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Dog friendly Cottage In The Countryside - Pub, Play area and walks down the lane

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset, England - Walk to The Village Pub or further along the bridle path

West Lane Cottage sits in lovely ancient Piddlehinton which has a beautiful church and the River Piddle running through it. Many visitors return year after year saying that this cottage is a real "home from home" with everything you could need for a self catering holiday. We are set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Dorchester, the Jurassic Coast, Sherborne, Cerne Abbas, Thomas Hardy's birthplace and some beautiful views and walks.

Unusually, we have a kitchen/breakfast room, a living room and a second reception room for quiet reading, watching DVD's, or playing. We also offer a cloakroom downstairs, an en-suite shower room and a separate bathroom upstairs.

More Details

Helen Frost
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Helen Frost

Alan Helen and Hannah Frost live in Chichester West Sussex right now but love Dorset! So does our cocker spaniel, Watson and the bridle path next door to West Lane Cottage is perfect for walks long and short.

We have successfully run West Lane Cottage as a holiday cottage since 2007. Since 2010, we have also run a sister cottage - Wren Cottage, Tolpuddle.

You will find a good number of reviews about our cottages and our service on this site and also on Trip Advisor.

If you would like to speak to Helen in person, do call 01243 785378 with any queries.

Helen Frost purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Helen Frost chose Piddlehinton

We wanted to buy a bolt hole cottage somewhere that we could easily reach. A village in rural Dorset was our choice but one that was not too far from Dorchester and all the great sights of Dorset including Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach. The roads are so quiet here compared to West Sussex and we love the country walks on our doorstep and also the great village pub The Thimble, just a short walk down the bridlepath.

What makes this cottage unique

We have a second reception room - somewhere to read quietly, watch DVDs or play games.

Take a stroll along the bridle path to the lovely old thatched village pub or to the Millennium Green play area. Alternatively you can take a range of circular walks from the cottage of about an hour taking in wonderful views. There is a village shop and post office in the next door village of Piddletrenthide (1.8 miles) and also at Charlton Down and Puddletown about the same distance away. Both Piddletrenthide and Puddletown offer a further choice of pubs. Nearby places of interest include: Dorchester; Poundbury; Cerne Abbas; Athelhampton House and Gardens; Kingston Maurward Animal Farm and Gardens; the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum; Minterne House and Gardens; the Tank Museum and Maiden Castle.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to say we had a lovely few days in your cottage and would definitely love to come back. the boys were very cosy and really enjoyed having their own snug and the playground was a favourite. Thank you.
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Piddlehinton in Piddlehinton

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Hand held shower over bath
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Ground Floor cloakroom
  • En-suite shower room to the Master Bedroom with new power shower fitted 2017, WC and wash basin. Newly fitted bathroom with hand shower, wc and basin adjacent to the second bedroom. Cloakroom with wc and basin downstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The master bedroom overlooks The Old Rectory. It has a double bed, double wardrobe, bedside drawers, plenty of storage and an en suite shower room. The twin bedded room (beds 2' 6") also overlooks The Old Rectory, has a double wardrobe and bedside cupboard. All are quality mattresses and people often comment on how comfortable they are!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We do not charge a security deposit as we trust our visitors to tell us about any breakages or damage. We ask for a deposit of 25% with the booking and the balance is due 60 days before the start of the holiday Outside: The drive adjacent to the cottage provides parking for two cars, one behind the other. Alternatively, a car could be parked in the road outside the lounge window. The garden is private and enclosed and has seating with parasol and a BBQ provided. Utility Room: The kitchen has a combined washer dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned before arrival and all linen and towels (including tea towels and oven glove) are provided. Washing up liquid and dishwasher tabs are supplied and dog bowls are provided. Other: This property has a second reception room with sofa, a host of games and amusements for children and a DVD player for watching films. This provides a place of their own for children, or, alternatively, a quiet place to sit and look out at the Church.


