We warmly invite you to the heart of Hardy country to stay awhile in our holiday cottage, in Puddletown. Thomas Hardy was born in the neighbouring hamlet of Upper Bockhampton and Hardy’s Cottage is within walking distance from us. Indeed, Hardy frequented Puddletown - which he called ‘Weatherbury’ in his novels, notably ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ - where many members of his family lived.
Enjoying a secluded village setting, our period cottage is discreetly adjacent to our Georgian country house. It has a main bedroom, a twin bedroom and a new bathroom upstairs. Downstairs there is 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. Our cottage is suitable for 2 adults, or for 2 adults and 1 child (9 years or over) - please note, the main bedroom has a king-sized bed and the small second bedroom has 1 x 2'6" beds. There is also a steep staircase with handrails on both sides.
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 pretty cottage garden is long and narrow and enjoys late morning sun.
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 pub and a well-stocked village shop with late opening hours.
We are also situated close to Athelhampton (within a mile). Here stands the beautiful Jacobean Athelhampton House with its beautiful gardens.
A couple of miles beyond is the village of Tolpuddle, the birthplace of the Trades Union movement which resulted from the deportation sentence of the six farm labourers subsequently known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs. The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival is held annually during the summer.
Another local attraction that brings in thousands of enthusiasts from around the world is the Great Dorset Steam Fair near Blandford Forum.
Maiden Castle (Britain’s largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort), Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Monkey World, Zorb South UK, Bovington Tank Museum, the Cerne Giant, Abbotsbury swannery, Weymouth & Portland (venue for the 2012 Olympic Games sailing events), Purbeck with Corfe Castle and the Saxon town of Wareham, Studland, Poole, Bournemouth, the stunning Dorset coastline known as the Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site)... These are but a few of the attractions close to Puddletown and our holiday cottage accommodation. The list of nearby and easily accessible places of interest goes on and on!
From our heart of south Dorset holiday cottage you can go fossil-hunting at Lyme Regis or go further east and enjoy the New Forest in Hampshire, spot red squirrels on Brownsea Island, or drive up northwards to Sherborne and on to Roman and Georgian Bath in Somerset, as each is within a comfortable day-trip outing.
Come and discover - or rediscover - this truly beautiful corner of southern England.
Please see our Price Table or contact us for further details - please note that regrettably we don't accept pets or children under 9.
PLEASE NOTE: During times of CoVid19 restrictions we offer 5-night minimum stays with a minimum of 24-hour buffers either side when the property will be empty.
During periods of CoVid-19 lockdown within the UK, we will refund all monies paid as a reservation deposit and balance in full, if you need to cancel your holiday before your arrival. In the event of cancellation at other times, we reserve the right to retain your £150 reservation deposit, together with any balance of rent if the cancellation is within 6 weeks of the arrival date. If the accommodation is re-let, we will refund to you all monies paid less £30, plus any eventuating reduction of revenue that may result from securing the re-let.
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