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Cerne Abbas - The Most Beautiful Village in England

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

Our guests say, Cerne Abbas is England's most beautiful village. This country residence has become their holiday home and they look forward to returning every year. We are pleased to share this special place with you.

Old Gaol Cottage is a checkered stone listed building of character built in 1859. It originally served as the jail and police station from 1860-1954 and is situated in the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas, famous for its 2000 year old Cerne giant carved into the chalk hillside.

Flanked by the 'old court' and 'sergeant's quarters', this mid - terrace cottage has been lovingly restored and professionally decorated. The English Tourism Board has awarded the cottage a rare 'five - star' rating for ten years.

In 2008, Cerne Abbas has been deemed Britain's most sought after village by the estate agent, Savills. The Old Gaol Cottage was featured in E-Motion Magazine's ' Top 10 of the very best quirky places to stay' in England.

Cerne Abbas is located 8 miles North of Dorchester, our market town, and 15 miles from Weymouth Harbor, site of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regattas. The village, with a population of about 750 people, has an impressive array of shops including three fine pubs, tearoom, grocery store, post office and several gift shops. Many historical sites are within a five minute walk from the cottage: the remains of the Benedictine Abbey founded in 987 AD, a fourteenth century tithe barn and Abbey Guest House, St. Rates are subject to change please Conant owner for correct pricing! Augustine's Well, circa 600 AD, and St. Mary's Church, built about 1300 AD. On Abbey Street is the finest row of Tudor homes in Dorset. One of these, The Pitchmarket, was home to Thomas Washington -- uncle of George Washington. More historical information can be obtained by the Cerne Abbas Historical Society.

The countryside is excellent for walking, with many footpaths and bridleways over the chalk hills and through secluded valleys. A short drive to Dorset's Jurassic coast with World Heritage Site status. A fossil hunters paradise with it's dramatic cliffs, pebble beaches & shelter coves awaiting exploring. Weymouth harbor, 30 minute drive is the site for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta events.

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More Details

Property Manager
David and Jan Kirkpatrick
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2017

About David and Jan Kirkpatrick

Jan and David Kirkpatrick, Old Gaol owners, live in Charlotte, NC in America when not in residence in the UK.

David and Jan Kirkpatrick purchased this cottage in 1999

Why David and Jan Kirkpatrick chose Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas truly is the most beautiful village in England. The countryside provides many wonderful walks and returning to a comfortable cottage just completes the day. This location in the heart of Dorset is a great way to take easy drive day trips throughout the surrounding area.

We have found the villagers most welcoming and many have become dear friends. The village is filled with many historical homes and landmarks.

What makes this cottage unique

Most often, the guest comment on how comfortable the beds are. All the furniture are family pieces shipped from America. (Though, many were originally made in England) The cottage was furnished not as a holiday let but rather our UK home.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Another superb holiday here in Cerne Abbas. We are retuning home thoroughly chilled out and relaxed and very sad to go. Old Gaol Cottage is our Dorset home from home. Superbly equipped, cozy and comfortable. The surrounding countryside is so beautiful and tranquil. See you again next year. Thank you!
Jul 2010
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Amenities

Cerne Abbas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Master Bed (1), Guest Double Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Cerne Abbas - The Most Beautiful Village in England
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
5

Cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Warm and cosy, with well equipped kitchen. Furnished to a high standard. Bedrooms were large with comfortable beds. Excellent position in lovely village with great pubs. Local shop had fresh bread and everything you could need for a holiday cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We Needed A Rest

  • 5 of 5

We have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in England and most especially in Cerne Abbas. Everyone has been friendly and gracious. The Cottage is beautifully decorated. It has been comfortable & relaxing. It has given our souls a needed rest from our hectic lives. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your English home.

The Julian’s

USA

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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We Will Return

  • 5 of 5

It's a place we would love to go back to! A new experiences all the time!

Joel Clark

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another Superb Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Another superb holiday here in Cerne Abbas. We are retuning home thoroughly chilled out and relaxed and very sad to go. Old Gaol Cottage is our Dorset home from home for the past eight summers.. Superbly equipped, cozy and comfortable. The surrounding countryside is so beautiful and tranquil. See you again next year. Thank you!

The Owen family

Nothnghamshire

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Cerne Abbas Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$745
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pricing is subject to change based on seasonal rates.
Our range of weekly prices varies from 400 GBP to 852 GBP.
Please call or email us with your requested dates for a quote

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Map

Dorchester
Sherborne
Weymouth
Athelhampton House and Gardens
Kingston Lacy
Corfe Castle
Stourhead
Wells Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
West Lulworth
Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel
Abbotsbury Swannery
Golden Cap
Forde Abbey and Gardens
Lyme Regis
Portland Castle
Winchester Cathedral
Bath Abbey Heritage Vaults Museum
Bristol
Stonehenge
Beach House Cafe West Bay Dorset
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bristol
Nearest Barpub
Cerne Abbas
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Weymouth
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Long Burton
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Dorchester
Nearest Restaurant
Cerne Abbas
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Weymouth

Historic Houses & Gardens - (Athelhampton, Mapperton, Sherborne Castle, Kingston Lacy & Forde Abbey), Cathedrals , (Salisbury, Winchester & Wells), Stonehenge, Fossil Hunting, Swannery, Sub-Tropical Garden, Steam Train Railroad, Roman Town House, Corfe Castle, Hill Fort at Maiden Castle, Museums (Military Tank & Fleet Air) - Haynes Motor Museum, County Fairs - May & September, Lawn Bowling, Snooker, Cricket, Football, Horse Race Courses (flat & steeple events), Site of 2012 Olympic Sailing Regattas in Weymouth harbor.

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