Troy House

Puddletown near Dorchester, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 20494)

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Cottage features

  • Smoke-free
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “A wonderful place in which to celebrate the New Year 2014”
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    • “Troy House is a very comfortable, warm, well equipped cottage. It is quirky both inside and out and we would have loved to know more about it's history - if only walls could speak.Puddletown is well situated and close to lots of amenities, especially the local shop and pub. The food at the local pub is so good, but it is best to book to make sure that you get a table even on a week day. The church is very interesting and worth a visit. The owners though not on site are very welcoming and were very helpful and concerned when we had a problem with the electrics. We would thoroughly recommend a stay in Troy House.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hungerford, March 2014

    • “Quirky, historic, thatched cottage in delightful English village”
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    • “Troy House lived up to our expectations of something different. We were looking for a place to stay near Bovington Tank Museum but also near other attractions. The house was very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed, even an adaptor for our daughters iPod and sticky tape to wrap a birthday present! Our only disappointment was having to leave early and not being able to relax more in such a delightful and quirky home. The main bed was very comfortable. There were lots of books, DVDs, games and puzzles. The information on the history of the house was interesting, would like to know even more about it. One night we walked along the river to the Blue Vinny pub for dinner which was very nice with garden and playground for kids. Another we ate at The Martyr in Tolpuddle, also good food. We also needed to travel to Portland to visit relatives staying there and were surprised how easy and quick it was. 30 mins, 45 in peak times, as Troy House is very close to A35. Overall the hose was obviously well cared for and the labels on the light switches (there were so many) were very useful. We think this is a great place to stay and imagine it would be enjoyable at any time of the year.”

    Vjnmswc, Perth, Australia, July 2013

    • “Very comfortable and relaxing stay.”
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    • “Service was very good, Troy House was really comfortable and spacious and well equipped, everything you need is available. The location was a great base for exploring many areas of interest. Locally pub and restaurant facilities really good value (The Blue Vinney serves excellent food and wine. A most impressive master bedroom, quite a few quirky stairs though. Look foward to returning.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Staffordshire, September 2013

    • “Quirky cottage in a beautiful location”
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    • “Fantastic service from the cottage owner, phoning to confirm all was ok. Lovely, interesting cottage in a beautiful location. Will not hesitate to stay again when visiting Dorset.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Harrow, July 2013

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    • “A highly individual and spacious property updated in a grand but practical fashion. It had quality furnishings, linens and household equipment. The bedroom bay window was our favourite spot, having morning coffee or an evening drink watching the village life go by. We went out every day and were always happy to return.”

    Mrs Brister, Norwich, July 2015

    • “The house had a very interesting history and layout/appearance, and was located in an area with many literary and historical connections.”

    Ms Leach, Wentworth Falls, June 2015

    • “A lovely quirky cottage in a very nice area. The cottage was very well equipped and made for an enjoyable holiday.”

    Mrs Rainier, Goole, March 2015

    • “It was a lovely house in a quiet village.”

    Mrs North, Croydon, January 2015

    • “Great welcome bottle of wine and card. Speedy response when a question was asked. The property itself was really lovely - all in all a fab week.”

    Mrs Harvey, Cambridge, November 2014

    • “Delightful, unusual property in a very pleasant village. Lots of places to visit and a lovely county for walking.”

    Dr Robinson, Havant, October 2014

    • “Excellent House, excellent location, and interesting history.”

    Mr Newborough, Stamford, September 2014

    • “It is a very nice and comfortable cottage. It is decorated with care and Dorset is beautiful!”

    Miss Luijkx, Amstelveen, June 2014

    • “Troy House is a most delightful, quirky property. The house was incredibly well equipped - I bought my usual charity shop jigsaw and arrived to find a selection of quality jigsaws already there! We can't wait to come back.”

    Mrs Cozens, Peterborough, February 2014

    • “A beautiful and unusual cottage in a lovely area.”

    Miss Eyers, Bedford, February 2014

    • “Troy House is a very comfortable, cosy place to stay. It is exceptionally well equipped with everything that you would need. The house is fascinating both inside and out. Puddletown is an excellent location for exploring Dorset. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The owners are very helpful.”

    Mrs Barker, Hungerford, December 2013

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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.

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