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Lilac Cottage

(Ref. 994332)

Burton Bradstock, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Lilac cottage is a perfect cosy, comfortable “Chocolate Cottage”."

    We’ve had a wonderful time here relaxing and unwinding . The garden is a lovely oasis where you can sit and hear the sea. Two good pubs in the village serving excellent food plus a short distance to the sea. We couldn’t have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jan 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage in a pretty village, with two great pubs on the door step."

    Fantastic country or beach walks within walking distance and close to many more places to visit. Perfect location all round and highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Dec 2023

  • "An Idyllic cottage!"

    Exceptional clean, cosy and warm and furnished to a high standard, which allows you to have the perfect stay. The cottage is a great position to tour surrounding areas, especially the walk to West Bay and Bridport and is situation in a beautiful village. This was our fourth stay in this cottage and we definitely intend to stay again next year. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Lilac Cottage with our 2 dogs."

    The cottage is so well maintained, everything you could want is there and very dog friendly. Lovely touches like dog bowls and dog blankets. The garden is secure and a lovely space even in winter. The beds were comfortable and the cottage was lovely and warm, the water pressure is truly amazing, lovely for a shower after a long day at the beach. A great base for exploring the Dorset coast, loved Hive beach and walking round West Bay. So many cliff walks with the dogs they have both come home shattered. Bridport was so close and had everything we needed for our stay from supermarkets to lovely little bakeries and coffee shops. Thank you lilac cottage it was just the break we needed. Loved every day.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great cottage!"

    Very well presented with everything provided for a comfortable stay. Beautiful garden with tucked away, private patio and seating area, subtly lit and superbly cared for. Wonderful array of dog walks on the doorstep and so many places to visit from this ideal location. Burton Bradstock is charming and people friendly and welcoming. Definitely recommend this Dream Cottage. Can't wait to return. Thank you for a restful, enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location for coastal walks or day trips to the many tourist attractions."

    Cottage was very clean, well maintained with all the facilities you need for a good time away

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful location , no issue with parking ."

    You just have to be careful with the accessing with the road , but that is well described by the owner in advance.

    Reviewed by Stuart Melvyn4.7Sep 2023

  • "A pleasant stay marred by a few problems."

    Overall the property was clean and comfortable and the garden was lovely. The main bedroom is large and comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped, though there are insufficieint work surfaces on which to prepare food. It is not made clear that the ceilings are quite low and, at 6'5" I banged my head a few times, particularly when coming down the stairs and while the fact that the main gate opens directly onto the road is mentioned, what isn't mentioned is that the road is extremely busy and cars pass very close, many well in excess of the 30mph speed limit. Faults noted: The kitchen window onto the road does not close properly, neither does the door to the double bedroom. The television is quite old and frequently loses its signal. There is a lot of out of date food in one of the cupboards.

    We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant stay at Lilac Cottage. Although the ceilings are not unusually low (I am over 6ft and have no problem), I can appreciate that at 6'5" you will have needed to watch your head at little. Lilac is a 350 year old traditional thatched Dorset cottage, like most period cottages it doesn't have high ceilings that you might find in a more modern house, I hope this didn't spoil your experience too much. When the weather is good, as it was during your stay, the road can be busy as Lilac Cottage is less than a half a mile from what is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. We try to make up for this by ensuring that the cottage and garden are well equipped so guests have an exceptional experience. Thanks for pointing out the other issues which will be dealt with this week. Best Wishes, Tim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew3.1Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed a very relaxing stay all facilities very good"

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Sep 2023

  • "I was there a couple of years ago and in my review I mentioned that the cottage was not very clean eg very dusty and kettle was very dirty inside."

    This has all been rectified- everything was immaculate when we arrived. Cottage looked beautiful and so did garden. Only couple of issues for us - pillows were very uncomfortable and the back gate leading to the road really needs a bolt or lock on it as you accept dogs in the property. Other than that all was fantastic

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Aug 2023

  • "I had a wonderful time at Lilac Cottage, as did my dog."

    Wonderful walks and two very good pubs! Very comfortable, spotlessly clean, well equipped and a lovely garden. The road could be an issue when leaving the property but the owners are upfront about that. For me, it wasn’t an issue as long as I kept my dog on a short lead. However, it’s August and it was music festival week, so the village was exceptionally busy. All in all a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by June5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely conversion of a small village cottage With garden Though on a busy main road"

    Dear Martin, Thank you for the 100% score and also the lovely words you wrote in the visitor’s book, particularly about the garden. Penny is a professional gardener and was part of the team that created the garden that won Gold at Hampton Court this week, so it’s nice to have such nice feedback on Lilac’s garden in the same week. Lilac Cottage is less than a half a mile from what is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, which is why our village is so popular, so when the weather is good the road can be busy in the summer. We try and make up for this by working hard to ensure that the cottage and its garden is comfortable and very well equipped so that guests have an exceptional experience. We hope to see you again. Best wishes, Tim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2023

  • "Slight problem with heating but quickly dealt with by owner (the money over the ..."

