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26 Rodden Row

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Sykes rating

  • 11 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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Facilities and Maintenance

11 Customer Reviews

  • "The house was damp when I arrived as it had been empty for the previous few weeks."

    I had to get the man out both on Friday and Saturday first for the heating which should have been on before we arrived, and then for the water which was just lukewarm. Putting a air fresher in the cupboard just left a smell on the dishes, overall we all enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Oct 2023

  • "We booked the tearooms at the last minute after our previous accommodation fell through."

    The tearooms are quirky and full of character. The accommodation itself suited our extended family perfectly. The only issues I would feedback is that the kitchen felt like it wasn't completely clean (scum in the kettle and food on cutlery) and a 4pm check-in seemed late.

    Reviewed by Anthony3.8Sep 2023

  • "This is a fantastic property for a large family group."

    We holidayed with our grown-up family. There is an unfenced pond (which is flagged in the property description) and we enjoyed feeding the fish.There is masses of space downstairs and the large garden is wonderful. One of our party had to work from home for a couple of days and the WiFi was good. Because the living space downstairs is so generous they didnt need to work in their bedroom. We had fantastic weather so ate many meals outside in the shade of the vine. The bedrooms are not large/luxurious but are comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of fridge space. Abbotsbury itself is a magical place- we watched sunrise from nearby St Cathrine's Chapel and sunset from the hills behind the house. We fished off Chesil beach and walked the southwest coastal path from the house. We did our own afternoon tea with the pretty china from when the place was a tearoom. We bought delicious local sausages and clotted cream from the butcher around the corner. There's a small shop in the village for milk , bread etc We only scratched the surface of all the things to explore in the immediate locality.

    Reviewed by Harriet4.4Jun 2023

  • "It’s a very cute and picturesque cottage that we enjoyed staying in but was slightly marred by being on a very tight corner of the main coastal road and consequent traffic noise."

    Lovely garden and plenty of living space. Bathrooms a bit dated but fine. Attic bedroom a bit cramped. There’s no bathroom for the single bedroom, without going through another bedroom, which should probably be pointed out on the listing. The house was nice and clean. Overall we enjoyed staying there and it suited 2 families and a grandparent very well.

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Jul 2022

  • "A lovely cottage and garden ."

    Ideally for us with dogs.Everything we needed. Beautiful location with stunning views.We would love to come back !

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Jun 2022

  • "We were concerned about a negative review submitted in May 2022 but were happy to find that the issues that had been referenced in that review had been fully resolved by the time of our arrival."

    The property was clean and in good order.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2022

  • "Property was perfect for our needs."

    Plenty of space and character, and the location was ideal. The children loved the ‘tea room’ Beds comfortable no sleeping complaints. Communication was very good, although I did message a couple of times during stay and didn’t get a reply (about the wallpaper in the dining room). If we’d have know could have put the bins out for collection, couldn’t find food waste bin

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2022

  • "Parking at the property is a bit of a challenge having to reverse into a narrow driveway which can only accommodate two cars."

    Inside the property there was a general lack of cleanliness throughout and some areas very tired and the photos online were a misrepresentation of what was actually at the property. No complimentary welcome gift such as wine or a few tea bags or biscuits, there is literally nothing, not even salt and pepper. (I appreciate its self catering but every property I’ve stayed in supply a little something) there is a welcome booklet in the lounge (this has the incorrect number for the maintenance person) The kitchen has several dirty fridges to use and one filthy disused one in the dining room. Many of the shelves have not been cleaned in some time as had a build up of grime and dust, especially the ones above the oven and on the right as you walk in. One of the larger tables in the dining room hadn’t been cleaned as I wiped my hand across it and there were several crumbs and sticky parts. The living room smelt of dog and you could see dog hair across the laminate flooring and on the rug. When looking at the photo of this room it appears there would be a large wood burner and a sofa with a couple of plush blue chairs, however this is not the case. A small electric fire has been installed, the two blue chairs have been swapped for two very old, uncomfortable upright chairs. Most of the fixtures and fittings in this room were not there. The sofa was very warm grubby and uncomfortable. When you had a long day out and want to relax this isn’t ideal and we took it in turns each evening to sit on the sofa. Also rafter the first day my daughters white tights were black from the amount of dirt on the floor and rug which was really annoying as the kids always want to run around playing on the floor. The other main issue I had was the dog mess left in the garden! The garden was covered with sticks I can only assume the dogs were chewing and the pond area is in a poor state with it being overgrown and the small wooden bridge in the photos not present. The summer house behind this area was just abandoned, full of cob webs and over grown weeds/plants. The twin room upstairs was a good size room however again the bathroom was misrepresented in the photos. There is in fact no shower screen and the shower is not connected to the wall, you have to stand there holding the shower head whilst showering. The toilet seat was also broken and left on the floor, which I did report and was loosely fixed the following day. The tiny single room was ideal for my 3 year old daughter, she loved it but it got cold in the evenings and the heating didn’t work in there so she moved into our room. In the larger double room the shower has been painted with the incorrect paint and each day whilst showering the paint was peeling off under foot and after the shower I had to pick the bits of paint off the bottom of my feet. We also found someone’s clothes left in one of the draws in the room. In the other double room the hot water tap was temperamental and water pressure in here was very poor. Upstairs in the final room which has very little head space the shower was left broken in pieces on the side. I did get told this would be fixed the following day but no one ever bothered to come out to sort it! So we had to share bathrooms to have a shower each day. I appreciate this is a period property but the general level of cleanliness was appalling. When speaking to the maintenance guy and cleaner they said the cleaners only have 6 hours to clean two houses! This really is not my problem and should not be given as an excuse for the state of the house. The worst thing was this was our first trip away since covid and I didn’t want the kids playing in the lounge with the state of the floors and rug. They also stated that the gardener only comes once every two weeks so the dogs mess could have been there for two weeks and why the cleaner can’t have a quick check of this I don’t know.