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average rating of 4.8125 based on 19 reviews

A well equipped and cosy cottage, in a lovely quiet village

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very well equipped. We had everything we needed. It was a real home from home. The cottage was lovely and warm and there were plenty of books etc for us to use. We had no problems sleeping as it was a lovely comfy bed. The local pub The Thimble was very good and we also visited The Blue Vinny a short drive away, excellent food here. We would have no hesitation in returning to this property. Cooper our Cockapoo settled in really well too.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage, Great location

  • 4 of 5

West Lane Cottage is in a great location for exploring all the coast and countryside that Dorset has to offer. We had a great time and our 2 dogs loved it.

Its a real home from home with everything you need, perfect for a couple or family, and a pub within walking distance that does great food and has friendly staff was a real bonus.

Good booking procedure and loads of information provided by Helen to make the process really easy.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about West Lane Cottage Piddlehinton. We are always glad to hear that holidaymakers had a good time and enjoyed the area as well as the cottage.
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Comfortable and well equiped

  • 5 of 5

A comfortable cottage, well maintained, well equipped, and a pleasure to return to each day. We know the area very well and have relatives in Dorchester, so it was ideal for regular visits. We had a very good meal at The Thimble in the village on our last evening, where our dog was welcome. The heating failed to come on, on our first morning, but I contacted Helen, who gave us instructions and we soon had the heat going. The road noise was an unexpected problem , but would not be easy to rectify and mostly we slept well.

Jenny and Roger and a very happy Jack the dog.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting a review on your return from Dorset. We have tried to equip both of our holiday cottages with all that you could require for a self catering holiday and are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Thimble Inn in the village which we think is excellent. Unfortunately, the advent of Sat Nav has brought more traffic along the previously quiet Rectory Road and, as you can say, there is nothing we can do about that. We have installed new double glazing and we have a new light up speed sign in the road which we hope will be effective. If you appreciate the way that we do things, may I suggest that our sister cottage in Tolpuddle would suit you better as it is beautifully quiet yet is still well placed to explore the area. .
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage, comfortable and very well equipped . Dogs loved it.

Helen the owner was very helpful in every way. We loved the Dorset biscuits that awaited us in the kitchen. Amazing shower. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to a friend.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of West Lane Cottage in Piddlehinton. We are glad to hear that you found it comfortable, well equipped and dog friendly. The best thing to hear is that you wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage to a friend - we have always taken self catering holidays ourselves and know how hard it can be to find somewhere that is safe for dogs and yet offers all the facilities and equipment that we humans require too! Many people call West Lane Cottage a real home from home - that is what we strive for.
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A real home from home

  • 5 of 5

West Lane cottage is everything you could want - comfortable, clean, amazing central heating so very cosy, extremely well equipped with high quality appliances. It doesn't lack anything. Lots of information provided about places to visit, walks, restaurants, etc. The village is very pretty and the Thimble Inn provides very good food. Well located for visiting Dorset, which we loved. Didn't want to come home, could have stayed another week. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review of West Lane Cottage - we are so glad that you enjoyed the cottage and the area as we do! We have tried to make the cottage everything that you could want for a self catering holiday as we understand how important it is to feel that you have all that you need. As you say, there is much to explore in the area and many visitors return to visit the places they missed first time round and to re-visit old favourites. I will pass your comments (anonymously) onto the Thimble who will be pleased as well I am sure.
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A wonderful little find

  • 5 of 5

West Lane Cottage is a delightful place to stay. The cottage itself is both welcoming and homely. We stayed here for a week with our two sons, and our Cocker spaniel.

Helen was wonderfully helpful throughout - from our initial contact when booking, right through to our arrival. Supplying us with useful information, and helpful advice regarding both our stay, and with options for days out. Thank you for the welcome tray!

We really loved the location of West Lane Cottage. Located in the beautiful picture postcard style village of Piddlehinton, the thatch roofed houses and river piddle running through make for an idyllic setting, yet only a 10 min drive to the County town of Dorchester.

