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Beautiful Thatched Cottages In Rural Dorset - Near Coast - The Well House (Sleeps 11)

Bedrooms 5
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



The Well House (Sleeps 11)

This amazing thatch and stone cottage, originally two cottages, is thought to be some 400 years old.

Occupied by the sculptress Elizabeth Muntz from the 1930-60s, there is artistic influence throughout this charming, sprawling residence.

For the modernist there is central heating throughout, while for the more traditional there is open fire that can be enclosed for safety, within the huge inglenook fireplace.

With its sympathetic extension to the rear (providing a large family kitchen and diner), this cottage is the perfect blend of character and comfort.

There is space to park 3 cars on the driveway to the side of the house.

The Well House sleeps 9 plus a cot and is off a lane from the village green in the small rural village of East Chaldon.

The sunny, sheltered garden has a luxury BBQ. From the cottage one can walk straight onto the footpath to the coastal path lining the spectacular World Heritage coast.

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About the property


Two beautiful and spacious neighbouring thatched cottages in the rural village of East Chaldon, which can be rented individually or together. They are believed to be amongst the oldest houses in the village and have their own unique history.Both have sunny, large sheltered gardens with a BBQ and seating area. The World Heritage coast path and a great local pub just a short walk away. Lots of character in an inspiring location!

Philip Beale
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2017

About Philip Beale

The Well House and Stable Cottage are both owned by Philip Beale. Philip is Managing Director of Pioneer Expeditions ( The Well House and Stable Cottage reflect a life of adventure and travel - housing some beautiful artwork, travel souvenirsw and full of books.

Why Philip Beale chose Dorset

Several reasons to book this property:

Totally unique - one of the oldest properties in the village,thatched with ancient walls , walk in inglenook fire place with traditional bread oven.

sleeps 9 comfortably further 2 Z beds available

Large modern kitchen and dining area

Large garden and ample off road parking

Walk straight to the coastal path and cliffs and then on to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Great pub in village serving good food and bears

What makes this cottage unique

Walking, the lovely local pub (The Sailors Return), beautiful Dorset countryside, the sea.

Often guests express delight at the character of these properties which you just don't get in some holiday lets.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Stable cottage is charming and we will come back next year - thank you"

"The Well House is full of character and a real find. Totally different to any holiday let we have stayed in before."

"A peaceful retreat in the beautiful Dorset countryside. What more can one ask for?"
May 2011
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Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Cottage is available for renting by the week with the change-over on Friday. Change-over days vary for short breaks. First payment is 50% of total rent plus dog fee (£25 each) if applicable. Linen is included. Final payment is due eight weeks prior to holiday. Full payment is required if booking is made within eight weeks of holiday.

Changeover Day:
Friday. We can be flexible in quieter periods.


Dorchester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • 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
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    En suite for Studio - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , The bedroom is down stairs and ideal for elderly guests
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Bedroom 5 Annex has en-suite shower + super kingsize bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Can be made into a double bed or 2 singles (very flexible)
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
  • There is an additional space that can be used for Z beds for 2 children. There is an extra charge for this. Note there is a Thatched Annex in grounds that has a double bed and shower unit and can be hired for £60 per night.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Electric central heating. Changeover day is Friday. Rent includes electricity, o gas services, towels and linen. Dogs are permitted at extra charge of £25 each. . Outside: There is an enclosed garden with table and furniture plus BBQ.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

The Well House (Sleeps 11)
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

A beautiful historic cottage with everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

We booked a short break away just before Christmas as 3 adults and 1 toddler and weren't disappointed. The cottage is charming, warm, clean and provided us with all we required. A car was required for most exploring but there was plenty to see within just 10 minutes in the car. Failing that, the Sailors Return pub in the village provided welcome respite after a brisk walk. The owner was helpful and was available if needed but all our needs we're met. Thank you Philip

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from Dorset and had a wonderful time. The Cottage was idyllic. Such a chocolate box setting, very quaint and just perfect for what we needed. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and flowers in both the kitchen and bedroom, which was a lovely touch. The heating had been put on so it was all warm and cosy and logs ready for the fantastic log burner, which we used every evening. The bathroom with shower isn't luxurious but perfectly fine for the time we were there. The front room was large and cosy. The main bedroom had the most comfortable bed with fluffy pillows and the kitchen had everything you needed, including tea, coffee, sugar and very kindly fresh milk. The village is tiny so if you want to get away from it all, it's ideal. The location was great as so close to Lulworth and Studland. The garden would be great for the summer and all in all I thought it was a great place to stay and would certainly love to return during the summer months. Really had a wonderful time. Thank you Philip.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fab cottage break

  • 5 of 5

My family and I booked the well house for a family weekend in December. Not only was it ideally located, but it also had everything we needed. The kitchen was huge and but cosy with room for everybody to relax whilst others were cooking. The fire was loaded up and we had a great time playing games in the living room. The house was interesting and homely...I couldnt have asked for more.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Basingstoke, Hampshire

Special occasion at The Well House

  • 4 of 5

We've just returned from a wonderful week spent at The Well House. The occasion was to celebrate my 60th birthday and it was a perfect choice. I had wanted to stay in a traditional cottage in Dorset in a quiet location but close to the spectacular coastline and hinterland that this part of Dorset offers. We were not disappointed in any way. The cottage is very comfortable and has everything you could want for a relaxing stay. The owner went out of his way to be helpful which enabled us to have the celebration we had hoped for. The cottage sleeps 7 comfortably and all the bedrooms are full of character despite one of the double rooms being rather small. The ground level extension has been extremely well done and is a fantastic open plan space in keeping with the rest of the cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything we hoped for

  • 5 of 5

This is a cottage full of character and charm as well as plenty of space for an extended family to spend a wonderful week together.

Top elements: Aga, kitchen/diner extension, sitting room with open fire, parking space, artwork on the walls, unique character.

Thanks to owner for sorting out replacement DVD so quickly and helping sort out WIFI.


  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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fab escape

  • 5 of 5

beautiful and extremely peaceful cottage which slept 7 adults and two toddlers with ease so many little hiding places my girls loved it hide and seek was always a must play game

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Situated near the coast. From the cottage one can walk straight onto the footpath to the coastal path lining the spectacular World Heritage coast.Great local pub just 300 yards away.


Use of car recommended. Nearest train station Wool or Dorchester. Nearest airports Bournemouth and Southampton.


Nearest shop is one mile; nearest pub The Sailor's Return serves great beer, wine and food just 300 yards.

Further Details:

Nearest shop is one mile; nearest pub The Sailor's Return serves great beer, wine and food just 200 yards. Dorchester - 8 miles with Waitrose and Tesco