    Dear Mr Staley, We can only apologise for the condition that you found our property in. As absentee owners we were unaware of the ongoing staffing issues and their consequences which our cleaning company was experiencing, which have now been rectified. We are so sorry that our property fell below the standards that both you and us as owners are entitled to expect and we thankyou for bringing this to our attention. We are now going to take a more hands-on approach to ensure standards are maintained. Once again please accept our sincere apologies. Grant & Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alex1.3May 2022

  • "Spacious property and good bedrooms."

    With a bit more love and attention to detail would be lovely

    Reviewed by Hemant2.5May 2022

  • "We loved the house and it was perfect for our large family."

    The parking is a bit of a downside as 2 car parking spaces are a challenge for a holiday home for 10 people. Also the heating in the dining room, twin bedroom and single room did not work so they were very cold.

    Thank you Joanne. We are so glad you loved our lovely property. It's so nice for us to hear that guests have had a good time! Thank you for advising us of the heating issues and rest assured we will be sorting that out immediately. Best regards. Grant and Lisa. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely period cottage in a beautiful, chocolate box village."

    Clean, spacious and comfortable accommodation, with a thoughtful arrival gift from the owners. We arrived at the tail end of Storm Eunice to a power cut throughout the village and no heating - the log burners pictured are all actually electric fan heaters

    Reviewed by Virginia4.7Feb 2022

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  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms sleeping 11 guests in total
  • First floor: Family bedroom with king-size and single with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • King-size bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Single bedroom
  • Second floor: Family bedroom with double and single with en-suite bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with TV
  • External utility with cloakroom
  • Oil central heating
  • Double oven, induction hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • 4 x TV's, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Garden with lawn, patio, furniture, pizza oven and pond
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile, beach 1.3 miles
  • Maximum of 2 animals
  • Note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, please take care and ensure that pets and children are supervised at all times

The property

Settled in the heart of the picture-perfect village of Abbotsbury, a stone's throw from the renowned Jurassic Coast, rests this remarkable Grade II listed holiday home, 26 Rodden Row.

Formerly a tearoom, this spectacular stone-built property oozes traditional character, with exposed stone-work, wooden beams and a thatched roof, offering a truly remarkable base for a group celebration to Dorset.

Discard any coats and shoes in the handy stone-floored entrance hallway before making your way through to the sitting room to unwind with a moment of peace in front of the television, with a feature stone inglenook fireplace adding the perfect ambiance for those evenings in with family and friends.

The kitchen is equipped with a range of amenities to entice any budding chef to prepare an array of delectable dishes, whilst the handy dishwasher helps keep the space neat and tidy.

Across the way rests the spacious dining room, where the original charm of the former tearoom can be seen throughout the quaint decor; gather together with your loved ones at the dining table to recount the days adventures over a delicious meal or make the most of your picturesque setting by making mealtimes an alfresco affair in the well-presented garden.

The tearoom is also ideal for family games or to escape for peaceful reading time.

When the skies grow darker, climb the stairs to the first floor where you'll find four bedrooms, comprising two king-size rooms, one with an additional single bed, one twin and each benefiting from access to their own en-suite, whilst a single room offers an intimate escape from the excitement.

A fabulous family bedroom can be found with an en-suite bathroom tucked under the exposed beams of the second floor, ideal for keeping an eye on the little ones.

Enjoying a central location, you'll find a host of local amenities right on your doorstep, including The Old School House, where you can fuel the days excursions with a traditional spot of Dorset afternoon tea, along with The Bride Valley Farm Shop, stocked with fresh, locally sourced produce.

Whilst you're in the area, be sure to visit the famed Abbotsbury Swannery, where over 600 Mute Swans nest on the site of an 11th century monastery or enjoy a stroll through the blooming magnolia and camellia at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

Pack up your bucket and spade and spend a lazy afternoon lounging on the glorious sands of Chesil Beach, or lace up your walking boots and explore the delights of the Jurassic Coast along the South West Coast Path.

Television buffs will be delighted with a visit to West Bay, where the rugged sandstone cliffs form the backdrop behind popular whodunnit drama series Broadchurch, whilst the neighbouring market town of Bridport is well worth a visit.

Jump in the car and head to the popular seaside resort of Weymouth, where you can discover fascinating marine creatures at the SEA LIFE Centre, tour a unique collection of sand-built sculptures at Sandworld, or lose yourself amongst the labyrinth of tunnels at Nothe Fort.

Whisk your loved ones away on an unforgettable retreat with a stay at 26 Rodden Row.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £750.

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About the location


Weymouth 8.8. miles.

Nestled on the Dorset Jurassic Coast, the historic village of Abbotsbury offers quintessential high streets and a variety of amenities, including a village shop with a post office and ATM, a farm shop selling local produce, tea rooms, art galleries, and a character pub. The town boasts a selection of family attractions including Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, with its 20 acres of flourishing exotic plants and a pathway leading to the dramatic Chesil Beach, and a swannery, a unique attraction allowing visitors to wander through a colony of nesting Mute Swans Booming with tourism, the nearby popular seaside town of Weymouth has a wide variety of attractions on offer, including sandy beaches with opportunities for watersports such as kayaking, pedal boating and deep sea diving, a picturesque harbour, as well as a wide range of shops, pubs, cafes, and restaurants to choose from. Additional nearby points of interest include the County town of Dorchester, Portland Harbour, and the rugged “Isle” of Portland, which is linked to Weymouth by Chesil Beach.

Please note: owner can only accommodate a maximum of 2 animals

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas