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River Cottage

Burton Bradstock, Dorset (Ref. 994593)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "The main problem we had was the garden."

    It does not state clearly in the description that the garden is away from the property and is accessed by a courtyard of the adjacent property, meaning we were unable to leave our dog in the garden. If this had been mentioned in the description of this property we would never have booked it. We did in fact read someone else's comments about this and tried to change the booking but were unable to find a suitable alternative. This really does need to be mentioned in the description as people with dogs could find it unsuitable. The other problem we found is that there are in fact 3 bedrooms and only one single wardrobe for 5 people! We ended up having to hang our clothes over door knobs and doors. Not really a suitable arrangement for a weeks holiday.

    Very sorry for your disappointment. However the details on the website clearly state that the garden is accessed across the courtyard and the photos were chosen to ensure there was no confusion. We were confused as to your complaint regarding the cottage not being suitable for 5 people when the cottage only sleeps 4. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at River Cottage."

    It was perfect for us with our two dogs. Comfortable but lived in. We did encounter quite a few moths in the property that was our only criticism. Garden was nice. Parking space was a real bonus. The cottage is ideally situated in the village and 10-15 minutes walk from the beautiful Hive Beach. We’d stay here again.

    Reviewed by SueJun 2022

  • "Lovely area."

    Would definitely go back to burton bradstock. Accommodation was fine for husband myself and the dog, but I think the bedrooms would of caused a problem for the 3 more guests it can accomodate. As previously stated one single wardrobe. We just didn’t unpack, wasn’t a problem for us. Cottage has everything needed. Outside area wasnt a problem, walk dog on a lead over next doors patio (the lady is lovely, friendly and helpful), however the other property Long Barn has as stated in description a small patio area. The people occupying it also had a dog which had the run of the courtyard, so it tried to follow us into our cottage. Luckily the 2 dogs got on together but this may not always be the case. River cottage just needs some TLC, it’s in a prime location with private parking. 2 lovely pubs serving excellent food, 3 horseshoes and the anchor.

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2022

  • "It was good to be back in Burton Bradstock especially in a cottage in such a convenient location within the village."

    We all loved staying there.

    Reviewed by JoellaOct 2021

  • "I usually post positive reviews for Sykes cottages."

    Unfortunately, it was only in the last few days and as we approached the holiday that we noted some other feedback posts. It should be made very clear that is not possible to use the enclosed garden immediately from the house. We had to put our dog on a lead and then cross the back yard and into another persons back yard to reach the enclosed garden. Not a comfortable arrangement. The garden is not large enough for medium to large dogs - only maybe small dogs. It has no grass areas - important for many dogs. So we were disappointed. Arrived in the dark so could not use the garden for the dog on arrival. Indeed we hardly went into the garden as it was not suitable for dogs the entire week we were there and were not comfortable walking into an area clearly for use of a resident. There is only 1 toilet which is very small. The kitchen is well equipped as other posts show. However, we found the accommodation uncomfortable. But nowhere to hang clothes. Sofas were very uncomfortable. People walking immediately in front of the house and often looking into us as we sat and ate/watched tv/read etc. Noisy traffic immediately close and outside at front. There is an excellent park where dogs can be walked safely which was a godsend. Sadly we were disappointed in the accommodation. However it is in an excellent location to get to beach or get to Bridport or other tourist sites. Sorry we could not be more positive but have up until now enjoyed the Sykes holiday cottages without having to post a negative review.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2021

  • "Before going I read some of the past reviews and they did worry me - you don’t want to travel somewhere dirty with a leaky toilet!"

    We were pleasantly surprised that it was really clean and certainly had no issues with a leaky toilet or a furred up kettle not working. The house is smaller than the photos suggest - it’s a wide but quite shallow house, but still plenty of space for a family of four. There’s nothing special about the decor, it’s not a luxury experience but still really clean and looked after - just doesn’t have a wow factor decor wise. The house itself is really lovely, a honey coloured thatched cottage which could be off a postcard. The garden is reached via the neighbours courtyard but she is really friendly and helpful so we had some nice chats on the way through. The garden itself is really nice, a real cottage garden, it’s better than the pics. The location is brilliant with the house. If you bring kids there’s a park virtually next door which has an epic zip wire. My daughter was obsessed. You can be at the beach within a short stroll and if you bring dogs there’s some fantastic walks nearby, again within a minutes walk. People have complained about it being on a busy road, this didn’t bother us, there are almost no vehicles at night - it’s pretty silent - but did hear cars in the morning with the windows open. With the windows closed there was no sound at all. The village is stunning, you couldn’t ask for somewhere more attractive, it won best large village of the year and it’s well deserved as its absolutely idyllic. People are really friendly and the pubs are good. Theres a village farm shop and a petrol station open quite late so it’s well served. Our big tip is to book the Three Horseshoes way in advance if you stay during busy tourist periods, it’s really popular and we could only get one lunchtime booking for the whole week. The food was brilliant, ditto with the Parlour which is probably half an hours walk from the house, it’s meant to be brilliant but there were no spaces for the entire week. The Station Kitchen at West Bay was brilliant too. So all in we had a brilliant holiday and the house was perfectly fine for the week. Would I stay again? We’d probably prefer a house with easier access to the garden with the dog but we’d certainly be more than happy to book again.

    Reviewed by ZoeJul 2021

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at River Cottage, and would definitely recommend it for families wanting to visit this part of Dorset."

    The property was easy to find from the directions, and has a key safe so access was very straightforward. There is parking for two cars behind the cottage in a shared driveway area used by another holiday let on one side, and owner-occupiers on the other side. The private garden, which is a lovely walled and private space, is accessed across this shared drive. This separation between cottage and garden wasn’t initially clear from the photos of the property, but once across the drive and through the garden gate it was secure for our dog. There is a great kids playground in the field next to the property, and two lovely pubs an easy walk into the village. We ate at both and the food was excellent. Slightly further afield, the Hive Beach Cafe is fabulous especially for breakfast, and the Club House also had great food. The cottage is walkable to the beach, but we drove as the kids are small and walk slowly! The carpark at Hive Beach is National Trust, and free to park for members. Hive Beach was very safe when we were there, with a small shore break and no rips or large currents. The kids had a great time (with wetsuits as the water was FREEZING). The cottage itself was very clean and comfortable. The toilet smell mentioned by other reviewers wasn’t a problem for us, so seems to have been resolved. There are blackout blinds on all the bedroom windows, and a hairdryer and nightlight are provided. The linens and towels were in good condition, and some basics were provided including hand soap, a loo roll and some dishwasher tablets. Despite dire covid predictions, the cottage has not been stripped bare of every comfort. The kitchen is well-provisioned, with everything we needed (even a knife sharpener). There are two comfortable sitting rooms, one with an enormous tv and a freeview box that we used to log into our Netflix and BBC accounts. The cottage is let down by the mattresses, which are saggy and not comfortable. The cottage bedrooms get very warm on hotter days unless the windows are open, and the road noise is loud as there is no front garden - we had no problem sleeping through it as it isn’t hugely busy but if you are a light sleeper it may be more of an issue.

    Reviewed by K AJul 2021

  • "The photos of the property are clearly from a while ago and the angle of the shots implied a much larger property."

    The carpets and furnishings were not clean, the carpets are stained. The paint work and decorations are also tired. The location of the garden was inconvenient especially having to cross the neighbours patio to get to it.

    Reviewed by SteveJun 2021

  • "River Cottage is beside a busy road through the village, and the traffic noise was very intrusive when the windows were opened."

    All 3 bedrooms are on the road side of the cottage, so sleep was difficult when the windows were open. The bedrooms are light and bright, but downstairs is dark. The interior would benefit from updating. There is an attractive garden, which is completely separate from the house, accessed through the neighbour's courtyard. The cottage is 10 mins walk from the sea, and in a good location for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2021

  • "We enjoyed being in the centre of the village but hadnt appreciated how busy the main road was, meaning it was impractical to sleep with the windows open."

    And it wasn’t obvious from the description that we would have to pass over neighbours’ property to access the garden. The other negatives included a leaky WC (which is corroded), loose and broken taps (WC and kitchen), one very poor ice tray (for such a generous freezer!), and foam pillows. Most disappointing were the lack of a functioning fire (not apparent from the description) and a nasty smell of animal pee in the living room. But on the positive side, aside of being in a very pretty village, the parking was generous and important, the garden was pretty, the kitchen well-equipped, the dining arrangements practical and we enjoyed constant hot water and good WiFi. Overall, we felt for this price, we could expect just a little more comfort.

    Reviewed by NickApr 2021

  • "The cottage is in a great location and we had a very enjoyable stay."

    The kitchen was really well-equipped, one of the best I've encountered. However, I feel that a deep clean is required throughout the whole house, particularly given that we are living in 'Covid times'. The oven was pretty grubby and generally things didn't feel exactly spotless. The bathroom really could do with full refurbishment.

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2020

  • "When there was a problem with the kettle leaking it was replaced very quickly which we appreciated."

    There was also a smell in the toilet and this was dealt with quickly although I’m not sure it’s entirely sorted. The cottage was entirely adequate to our needs - the kitchen in particular was very well-stocked with equipment - but I wouldn’t say that it exceeded our expectations or was particularly wonderful. It was nice to have the garden.

    Reviewed by JudithSep 2020

  • "I left a note to the housekeeper to say how much we enjoyed our stay but there were a few areas that needed to be addressed and I believe that these have also been mentioned by other guests: 1 The glass oven door was in a filthy state when we arrived 2 The kettle was leaking all over the work surface 3 The dishwasher needed salt and rinse aid 4 The toilet had an unpleasant odour which indicated it was either leaking or had not been cleaned properly Wouldn’t mind knowing why these little quick fixes hadn’t been looked at?"

