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A Perfect Getaway Holiday Home, Impeccably Stylish, Rustic Luxury



Updated: 22-Nov-2016
Cottage in Beaminster, Dorset, England - Wantsley Cottage

The Space: The Cottage at Wantsley Farm is set in the glorious Dorset countryside, 20 minutes from the Jurassic coast and within walking distance of the beautiful village of Beaminster. You can walk straight from the door across the hills more or less through the set of Far From the Madding Crowd. The cottage is in the grounds of Wantsley Farm, a lovely family farmhouse which has 17 acres of rolling hills and woodland. It has its own patio seating area, and parking space for 2 cars. The house has a kingsize bed in the master bedroom, complete with roll-top bath, and 2 single beds in the other, with a pull out bed for a 5th person. There is a shower room with loo and a separate downstairs loo. Oak floors throughout, exposed beams, a wood-burner stove and French windows make the cottage light and airy in the summer months and delightfully cosy in the winter. There is a patio with table and chairs just outside the sitting room. Due to the close proximity of a thatched roof I'm afraid it's no BBQ's. Home baked fresh bread, eggs, jam and chutney are available from the Farmhouse on request. We can also arrange Photography Courses, Yoga, Silks and Hoop courses, Massage, and in-house Pedicure and Manicure.

Guest Access: Guests have access to the farms fields, the zip wire and streams, the woodland and can walk through the grounds to the local pub in nearby Stoke Abbott. Spare linen will be in the cottage, maid service will be weekly.

Interaction with Guests. Guests can feel welcome to drop in with requests or for local advice, but their privacy is respected in every way.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I'm a jazz/cabaret singer, ex-actress and Aerialist instructor, and something of a coffee nut, so there is always very good coffee to be had here! I am married to a photographer and have two small slightly noisy, but adorable boys. We love to travel with packs on our backs to distant lands with adventure in mind, but love nothing more than walking through the beautiful Dorset countryside we're so lucky to live in. Theatre, books and swimming are what make me tick, when time from running a busy family allows that is. We have a pretty relaxed and laissez faire attitude as befits life in the countryside.

Call Owner
Speaks English, French

8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely time

  • 4 of 5

We had a really enjoyable holiday and we were blessed with some lovely weather. We did think that it needed some extra dishes ie salad bowl, bread bin, extra eggs cups ( only 3 available) and there was only 4 coat hangers.

The cottage itself was cosy and very comfortable and the bed was really comfortable. Charlotte met us and she made us very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, and very much appreciate the feedback, we will of course go and get all those bits and bobs in, I do wish you had told us on the first day, and we could have had it sorted straight off! I am so glad you had a lovely holiday and do come back and see us again, I will have a fabulous bread bin especially for you :)
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Great cottage, great setting, totally awesome!!!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed here in August, my wife and I along with our two energetic boys aged 5 & 8. What a great setting. The cottage itself is perfect, modern with a real authentic feel. The acres (literally) of space around the property was great to run around in, made all the better for the boys with the rope swings and long long zip wire. Short drive to shops in the village and only 15 - 20 min drive to coast. We were really lucky with the weather as it was gorgeous sunshine every day which made morning coffee on the patio outside with the chickens and ducks a treat. The fresh bread, homemade Jam and chutney on arrival were an added bonus. The beds are really comfy and have lovely fresh white linen, there's a powerful shower, great roll top bath and everything you could need for a great stay. You won't be disappointed with this one and we'd definitely come back. One other thing.....if you do stay here, don't tell the kids about the secret door in the bedroom until at least mid week as they wont stop using it!!😉

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gosh, thank you so much, what a lovely review. So so glad you had a lovely time, and very much hope you do come back.. the sledging is great in the winter! XCharlie and Tim
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Perfect place to explore beautiful Dorset

  • 5 of 5

Located at the perfect place to explore Dorset (and Somerset), we found a nearly perfect cottage. Well equipped, comfortable and a great mix of an old and rustic basis with modern and new interiors. My family (with 15 yo daughter) and I had two fantastic weeks there.

In combination with fab and familial hosts, our holidays were absolutely close to perfect.

In addition, Charlie is a brilliant aerial silk teacher. Our daughter Marie had so great fun in taking special lessons with Charlie. A quite unique experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are so kind! Thank you, and we loved having you to stay. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching Marie, she is so talented and really hope that she is continuing the skill from your home town. Love to all of you and have a lovely summer xx Tim Charlie and the boys
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The most wonderful stay in Dorset.

