Shire Cottage

Charminster near Dorchester, Dorset (Ref. 1699)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

  • Mrs Hodgson
    June 2015
    “Overall this is an excellent ...”
    Overall this is an excellent holiday property in beautiful surroundings. It is very well equipped and spacious. There were plenty of books, games and films and thought had been given to the comfort of guests. We had a fabulous holiday here and would certainly return.


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

The property

A superb, semi-detached barn conversion on the edge of the delightful village of Charminster, 1.5 miles from historic Dorchester.

Decorated and furnished to a very high standard with original beams and all three bedrooms boasting en-suite facilities, this charming accommodation makes an ideal base from which to explore stunning Dorset and Hardy's Wessex.

This cottage is adjacent to a smallholding with breeding hens, goats, rheas and Christmas trees, plus there is also a free range chicken farm very close by, and eggs are available to purchase on site.

There are lovely rural footpaths to discover locally and the adjacent golf course is a must for any enthusiast.

With the market town of Dorchester and the stunning Heritage Coast within easy driving distance, this is a great holiday destination to savour at any time of year.

Note: This property is opposite Ref. 1440 The Coach House, and together the properties can accommodate up to 10 people.


Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with en-suite (shower, basin and WC), 1 x double with en-suite (double bath, basin and WC), 1 x twin with en-suite (shower, basin and WC). Ground floor basin and WC. Well-equipped fitted kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with access to garden via patio doors.


  • Oil central heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 42" plasma screen TV with full cinema surround sound, FreeSat and DVD player
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels (not tea towels) inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and baby bath available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Private side patio area with furniture, leading via steps to private lawned garden and shed (must bring own padlock), and communal front gravelled area with benches
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk, pub 1 mile.

About the location


Dorchester 1.5 miles.

The attractive scattered community of Charminster is set in the valley of the River Cerne, surrounded by glorious, unspoilt countryside. It is served by a shop and pub, yet just one and a half miles away is the bustling market town of Dorchester, with its Roman roads, museums and a wide selection of pubs and restaurants. Enjoy a scenic walk around Maiden Castle, the largest hill fort in England, or visit the County Museum, which has a room devoted to Thomas Hardy, born just two miles away in Bockhampton. Just seven miles away are the glorious gently shelving beaches and picturesque harbour of Weymouth, and the rugged peninsula of Portland, linked to the mainland by Chesil Beach, part of the breathtaking World Heritage Coastline. In fact, you’ll find yourself so intoxicated by Dorset’s magic spell, you won’t want to return home at the end of your stay!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute