Alpaca Cottage is a one bedroom luxury gem set in a quiet and gorgeous corner of Dorset. Near the coast, it's perefect for walkers, cyclists or relaxers!!
Alpaca Cottage has just been subject to a 10 month luxury refurbishment. With the sitting room/kitchen, double bedroom and designer en-suite all located on the ground floor, it is ideal for those with limited mobility. The cottage has stunning views over a large meadow where our small heard of alpacas live, and you would be welcome to participate at feeding time. The cottage adjoins on one side the owner's house, but has a separate outside area for al-fresco meals or drinks. Located off a private road, and set in the midst of numerous footpaths, as well as just by the National Cycle Path ( bicycles are available for rent) , this is a superb location for the active, or for those just wanting to kick back and relax. The cottage is also close to the beautiful River Frome, which can be walked beside, or even paddled in! The wonderful Jurassic Coast is just 10 miles away, and the historic county town of Dorchester just 5 miles away.
Top Traveller Review
Altogether a very pleasant place to visit.
About the Owner
About Paul Abadjian
We have two apartments in Marbella. at La Mairena (S24133) and at Torre Real (S24782). as well as Alpaca Cottage near Dorchester, Dorset. The Spanish apartments are both owned by Paul and Jane Abadjian, who are brother and sister. Both apartments have been furnished and specified as homes, not merely as places to rent out, so the fixtures and fittings tend to be quite stylish and luxurious. Alpaca Cottage represents all that is best about rural England, while still being easily accessible from London. Alpaca Cottage adjoins Court Barn, where Paul lives with his wife Fiona.
Paul lives in west Dorset with wife Fiona, Sophie the Spaniel and a small herd of Alpacas (plus a couple of chickens)! They also offer a part of this property for holiday lets (Alpaca Cottage E 15146) Paul has enjoyed collecting classic Jaguars for more years than he cares to remember, and he and Fiona have enjoyed driving them in Russia, Argentina, the US, Australia and Tasmania.
Paul Abadjian purchased this cottage in 2009
(27 traveller reviews)
We stayed at Alpaca cottage for 5 days in October 2016. It is tastefully decorated, well equipped, comfortable, and set in a beautiful, peaceful spot. It is a fine location from which to explore the lovely Dorset countryside and coast. Paul and Fiona have compiled a helpful file of local drives, walks and restaurants, together with appropriate maps, and a bit of local history. For anyone interested in classic cars, Paul's collection is very impressive.
Altogether a very pleasant place to visit.
Just spent a lovely weekend at Alpaca Cottage. Fabulous little gem. Fiona and Paul very welcoming. Loved the Alpacas. Good location. Will definitely be returning. Eileen and Garry
Beautiful cottage in tranquil setting.
We had a great time at Alpaca Cottage. It was very clean and comfortable, and the views were wonderful. The weather was bad on Saturday, so we tried one of the suggested driving tours, which was fun. We also tried some of the recommended local pubs, which we liked very much. The cottage was secluded, very quiet, and in a fabulous spot. It was generously equipped and the wifi had a full 5 bars at all times! We discovered a part of Dorset we did not know well before, and would love to go back.
A perfect cottage
A very relaxing stay in this well equipped, clean, comfortable and stylish cottage. Such a scenic setting, overlooking parkland, ideal for alfresco meals. Well situated between coast and countryside, plenty of places to visit. Charming hosts, thanks to Paul, Fiona and Jane. Enjoyed the company of the alpacas and the dogs (a special mention for Bella.) . Do not hesitate to book.
Fabulous place in stunning rural setting
Alpaca Cottage is stylishly furnished, and immaculately presented. It has outstanding open views over 'Capability Brown' parkland with the alpacas (which we loved!) grazing just 50 metres from the cottage. Paul & Fiona are ideal hosts, and provide a very useful file with local pub and restaurant recommendations, and lots of suggestions for walks, local visits, driving tours and even complete days out. It was the perfect choice for a long weekend, and there is enough to do locally to occupy you for a week or more. We loved it, and will be back!
Stay away from Alpacca Cottage and host Paul !!!
The host Paul has knowingly misrepresented the services advertised and has charged for non-existent wifi internet connection. Unless you want to be isolated from civilazation in the middle of nowhere for three days - mobile coverage is insufficient, but at least you are warned about that - never visit Alpacca Cottage at Court Barn, Frampton, Dorset !!! While the host was obviously aware of lack of internet connection - even the cleaning lady knew about it - he only bothered me with driving instructions in advance, but not with honesty about the lack of service. This is clearly a misrepresentation and unfair trade practice. There is one thing that is correct about this place: you can observe several alpaccas slowly chewing on grass and hay all day long. However, even for the most "alpacca enthusiasts" that show could be entertaining for 10 minutes max. Regardless you like dogs or not, you have to cope with the unwanted visits of two (or three) very misbehaving dogs even in the room or anywhere you move around. If you wish to open the cottage door in the morning to let some fresh air in, you let in dogs whether like them or not. (In general, I do like dogs, what if I didn`t?). The kitchen is equipped with the essentials only - even in a cheap hotel you are provided with coffee and tea bags, but not at Alpacca Cottage - however, the fridge does not have even a tiny freezer, so you cannot make some ice cubes to enjoy a cold drink. On top of all, your host Paul really treats you as a second grader: there are laminated instruction cards all over the place - you better forget the instructions for wifi, it does not work at all - such as not to press ANY other button, but on/off on the TV remote, not touch the temperature controller of the shower (it is set to a temperature that is good for MOST people!?!).... Shall I continue? Luckily, the host was away... A house sitter was there, who was kindly trying to help here and there - of course without success, since it was the irresponsible host who left behind everything in a mess.
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
We are building up a small heard of alpacas, and are happy to talk this through with guests. We also have a collection of classic Jaguar cars kept at the house in the warmer months.
The nearest point on the Jurassic Coast is about 10 miles away.
The closest station is Dorchester. The closest airports are Bournemouth, Southampton or Bristol.
Dorchester is 5 miles. Yeovil is 14 miles.
Dorchester boasts more listed building in one street than any other town in the UK. It also has an abundance or restaurants, tea rooms, shops, bars, and two cinemas. There are some really excellent country pubs all around our area, many of which serve really good home-cooked food.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
Please either e mail or telephone our land line to make a booking. We do not allow smoking in Alpaca Cottage.
Please contact owner.
Notes on prices:
In addition to the published prices, we MAY charge a £100 refundable loss/damage deposit at our discretion.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- live theatre
- naturist beach
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom with King size brass bed
- Golf ...
- Outside: There is a small patio area outside the front door, with a table and chairs for 2. Guests may roam the 5 acre grounds, with permission. Beyond this, there are numerous lovely walks in all directions. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. Changed once a week. Other: Small walk-in hanging cupboard beyond bathroom.