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Pretty period cottage with garden, within easy reach of all Dorset and the coast

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Period 2-bedroomed cottage in Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset - Attractive Dorset Village With Well-stocked Shop And Gastro Pub. Good Walking Closeby

Enjoying a secluded village setting our period cottage has a main bedroom, a twin bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Downstairs there is a sitting room, separate dining room and separate, well-equipped kitchen with walk-in pantry. It is pleasantly furnished with fitted carpeting throughout and gas central heating, plenty of light, ceilings of a good height and attractive views. However, it's an old-fashioned cottage and, although it offers a welcoming rustic charm (and free wifi), it would not suit those seeking a contemporary feel.

The cottage is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children (over the age of 9), or for up to 3 adults. Regrettably we don't accept children under 9 years or pets.

The pretty cottage garden is long and narrow and enjoys the sun until mid-afternoon in summer. The Cottage has its own carport with secluded parking as well as plenty of parking for visitors. The footpath from the cottage gate crosses the little river Piddle and leads into the heart of the old village which has an excellent gastro-pub and a well-stocked village shop with late opening hours.

More Details

Lauran Church
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

The locality of the cottage is very good to explore Dorset and it is very comfortable with everything necessary for your stay. The owners, Nick and Lauran, are extremely welcoming and helpful but will not intrude on your visit. My boyfriend and I have now visited twice and fully intend to return. There is a very good gastro-pub just opposite the cottage with great food, good service and a very friendly atmosphere.TA

A great relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting. Amenities within the cottage were good, very clean and a well stocked kitchen with both washing machine and tumble dryer. All in all I cannot recommend this highly enough. TA

We found this cottage was ideal for our visit to Thomas Hardy country: the perfect base for walks through Puddletown Forest to Hardy's birthplace and for touring Dorchester, Stinsford, and to the coast. The cottage is furnished with attention to cosy detail. The fabrics and furniture have been carefully chosen to enhance the warm home-from-home. TA
Jun 2013
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Puddletown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Also a wash basin
  • A modern bathroom with bath and shower over, plus washbasin and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs there is a main bedroom with a king-sized bed and pleasant views across the fields and a small but light twin-bedded (2 x 2'6" beds) bedroom. Each bedroom has a wardrobe, bedside tables and chest of drawers.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation:- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept children under 9 or pets. Free WIFI included Outside: The cottage has its own pretty, long and narrow garden which gets the sun until mid-afternoon and a carport with secluded parking. Portable table and chairs provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen is included and beds are made up. We provide tea towels, but not personal towels, although these can be provided for a small charge.


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Pretty period cottage with garden, within easy reach of all Dorset and the coast
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 16 reviews

Look no further

  • 5 of 5

If you are after a comfortable cottage is easy commuting distance across the whole of Dorset, look no further. After being shown round the cottage by Laural and Nick, we knew the cottage was ideal for our needs. It had every household item you could want and was extremely comfortable. As far as location is concerned, we wanted a quiet countryside setting and that is what we got. The cottage is in a very secluded position and gave us the escape we needed for our holiday.

As well as a quiet location, we wanted to be able to get to the south coast with ease. With the "A" roads within minutes of the cottage we were able to get to Weymouth in 20 minutes, Poole in 25 minutes and Bournemouth in 30 minutes. Had we been on the coast in any location, the travelling time to the other seaside resorts would have been much longer as you need to go past Puddletown to get to the other seaside resports.

In all we had a fantastic break at this cottage and spent little time travelling around Dorset - everything we needed from a isolated and comfortable cottage within easy commuting distance of the whole of Dorset.

As I said earlier. "Look no further".

Roy Hill

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do appreciate your very positive and comprehensive review, thank you very much! I'm glad you appreciated our location - tucked away but just a few minutes' walk into the pretty village of Puddletown, and within easy reach by car of so many lovely places in Dorset, coast and countryside alike. Thank you again.
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Perfect for visiting Dorset

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is situated in an excellent position to visit and tour Dorset. It has a rustic charm but with everything that you need to be comfortable. Although it is attached to the main house, it is very private. The owners made us very welcome and it would have been very easy to ask for help if there was a problem. The stair is steep which might be a consideration if you have mobility issues but it does have very well positioned handrails.

