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Very quiet and cosy cottage in attractive village location



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
2 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; sleeps 5; pretty garden and outlook; pet friendly; good pub nearby

Grace Cottage is a very quiet and comfortable 1920s semi-detached cottage near the centre of Sydling St Nicholas, a pretty village surrounded by gorgeous countryside. An attractive enclosed garden runs round the property on all three sides. The ground floor is particularly bright and spacious and the roomy kitchen/diner is well equipped. The stairs leading to the first floor are steep and narrow, so may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. However, there is sleeping accommodation for one on the ground floor, as well as a shower room/toilet. The main bathroom is on the first floor, along with the two bedrooms (one with king-size bed; the other has two singles). Free phone and wifi provided but the mobile signal is unpredictable.

An excellent local pub is within easy walking distance and there is a children's playground nearby.

There is one parking space for the cottage but further spaces are available in the lane about 50m across the green - you might be lucky and see a kingfisher darting up the stream there, as I did in July 2015!

Grace Cottage is much loved by several longstanding visitors, who have been coming here for ten years and more. Sydling is a very friendly village and while the cottage is perfect for those wanting a quiet break in an unspoilt area, there is also plenty to see and do within easy reach.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

Mum and Dad were born and bred in the immediate area and I spent a very happy childhood with my many cousins in West Dorset. When Dad died, Mum moved to Sydling and spent the later years of her life here in the 1980s and 1990s. I work away from the area but have been holidaying at the cottage for over ten years and was very happy to be able to take it over when the previous owner decided to sell in 2014.

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Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a lovely place. We stayed for the sunny weeks and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Aug 2016
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From the Owner

I always loved Sydling for its friendliness, the feeling of getting away from it all, and the beautiful rolling hills all around. The cottage has always felt like a home from home to me with its general feeling of calm and cosiness, and I particularly like the way the light pours into the downstairs rooms even in the depths of winter. Many people who have come here, regulars like me or friends passing through, have felt the same and commented on its special atmosphere. Needless to say I was thrilled to be able to buy it when the chance came up in 2014!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 55 Miles Nearest Barpub : Greyhound Inn at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Weymouth at 12 Miles Nearest Golf : Came golf course at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Dorchester South at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 35 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Greyhound Inn at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Weymouth at 10 Miles Car: recommended


A number of beaches, notably the Jurassic Coast, are between 30 and 45 minutes away, including the Georgian town of Weymouth, whose safe, sandy beach is ideal for small children.


From Dorchester take the A37 towards Yeovil. After 5 miles, go through Grimstone. Just beyond the village turn right to Sydling under the railway viaduct. Follow lane for 3 miles until you reach the village.

From Yeovil, take the A37 towards Dorchester. After 10 miles, turn left to Sydling.St. After 1 mile, turn right at the small crossroads leading to Sydling.

Car hire is strongly recommended as there is currently no local public transport.


Dorchester is 8 miles away. The nearest villages are Cerne Abbas, about 3 miles away, and Maiden Newton which is under 4 miles in the other direction.

Further Details:

Dorchester is the nearest town and has a good range of supermarkets (Tesco, Waitrose, Co-op, Sainsbury) and banks. There are excellent village shops at both Cerne Abbas and Maiden Newton. The latter also has a newsagent/cafe, a hardware store and a garage/shop. The Greyhound pub in the village has very good food and is much recommended locally.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
3 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Payment is 50% on booking, the remaining 50% four weeks before occupation.

Please make cheques payable to Emily Weber

Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

Changeover Day:
Lettings run from Saturday to Saturday starting at 3.30 p.m. and ending at 10.00 a.m.

Notes on prices:
Low Season*: £375 a week
First Saturday in November up to first Saturday in April.

Mid-season: £475 a week
First Saturday in April up to first Saturday in July

First Saturday in September up to first Saturday in November.

High Season: £575 a week
First Saturday in July up to first Saturday in September + all Bank Holiday weeks.

Short breaks of 3 days or more during the Low season also considered at £75 a night.

50% when booking and remaining 50% one month before arrival

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From the Owner

The cottage offers complete tranquillity, in my experience, day and night. The garden is an enclosed area where small children and dogs can play. The downstairs living space separates naturally into areas where people can chat, read, watch TV, get on the laptop or have a snooze without having to be part of one big group. The central heating is particularly efficient and does a good job in keeping everyone cosy in the winter! There is a wide range of things to do and see in the area, including outdoor activities (walking, bird-watching, beaches) to cultural pursuits, such as visiting country gardens and houses (including those associated with Thomas Hardy novels), as well as local markets and arts centres.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath, sink and loo on the first floor Small shower room with loo on the ground floor


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-sized bed and Bedroom 2 has two single beds. Divan bed in separate study on the ground floor.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Strictly non-smoking but pets are welcome Outside: Attractive enclosed garden which gets the sun most of the day and runs round three sides of the cottage. Mostly mature beds and lawn but there is a small patio area. Garden furniture is available. There is a children's playground nearby. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided. The property is cleaned after each set of guests. Other: Study with divan bed, desk and bookcase overlooks the front garden and wooded green.

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