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Under Acre Cottage

(Ref. 1062552)

Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "What a fantastic cottage, comfortable, clean and great location, we loved it ..."

    What a fantastic cottage, comfortable, clean and great location, we loved it that much that we have booked again for next year

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2024

  • "Accurate description."

    Well furnished and equipped. Two negative aspects which affected our stay, 1. We needed considerably more heating than provided for by the preprogrammed settings on the Hive central heating control thermostat situated upstairs. Though manual override /interventions were possible, these were only temporary and so frequent frequent trips upstairs were needed to sufficiently keep the downstairs warm.This was proved to be a real irritation and inconvenience. Having log burners is not a suitable alternative to adequate background heating. I guess that I could have tried to contact the owner about this but, frankly, with this should not be necessary. 2. Parking our not-so-large car in the entrance to the house proved very tricky as the hedge is overgrown on one side needs to be cut back.

    Reviewed by David3.8Oct 2023

  • "Simply superb!"

    Perfectly placed to access everything we wanted to see and do. The house and gardens were fabulous with all that we could have wanted from a holiday home. Thank you so much from us all.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Overall, we enjoyed our time at handsome Under Acre Cottage."

    We especially appreciated and shall long remember the really spacious interior, many interestingly quirky and ;characterful' features and contents - and above all, the delightfully peaceful grounds, both around the cottage itself and the unique 'secret garden' above the surrounding trees. One slight negative was a concern over 'housekeeping' (both fridge and freezer were showing signs of wear and tear and in need of a little TLC). We also felt that the comfort of the main living room would benefit from one or two rugs on the cold quarry tile floor - and perhaps at least a few cushions on the sofas. There was also one important consideration we felt ws not made clear on the website. Prior to booking we were given reassurances over our concern as to how close the adjoining 'Mouse House' rental cottage was to Under Acre. In fact, this is a matter of only yards at one point and Mouse House is clearly visible from a couple of rear windows. Thankfully on this occasion our new 'neighbours' were charming and shared out wish for peace and privacy . . . Otherwise - a very pleasant stay. Thank you!

    Reviewed by David3.8Sep 2022

  • "Underacre Cottage is a beautiful thatched cottage with lovely gardens."

    A large comfortable cottage with wonderful views. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dorset,

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very glad to get back to Under Acre Cottage for another holiday."

    House and garden as lovely as we remembered and nice to be in touch with the owner again. Ideal as a base to explore Central, East and South Dorset but often spent days at the cottage as it's such a nice place to be.

    Reviewed by Selvy5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Under Acre Cottage."

    If anything the pictures do not do justice to how pleasant the place is. The cottage is a good size with plenty of living space downstairs. Cottage is well provided with most things that you would need, providing a box of OS maps of the local area was a really nice touch. The upstairs bedrooms are good quality decent sized, although the smallest room is a little lacking in storage space. The garden is incredible - it wasn't clear before arrival but the garden is split into two - the part by the house and then a separate part up a pathway which has a summer house, pizza oven and gets the last of the evening sun. Minor point of note is that the village pub has closed so there is no longer a pub within walking distance. The cottage is also very well located for travel South into the Purbecks as well as being reasonably convenient for getting onto the major roads East and West.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jun 2022

  • "At the end of February we had a wonderful week long family getaway to the gorgeous Under Acre Cottage."

    Brimming with period features, this 16th century cottage has bags of character and charm. We loved the exposed beams and the huge inglenook fireplaces! Staying in winter and during the tail end of storm Eunice, we spent many a cosy evening curled up in the living room with a roaring fire going in the wood burner, playing Jenga and other games provided by the owners. When we weren't playing games we would pop on a movie on one of the two tv's in each of the living rooms. There are three bedrooms set in the main historic body of the cottage, one large master bedroom and two smaller, cosy double rooms which you would expect with a property of this period. Downstairs in the extension there is a huge kitchen, ideal for a large family getaway or a weekend away with friends and this is fully kitted out with all the cooking materials you could possibly need. The large kitchen opens up onto a wonderful conservatory which has views out to the garden and much to our delight, under floor heating - perfect for our winter getaway. I absolutely loved the huge garden that was set out over different tiers, the top terrace providing a fantastic entertaining space with a wood burning pizza oven, outdoor dining area and brilliant views out over the surrounding countryside. Despite staying in February we managed to enjoy a fantastic evening up there making pizza's together. The cottage itself is set right back from the road by a long driveway so it's incredibly peaceful and quiet. The only other neighbours are a smaller rental property located next door, however we never heard a peep out of the guests there. I loved the feeling of being slightly off grid with the complete lack of phone reception at the cottage, a pleasure to get to enjoy these days! Saying that, there was wifi for internet and phone calls if required. The pub at the end of the road had recently closed, but that wasn't a problem for us as there are plenty of other fantastic pubs close by such as The Thimble Inn in Piddlehinton (15 mins drive west) or the Anchor Inn in Shapwick (15 mins drive east), both of which did a brilliant meal! On the nights we wanted to eat in, there is a large Tesco supermarket just 10 mins away so we would get ingredients there to enjoy cooking dinner at the cottage. Set in the heart of the Dorset countryside, the cottage is ideally located with some fantastic places to visit just a short drive away like Thomas Hardy's Cottage, Athelhampton House and the unique village of Milton Abbas. All in all a wonderful property and we would happily book a return visit. We thought the gardens would be incredible to enjoy during the summer months! I shared about my stay at Under Acre Cottage on my Instagram account which you can view here if you'd like to see images of the cottage -

    Reviewed by Stacy5.0Feb 2022

  • "We felt the cottage would be lovely for a summer let."

    We stayed January /February. As the farm shop is shut for the winter and the pub is shut permanently we felt isolated, and only being allowed one basket of wood meant we had to drive to the nearest Tesco to get more wood and supplies. The kitchen had no heating and the conservatory (open plan to the kitchen) had an insufficient underfloor heating. The temperature in both rooms never went above 16C. The only warm rooms were the Bathroom, and the bedrooms.

    Reviewed by A2.8Jan 2022

  • "Very comfortable house."

    Lovely quiet location and beautiful private garden.

    Reviewed by Katharine4.1Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and really well situated for visiting Dorset."

    The top garden was a lovely surprise.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with exceptional surroundings - the gardens were just wonderful with great seating, barbecue & garden room in the top garden."

    Great location with huge variety of places to visit within easy reach. Very roomy downstairs accommodation with high quality furnishings & equipment. The helpful owner maintained good contact throughout. Apart from the large master bedroom, the other two are quite cramped & one has no wardrobe at all, which is fine for children, but not ideal for adults, as our party was, so this is worth bearing in mind. The nearby pub closed recently, so this needs to be corrected in the listing. The WiFi is fairly reliable in the main lounge and master bedroom, but did not reach other areas of the house, and there is no mobile reception at all. These were minor things, however and we had a lovely holiday, thank you!

    Reviewed by Hayley4.7Sep 2021

  • "Absolutely charming thatched cottage, where we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this superb venue and especially our aperitifs and dinners in the top garden with its stunning views and beautiful sunsets."

    The accommodation including the beds was so comfortable and our stay was a perfect relaxing holiday. We did a number of the « Dorset Walks » from the book left for guests along the coast and around the local villages. Certainly a cottage to be recommended…

    Reviewed by Bruce4.7Aug 2021

  • "Really lovely, well-appointed, spacious, clean cottage with great facilities and beautiful gardens."

    Highly recommend this property and speaking with the owner was a pleasure.

    Reviewed by Selvy5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had an amazing time at Under Acre Cottage."

    We couldn’t have asked for any more.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the cottage."

    It is a lovely place and perfect for a peaceful and relaxing break, but also has enough for kids enjoy especially being in the countryside and not far from good beaches.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2021

  • "Had the most incredible 2 weeks at Undre Acre with my family."

    The cottage has all the facilities needed, with an 18 month old we stayed in every night either cooking on the BBQ & Pizza oven or in the great family kitchen and could have stayed on even longer. The owners have given instructions on how to use the pizza oven and recipes to cook which was great entertainment. Our 18 month old daughter loved exploring the garden - although it says there's a pond, it's raised above ground and she didn't take any notice of it. Good comfy bedrooms, cosy fire and fabulous grounds. We will definitely be coming back to stay!

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Jul 2021

  • "Listing stated 2 TVs but was only 1."

    Never has been 2. It should state that upper garden difficult to access for those with mobility issues. WiFi should be accessible in all areas of the property. Refuse/recycling collection details incorrect in folder. It sated Thursday but actually came Wednesday. Tv very fiddly to use. Beautiful cottage and stunning gardens.

    Reviewed by Suzanna3.8Jun 2021

  • "Great stay - making pizzas was amazing - the kids loved seeing the sheep every morning - cottage was Comfortable and well Equipped."

    Reviewed by Marion5.0May 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Underacre cottage, the garden was magnificent and we loved using the pizza oven and relaxing with country side views."

    The house is really spacious and has everything you’d need for a week away. A really cosy home from home that we’d definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2021

  • "Wonderful chocolate box cottage to stay in with plenty of space for the four of us."

    The interior is very nicely done with lots of character. We also loved the garden which has lots of colour, a pond/waferfall and has excellent views of the cottage and surrounding countryside. In fact we didn’t think the photos do the garden justice. The kids enjoyed exploring the sloping path ways and spotted deer and foxes roaming the garden. The location is also very quiet and set back from the road with no neighbours other than the smaller rental property on the same site. Certainly, the best cottage we have stayed in and would definitely return and recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 2 x double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with woodburning stove
  • Garden room
  • Study
  • Oil central heating and 2 x woodburning stove
  • Rangemaster electric oven, gas hob, microwave, 2 x fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, 2 x TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and one basket of logs inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden with lawn area with seating area, a patio area with pizza oven, as well as a woodland/meadow area for guests to enjoy
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop 1.2 miles, pub 0.6 miles
  • Note: There is a pond in the garden, please supervise children when outdoors
  • Note: BBQ not to be used in the lower garden
  • Note: There is a double sofa bed available for flexible sleeping arrangements

The property

Enjoying a peaceful position within the Cranbone AONB is Under Acre Cottage, a 16th century, Grade II listed property, complete with a picture-perfect thatched roof.

This charming, chocolate box cottage can be found a short distance from the pub and farm shop in Winterborne Whitechurch and has excellent access to the Dorset coastline, offering a perfect place to call home for families of all ages.

Admire the countryside setting before pushing open the front door to reveal a handy utility, where you can kick off muddy walking boots and a washing machine is ideally placed for freshening up any belongings after an action-packed day.

Continue through the property to find a quaint snug, where the large inglenook fireplace housing a modern woodburning stove takes centre stage, before the plush seating arrangement and TV, where you can kick back and relax.

Just off the snug is a study, perfect for those seeking a peaceful space to do some reading or work, as well as the spacious family bathroom, housing a bath and a walk-in shower.

Continue through the property to discover a larger sitting room, where the exposed beams frame the L-shaped sofa and you can look forward to lighting up the fire to set a tranquil ambiance, as you get snug on the sofa while flicking through the channels on the TV.

Completing the ground floor of this wonderful home is a country-style kitchen, fitted with an impressive Rangemaster cooker to assist you in cooking up your favourite dishes, as well as a large dining table for everyone to gather to enjoy an evening of good food.

The character of the property continues up on the first floor, where you will find three bedrooms, consisting of a master bedroom with triple aspect windows with views over the garden and two double bedrooms, with one enjoying an elegant dressing table.

Begin your summer mornings stretching your legs out on the garden, where you can enjoying your morning coffee on one of the various seating areas before making your way to woodland area to explore further.

In the evening, spend quality time with your loved ones within the enclosed garden house before making use of the superb pizza oven for a unique experience.

If you can tear yourself away from this picture-perfect property, venture into the village centre to find a pub and a bar, where you can enjoy a well-deserved glass of something after a long walk, as well as a farm shop for picking up fresh, local produce to enjoy back at the cottage.

Better acquaint yourself with your surroundings further by lacing up your walking boots and exploring the cluster of walking routes within the AONB, including the long-distance Jubilee Trail or trek up to Bulbarrow Hill for breath-taking scenery.

From here, you could also venture to the nearby Milborne St. Andrew, where you can catch a glimpse of the seasonal stream running down from the chalk downs or spend the day at Gorcombe Farm, boasting opportunities for quad biking, paintball, clay shooting, archery, and even axe-throwing.

A more leisurely afternoon can be spent in the town of Dorchester or you could soak up the coastal scenery by visiting the delights of Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis, or walk along the iconic Jurassic Coastline.

Bring your family to Under Acre Cottage to share a memorable holiday.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 986342, together sleeping up to eight people

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About the location


Blandford Forum 5 miles; Dorchester 12 miles.

Winterborne Whitechurch, 5 miles from Blandford Forum, is one of eight Dorset villages in this area, which take their name from the seasonal stream which runs from springs high up on the chalk downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering glorious walks and superb views. Visitors can enjoy the village pub's cask ales whilst absorbing the picturesque village atmosphere. Within 3 miles is the charming village of Milton Abbas, with its neat, whitewashed thatched cottages, and splendid Benedictine Abbey, a sight not to be missed. Take a visit to the bustling market town of Dorchester, only 12 miles away, home of renowned Thomas Hardy; his birthplace at Bockhampton is also well worth exploring! Within an easy drive lies the stunning Jurassic Coast, with glorious sandy beaches at Weymouth and Swanage, dramatic Chesil Beach and Lulworth Cove and wonderful cliff top walks along the South West Coastal Path. This is a perfect location for relaxing and enjoying the delights Dorset has to offer.

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