    Slight problem with heating but quickly dealt with by owner (the money over the bar was a very generous gesture for what was a vey minor inconvenience) the cottage delivers exactly what we expected we will be back next year thanks

    Reviewed by Jillian4.4Apr 2023

  • "The property and facilities were very good."

    As a couple we would happily stay in the property again. Our granddaughter stayed for two nights and we have a young dog. The proximity to and access to the road caused some concern. The owner will be aware. For adults, it is no problem. I would not visit with a young children.

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lilac Cottage is a stunning property very well placed for exploring the nearby and wider Dorset coast."

    It is very well equipped and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would gladly recommend it to friends and family. Everything is available on the doorstep or with a short drive to Bridport. The text messages from Tim ensured we felt well looked after and his recommendations and very useful information pack in the kitchen were very useful. We were also delighted to be able to find out some of the history of the property too. All in all a lovely experience with excellent attention to detail. We hope to visit again one day.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jul 2022

  • "A fantastic week in Burton Bradstock at Lilac Cottage."

    A well equipped kitchen, comfy beds with great linens and fluffy towels to use. A pleasant garden too. The road outside the house can be a bit daunting at first but easily overcome. Everything on your doorstep - two pubs serving great food, two village shops, a local park and Hive Beach just a short walk away. Whilst there is no on site parking, we managed to park either opposite the house or up by the Anchor pub.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.1Jul 2022

  • "We had an extremely enjoyable stay, and the only problem we had was the location of the property on a very busy road."

    It made general access and unloading and loading the car very difficult and quite dangerous at times.

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Jun 2022

  • "Wow, what a lovely cottage and fabulous location."

    My husband and I and our two spaniels had a wonderful break. Lilac cottage didn’t disappoint very comfortable bed and very well equipped. The weather was very kind , great walks and all the pubs and restaurants were to a very high standard. So looking forward to visiting again soon.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Great pub/restaurants nearby. Nice walk across the fields to the beach. We had a fantastic few days here with our 2 dogs. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lilac cottage is beautifully furnished & well equipped."

    We understood & appreciated the 5pm check in, to allow for a "deep clean" however the level of cleanliness was certainly not a "deep clean!" There were cobwebs everywhere, stains on the living room rug, thick layers of dust on the TV and dust/crumbs on the kitchen floor. We were also not made aware of the shared access, to the adjoining cottage, making us unable to leave the door open for our dogs to play in the garden for fear that our neighbours may come through & leave the main gate open! We also feel that the cottage description should highlight how busy the main road is, we could not have the front windows open because of the noise & getting out of the gate with 2 dogs, directly onto a very busy main road was horrendous! I notice this was addressed in the "notes" but it really needs to be made much clearer.

    The cleanliness of Lilac Cottage is of utmost importance to us. We have an exceptional housekeeper who cares for the cottage, so we are very surprised to hear it didn’t meet expectations. There was no evidence of the any stains on the rug or dust on inspection following the clean on your departure. There is also no shared access to the garden or front gate at Lilac Cottage, the gate connecting Lilac and Bramble is only for our personal use or when large groups are renting both cottages. We will make this clearer for guests. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen3.1Oct 2021

  • "Lilac Cottage encompasses all that you dream of in a quintessential English cottage."

    From its thatched roof and cottage garden to the cosy and tasteful interior decor it really is all you could wish for. Tim and Penny have thought of everything you could possibly need to make it a home away from home, and with its great location just a short walk across the field to the sea, combined with 2 fabulous foodie pubs and village shop on the doorstep Lilac Cottage has it all.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2021

  • "It’s a great cottage for a family of four - well equipped with lovely garden area to relax in after the beach/walk/whatever you’ve been doing that day."

    It’s situated in a great spot whether you want to walk to the beach or explore Dorset further.

    Reviewed by Edward4.7Aug 2021

  • "Brilliant location; quick walk via footpath to the beach which was great."

    Lovely local shop and pubs less than two minute walk. Great playground for a runaround. The cottage is clean and modern with everything you could possibly need. Lovely garden with table which we dined at on warm days. We had two small children and they had a blast. Found lots of wonderful fossils on our local hive beach towards West Bay and came back along the cliff walk for an amazing lunch at hive beach cafe (top marquee is bookable online). Amazing cottage and amazing location!

    Reviewed by Cindy5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Cottage met expectations - was really beautiful, furnished to a great standard and only 10 mins walk to beach, fabulous beach cafe and lovely views and walk above the beach."

    Village is extremely limited for anything else with only a small post office and a garage offering very limited food items.. The 2 pubs were fully booked when we tried. Location of exit gate from the property onto a bend immediately onto a busy road (no pavement) was of concern for us with a daughter and dog and traffic was noisy; although not a problem if you're an early riser and late going to bed. Whilst generally clean, we found a couple of items of the previous occupant in the lounge and bedroom (including their booking details from the previous week!) There was also a very large coffee spillage on the counter and some dust 'clumps' which left us questioning the standard the Cottage had been cleaned to and so ended up using anticbac cleaner on all high touch items ourselves. Property was advertised at 7 nights at a given price. We took a late booking and due to the changeover date could only possibly be offered 5 nights but were still to be charged for 7 - this was the Sykes sales guy (not property owner) as we later received a small discount on speaking to a different sales person who confirmed this was possible. Dogs are extra (not stated on site but only small charge) We found the first Sykes guy quite abrupt but both ladies we later spoke to were fabulous, polite, friendly and keen to be helpful. Dorset is beautiful. Roads make for an easy drive out to other areas. Lovely coastal drive. Use the park and ride if you go into Lyme Regis as it was impossible to park.

    Reviewed by Lisa3.1Jul 2021

  • "The cottage and garden is beautiful and very comfortable."

    The little village is amazing with two great pubs and very friendly people. Downside - description mentioned there was no parking but did not say how busy the road outside the cottage was with no pavement to walk on. Literally open gate straight onto road - not ideal when it is a shared gate with another cottage, we have a dog so we were constantly having to check the gate was shut. Inside cottage is very lovely but bedroom was very dusty (thick dust not just normal day to day dust) and kettle was in need of a good clean. All in all in was a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    It was just a few minutes walk to the beach and there are two nice pubs in the village. We really enjoyed relaxing in the garden after a day exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Jun 2021

  • "The thatched cottage is very quaint, the sitting room smaller than expected from the photo but not a problem as there was just 3 pf us."

    It had a lovely little garden. The cottage is situated in the lovely village of Burton Bradstock a quick walk from the beach and costal walks. The o

    Reviewed by Tia3.8Oct 2020

  • "Lilac Cottage was even better than we expected."

    The facilities were far superior and plentiful than any other holiday accommodation we have had. It was spotlessly clean and we felt really safe during the Coronavirus outbreak. The local people were very friendly and helpful. When my daughter's car was blocked in the gardeners and local garage went out of their to help, at no cost Thank you to both Could not fault Tim(the maintenance man) who, when we had a slight problem solved it straight away. If I really had to find something to gripe about perhaps a grab rail on the bath would be helpful for us 'older' ones. All in all it was one of the best holidays we have had and cant wait to come back to Lilac Cottage again. We are looking forward to our next Sykes holiday in October.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 2020

  • "Loved the cottage and area been many times Home from home very clean has everything you need and location is perfect"

    Dear Mrs Hamblin, thank you for choosing Lilac Cottage once again for your holiday. We’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay and everything the village and our Dorset coast has to offer. We feel very fortunate to have two amazing pubs just across the road and one of England’s most beautiful beaches just a short walk away. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Tim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2019

  • "An enjoyable holiday and the only niggle was the heavy traffic right outside."

    I know it was mentioned and that care should be taken but we still weren't expecting so many large lorries and buses passing by. Unloading in the road opposite was tricky indeed! On the plus side the cottage was comfortable and nicely furnished (a few more drinking mugs or cups and saucers would be appreciated). Burton Bradstock is a lovely village and the local eateries were all excellent.

    Reviewed by C3.8Sep 2019

  • "Excellent location ."

    Very clean and comfortable . Excellent garden

    We’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for your comments on the garden, we work hard to keep it looking good all year round. Hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4Aug 2019

  • "Toilet seat broken on arrival but was seen to expediently."

    Everything else A+++++. Very comfortable and very well equipped. Beds superb. Will use it again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lilac Cottage was one of the best self-catering accommodations that we have ever stayed in."

    The facilities are first class and extremely comfortable. It’s position at Burton Bradstock proved to be ideal for exploring the attractions of the Jurassic Coast in both directions. We will certainly considered trying to book it again if we return to Dorset. Thank you

    We are so pleased that that you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you for your comments, it’s really appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back to Dorset again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0May 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lilac cottage."

    It is in a wonderful position in the centre of the village and close to the beach. We would definitely consider staying there again in the future and would recommend it. Perhaps leaving a pint of milk and maybe a loaf of bread would have been a nice welcoming gesture.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.7May 2019

  • "Superb location with the beach very close and many fabulous walks."

