The cottage with ample private parkingCosy Sitting Room with wood burner

Entire home/apt

5 guests

3 bedrooms

5 beds
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About this listing

This is my darling cottage set in the delightful village of Melbury Osmond/"Little Hintock" in Thomas Hardy's book "The Woodlanders" and perfectly placed to reach many of the wonderful things that Dorset has to offer - the Jurassic Coast, the charming villages of Cerne Abbas, Evershot and Cattistock and the quaint towns of Beaminster and Sherborne. There are many lovely walks around - an amble with the dog, The Hardy Way nearby or a walk through Melbury deer park to the Acorn Inn at Evershot.

The space

A great place for family holidays or weekends with friends, a Dorset institution in fact where many of my Dorset friends have had much jollity and fun. Shabby chic in style, this is for guests who enjoy a slightly bohemian quirky property with its coloured walls, cosy wood burner, cottage rooms with rural views in a wonderful rural setting.

25 minutes to the coast and beaches
Located in wonderful Dorset countryside in a very pretty village
Located almost "in the middle of the county" which provides great access to many parts of Dorset
Close to the A37 which gives good access into and around the county
Railway station (Yeovil Junction) c.5 minutes away - trains from London Waterloo or the Bristol/Bath/Castle Cary (line to London Paddington) Weymouth line can be picked up at Yetminster also 5 minutes away.
Surrounded by good restaurants, archetypal Dorset villages and towns and many things to do (information provided in the cottage or please ask)
Dogs welcome but please check with me first
High speed broadband (c.52MB)
DVD player with films
Wood burning stove
Rayburn (similar to an AGA) which is on all the time (unless it is exceptionally hot weather)
A gun cabinet for shooting weekends
Washing machine/drier
Small bathroom with bath (no shower), washbasin and WC
Downstairs WC with washbasin
The sun room is lovely to sit in and read the paper or to kick off muddy boots
Large gravelled parking area for 3/4 cars or 3 cars and a boat (c. 6m).
Large garden mainly laid to lawn (not enclosed) to sit out in
An old tennis table is available by prior arrangement
Tennis court nearby which can be used by guests (£10 for unlimited use subject to availability - key code required).
Heating: A Rayburn in the Dining Room runs several radiators full time and there is additional electric heating.

Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
Sorry no smoking in the house or sun room please!

Milk for tea/coffee and tea and coffee will be available. Bedlinen, towels, soap and lavatory paper is provided.

Guest access

Access is via a key box with key code that I shall give you the day before your visit. If guests prefer to be met on arrival and shown around, please let me know. I will however be available on my mobile.

Interaction with guests

I will be available on my mobile AT ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT if you have any issues. I DO NOT EXPECT MY GUESTS TO STAY FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR VISIT, COMPLAIN AFTERWARDS AND THEN ASK FOR A REFUND!! There is a house manual in the cottage with instructions about hot water, etc and also restaurant recommendations and on other things to see and do in the area and where the nearest shops are.

Other things to note

Please note that this is an OLD period cottage and internal decoration etc is not immaculate. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE OLD COTTAGES, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK IT! The main bedroom has old wallpaper in it, the dining room walls have some damage, the lampshades are old and the bathroom is small with a bath only. The staircase up to the twin bedroom is steep but there is a gate at the top of the stairs. Heating: A Rayburn in the Dining Room runs 3 radiators and the rest is electric heating and there is a wood burner in the Sitting Room.

Not suitable for children under 3 years old.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 5
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 83
Weekly Discount: 28%
Weekend Price: 200 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

- Pets by prior arrangement.
- No pets upstairs or on the furniture please
- No smoking in the house or sun room please
- Suitable for children 3+



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

8 Reviews

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Malvina User Profile
August 2017
Cottage was musty and damp. Soft furnishing smelt. Showering facility very poor. Garden unkept.

Emma User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful house and a great location to explore the area, we had a great day at Burton Bradstock with an amazing seafood platter at The Hive Beach Cafe, great recommendation by Catherine. Would highly recommend

Anna User Profile
July 2017
We stayed in Catherine's cottage as a family of 5. The house was very cosy, clean and well equipped. We quite loved its " quirkiness"! Part of the quirkiness is having to improvise in order to have a shower. Should be no issue for guests who like to take a bath. Catherine is a very helpful host, & she made us feel most welcome. We keep this place in mind for a next holiday in the UK!

Wonderful area for walks. Interesting old cottage and garden with good beds, a functional kitchen and a charming sunroom. We loved to stay in the cottage and found Thomas Hardy's trail nearby and his parents wedding attestation in the local church. Kate has made a useful information book. We didnt meet Kate but communicated flexibly with her during the stay. Thanks and cheers Niels Christian Mossfeldt Nickelsen and family

Moira User Profile
June 2017
This is a sweet quirky cottage. We stayed for just one night so use of facilities was minimal. We really enjoyed having breakfast in the conservatory surrounded by the plants.

Des User Profile
June 2017
Kates little cottage is just gorgeous ... for anything it may lack it certainly makes up for in character and charm .... this place is not filled with mod cons or even straight walls which I believe makes it just perfect and realistic .... it is after all a country cottage ... location is beautiful too and quiet .... it is the sort of place you'd rather stay and enjoy than go out looking for things to do .... all in all it is comfortable, warm and feels like home.

Anne-Marie User Profile
May 2017
We did not end up using the place as planned but Kate was great and very organised with reaponsive comms. We will definitely be organising another trip

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