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Little Retreat

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Upwey, Dorset Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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68 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage one of the best we’ve stayed in already booked for next year"

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2024

  • "What a wonderful find, Little Retreat was cosy, clean, very well maintained and well equipped."

    Location good for exploring Weymouth especially with bus stop being so close to property. Andrew and Sarah were perfect hosts, nothing was too much trouble. Would certainly book again.

    Thanks for being great guests and taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jun 2024

  • "Excellent accommodation, could not fault fault it."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2024

  • "A lovely cottage which was generously equipped."

    The welcome pack was a real treat and we would highly recommend for easy location & nearby bus route to places of interest.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2024

  • "Totally flawless, we’ve visited Little Retreat for many years and always had the most comfortable and peaceful stay."

    Wonderful owners as well so we cant fault it in any way. Perfect for couples who want a quiet and relaxing holiday.

    Thank you Ray. It was so nice to see you and Jeanette again. Thanks for the card and for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Mar 2024

  • "A little gem of a hideaway, beautifully equipped and furnished, walking distance to award winning Wishing Well Tearooms (prebook!"

    ). Warm and cosy, quiet and peaceful, but only 10 mins to Dorchester. Everything you could need, would love to go back in summer. Parking quite tight if you have a large 4wd but doable. Great place to recharge your batteries and relax

    Thank you Lucy for such a nice review. We are really glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a wonderful week at the Little Retreat."

    The location was perfect for us to travel around on the buses and trains The cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, especially as we hadn't driven to the property. It was incredibly clean, quiet and well appointed. Many thanks for the welcome pack. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Hi Elizabeth. Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. I'm sorry I was away during your stay and didn't get to meet you but so pleased to know you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2023

  • "A lovely place to stay, so peaceful with a pretty outlook."

    The kitchen had everything you needed to cook for the week and the extra bits supplied by Sarah and Andrew were very welcomed. The place was warm and cosy and there were bus routes a 5 minute walk away to Weymouth and Dorchester. We had a long walk to Hardy’s monument and visited the wishing well cafe which was lovely. We would definitely recommend this place to stay. Our standards are high and they were met! Sarah and Andrew were very friendly and nothing would have been too much trouble for them in order to make your stay comfortable. A gem!

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Oct 2023

  • "Little Retreat felt homely as soon as we walked through the door, hosts Sarah & Andrew (not forgetting Skye) had thought of everything, and the welcome hamper was a lovely and much appreciated touch."

    The accommodation was comfortable, and had everything you could need, the bed was one of the comfiest we've slept in. Perfectly situated for exploring the whole area, the buses are nearby and frequent, the railway station is 5 minutes away and free parking. A Dorset cream tea at the Wishing Well is a must! All in all a fabulous week, thank you Sarah, Andrew & Skye.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, decorated to a very high standard and spotlessly clean."

    It’s very well equipped including household items such as washing up liquid etc. The decking area was an added bonus it was lovely to sit out in the garden on warm evenings. Upwey is very well situated, Weymouth and Dorchester are very close by and can be accessed by a bus that runs from the top of the road. The owners have thought of everything and provided a welcome pack which included a pint of milk which was much appreciated. There are two good pubs close by that provide good food and The Wishing Well restaurant is a 10 minute walk and well worth the effort. We would definitely recommend and hope to return soon

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a fantastic time the accommodation was second to none I will be booking ..."

    We had a fantastic time the accommodation was second to none I will be booking more holidays with you the couple who own the little retreat we’re so welcoming Sarah and Andrew even the dog Skye I wish our holiday didn’t have to end one if not thee best holidays in England I’ve ever had so jealous of the couple who are on holiday there right now

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "We have stayed in many self catering cottages and Little Retreat was the best from the welcome greeting on our arrival to very clean and well equipped cottage."

    Little Retreat was well situated to be able to walk from the door and the nearby bus stop was a welcome bonus to be able to travel further afield. Would most definitely return.

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cozy property very well kitted out ."

    Nothing too much trouble for the owners who were available but never intrusive. They offered ideas for places to visit if asked . Would definitely stay there again when in the area .

    Reviewed by Mavis5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was our second stay at Little Retreat and we can’t wait to visit again."

    Everything was perfect thanks to wonderful hosts, Andrew and Sarah.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2023

  • "Really super listing and description."

    The cottage was exceptional and fully equipped, just like home. I would recommend the area and the cottage for a wonderful relaxing stay

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2023

  • "As pensioners celebrating our 55th anniversary we were hoping the Little Retreat would live up to our expectations ( it did )."

    It was very clean, comfortable, very quiet & peaceful, equipped with all we needed, the decking / garden area is a lovely bonus and you have your own privacy. The Little Retreat is an ideal base for touring or as we did just to chill for a week. Definitely worth a re - visit. Many thanks for a lovely week. Trev & Sandy

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Mar 2023

  • "Everything was perfect and the welcome warm."

    The only thing we missed was a dishwasher! Perhaps a small one would fit.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Nov 2022

  • "The Little Retreat is a lovely compact bungalow set in a quiet village away from the hustle and bustle of Weymouth, We loved our stay which suited our needs with bus stops just a few minutes away at the top of the road and a good pub serving real ales."

    In the morning we could see deer, rabbits and birds from the French doors in the sitting area. On arrival there was a bag of ground coffee, crisps, soft drinks and milk to greet us. The accommodation was spotless clean throughout. Overall highly recommended. The only negatives would be the absence of a dishwasher and the bathroom would benefit from upgrading to bring it up to a higher standard

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Sep 2022

  • "A delightful bungalow in a lovely setting in a quiet village."

    The cottage was well equipped, the owners having thought of everything, and the welcome package was a nice touch. The owners, despite being on holiday, were contactable in case of any issues. We will certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by Clinton5.0Aug 2022

  • "The property was ideal and well equipped."

    The location was excellent for exploring Dorset. Our hosts we're very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 2022

  • "Had a really great time at Little Retreat."

    The cottage was really comfortable, clean and homely. Andrew and Sarah were lovely, and the perfect hosts, not forgetting Sky. We would highly recommend this property and would visit again without hesitation

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a great break at The Little Retreat."

    A lovely base from which to explore the area and there was so much to see without travelling long distances. We returned to the cottage each day and enjoyed sitting on the decking with a glass in the hand and listening to the silence! Wonderful and we hope to return. Thank you Sarah and Andrew for welcoming us to your lovely garden.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent in every way is the only way to describe it."

    Sarah and Andrew could not have been more helpful in information and advice. So clean and well equipped in a beautiful setting Definitely

    Reviewed by D5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely holiday sarah and andrew were very helpful friendly hosts who went above and behond , we had a very comfortable stay ."

    Very clean and pretty cottage and gardens in the dorset countryside, but in easy distance of attractions to visit.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2022

  • "Little Retreat is an immaculate cottage in a lovely peaceful setting."

    The attention to detail is incredible and is a credit to the hosts, Andrew and Sarah. There is parking for a car at the property and also a very good bus service with a bus stop nearby at the top of the road, which we used several times to travel to Weymouth and Dorchester. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can’t wait to return, later in 2022.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2021

  • "Charming hosts."

    Beautiful garden.

    Reviewed by Synthia5.0Sep 2021

  • "Another excellent stay at little retreat haven of peace and quiet."

    i loved coming back after a day of walking and visiting places of interests. sitting in the rocking chair on the decking with a cuppa and a reading a book it was bliss thank you sarah and andrew for a wonderful week graham

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2021

  • "It felt like from from home."

    Everything was there that we needed. The gardens were fabulous. It was quiet except for the birds flying around and lovely to sit and watch the rabbits in the field beyond. Instructions for everything was clear in their book. Little Retreat was situated in a lovely village street, easy access, own parking. Walks etc. close by It is clear that Sarah and Andrew take pride in their property as it was decorated to a high standard. Also Sarah purchased another set of mattress cover, pillow covers etc. so that we had fresh on, due to covid. Sarah followed the covid instructions, shame other Sykes properties do not!!! I would recommend Little Retreat

    Reviewed by Jen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Had a great time at little retreat everything was there that we needed , very quite and restful Sarah and Andrew were very pleasant and welcoming, All COVID sanitisers and cleaners ready for us which was comforting."

    Reviewed by Jacky4.7Jun 2021

  • "Andrew and Sarah who own Little Retreat were very helpful and it was a pleasure to meet them."

    They advised on places to visit and generally helpful without being obtrusive.There were plenty of bays and coves along the coast which were delightful and the scenery was stunning.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2021

  • "Perfectly placed accommodation to explore the Dorset coast."

    Situated in a beautiful private garden with friendly helpfull hosts.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0May 2021

  • "The kindness ,helpfulness and thoughtfulness of our hosts."

    Although they live on site we never felt they were intruding. Very beautiful garden for our own use. Plenty of storage space.

    Reviewed by Brenin4.7Aug 2020

  • "I was really pleased the holiday was able to go ahead wiith present situation i want sure what to expect and how my holiday was going work."

    soon as i arrived at little retreat i had a very warm welcome from the owners sarah and andrew at that point i just knew it was going to be a good holiday thank you to them. it was excellent holiday. one thing i love about little retreat its peace full and quite thank you

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely comfortable and private holiday cottage."

    Had everything you could want for a self catering holiday. Perfect location for exploring Dorset, from Arne in the east to Chesil beach, Abbotsbury, Portland Bill and of course Weymouth in the West. Very convenient for buses into Weymouth and Dorchester. Also must mention the hosts, Sarah and Andrew, who made us so welcome and not forgetting Skye too. Thank you all very much for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful place and clean tidy and well equipped ."

    Would highly reccommend it

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2019

  • "Every aspect of the cottage and owners was perfect, will definitely return"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful and in perfect surroundings."

    We had a lovely relaxing week, our hosts were so helpful. We have stayed in many cottages over the years but this one surpassed them all, so clean and well stocked. We certainly will be going back.

    Reviewed by E5.0Apr 2019

  • "The property was to a very good standard everything you needed was available."

    The owners Sarah and Andrew where very nice and always approachable.The cottage is very central for all of Dorset and for those without a car the bus service is very convenient. Stayed June 2018

    Mr SmithJul 2018

  • "This is the third consecutive year we have stayed at Little Retreat, need we say more?"

    Stayed 2016, 2017 & 2018

    Mr John LeesonJun 2018

  • "A great place to stay and rest or explore the area."

    Hosts were very knowledgeable and offered ample advice when asked. The cottage was clean and had lots of added little extras not mentioned a nice personal touch. Will be going back.Stayed May 2018

    Mr Philip SilezinJun 2018

  • "The cottage is excellent: very comfortable, well equipped, quiet and with a beautiful garden - the best place we have ever stayed."

    - Sarah and Andrew were great hosts, very welcoming and helpful. - Highly recommended - stayed July 2017

    Mr QuabiusAug 2017

  • "A very charming cottage with a comprehensive inventory to make your holiday unforgettable."

    The location is simply superb, would certainly stay again. Stayed June 2017

    Mr Martin CouchmanJul 2017

  • "A very enjoyable week in a beautifully-kept holiday home."

    Stayed June 2017

    Mr John LeesonJun 2017

  • "We had a much needed holiday in a very beautiful well presented clean and welcoming property."

    As soon as we entered the front door it felt home from home fresh flowers on the table milk tea and biscuits in the kitchen and a very pretty garden. Andrew and Sarah were great hosts and very helpful not forgetting Skye the dog. All going well we will most certainly go back for another visit. We were very lucky to find your website and this property for our break and thank you all for your help. Stayed May 2017

    Mrs HallJun 2017

  • "Quaint little cottage perfect for a short break."

    Idyllic surroundings and very well kept beautiful garden with a well equipped cottage to match. Andrew and Sarah were very welcoming. Would love to return. Stayed March 2017

    Mrs DannApr 2017

  • "Fantastic, best place we have ever stayed."

    So clean. Had everything you would need and more. Nice owners very welcoming and easy to talk too. Stayed September 2016

    Mr James HuggettOct 2016

  • "The property was very clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    And set in a lovely garden. We were made very welcome by the owner and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Would also recommend the location. We found plenty to do without having to travel far. Stayed September 2016

    Mrs BarwellOct 2016

  • "Wonderful cottage to stay in."

    Highly recommend this cottage, own off road parking. Stayed August 2016

    Mr JordanSep 2016

  • "Had a great week's holiday!"

    Excellent location, quiet, comfortable and secure. Everything you need is on site, own garden, and great relaxing on the decking after a day out. Plenty of places to visit nearby, Castles, Forts, Houses, Sand sculptures, beaches, and had a fantastic day out at Monkey World. Andrew and Sarah made us feel most welcome. Stayed July 2016

    Mrs Maria ScreenJul 2016

  • "Very well-appointed cottage in an idyllic setting."

    Andrew and Sarah,the owners, were very welcoming and helpful. A benefit for us was the excellent local bus service that connected with most of the Dorset coastal towns. Stayed June 2016

    Mr John LeesonJul 2016

  • "The cottage was excellent - couldn't fault anything and the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    Would definitely recommend. Stayed April 2016

    Mr Patrick NeweyMay 2016

  • "The Little Retreat was first class accommodation and we had a very nice stay there."

    Stayed January 2016

    Mrs CooperFeb 2016

  • "Lovely stay, lovely property and lovely hosts."

    Stayed November 2015

    Miss Sarah ClutterbuckDec 2015

  • "The location and standard of the accommodation was perfect for a peaceful and relaxing break."