    Also, superb food in local pubs!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Feb 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage."

    Excellent hot water, bed, TV, kitchen, etc. Lovely not to have to get in the car with Bertie (Cockerpoo) to enjoy the beach – stayed September 2018

    Mr Philip HewettSep 2018

  • "Having an amazing holiday in Lilac Cottage, it is so gorgeous here."

    The weather is lovely, the Burton Bradstock beach is on our door step. It's great having the garden to relax in as well. We have been to Lyme Regis, Bridport, West Bay and later today we are going to out to Weymouth. Lilac Cottage is so lovely, the perfect size for us. Thank you for letting us have your cottage this week, I am sure we will come again – stayed August 2018.

    Mrs StanfieldSep 2018

  • "Lilac Cottage was a perfect cottage for my mother and I."

    We had everything we needed and the furniture and beds were very comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked. Stayed June 2018

    Mrs Fiona FidlerJul 2018

  • "We loved the cottage very much."

    Great location very clean and tidy . We will be back. Stayed June 2018

    Mr Adrian LovelessJun 2018

  • "Super stay in a great location."

    Stayed April 2017

    Mrs WiltonMay 2017

  • "Very cosy and well equipped cottage."

    Good location for Xmas break, wonderfully comfortable beds. Would recommend. Stayed December 2016

    Mrs WilsonJan 2017

  • "We found Lilac Cottage perfect for our holiday and in such a beautiful village."

    Perfectly positioned near the fantastic Three Horseshoes, highly recommend for super food and local ales. We hope to be back again to enjoy beautiful Dorset - stayed July 2016

    Ms Vicky HammersleySep 2016

  • "Clean, well equipped, perfect location within the village and to reach surrounding areas of interest."

    2 welcoming pubs with excellent food. Stayed March 2016

    Mr Chris StentApr 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size, 2 x singles (can be made as a super-king upon request prior to arrival)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, Blu Ray DVD, digital radio, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Roadside parking on roads near property
  • Lawned garden, patio and garden furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, charge of £21 per pet per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub less than 5 mins walk

The property

Located on the coast road through the village of Burton Bradstock this Grade II listed thatched cottage has a palette of contemporary cool greys and offers a completely modernised cottage with fully renovated kitchen and bathroom.

The garden is the ideal setting to sit and unwind on a summer evening admiring the changing colour of the sunset sky before returning to the sitting room for a glass of wine or a hot chocolate.

With two relaxing cottage style bedrooms and a wooden kitchen with dining area set off with a stone tiled floor, this is a property you will feel completely at home in.

Lilac Cottage accepts two dogs, so you can bring your pets on holiday with you and enjoy long coastal walks with them.

A beautiful coastal village with 2 historical pubs serving traditional provincial ales and food, take a short walk over the fields will see you on the famous Hive Beach where you will also find the lovely Hive Beach Cafe .

You will find West Bay about a 2-mile drive along the coast, sit and unwind whilst feasting on fish and chips on the harbour edge listening to the clink of the boats.

After you could enjoy a stroll on the far end of Chesil beach.

Lilac Cottage is the ideal property for your holiday providing a relaxing retreat in a coastal village setting where you can escape from reality and reconnect with loved ones.

Lilac Cottage has an adjoining property, Bramble Cottage, (Property ID 994024) which you may wish to consider if you are planning a holiday for a larger group.

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About the location


Bridport 2.5 miles; Weymouth 15 miles; Dorchester 16 miles; Yeovil 21 miles

A wonderful coastal village in Bride Valley on Dorset's picturesque Jurassic Coast, flanked by the River Bride. Burton Bradstock is the perfect spot for a peaceful break on England's south coast, with the South West Coastal Path running alongside for you walking enthusiasts. The village itself boasts 16th and 17th century thatched cottages as well as two pubs, a shop and a Post Office, the glistening Hive Beach is a wonderful spot to spend the summer days with the magnificent cliffs as a backdrop, there is also a lovely café to sit and relax in, once a year the Spring Tide Festival is held which would be worth lining up your holiday with! There are many attractions and activities to enjoy around here, with the stunning coastal resort of Weymouth making for an excellent day out. Alternatively, head inland to Dorchester and Yeovil for great shopping, architecture, eating and drinking.

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Note: No naked flames (such as candles) in the cottage due to the thatch.
Note: Please do not smoke near the cottage.
Note: The garden is accessed via steps and is enclosed with a patio and lawned area.
Note: The front door to the cottage is ornamental and access is via a side gate which opens directly onto the main coast road which passes through the village, therefore care must be taken.
Note: Guests need to provide their own cot linen.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas