Historic Grade II Listed (English Heritage) 17th Century detached cottage with a thatched roof and a wealth of period features. The cottage is on Benville Lane, which is the lane that Tess of the D'Urbeville walked along on her journey from Beaminster to Evershot. Benville remains the small unspoilt hamlet that Thomas Hardy described in the 1800's. You will find the pub that Hardy describes (The Acorn) and the cottage where Tess was to have stayed in nearby Evershot.
Benville Cottage is just gorgeous. The property is beautifully presented and is in a magical location in the heart of Dorset. We spent a whole week there and came back feeling like we'd had a proper break; having enjoyed the wonderful coast line (fossil hunting with the kids), great pub lunches and the stunning countryside. It's the first time we've hired a cottage and based on this we'd do it again.
A beautiful cottage in an idyllic spot. The house has been modernised to a very high standard but still maintains a country feel. The kitchen is well equipped with the Aga providing a warm welcome and we can imagine cosy winter nights in front of the woodburner! It is very easy to relax and unwind when taking in the stunning view from the back of the cottage. Peter, the owner, was friendly and very helpful, responding promptly to our emails regarding our booking. We would strongly recommend a stay here as it is perfectly situated for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside and villages with the coast within easy reach. We would recommend a visit to Hardy's cottage, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Forde Abbey's gardens and fountain are well worth a trip. For a breathtaking coastal walk we suggest Golden Cap at Seatown followed by lunch at either The Anchor Inn or The Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock. Locally we recommend The Acorn Inn at Evershot and for a real treat try Yalbury Cottage at Lower Bockhampton. It's a wonderful area to visit and explore. We'll definitely be back!
Wonderful Cottage with lovely views from the garden.Great Pub a few hundred yards along the lane.Some good walks round Evershot and the Melbury estate.Cottage had every facility we could have asked for.We all were delighted with our stay.Why not give yourself a treat.
We enjoyed a relaxing, family holiday at Benville cottage at the beginning of September 2013. The property is lovely with large, airy rooms and a beautiful garden for adults and children to enjoy. Having access to an Aga and large wood burning fire was useful during the occasional chilly evening and gave the cottage a really cosy feel. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, with a number of beaches and coastal walks a short drive away. The owner was extremely helpful and provided us with suggestions for things to do and places to eat during our stay. Recommended!
We stayed in the beautiful cottage for the Easter weekend (family of 4 with two children aged 13 and 10).
The facilities in this very well appointed and presented cottage were great. Large lounge with wood heater and seperate dining room. Great kitchen with AGA and seperate oven and hot plate. Excellent Utility room for entrance and exit to keep boots/coats/etc. We had never used an AGA before but it proved to be simple to use and was excellent for warming hot cross buns!
The beds were comfortable and gave a really good night's sleep for us.
Peter, the owner, gave use easy to follow directions to find the cottage.
Benville itself is really only one pub, but Evershot (2 Miles) has village shop. All the facilities of West Dorest are close by. Beaminster (4 miles), whilst small, has a good range of shops whilst the larger towns Bridport and Dorchester are really a short drive away.
There are lots of excellent pubs within a short distance for eating out.
We used Benville Cottage as a base to explore West Dorset ... it worked perfectly for us and we would recommend it to others.
My boyfriend and I stayed in June last year for 3 nights just for a get away. The cottage is lovely, very quaint on the outside but modern inside, wonderful warm kitchen because of the AGA, but decor is very nice and classy. You can cook at the cottage or eat at nearby villages where there are some very nice restaurants and pubs.
We were lucky enough to have a couple of evenings that we could sit outside with a bottle of wine in the large garden on the patio and watch the sun set, the views from the garden are uninterrupted, fields after fields, feels like you are the only ones for miles but a town only 5 minutes away.
The cottage is very clean and very well maintained and would definitely stay again. Great break for city folk like us wanting to enjoy the countryside.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
- The rents shown are fully inclusive of bedding and towels, (beach towels are not supplied) there are no other charges.
- 25% of the rental is payable at the time of booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before the rental date.
- Payment preferably by bank transfer although Cheques accepted.
- A 10% discount is available for bookings of over 7 days during the 'Low' period
Benville is a tiny hamlet consisting of a dozen or so houses and cottages. It is an ideal base for touring West Dorset and Thomas Hardy country. 2 miles (3km) to the east lies Evershot with its award winning pub The Acorn and outstanding restaurant The Summer Lodge. In nearby Beaminster you'll find a traditional market town selling excellent local produce along side tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. 10 miles (16km) to the south you will find the Georgian town of Bridport and the fishing port of West Bay. This stretch of Jurassic - World Heritage - coastline boasts the stunning beaches of Burton Bradstock, Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, as well as the Swannery and tropical gardens at Abbotsbury. The county town of Dorchester is 10 miles to the South East. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders and if full of prehistoric sites, the Dorchester Museum has a good collection of locally found artefacts.