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2 bed 2 reception Dog friendly Cottage In The Countryside - Bridlepath Next Door

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fireplace


About the property

Cottage in Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset, England - Walk to The Village Pub or further along the bridle path

West Lane Cottage sits in lovely ancient Piddlehinton which has a beautiful church and the River Piddle running through it. Many visitors return year after year saying that this cottage is a real "home from home" with everything you could need for a self catering holiday. We are set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Dorchester, the Jurassic Coast, Sherborne, Cerne Abbas, Thomas Hardy's birthplace and some beautiful views and walks.

Unusually, we have a kitchen/breakfast room, a living room and a second reception room for quiet reading, watching DVD's, or playing. We also offer a cloakroom downstairs, an en-suite shower room and a separate bathroom upstairs.

More Details

Helen Frost
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Helen Frost

Alan Helen and Hannah Frost live in Chichester West Sussex right now but love Dorset! So does our cocker spaniel, Watson and the bridle path next door to West Lane Cottage is perfect for walks long and short.

We have successfully run West Lane Cottage as a holiday cottage since 2007. Since 2010, we have also run a sister cottage - Wren Cottage, Tolpuddle.

You will find a good number of reviews about our cottages and our service on this site and also on Trip Advisor.

If you would like to speak to Helen in person, do call 01243 785378 with any queries.

Helen Frost purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Helen Frost chose Dorset

We wanted to buy a bolt hole cottage somewhere that we could easily reach. A village in rural Dorset was our choice but one that was not too far from Dorchester and all the great sights of Dorset including Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach. The roads are so quiet here compared to West Sussex and we love the country walks on our doorstep and also the great village pub The Thimble, just a short walk down the bridlepath.

What makes this cottage unique

We have a second reception room - somewhere to read quietly, watch DVDs or play games.

Take a stroll along the bridle path to the lovely old thatched village pub or to the Millennium Green play area. Alternatively you can take a range of circular walks from the cottage of about an hour taking in wonderful views. There is a village shop and post office in the next door village of Piddletrenthide (1.8 miles) and also at Charlton Down and Puddletown about the same distance away. Both Piddletrenthide and Puddletown offer a further choice of pubs. Nearby places of interest include: Dorchester; Poundbury; Cerne Abbas; Athelhampton House and Gardens; Kingston Maurward Animal Farm and Gardens; the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum; Minterne House and Gardens; the Tank Museum and Maiden Castle.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to say we had a lovely few days in your cottage and would definitely love to come back. the boys were very cosy and really enjoyed having their own snug and the playground was a favourite. Thank you.
Mar 2015
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Piddlehinton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • 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 ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hand held shower over bath
    Toilet 1 - toilet , Ground Floor cloakroom
  • En-suite shower room to the Master Bedroom. Newly fitted bathroom with hand shower, wc and basin adjacent to the second bedroom. Cloakroom with wc and basin downstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The master bedroom overlooks The Old Rectory. It has a double bed, double wardrobe, plenty of storage and an en suite shower room. The twin bedded room (beds 2' 6") also overlooks the old rectory, has a double wardrobe and cupboard.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We do not charge a security deposit as we trust our visitors to tell us about any breakages or damage. We ask for a deposit of 25% with the booking and the balance is due 60 days before the start of the holiday Outside: The drive adjacent to the cottage provides parking for two cars, one behind the other. Alternatively, a car could be parked in the road outside the lounge window. The garden is private and enclosed and has seating with parasol and a BBQ provided. Utility Room: The kitchen has a combined washer dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned before arrival and all linen and towels (including tea towels and oven glove) are provided. Washing up liquid and dishwasher tabs are supplied and dog bowls are provided. Other: This property has a second reception room with sofa, a host of games and amusements for children and a DVD player for watching films. This provides a place of their own for children, or, alternatively, a quiet place to sit and look out at the Church.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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2 bed 2 reception Dog friendly Cottage In The Countryside - Bridlepath Next Door
average rating of 4.857143 based on 17 reviews

Comfortable and well equiped

  • 5 of 5

A comfortable cottage, well maintained, well equipped, and a pleasure to return to each day. We know the area very well and have relatives in Dorchester, so it was ideal for regular visits. We had a very good meal at The Thimble in the village on our last evening, where our dog was welcome. The heating failed to come on, on our first morning, but I contacted Helen, who gave us instructions and we soon had the heat going. The road noise was an unexpected problem , but would not be easy to rectify and mostly we slept well.

Jenny and Roger and a very happy Jack the dog.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting a review on your return from Dorset. We have tried to equip both of our holiday cottages with all that you could require for a self catering holiday and are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Thimble Inn in the village which we think is excellent. Unfortunately, the advent of Sat Nav has brought more traffic along the previously quiet Rectory Road and, as you can say, there is nothing we can do about that. We have installed new double glazing and we have a new light up speed sign in the road which we hope will be effective. If you appreciate the way that we do things, may I suggest that our sister cottage in Tolpuddle would suit you better as it is beautifully quiet yet is still well placed to explore the area. .
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage, comfortable and very well equipped . Dogs loved it.

Helen the owner was very helpful in every way. We loved the Dorset biscuits that awaited us in the kitchen. Amazing shower. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to a friend.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of West Lane Cottage in Piddlehinton. We are glad to hear that you found it comfortable, well equipped and dog friendly. The best thing to hear is that you wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage to a friend - we have always taken self catering holidays ourselves and know how hard it can be to find somewhere that is safe for dogs and yet offers all the facilities and equipment that we humans require too! Many people call West Lane Cottage a real home from home - that is what we strive for.
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A real home from home

  • 5 of 5

West Lane cottage is everything you could want - comfortable, clean, amazing central heating so very cosy, extremely well equipped with high quality appliances. It doesn't lack anything. Lots of information provided about places to visit, walks, restaurants, etc. The village is very pretty and the Thimble Inn provides very good food. Well located for visiting Dorset, which we loved. Didn't want to come home, could have stayed another week. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review of West Lane Cottage - we are so glad that you enjoyed the cottage and the area as we do! We have tried to make the cottage everything that you could want for a self catering holiday as we understand how important it is to feel that you have all that you need. As you say, there is much to explore in the area and many visitors return to visit the places they missed first time round and to re-visit old favourites. I will pass your comments (anonymously) onto the Thimble who will be pleased as well I am sure.
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A wonderful little find

  • 5 of 5

West Lane Cottage is a delightful place to stay. The cottage itself is both welcoming and homely. We stayed here for a week with our two sons, and our Cocker spaniel.

Helen was wonderfully helpful throughout - from our initial contact when booking, right through to our arrival. Supplying us with useful information, and helpful advice regarding both our stay, and with options for days out. Thank you for the welcome tray!

We really loved the location of West Lane Cottage. Located in the beautiful picture postcard style village of Piddlehinton, the thatch roofed houses and river piddle running through make for an idyllic setting, yet only a 10 min drive to the County town of Dorchester.

We ventured out as far west as Lyme Regis, and East as Kimmeridge Bay and Corfe, and always enjoyed coming home the cottage.

The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything that you could wish to need, stacks of local information and local knowledge, games and jigsaws, books, DVDs and the all important wi-fi access!!

The kitchen is great, as are the bedrooms and bathrooms. We enjoyed BBQ's in the courtyard using the BBQ provided in the shed! Lovely.

The boys both enjoyed the Millenium field, and playing in the river catching fish, whilst the dog and I loved discovering the beautiful rolling hills of the surrounding countryside.

Thank you Helen for out stay, we thoroughly enjoyed everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review of West Lane Cottage. We are so glad you found it to be a delightful place to stay. We do try to "go the extra mile" by providing little information about the cottage and the area before and after you arrive, as we know it is nice to be able to look forward to a holiday and maybe plan a few things to do. As you say, the cottage is only a 10 minute drive to the County town of Dorchester and it's amenities but you feel really quite rural in this lovely old village which, as you discovered, is well placed for exploring West Dorset. Kimmeridge Bay is always worth a visit and Corfe quite stunning. We try to ensure that the cottage is always extremely well equipped with everything that you could need whilst on holiday as we enjoy self catering ourselves, with our cocker spaniel! We are lucky to have the Millennium Green play area so near, as well as the village pub and lovely local walks. We hope to hear from you again sometime!
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Cosy Cottage in Beautiful Village

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great, we took our two dogs and the surrounding walks are fab - wellies needed in winter months. Fab base for exploring all of Dorset, host very helpful too, thank you

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review of West Lane Cottage. As you say, the walks from the bridle path next door to the cottage are great and take in some spectacular views. You can walk to the village pub, "The Thimble", or further afield - out and in or round in a circle. Glad you had a good time and got to meet a few people - your email said "The village is beautiful and the people lovely and friendly, we got chatting to a few people and everyone passed the time of day."
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A fantastic cottage in a beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

Since we booked the cottage Helen has been fantastic at providing us with more than enough information to make our stay as easy as possible, particularly with 2 dogs in tow!! Quite simply the cottage is beautiful and has a real home from home feeling - from the quality of towels and linen even down to the cutlery!! It was warm, homely and impeccably kept. Its location was great for travelling to both Weymouth and Lulworth Cove, but is also only a 5 min walk to the local pub where we also spent some time!! I would recommend this cottage to anyone wishing to stay in the area, we only wish we could have had a few more days to enjoy it!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of Wren Cottage. We have always taken cottage holidays ourselves and I understand how helpful it can be to know where to go with the dog, where to visit and eat out and so on and have an idea what is going in the area during your holiday. It is this real local knowledge and care which differentiates the cottage owner from an agency I think. We have taken care to equip both our cottages with quality furniture and fittings and have recently installed new TV's in both and had both re-decorated to maintain our high standards. We are lucky that the Thimble Inn is such a good local pub and is a short walk along the bridle path. As you say, a short drive will take you to a choice of Dorset Hotspots such as Lulworth, Weymouth, Dorchester, and Sherborne. We hope you will be able to come and visit again!
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The Thimble Inn
Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton
Nearest Ferry
23 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton
Nearest Ski
19 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are 12 miles away, Abbotsbury and Chesil beach 11 miles.


Weymouth is 17 miles or 25km away and has a ferry to Guernesy, Jersey, and St Malo

Bournemouth is the nearest airport - 28 miles/46 km away

Dorchester, 4 miles, has 2 train stations going to either London or to The West

There is a bus stop in Piddlehinton

Cycles can be hired from Dorchester


There are shops at nearby Piddletrenthide - 1.8 miles or 3 km - and Charlton Down - 2.9 miles or 4.7 km. Dorchester, the County Tow of Dorset is 5.7 miles or 9.2 km. Here you will find a host of shops, including a choice of supermarkets, swimming and sports facilities, cinema, and a Michelin Star restaurant, as well as tea rooms, Indian and Chinese restaurants, pubs and the new Brewery Square shopping complex.

The lovely thatched village pub is a short walk away.

Further Details:

Somerset and Dorset, which is the most easterly. Dorset is probably most famous for its coastline - the World Heritage Jurassic Coast - 95 miles representing 185 million years of geology, home to Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Towns to visit include the County Town of Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Corfe Castle, Bridport, Shaftesbury and Sherborne while villages not to be missed include Cerne Abbas, Abbotsbury and Milton Abbas.

Ancient sites include Dorchester's Roman Town House, The Hardy Monument, St Catherine's Chapel, Kingston Russell Stone Circle, Jordan Hill Roman Temple, Maiden Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant, and many more.

The climate in Dorset is mild, less wet, cool and moist than the South-West of England generally.

Dorset is great for lovers of wildlife as its habitats are among the richest for biodiversity in the country. It is also the only county in England without a Motorway!


Rates & Availability

Piddlehinton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early June 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 2017
Jul 21 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 6 2017 - Nov 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
November/Early December 2017
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017/New Year 2018
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25.87

Booking Notes:
On receipt of a booking request, we will send confirmation together with our Terms and conditions. We ask for a deposit of 25% with the balance due 60 days before arrival. Payment can be made by cheque, online banking or BACS without penalty. Overseas visitors may wish to pay by Paypal or IBAN but please note that these transactions will incur charges made by our UK bank as well as the visitors own bank, both of which will need to be born by the visitor.

Changeover Day:
Our standard change over day is Friday. Arrival can be after 3 p.m. and departure before 10 a.m. We may be able to offer flexibility on this at short notice or out of season. Do ask!

Notes on prices:
The prices quoted are for 7 night holidays. Please ask for details of short break prices

Adult well behaved dogs are welcome. We charge £20 per holiday for one dog; £35 per holiday for 2. If you have more than 2 dogs, please ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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