastline, Ringstead (pebbles), Weymouth (sandy)

Within 25 miles the Isle of Purbeck: Tyneham (coves), Kimmeridge (coves), Swanage (sandy), Studland National Trust beach (long sandy beach), Old Harry Rocks


Nearest airports are Bournemouth and Southampton, ferries to Weymouth and Poole. Just off the main A31 it’s a 2.5 hour drive from London. Mainline train station in Dorchester with taxis or buses (not very frequently) to Puddletown.


Poole/Bournemouth, Monkey World, Tank World, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove & Castle, Tyneham Ghost Village, Studland Bay, Weymouth and Portland which hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events, are all within easy reach. The well-known Jacobean Athelhampton House is within a mile, Kingston Mauward House, gardens and animal park within 5 miles. The Tolpuddle Festival and Hardy week take place in July. In land is the undulating Dorset countryside and historic Shaftesbury with the famous Gold Hill.

Further Details:

Puddletown is a pretty, typical Dorset village on the River Piddle, which has a well-stocked village shop, historic church and is within easy reach of Puddletown forest, Hardy’s Cottage and other good walking areas. An excellent gastro-pub is a few minutes' walk away, and Dorchester, a 10 minute drive away, has a 24-hour Tesco, Waitrose, Co-op, Cinemas, Library, Tourist Information Office, Museum, choice of restaurants. 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
Rate 7
24 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 8
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 9
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 10
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
22 Apr 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 2
10 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 3
15 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit of 50% is required to secure the booking, with balance due 6 weeks before the holiday start date. Bank transfer or cheques for payments accepted.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day in peak season, flexible at other times. Arrival after 3.30pm, departure by 10.30. 2 night minimum stay.
Short Breaks (minimum of 2 nights) are available through the year but with Peak Time restrictions.

Notes on prices:
Depending on occupancy, rates and length of stay can be negotiated during non-peak times. Please enquire.

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From the Owner

There is plenty for children to do and my nieces and nephews have loved spending time at Monkey World, Tank World, Farmer Palmers and Kingston Mauward. There is plenty for everyone, and we all enjoy going down to the Blue Vinny Pub in Puddletown for a great meal at the end of the day. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I do.

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom has a sunken bath and shower over, plus washbasin and toilet, with original shutters in the window. Shaver point, large mirror, cabinet and basket for storage provided. Towels are provided.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs there is a large main bedroom with a king-sized bed, wardrobe, cottage window overlooking the church. A small second bedroom that can be set to sleep 1 or 2 persons, in single beds or a king-size low level bed. Bedding and pillows provided.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Secluded courtyard, parking outside the front of the cottage. WIFI provided. Outside: There is a secluded courtyard with table and chairs, chiminea (please use with caution as there is a thatched roof) and plant pots. Beach games, buckets and spades also available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included and beds are made up on arrival. We provide tea towels and bath towels. Other: A separate dining room that seats 6 persons, with a feature lit glass covered well in the original flag stone floor (see photo).

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