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Traditional Thatched Cottage with Beautiful Private Garden



Updated: 12-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

Cottage in Winfrith Newburgh, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, England - Close to Dramatic Dorset Cliffs & Beaches; Adventure, Fun & Historic Days Out for All Ages

A traditional thatched Dorset longhouse, Old Dairy Cottage is in a friendly village with a well-stocked shop & post office.

Historic castles, excellent walking (coast & cliff, woodland, heath, fields), plenty of family attractions (Monkey World, Lulworth Castle, Bovington Tank Museum, Thomas Hardy's house, Lawrence of Arabia's house, Iron Age Maiden Castle, Weymouth beach & marina) & good places to eat nearby.

The cottage is next to a working dairy (children enjoy visiting the cows) & is 5 mins walk from the village shop.

Relax in the garden (with pond) or by the log fire or take off and explore the beautiful countryside and historic sites.

There are plenty of pubs and good places to eat.

The farmhouse kitchen is well equipped & often the place where everyone comes together round the table for breakfast or an evening meal.

There are plenty of maps and guidebooks in the library and toys under the stairs for younger visitors.

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About the Owner

Catriona Robertson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2017

About Catriona Robertson

The Old Dairy Cottage has been in the family for over 20 years.

Whether it's stretching out to gaze at the stars on a clear night, putting a picnic together to take down the cliffs to Durdle Door, chatting round the kitchen table or by the log fire after a day's exploring - we love this part of the world.

There are plenty of maps, books and guides to browse in the cottage and the Winfrith Village Stores (check their Facebook page) are a good place to find out what's on locally.

We hope you'll enjoy your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely cottage and very central for all we wanted to do and see. Stephen, Claire & family, Amersham.

Great cottage with all the comforts of home. Excellent location, pubs and walks. Dogs loved it - thank you. Braybrook family, Bedford.

Third Christmas visit to the cottage - lovely as always. Cozens family, Cornwall.
Feb 2014
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Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely cottage and very central for all we wanted to do and see. Stephen, Claire & family, Amersham.

Great cottage with all the comforts of home. Excellent location, pubs and walks. Dogs loved it - thank you. Braybrook family, Bedford.

Third Christmas visit to the cottage - lovely as always. Cozens family, Cornwall.
Feb 2014
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2 Reviews

5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


Lovely well-equipped cottage in beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a very pretty village, with nice walks from the doorstep - it is full of character and comfortable and perfect for our family group from young to old. When the sun shone the garden was lovely and tranquil (we didn't spot the pond for days, the reeds and bushes were so fulsome!) Nearby is Dorset's natural coastline, and not much further a wonderful choice of places to visit. We had a Thomas Hardy focus this time - with a few beaches thrown in for good measure. Helpful communications from the owners, many thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! The cottage has been in the family for over 20 years and we've had many inter-generational holidays there. We'll be down ourselves next week and will probably follow in your footsteps - down to the beaches and also visiting Hardy country, including Egdon Heath from The Return of the Native. If the weather holds, we'll also be eating out in the garden. Many thanks for being in touch and all the very best - Catriona
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lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed just after xmas and had a wonderful time. Lovely cottage in great location with beautiful beaches close by as well as lots of things for kids (and big kids!) such as monkey world and tank museum etc on doorstep

Owners really welcoming and cottage has a lovely atmosphere.

Would definitely go back

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Red Lion at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : The Dorset Golf & Country Club & Resort at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Wool Railway Station at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sailor's Return, East Chaldon at 2 Miles Nearest Ski : Dorset Snowsport Centre at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door at 3 Miles Car: recommended


Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the Jurassic Coastline is 3 miles away, easily accessible by car - or by foot (maps available in the cottage).

Other beaches:

Tyneham - 4 miles (coves)

Kimmeridge - 4½ miles (coves)

Ringstead - 5 miles (pebbles)

Weymouth - 8 miles (huge, traditional sandy beach, with rides in summer)

Portland - 10 miles

Swanage - 14 miles (sandy beach)

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


Wool railway station (4 miles, minicabs available)

By car via M3 from central London (2.5 hrs drive)

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

Maiden Castle, Iron Age - 8 miles, 20 mins drive

Weymouth seaside town - 8 miles, 20 mins drive

Lulworth Castle - 6 miles, 13 mins drive

Hardy's Cottage - 10 miles, 20 mins drive

Portland - 10 miles, 40 mins drive

Monkey World & Bovington Tank Museum - 4 miles, 10 mins drive

Tyneham Ghost Village - 5 miles, 8 mins drive

Corfe Castle - 12 miles, 21 mins drive

Lyme Regis - 35 miles, 55 mins

Further Details:

Winfrith Village Stores (#FB) stock all the essentials & local 'foodie' specialities. Freshly baked croissants & quiches at weekends.

Walk the "Five Marys" (map in cottage), or ramble across Hardy's 'Egdon Heath' to Lawrence of Arabia's house near Moreton, with tea-rooms on the way.

Dine at the Smugglers Inn or at the Michelin starred Sienna Restaurant in Dorchester - or sit by the yachts at Weymouth's Marina with fresh fish & chips.

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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Term
2 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
7 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer Season
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed. Holidaymakers are asked to pay a non-returnable deposit on booking, with the balance paid one month prior to their arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Updated: 12-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Downstairs loo & handbasin - Toilet
  • Family bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Single bedroom - 1 Single Bed
  • Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Double bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Super Kingsize Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Bedroom 1 with super king-size bed Bedroom 2 with king-size bed Bedroom 3 with twin beds Bedroom 4 with single bed Travel cot (please bring own bedding)


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only


  • The cottage used to be the dairyman's home and the dairy next door is still working, selling its milk to Marks & Spencer. Visits to see the cows are possible, please ask the dairyman. Up to two dogs (at an extra charge of £20 per week each) are welcome so long as they remain downstairs and not exercised in the garden. They can be taken for a walk up the lane, which they love. As with all traditional cottages, tall (6ft plus) people will have to mind their heads as they go through the doorways. The ceilings are low upstairs. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the cottage. The private walled garden catches has fruit trees, roses, geraniums, buddleia, philadelphus, lawn, terrace (with table & chairs), garden bench and pond. The pond is covered with wooden lattice and filled with plants, but young children should be *supervised at all times*. Summer visitors are encouraged to eat the fruit & to cut flowers for arranging. Winfrith Newburgh has no street lighting, making it an ideal place to stargaze at night. The utility nook in the room next to the kitchen stores a high chair, iron and ironing board, flower vases, vacuum cleaner and cleaning equipment. Fresh bed linen & towels are included. Please clean before you go, leaving it as you found it. Logs are kept outside the back door. A washing line can be extended across the kitchen garden.