We ventured out as far west as Lyme Regis, and East as Kimmeridge Bay and Corfe, and always enjoyed coming home the cottage.

The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything that you could wish to need, stacks of local information and local knowledge, games and jigsaws, books, DVDs and the all important wi-fi access!!

The kitchen is great, as are the bedrooms and bathrooms. We enjoyed BBQ's in the courtyard using the BBQ provided in the shed! Lovely.

The boys both enjoyed the Millenium field, and playing in the river catching fish, whilst the dog and I loved discovering the beautiful rolling hills of the surrounding countryside.

Thank you Helen for out stay, we thoroughly enjoyed everything.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review of West Lane Cottage. We are so glad you found it to be a delightful place to stay. We do try to "go the extra mile" by providing little information about the cottage and the area before and after you arrive, as we know it is nice to be able to look forward to a holiday and maybe plan a few things to do. As you say, the cottage is only a 10 minute drive to the County town of Dorchester and it's amenities but you feel really quite rural in this lovely old village which, as you discovered, is well placed for exploring West Dorset. Kimmeridge Bay is always worth a visit and Corfe quite stunning. We try to ensure that the cottage is always extremely well equipped with everything that you could need whilst on holiday as we enjoy self catering ourselves, with our cocker spaniel! We are lucky to have the Millennium Green play area so near, as well as the village pub and lovely local walks. We hope to hear from you again sometime!
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The Thimble Inn
Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton
Nearest Ferry
23 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton
Nearest Ski
19 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are 12 miles away, Abbotsbury and Chesil beach 11 miles.


Weymouth is 17 miles or 25km away and has a ferry to Guernesy, Jersey, and St Malo

Bournemouth is the nearest airport - 28 miles/46 km away

Dorchester, 4 miles, has 2 train stations going to either London or to The West

There is a bus stop in Piddlehinton

Cycles can be hired from Dorchester


There are shops at nearby Piddletrenthide - 1.8 miles or 3 km - and Charlton Down - 2.9 miles or 4.7 km. Dorchester, the County Tow of Dorset is 5.7 miles or 9.2 km. Here you will find a host of shops, including a choice of supermarkets, swimming and sports facilities, cinema, and a Michelin Star restaurant, as well as tea rooms, Indian and Chinese restaurants, pubs and the new Brewery Square shopping complex.

The lovely thatched village pub is a short walk away.

Further Details:

Somerset and Dorset, which is the most easterly. Dorset is probably most famous for its coastline - the World Heritage Jurassic Coast - 95 miles representing 185 million years of geology, home to Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Towns to visit include the County Town of Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Corfe Castle, Bridport, Shaftesbury and Sherborne while villages not to be missed include Cerne Abbas, Abbotsbury and Milton Abbas.

Ancient sites include Dorchester's Roman Town House, The Hardy Monument, St Catherine's Chapel, Kingston Russell Stone Circle, Jordan Hill Roman Temple, Maiden Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant, and many more.

The climate in Dorset is mild, less wet, cool and moist than the South-West of England generally.

Dorset is great for lovers of wildlife as its habitats are among the richest for biodiversity in the country. It is also the only county in England without a Motorway!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
On receipt of a booking request, we will send confirmation together with our Terms and conditions. We ask for a deposit of 25% with the balance due 60 days before arrival. Payment can be made by cheque, online banking or BACS without penalty. Overseas visitors may wish to pay by Paypal or IBAN but please note that these transactions will incur charges made by our UK bank as well as the visitors own bank, both of which will need to be born by the visitor.

Changeover Day:
Our standard change over day is Friday. Arrival can be after 3 p.m. and departure before 10 a.m. We may be able to offer flexibility on this at short notice or out of season. Do ask!

Notes on prices:
The prices quoted are for 7 night holidays. Please ask for details of short break prices

Adult well behaved dogs are welcome. We charge £20 per holiday for one dog; £35 per holiday for 2. If you have more than 2 dogs, please ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.