- Pub/shop < 1 mile
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
A deliciously impressive and distinctive Grade II listed 18th century thatched cottage, in the centre of an attractive conservation area in the Dorset village of Puddletown, 4 miles from Dorchester. This stunning and historic Puddletown holiday cottage was once the village shop and wine cellar, and has featured in numerous magazine articles, books, on Christmas cards and has even been used as a film location! Now, this Puddletown cottage has been imaginatively and sympathetically renovated to create a most unique and romantic holiday home. Set over three floors, the interior of this Puddletown holiday cottage simply oozes character and retains many original features, including the old wine storage bins and some beamed ceilings, as well as wooden pillars said to have come from a ship. The light and airy sitting room features two galleried openings to the lower floor, which flood the attractive basement kitchen and dining area with natural light. Upstairs, the master bedroom with its half-barrelled ceiling and enormous Venetian bay window offers a lovely place to sit and watch the village life go by. The exterior of this Puddletown holiday cottage is quite striking and often photographed, with the bay window jutting out into the village square. This window has 19th century terracotta plaques beneath, thought to depict Romeo and Juliet. A short walk from your Puddletown holiday cottage is the village shop, which offers a Post Office, off licence, newsagent and butcher, whilst the local pub provides good food and real ales. Locally, there is a strong link to Thomas Hardy; named Weatherbury, Puddletown featured in some of his novels, and his parents are buried in the churchyard. A short drive from this Puddletown holiday cottage takes you to Dorchester, where you can explore a wide range of shops and museums, or eat out at one of the numerous fine restaurants. Alternatively, take a trip to Dorset's picturesque coast offering stunning beaches, pretty harbours and quiet coves. A chocolate box Puddletown holiday cottage offering a most delightful holiday destination; just bring your bucket and spade, walking boots and a good book!
Over three floors. Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, bidet and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Basement kitchen with dining area. Spacious sitting room with double sofa bed.
Gas central heating. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, DVDs and CDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Roadside parking in lane next to cottage. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop and pub 5 mins walk. Note: Twisting cottage stairs may not be suitable for the infirm.
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About the location
Dorchester 4 miles.
The friendly village of Puddletown is found beside the quaintly-named River Piddle, 4 miles east of the county town of Dorchester. Famously named Weatherbury by Thomas Hardy in his novels Far From The Madding Crowd, and Under The Greenwood Tree, Puddletown was in fact home to the Hardy family, and his parents are buried in the churchyard. The village is served by a well-stocked shop, whilst the pub serves good food and local ales. The countryside around Puddletown abounds in lovely walks and is dotted with pretty villages, including Tolpuddle, most well known for the origin of the Trade Union movement. Close by, Athelhampton House and Kingston Maurward House and gardens are well worth a visit. Just a short drive takes you to the scenic Jurassic coast, offering sandy beaches at Weymouth, rugged Portland and stunning walks along the coastal path. Puddletown makes a lovely Dorset village base from which to explore this most beautiful area.