    Stayed October 2015

    Mr Alan ToddOct 2015

  • "Little Retreat is the perfect place to unwind, a haven of tranquility."

    The cottage is excellent, fantastic location with everything you could need & the little personal touches complete the atmosphere. Andrew & Sarah were the perfect hosts friendly & welcoming. We will return. Stayed October 2015

    Mrs Beryl FellowsOct 2015

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable with the little extras that make all the difference."

    Ideal location for exploring Dorset. Highly recommended. Stayed September 2015

    Mr Mark BinningOct 2015

  • "Owners very friendly & gave us a very warm welcome."

    Cottage had everything you wanted. Stayed September 2015

    Mr ChapmanSep 2015

  • "Little retreat was clean, really well kept, beautiful gardens, and provided everything we needed."

    We really enjoyed our stay and will be back Stayed August 2015

    Mrs Elaine IrvineAug 2015

  • "The property was of the highest standard in an idyllic location."

    Ideal for sightseeing Dorset.A very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Stayed July/August 2015

    Mrs Jacqui MillingtonJul 2015

  • "Excellent property, clean, comfortable, home from home,."

    The owners have thought of everything and more Thank you very much.

    Mr Allen ParkinsonJun 2015

  • "Every respect Little Retreat exceeded our expectations."

    Andrew and Sarah were excellent hosts being very helpful and welcoming. The cottage was in a perfect location and had a beautiful garden. We couldn't fault the cottage which we found both attractive, comfortable and very well equipped. We would recommend it to friends and may well return at some time.

    Mr DraycottMay 2015

  • "We have stayed at little retreat several times before, lovely property clean and very comfortable, relaxing and peaceful location."

    the new owners sarah and Andrew are lovely hosts made us feel very welcome. definitely would stay again. - Mr and Mrs Allen - Stayed February 2015

    Mr & Mrs AllenFeb 2015

  • "We had a lovely weeks holiday thank you!"

    It's made us want to buy a bungalow now

    Mrs HallAug 2014

  • "Delightful cottage in peaceful location."

    Ideal for 2 people. Clean and comfortable. Would certainly recommend

    Mrs RuckJul 2014

  • "We were very pleased with the cottage, it was clean and fresh with lots of little extras."

    Quality tea and coffee with biscuits and a small jug of milk in the fridge, a small thing but makes a big difference. Good quality towels. The owners were very pleasant and made us feel welcome and they obviously spend a lot of time maintaining their garden. We would happily recommend "Little Retreat"

    Mr SingletonJul 2014

  • "We enjoyed our holiday very much at 'little retreat' The owners were very welcoming."

    This was the third time we have stayed there and are sure there'll be a fourth.

    Mrs MartinJun 2014

  • "Have stayed at Little Retreat once before and the new owners are aiming - successfully - to improve on already high standards."

    An excellent venue and a good base for touring Dorset, Somerset and Devon. The out-of-season prices are particularly attractive

    Mr John ClaytonMay 2014

  • "Relaxing and friendly."

    Highly recommend

    Mrs Catherine WoodfordApr 2014

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  • All on one level
  • One bedroom: 1 x double, bathroom with shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins drive.

The property

Little Retreat is a converted detached property located in the picturesque village of Upwey, near Weymouth and is situated in the grounds of 'The Retreat'.

With its secluded location you have privacy with your own entrance and gardens. The owner has fitted a high specification kitchen and bathroom along with comfortable and contemporary furniture and fittings throughout the property. Other than the entrance two steps up to Little Retreat the accommodation is all on one level.

Just perfect for two, once inside the property, is the open plan living area.

Sit and unwind while chatting and laughing enjoying a meal prepared in the kitchen.

Unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lawned garden outside on the patio with mature trees and flower borders.

A leisurely stroll from Little Retreat, in the village of Upwey, you will find two good pubs and The Upwey Wishing Well tea rooms which offers homemade cakes and Dorset Cream teas.

Offering tranquil walks from various bridleways into stunning Dorset scenery Upwey was a favoured venue for Thomas Hardy the writer.

Weymouth's award winning golden sandy beach, shopping centre, gourmet restaurants and busy fishing harbour are only a 10 minute car or bus ride away.

A short journey across the rolling hills of Dorset will take you to the famous Chesil coastline in the West or the Purbeck coastline in the East.

Little Retreat is a perfect little cottage ideal for a short break near Weymouth with idyllic surroundings and very well kept beautiful garden and cottage.

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About the location


Dorchester 4.5 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.

Note: Bedding at Little Retreat may contain feathers

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas