This pretty 18th-century Grade II listed thatched cob cottage makes a perfect base for a family or a couple hoping to enjoy exploring the beautiful coast and idyllic countryside between Weymouth and Dorchester.
Leave the stresses of modern life far behind in this gorgeous cottage, 7 miles northeast of Weymouth and 4 miles southeast of Dorchester. Couples, families, friends and dogs will love the idyllic charm of this traditional cottage, set in the heart of Hardy Country; the author’s birth home in Higher Brockhampton (5.5 miles) and his house in Max Gate (3 miles) are both open to the public, and the landscape that he knew, loved and described rolls exquisitely all around. Explore Dorchester and Weymouth’s smorgasbord of independent shops, eateries, galleries and dog friendly pubs, including the latter’s excellent Old Ship Inn, which always has a dog biscuit and a friendly bark; it featured in Hardy’s beloved ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’.
Inside you’ll find a quaint country interior, overflowing with charming flourishes and traditional features, like the elegant wall lamps and the original stone flag floors. Gather on the long sofa in the lounge, with its lovely garden views. Unwind in the conservatory whilst you muse on coming adventures and summon feasts of fresh local seafood in the sweet mid-century-style kitchen. Down a few steps from the lounge and kitchen, the delectable dining room glows with the flickering light from an open fire. Savour sumptuous al fresco treats on the patio or in the long, garden lawn, before a steaming shower and a dreamy sleep in the characterful upstairs bedrooms.
Doggies will love to race on the beaches at Ringstead Bay (5 miles), Bowleaze Cove (6 miles), imposing White Nothe (6.5 miles), iconic Durdle Dor (9 miles), Church Ope Cove (14 miles) and the hidden gem at Mupe Bay (12 miles); check MOD guidelines for the latter. Find tranquillity at Jordan Hill Roman temple (5 miles) and inspiration at Cloud’s Hill (8 miles), the peaceful retreat of TE Lawrence. For seaside, shopping, cuisine and culture, Hardy Country has it all.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.