  • 5 of 5

Charlie and Tim's cottage in Dorset is a little piece of paradise. We were there for a week with our two young children, and we all had the most wonderful time. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very welcoming, and the outdoor grounds are fantastic with a zip wire and fun swings dotted around by the stream and in the forest. Charlie and Tim (and their children) are lovely hosts, and I cannot recommend their cottage highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much and equally, we loved having you, its always a delight having guests who make the most of everything here, and my boys...and the chickens miss you! I do hope you can make it back to see us again soon. x C and T
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The perfect rural getaway

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my 10 year old and we could not have been happier. She loved the huge garden, the trampoline, the chickens, the constantly escaping sheep and the owners have 2 boys roughly the same age who were wonderful company. The cottage itself is very comfortable and tastefully decorated. Lyme Regis is very close so we had fun on the beach, despite the rain! This really is a lovely spot to spend a few days.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was just perfect. Beautifully interior designed, rustic, stylish, spacious and comfortable. The roll top bath in the master bedroom a particular favourite of mine. A more private and affordable Babington House in my opinion.

Surrounded by rolling green hills and lush countryside to walk in couldn't have asked for more.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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West Bay
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From the Owner

This little corner of England is very special and dear to us. Away from major motorways we are surrounded by astonishingly beautiful and varied countryside, and stunning coastline of cliffs, beaches and estuaries. The most appealing part of living where we do is the ability to just walk out of the front door straight into the country.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exteter at 39 Miles Nearest Golf : West bay at 9 Miles Nearest Train : Crewkerne at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Brassica at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : West Bay at 9 Miles

Special interest holidays:

We also run Photography Courses, Silks and Hoop Classes, Yoga, Manicure and Pedicure and Massage.


West Bay (aka Broadchurch) is about 17 minutes away. Lyme Regis about 30-35 with many lovely beaches in between.


The beautiful local village of Beaminster is about 4 minutes drive. Co-Op 7am - 11pm, superb restaurant Brassica, good baker, excellent butcher, hardware, deli, patisserie and several gift shops. The town is just below where they filmed Far From The Madding Crowd, so nestled in outstanding scenery.

Further Details:

The Neighbourhood

Beaminster is a rural idyll. The village has its own vegetable shop, butcher, chemist, pubs, award winning restaurant, patisserie, deli and artisan shops. It is peaceful and very friendly with local events/fetes. antique markets and Broadwindsor boasts a craft centre, pretty church, pub and annual events. The sea is just a short drive away, and is home to 'Broadchurch' the BBC series. It boasts wonderful scenery and sea food!

Getting around

Buses run regularly from Beaminster and Broadwindsor and taxis can be available.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
31 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jan 2017 - 1 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June - July
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
1 Aug 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50

We occasionally allow dogs (1 only) at the property for a £15 surcharge. Please be aware that there are free-range chickens in the vicinity, as well as another dog. Dogs are not permitted upstairs at any time. Any damage to furnishings or woodwork must be paid for immediatley.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Check in is from 3.30p.m., and check-out is by 10a.m.

Damage / Breakages:
We don't like taking security deposits, so please if something gets broken do let us know immediately. You may either replace it yourself, or we will replace it and you can reimburse us at the time. With physical damage we will let you know the cost of repair.

Cancellations made 90 days prior to the start of the rental period will receive a full refund of their deposit.
Cancellations made 60 days prior to the start of the rental period will receive a 50% refund of their deposit.
Cancellations made 31 days prior to the start of the rental period will receive a 25% refund of their deposit.
Cancellations made less than 30-15 days prior to the start of the rental period will lose their 50% deposit but will be repaid their 50% balance.
Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to the start of the rental period will forfeit all payments as we will be unable to find replacement tenants for the week/s in question at such short notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 22-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • There is a shower room with loo and a separate downstairs loo, a roll top bath in the bedroom.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The house has a Kingsize bed in the master bedroom and 2 single beds in the other, with a pull out bed for a 5th person.


  • Terrace
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Wantsley Farm and Cottage are a rural chaotic idylls, bleating sheep, clucking chickens, the lot. To add to that we have 2 young boys who we will always try to keep under control, but we cannot guarantee it! That makes them sound feral, and they're not they're adorable, but if kids just wind you up (it can happen), then maybe this isn't ideal for you :). Outside: Patio, table and chairs. Small lawn and access to 17 acres of fields and woodland. Regrettably to the close proximity of a thatched roof, no BBQ's are permitted. Utility Room: Washing Machine,

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