As a gardener, the highlight of my stay was Athelhampton Gardens which are very close by. I also enjoyed Abbotsbury Swannery and would recommend their Dorset apple cake.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write such a good review. We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay in our Dorset cottage and were able to appreciate the lovely things that our beautiful area has to offer.
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Cosy comfortable well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

On our arrival we were greeted by the owners, Nick and Lauran, they were so friendly and welcoming. Lauran showed us round the cottage and made sure we knew how everything worked and had all that we needed - she had kindly left milk and teabags in case we needed a cuppa! The cottage itself was clean and comfortable, we found the beds gave us a good nights sleep. Its well equipped and has a little private garden area too, there are some garden chairs should you wish to sit outside. It is in a very pretty village and a quiet spot yet within easy reach of lots of super places. The village has a good shop and post office, excellent doctors surgery (my daughter had an ear infection so we tested the doctors out!) and you can get onto the main A35 in minutes and reach Dorchester in 10 minutes and Poole in 30 minutes. We didn't eat there but the Blue Vinny would be very handy - just a walk down the drive and across the road. All in all a very good place to stay - we would recommend and definitely would use this cottage again ourselves. Thank you very much to Nick and Lauran.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you all and to share our lovely part of the world with you. Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review - especially since you had just got back after a long drive! It would be lovely to welcome you back again one day.
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Most enjoyable stay in delightful cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Was greeted by the friendly and helpful owner, who showed us around the cottage which was as attractive as described and had everything needed for a pleasant stay. Situated in a very pleasant village from where a large number of places for a day out were within easy reach. After a day out a very good place for a drink and a meal was The Blue Vinny, just a hundred yards walk down an attractive tree lined driveway. We ate there 3 times and each meal was very good. There are numerous other pubs offering meals within an easy drive. The Thimble just a few minutes drive up the road was another where we enjoyed a meal. Another lane running by the cottage gives an easy walk to the local shop. Al in in all a great place to stay for a relaxing week in a pleasant village. Wouldn't hesitate to go again, very good value and would recommend highly.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely positive review - we're so glad you had an enjoyable stay and hope you're able to come again sometime.
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Good country cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a lovely relaxing week in Dorset staying in the cottage. It was clean, tidy and had all that we needed to enjoy our stay.

It was conveniently located for all that Dorset has to offer and we would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for a quiet peaceful and relaxing week. Jon Thompson

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to have a relaxing holiday in our lovely county. Many thanks for taking the time to write a review!
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Very relaxing holiday

  • 4 of 5

A well positioned holiday cottage in striking distance of many places of interest, whatever the weather. We found the property to be very clean and well-equipped for our needs and extremely cosy. Having both a grocery shop and restaurant/pub in easy walking distance was a bonus, as was the view of deer from our bedroom window most mornings. We also appreciated the warm welcome from the friendly owners who were on hand if needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad you had a relaxing time in Dorset and in our cottage and appreciate your taking the time to write a review. Thank you!
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Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Blue Vinny
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Blue Vinny
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: recommended


8 miles from Ringstead Bay, 10 miles from Weymouth, 15 miles from Poole


Nearest airport Bournemouth, ferries to Weymouth and Poole


Poole/Bournemouth, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach, Studland Bay, Weymouth and Portland which hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events, are all within easy reach. The celebrated Jacobean Athelhampton House is within a mile. The Tolpuddle Festival and Hardy week take place in July, the Dorchester Show at the end of August, the Steam Fair at the beginning of September.

Further Details:

Puddletown is a pretty, typical Dorset village which has a well-stocked village shop and is within easy reach of Puddletown Forest and other good walking areas. An excellent gastro-pub is a few minutes' walk away, and Dorchester has a 24-hour Tesco, 10 minutes drive away. The Piddle Valley offers several country pubs with good food.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $197.84

We're happy to accept payments through Internet banking, or by cheque, or via the Owners Direct booking service.

We make a £30 cleaning charge, unless you're happy to leave The Cottage as you found it, in which case we're happy to waive this charge.

Changeover Day: Saturday changeover in peak season, flexible at other times.

Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10.30am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.