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Cosy Grade II Listed Cottages In An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. - Rambler's Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Space 215 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



Rambler's Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Cosy Grade II listed cottage with heaps of original features and character. It was renovated to a high standard in 2014.

Kitchen & living area (ground floor): open plan with a stone floor & underfloor heating, wood burning stove, breakfast bar with x 4 stools, comfy seating for x4, TV, selection of films and board games. The newly fitted kitchen has an electric cooker, hob, fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery, cooking utensils and cooking equipment.

Bathroom: Travertine stone tiled bathroom with a bath, shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 1 (attic): Dual aspect room with a kingsize bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, rocking chair, little chair, table, clock radio, hangers and hairdryer.

Bedroom 2 (1st floor): x2 full size twin beds, bedside tables, lamps and chest of drawers.

The latest (programmable) storage heaters have been installed in both bedrooms, ensuring a warm, cosy stay whatever the time of year you choose to visit.

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About the property

Ramblers Cottage Hilton Dorset

Our lovingly renovated 200 year old cottages are situated in the peaceful, rural village of Hilton. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hilton sits amidst some of Dorset's most striking countryside, with the slopes of Bulbarrow Hill (height 274m) to the north, the Dorset Gap to the south-west and Milton Abbey to the east.

Rambler's and Kitty's Cottages are centred in a small row of terraced cottages, built in 1812, to house workers at Milton Abbey, which is approximately a 1 mile walk away. The characterful cottages retain many original features, including beams and fire places.

The cottages are located on a quiet no through road, with beautiful meadow views to the rear and the 15th century All Saints church a one minute walk away.

The Fox Inn, a traditional 250 year old pub, can be reached by a 1.5 mile hill walk ( longer routes are possible for a bigger challenge) or a 2 minute drive. There are an abundance of public footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing the country-side, with walks straight from the door ( provided in a folder). Alternatively the cottages provide an ideal base for exploring Hardy country or the World Heritage Jurassic coast (30 to 40 minutes drive).

You can visit local market towns e.g Dorchester, Blandford Forum and Sherborne, or sea-side towns of Swanage and Weymouth, or historical sites such as Corfe Castle, Hardy's cottage, Athelhampton house, Kingston Lacey, Kingston Mauward, Rawlsbury Camp, Maiden Castle and much much more.

Both adjacent cottages could be booked together, if you have a larger gathering in mind.

We have lived in the Village since 2000 (raising our 3 sons here) and are still in love with its amazing peace and beauty. We hope you'll love it too.

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Jonathan and Christine Dodd
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2018

About Jonathan and Christine Dodd

We are Christine and Jonathan Dodd and we are lucky to live in Hilton, Dorset, with our 3 sons and an idiotic, friendly dog called Dexter, who survived a fall of 125ft from 'Old Harry' in 2008...much to our huge relief!

Ever since we moved into Hilton village we dreamed about investing in a property to holiday let. It took us 14 years to get there - but we did it! We look forward to sharing our lovely cottages, friendly village and stunning countryside with our guests.

We spent 2014 renovating our cottages to what we hope our guests will think is a high standard. We are a short walk away from the cottages so we are around if you need anything or want some advice on the local area. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Jonathan and Christine

Jonathan and Christine Dodd purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Jonathan and Christine Dodd chose Blandford Forum

We have lived in the village since 2000 and still love it to pieces. We love the staggering beauty of the village and surrounding area which is fantastic for walking, running (as Jonathan likes to do) and cycling.

Hilton is a truly rural location, as far as you can get from an 'A' road, anywhere in Dorset, situated between the market towns of Blandford Forum and Dorchester

We think we have the best of both worlds; the wild rural retreat but within 25 minutes of the spectacular Jurassic Coast.

Our sons adore the open fields and woodland that surrounds us - often disappearing for hours on end making dens and the like.

What makes this cottage unique

Warm, cosy, characterful cottages set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Ideally situated for exploring the whole of Dorset. The cottages are over 200 years old but both have been lovingly renovated with all modern conveniences including modern heating, wood burning stoves and lovely bathrooms (with bath and shower). The cottages have lovely meadow views to the rear and a 15C church less than a minutes walk away.

Lovely walks and cycle rides straight from the doorstep for all abilities and the spectacular Milton Abbey is at the end of the valley, just a mile away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(Review from Airbnb website). Anita:

Jon and Christine were very friendly and made us feel really welcome. They have done a lovely job renovating the cottage. It is as nice as in the photos. It was very cosy and well equipped. Hilton is a perfect country village. Very scenic and really quiet. The surrounding countryside is amazing, really fabulous walks. It was brilliant to be able to go on walks right from the doorstep. There are farm shops and good pubs within a mile or so. We had a brilliant time and I would recommend Rambler's Cottage and Hilton very highly and would definitely go again.
Apr 2015
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Booking Notes:

25% non refundable deposit required to secure booking. Balance to be paid within 45 days of holiday. This can be paid via Owners Direct/HomeAway or directly to us by bank transfer.
Bookings will only be cancelled by us if your accommodation becomes unavailable for some reason, in which case we would refund the full amount paid. Our liability would not extend beyond this refund.
Short breaks are available outside of the peak season and must be paid for in full at the time of the booking.

Changeover Day:
Peak Season / School Holidays: Saturdays. Flexible at other times.
Arrival is generally after 3: 30pm and departure by 10:30am.

Notes on prices:
Low/Mid Season: Shorter stays (minimum 3 nights) are possible.
Shorter stays are to be paid for in full at the time of booking.
Please contact us if you have any questions and/or for shorter stay pricing information. Thank you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Blandford Forum in Hilton

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 215 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Travertine tiling, shower screen, high quality shower.
  • Travertine stone tiled bathroom with a bath, shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail. Bathroom is on the 1st floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Attic Bedroom - Kingsize - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Travel cot available on request.
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Travel cot available on request.
  • Bedroom 1 (attic): dual aspect room with a kingsize bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, rocking chair, little chair, table, clock radio, hangers and hairdryer. Bedroom 2 (1st floor): x2 full size twin beds, beds tables, lamps and chest of drawers. The latest (programmable) storage heaters have been newly installed in both bedrooms.
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Heating, electricity, a starter supply of logs (+ kindling) for the wood burning stove are all included at no extra charge. We also provide all bedlinen, hand and bath towels for each guest, tea towels, hand soaps and washing up liquid. Please use your own towels for beach use Children are very welcome! A small to medium sized four legged friend is also welcome with prior arrangement. Please keep on the ground floor and clean up after your dog. Free wifi broadband is available at both cottages Off road private parking fo is available Please note: Smoking is not permitted inside the cottages but there are lovely gardens to explore! Outside: Rambler's Cottage: South facing courtyard to the rear of the kitchen, leading to the Garden room with washer/drier, sink, iron, ironing board, fold- away dining table with x4 chairs, additional seats and chess table, where you can relax and soak up the meadow views. There is a mature garden behind the parking area, to the front of the property.


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Rambler's Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Bijoux Cottage in peaceful village setting

  • 5 of 5

Very pleased with our stay in Ramblers Cottage. A welcome gift of Lemon Drizzle cake was a fantastic gesture and was great ! The cottage whilst a bit small, made great use of all space and was situated in a lovely village with many thatched cottages throughout. The beds were very comfortable and every attention to detail for tv/games/utensils etc was very evident and much appreciated. The area is beautiful with good walks right outside the door with The Fox Inn at Ansty only a mile away. Do visit Milton Abbey and the village Milton Abbas which is stunning !

Overall - thoroughly recommend the cottage. Jonathan was very communicative and easily accessible if had any queries. Would definitely visit again !

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from our third stay at Kittys Cottage within the last 12 months. Need I say more.

Jonathan is the most accomodating host, nothing is too much trouble and his lemon drizzle cake is legendary.

The cottage is beautifully appointed, clean and cosy, with THE most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.

Following a long country walk, or a great meal in the (very dog freindly) local "fox" pub, the only dilema is whether to cosy up infront of the log burner, or take in the beautiful meadow views from the games room.

If you're looking for a haven of peace and tranquility, in the most idyllic country location, it doesn't get any more perfect than Kittys Cottage.

Needless to say, we're already planning trip number 4.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage in the heart of Dorset

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, and our little Dachshund were greeted by Jonathan upon arrival. Christine was kind enough to leave us a freshly baked Lemon drizzle cake which I must say, was absolutely delicious.

The cottage was very comfortable and spotlessly clean with all needs met. There is a lovely wood burning fireplace for the cooler nights and a very nice large bedroom on the top floor as well as two single beds in the bedroom on the first floor.

Rambler's Cottage lies in the heart of Dorset making trips to places within the county very easy in all directions. It is only about 40 minutes to Weymouth, Lulworth Cove and withing easy reach of Lyme Regis, West Bay and Charmouth.

I highly recommend Rambler's cottage to anyone wanting a comfortable place to stay in the heart of Dorset.

Richard and Liz Leah

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well presented and equipped period cottage

  • 5 of 5

Rambler's is a nice modernized terraced cottage, which we found to be cosy and well equipped. There are lots of nice walks from the front door, it is ideal dog walking territory. The Fox Inn at Ansty does a nice cavery on a Sunday and welcomes dogs. Jonathan the owner lives down the road and made sure we settled in OK and had no issues - thanks also for cake, it was very nice. If you are looking for a relaxing stay in beautiful Dorset this is ideal for up to 4 people.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect get away for a couple of days with our son aged 10 was welcomed by Jonathan the owner and a delicious home made lemon drizzle cake was waiting for us ! Cottage was perfect, home from home ... Went on one of the recommended walks and found a gorgeous pub. Would definitely recommend and thank you Jonathan for your warm welcome .. We will be back !

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us Kerry. You, P & J were lovely to meet and deal with throughout and I'm so glad you all enjoyed your stay. Thanks for leaving Rambler's so wonderfully clean and tidy :) Really look forward to seeing you again soon!
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An absolute gem

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the wonderfully appointed Rambler's Cottage in the charming hamlet of Hilton. The cottage is newly refurbished and decorated with extras such as woodburning stove and underfloor heating under flagged floors. The modern kitchen area and fantastic bathroom meant that it was so warm and comfortable, whilst at the same time being a period cottage. There was lots of information provided on everything from local walks to pubs and areas of interest. The welcome cake provided by friendly owners was a nice touch and much appreciated. An absolute gem!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hilary and Gary, Thanks so much for staying with us. We are chuffed to bits you enjoyed your stay at Rambler's Cottage (but sssshhhh about the cake or everyone might want one!) Thanks so much for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy: you are very welcome back anytime. Hope to see you again soon! Best regards Jonathan, Christine and the boys
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Fox, Ansty
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Poole / Weymouth
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Dorset Golf & Country Club & Resort
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Fox, Ansty
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Warmwell Holiday Park (Dry Slope)
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Car: recommended


Ringstead Bay, Lulworth Cove within 30 minutes drive

Kimmeridge, Studland, Worbarrow Bay & Tyneham village within 40 minutes drive

Swanage, Weymouth within 40 minutes


Weymouth Ferry 40 minutes, Poole Ferry 30 minutes, Portsmouth Ferry 90 minutes

Bournemouth Airport 40 minutes, Bristol Airport 90 minutes, Exeter Airport 60 minutes, Southampton Airport 60 minutes

Dorchester train station (30 minutes)

To explore the area fully a car is recommended


Locally - Green Hill Down Nature Reserve, Milton Abbey, St Catherine's Chapel, Milton Abbas Village, Bulbarrow Hill (274m), Rawlesbury Camp (Iron age hill fort)

Pubs - Fox Inn, Hambro Arms

Within 10 miles -Cerne Abbas (Giant), Blandford Forum, Hardy's Cottage

15 -20 miles -Dorchester, Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World

Kingston Mauwood, Kingston Lacey, Badbury Rings, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Ringstead Bay, Steam Railway

21 to 25 miles

Kimmeridge, Studland, Swanage, Tyneham,Weymouth

Further Details:

Excellent local farm shops - "Steeptonbill" and the Brewery Farm Shop. The Fox Inn 1.5 miles away.

Doctors Surgery - 2.5 miles away. Supermarket - 10 miles away

Green Hill Nature Reserve is a walk away up Hilton Hill. Badgers, deer, foxes and buzzards are a regular sighting. Wonderful bluebells in surrounding woods in May. Glow worms can be seen in summer months and there is a wonderful selection of butterflies to view. From the woods owls and woodpeckers can often be heard. We have also seen a kingfisher and a water vole along "Devil's Brook", the stream running through Hilton down to Milton Abbey Lake.

Horse riding is available at Pound Cottage riding Centre 3 miles away.

The World Heritage Jurassic coast is from 20 miles away, with a variety of beaches to visit, fossils to find and the ghost village of Tyneham to explore.

A favourite trip for all ages is the steam train journey from Norden to Swanage or the walk is stunning in either direction.

There is no end of sights to see and places to visit whatever the weather.