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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 3 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 2 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 gastro-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 and take a cream tea in Devon to the west, or go 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.
see our Price Table or contact us for further details - please note that regrettably we don't accept pets or children under 9.
Charming and comfortable
By Kate L on 12-Oct-2019
I rented this cottage because I have been working locally. It has been the perfect place to come back to in the evenings, cosy and comfortable. Lauran has bent over backwards to make sure that I and some members of my family who came for the weekend, were comfortable and accommodated.
Great place for exploring this part of Dorset, lots of leaflets about local attractions in the cottage. A pub with reasonably good food is at the end of the drive. There is an excellent shop/post office in the village. Puddletown Forest is within walking distance to get lost in!
Published Oct 12, 2019
Lovely place: lovely location
By Simon M on 15-Sep-2019
This was just what we wanted - a cosy home from home in an ideal site to explore Dorset. Accessible and easy car parking, lovely little private garden, and the Blue Vinny pub provides good food only a couple minutes walk away. Lauran is an ideal landlady, welcoming and helpful yet leaving us to enjoy our stay. We will be back!
By Jennifer M on 08-Jun-2019
The property is located in a quiet village but not too far from the larger towns. It is clean comfortable and quaint, has all the amenaties that you need. A great getaway or base to explore the surrounding countryside.
Great Base for a Dorset Holiday
By Anonymous on 12-Aug-2018
Dorset has so many attractions it is a great place to stay, and this cottage is an ideal location to come back to for sleep and refreshment! Friendly and helpful hosts. I am sure we will visit again!
Great Base for Exploring Dorset
By Martine B on 24-Jun-2018
We booked the cottage as a couple for a relaxed break exploring Dorset. It was wonderfully well located and never seemed far from anywhere on our itinerary. In a week we spent time with our family in Weymouth and on the Jurassic Coast, as well as visiting Hardy’s Cottage, Kingston Lacey, Montacute, Portland Bill, and lovely places such as Milton Abbas and Sherborne. The highlight, however, was Athelhampton House, less than a mile away, one of the most attractive small medieval manor houses we’ve seen in England – and the tearoom does an amazing cream tea.
The cottage isn’t huge but has a dining room, kitchen, and living room with two small sofas so we could both put our feet up at the end of the day. Upstairs we could spread out over two bedrooms and there was always plenty of hot water for a bath or shower after a walk. We had a mix of weather and on a couple of chilly evenings we were glad of the excellent heating. Locally, the village is very pleasant and the shop friendly, with a good stock of items from pasta to fresh meat. One night we tried the lively Blue Vinny pub, a short walk down the lane, and enjoyed delicious wood pigeon and cheesecake. On a longer trip we also tried the River Cottage at Axminster, which was very good.
Overall, we felt the cottage was excellent value and Lauran was a friendly and helpful host, especially when I left behind a few items and she immediately offered to mail them on to me.
Look No Further
By Roy Hill on 24-Aug-2017
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".
Perfect for Visiting Dorset
By Lena F. on 04-Jun-2017
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.
Cozy, comfortable, well-equipped cottage
By Alsion D on 06-Aug-2016
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
Most enjoyable stay in delightful cottage
By Clive B on 14-Jun-2016
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.
Good country cottage
By Jon T on 04-Apr-2016
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 T
Very relaxing holiday
By Tricia J on 24-Sep-2015
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.
Simply the Best
By Bill C on 25-Aug-2015
joan and I had the best holiday ever. The cottage was clean, well equipped ,Wi-Fi, everything anyone could need. Nick and Lauran gave us a lovely welcome ,and made it clear they were there should we need anything but remained unobtrusive hosts. Lovely ,warm and friendly couple.
also it is an absolutely ideal place to use as a base to explore the stunning coastline , with Devon , Cornwall , Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire in easy reach. there is so much to see and do. best place to eat is the Martyrs Arms in Tolpuddle which is approx. 2 miles from the cottage, fantastic food and beer and lots of history. we stayed for a week and without any doubt will return next year and stay a lot longer, hoping the cottage is free as Puddletown itself is a lovely place. Cant thank Nick and Lauran enough for letting us have the cottage
and being such wonderful hosts
thank you and see you soon
Bill and Joan
Pretty cottage, perfect location
By Amanda C on 10-Jun-2015
Enjoyed a lovely week's break in this perfectly located quaint cottage in the interesting village of Puddletown. Everything was as described by the owners Lauran and Nick who gave us a very warm welcome and explained everything we needed to know. The cottage was very clean and prettily furnished, and from the bedroom window we regularly saw deer in the next field along with plenty of other wildlife.
There are plenty of good eating places around especially The Blue Vinney where we enjoyed a lovely meal.
Dorset has so much to offer and this cottage is perfectly located for seeing most of them. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
By Anne B on 28-Oct-2014
The cottage was lovely and very comfortable. We were made very welcome by the owners who kindly provided us with milk so we could make tea whilst we settled in. The cottage is ideally located to visit all parts of Dorset.
By Richard And Pamela on 21-Oct-2014
Crossing the threshold, we knew immediately that this cottage would offer the escape we needed. The traditional furnishings, very efficient central heating, good quality carpeting and a modern bathroom provide a very comfortable experience. A lovely range of colours and fabrics enliven the rooms and reflect Lauran’s artistic flair. Her creative talent is displayed in the kitchen where one of her lovely mosaics transforms the space. From the main bedroom window at night, the unpolluted view of the moon and stars over the meadow is enchanting. For city-dwellers like us, the silence is a joy.
On a more prosaic level, the cottage is ideally positioned. The village shop is very well-stocked and the gastro pub across the road is perfect for a treat. Dorchester, a short drive away, is a very pleasant town with a wide range of shops and an excellent museum with very varied collections, including one on Thomas Hardy the centrepiece of which is his study. The home Hardy had built, Max Gate, is nearby and his birthplace is close to the cottage.
Because of very wet weather, we limited ourselves to interior visits but the proximity of the coast is another positive about the location of this cottage. After our rain-sodden trips, it was such a relief to return to the cosy welcome of the cottage for tea, a relaxing dinner, reading or watching some rubbish on television. In spring and summer the little cottage garden must be delightful to sit in.
We enjoyed our stay enormously and after six days felt very attached to the place. Thank you Lauran for your warm welcome and attentive attitude.
A great week!
By Vivienne on 28-Jul-2014
What a great location and a lovely old cottage. The cottage is in idyllic surroundings and the village itself has a lot to offer in interest as well as the Blue Vinney gastro pub, excellent for booking the first night's meal as it is just across the road! The food was really good.The village shop is well stocked with a butcher's counter and only a short walk away from the cottage.
Lauran and Nick were extremely kind and helpful and very welcoming. Such a lovely couple. I would certainly book another holiday there on the strength of that alone. They were so quick to respond to queries about the workings of the TV and when the kettle gave out!!! Although the information said the stairs in the cottage were steep, my 91 year old mother managed them as there were two hand rails!
It was certainly a wonderful week of easy living away from any hustle and bustle! We both loved it.
Great base for exploring Dorset!
By Ian And Caroline on 01-Jul-2014
We had a lovely week at Ilsington Lawn cottage. This was our first holiday in Dorset and the location is ideal for exploring both coast and inland - Thomas Hardy country etc. Nick & Lauran were extremely welcoming, helpful and un-intrusive hosts.
The cottage is very comfortable, quiet and looks out over meadowland.
Good evening meals we had included the Blue Vinny Inn in Puddletown and the Martyrs Arms at Tolpuddle.
There is a well-stocked village shop (which includes a Post Office and butcher!)
We found Dorset charming and would certainly recommend Ilsington Lawn as a base.