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2020

  • "Home is in a brilliant location and one of the most well equipped cottages we have ever stayed in."

    It has everything you need and more which was great. It’s a good space and we had a lovely stay here but is let down by a few minor things that could easily be rectified. Small things like the kettle is so scaled it leaks, shower curtain is dingy and old, toilet very wobbly and just needs a deep clean to refresh and bring up to standard.

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2020

  • "The cottage, although basically clean in the main areas, would benefit from a thorough 'spring clean' and de-clutter."

    There were too many dusty corners and random nicnacs, an array of unnecessary or broken lamps (and an obviously broken fan) left lying around. There was a cupboard under the stairs with no door which was full of junk together with two drawers full of 'stuff' not needed by a holiday maker in the kitchen. The dishwasher would benefit from a clean and refill of salt and rinse aid (we had to clean out the filter before using it). The cottage could be a really wonderful place to stay if a bit of time was spent dealing with the above and refreshing the furnishings.

    Reviewed by KerryAug 2019

  • "River Cottage gave us everything we'd needed from a holiday cottage."

    It is in a great location in the village - near the pubs, near the park, near some beautiful riverside walks and a comfortable stroll away from the beach. Inside it had plenty of comfortable seating for everyone, a very well equipped kitchen, and super comfortable beds. It felt more like home than a holiday cottage. My only suggestion for an improvement would be to have some non slip rugs to go across the entrance as our dog didn't like the tiled floor.....apart from this, everything was perfect. We'll be back !

    Reviewed by RachelJul 2019

  • "This is a lovely property in a great location."

    The booking process was easy and arrival information thorough and accurate. I had to contact Dream Cottages twice during my stay, once about a broken toaster that was broken on arrival and once about a missed bin collection. Whilst both of these things were sorted it was annoying that I had to do this at all. The cleaning was just about ok but should of been better for the amount I was paying. The property would benefit from a slight refurb, new bathroom and some paintwork is looking tatty.

    Reviewed by EmmaJul 2019

  • "Lovely location, the village is a gem."

    stunning walks along the coastal path and the surrounding area. Easy walk to Hive Beach, very peaceful and chilled. West Bay undergoing major coastal protection work but you can still get to the fabulous beach by going down past the row of cottages to the left of the town. Its not well signed. Having said all that the start of the holiday was marred by the cleanliness of the cottage. Kitchen was fine but the main bedroom carpet and the cushions on the bed was covered in black dog hair and the lounge carpet hadn't been hoovered either. My other half took the Henry cleaner up but said it wasn't picking up. I dismantled the cleaner only to find it completely blocked with dust and hair. Next hour spent cleaning the place. Gave feedback to Dream Cottages who apologised.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "The cottage is in an ideal location, only minutes from the beach and the Hive Cafe."

    There are 2 nice pubs in the village that serve nice food.

    May 2019

  • "Very pleased."

    excellent base for a holiday in Dorset. The cottage was clean, comfortable and had everything for a relaxing holiday, including off road parking. I would highly recomend River Cottage - stayed July 2017

    Mr Ian GourlayAug 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over and basin
  • WC with basin
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed mature garden with furniture (access via shared courtyard)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (£21 per pet, per week)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 min walk.

The property

River Cottage is a delightful three bedroom thatched cottage located in the beautiful coastal village of Burton Bradstock.

Pets are welcome here and with an enclosed rear garden they will be sure to be safe (this is accessed via a shared courtyard and is approximately 15 -20 metres to the rear of the property).

River Cottage has off road parking for two cars.

The property is filled with character, the sitting room is ideal to spend a winter evening cosying up with a book and a chilled glass of wine.

The cottage garden has a magical feel, enjoy alfresco meals here from morning to night.

With peaceful setting you may even want to just sit and spend time here with your pets.

Hive Beach where you can taste local produce at the Hive Beach café overlooking the pebbled beach is only a leisurely stroll away.

Within the village there is a local shop for all your essential needs and two traditional pubs renowned for serving good home cooked food.

The pretty harbour at West Bay is only a few miles away where you can enjoy good old-fashioned seaside fare of fish and chips sitting by the harbour.

The market town of Bridport is also close by which has good shopping and a weekly antiques market making this a good day out.

Although situated on the main road through the village, the access and exit to and from River Cottage is through the back door of the property.

This beautiful thatched River Cottage located in the village of Burton Bradstock is the perfect place to spend a magical holiday.

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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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Region Information

Note: Access to the property from the rear is via a shared courtyard with the neighbouring properties.
Note: The private garden for River Cottage is enclosed but accessed via crossing a shared courtyard with the neighbouring property. (as shown in picture 16)
Note; The fireplace is not a working fire.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas