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The Garden Cottage

Upwey near Dorchester, Dorset View on map (Ref. 943806)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • Mr Preddy
    March 2017
    “Beautiful small cottage in tranquil ...”
    Beautiful small cottage in tranquil village location, perfect for a short stay and from which to explore the lovely County of Dorset. Every need has been thought out and covered by the owners who were also on hand if needed, but also a discreet distance away. Bedroom space in the roof void is a little restricted, but didn't in anyway lessen the enjoyment of our stay. Excellent village pub in easy walking distance was also a highlight. We would highly recommend and look forward to returning.


  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

Set on an elevated site above the Dorset village of Upwey, with lovely views across to the village church and surrounding countryside, is this attractive detached stone cottage.

Set on the top terrace of the owner's delightful gardens, this small, charming cottage has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard and offers couples a welcoming holiday base from which to explore this beautiful area.

There could be nothing more pleasant than either sitting out on your own private patio, enjoying refreshments whilst taking in the lovely view across the nearby valley, or on cooler days enjoying the view from inside the comfortable dining conservatory.

The kitchen, although small in size provides you with everything you need to serve up some tasty treats.

If you don't fancy cooking you can always take the short stroll down to the delightful Wishing Well tea rooms, well known for its yummy cream teas!

When bedtime comes around you have the choice of climbing up into the cosy eaves bedroom with its low level futon-style bed or just snooze on the comfortable sofa bed.

Both floors having toilet facilities.

The historic market town of Dorchester, Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge, is just a short drive or bus ride away.

Venture inland and explore the picturesque Dorset villages, beloved by Thomas Hardy.

Also an easy drive or bus ride takes you to the popular seaside resort of Weymouth offering visitors glorious golden sandy beaches, excellent watersport facilities and a bustling harbour with good restaurants.

The Inland Coastal Path runs across the ridge a mile uphill from the cottage and is, thus, ideal for walkers.

At the end of the day return to your comfortable little Dorset cottage, a hidden gem, ready to plan your next day out.


Mostly ground floor. One first floor eaves low level double futon bedroom with en-suite basin and WC. Wet room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen. Conservatory with dining area. Sitting room with sofa bed.


  • Underfloor heating throughout ground floor, with supplementary electric oil-filled radiator on first floor
  • Bosch electric oven with grill, single-ring induction hob, microwave, fridge, Bosch washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Bike storage
  • Sloping lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: The eaves bedroom and WC/basin has limited head height and is accessed by a steep and narrow nautical-style staircase, not suitable for the less mobile
  • Note: Children aged 12 years and over
  • Note: The lawned garden is accessed by a slope and steps
  • Note: The owner has a friendly dog and cat
  • Note: The owner can speak some German
  • Note: Mobile phone coverage is intermittent.

About the location


Dorchester 5 miles; Weymouth 4 miles.

The picturesque village of Upwey lies just four miles north of Weymouth, nestling beneath the Dorset Ridgeway, and takes its name from the shallow chalk stream, the River Wey, which bubbles up here from an underground spring. Upwey is well-known for its Wishing Well, where George III once sought the benefits of the natural spring water. It is now a delightful tea room, serving lunches and traditional cream teas. There are a number of footpaths leading directly from the village to miles of unspoilt countryside, and close by is the market town of Dorchester, Thomas Hardy’s ’Casterbridge’. An easy drive or bus ride takes you to the popular seaside resort of Weymouth offering visitors glorious golden sandy beaches, excellent watersports facilities and a bustling harbour. An attractive village location and an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Region Information

Note: Children aged 12 years and over.

Note: This property is not suitable for the less mobile.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas