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Little Thatch

(Ref. 919506)

Cerne Abbas near Dorchester, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "What a great little house , lovely village and very modern facilities in a ..."

    What a great little house , lovely village and very modern facilities in a period house ,we both had a marvellous stay would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Murray5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage."

    We really enjoyed a restful week and easy countryside walks. Couldn't fault anything. Lovely welcome pack. Never tried Dorset tea before but intend to search it out! Instruction manual helpful and easy to follow re appliances. Hopefully we will return to Little Thatch.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is our favourite cottage in Dorset."

    Always a warm welcome and extremely comfortable no matter what the weather.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Little Thatch was one of best cottages we have ever stayed in."

    Clean, comfortable and an absolute delight. Beautiful village, with a very useful shop where you can get virtually anything you want as far as food and drink go. Thoroughly lovely holiday. Thank you very much. Beautiful Cerne Abbas.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a great stay at Little Thatch cottage, it was like home from home with everything you could possibly need."

    The village was very friendly and welcoming and the local shop came in very handy for every day essential items. Parking was so easy outside the cottage. We would definitely recommend staying here and thank you to the owner for the lovely treats you left us when we arrived, it was much appreciated after a long drive.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2022

  • "This property was amazing."

    The cottage was well stocked, the appliances were good and easy to use, the kitchen was well set up. We absolutely loved the space.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Feb 2022

  • "Little Thatch is a beautiful cosy cottage in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas."

    The cottage is exceptionally well looked after by Sophie the owner, who lives nearby, and is spotlessly clean, comfortable and well equipped with all Covid safety precautions met. We highly recommend Little Thatch to anyone wishing to explore the lovely County of Dorset.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Oct 2021

  • "Our stay in Little Thatch was very enjoyable."

    The cottage was well appointed and had everything we needed. A great place for a quiet and relaxing break.

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage in perfect English village."

    It is always beautifully kept and very clean. We have been coming here for a number of years and look forward to returning again

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is a wonderful holiday cottage!"

    Looks beautiful from the outside and doesn't disappoint inside with everything you need provided. There was a welcome tray and a pint of milk to make a cuppa and have a biscuit when we arrived and some lovely flowers. Dishwasher tablets and washing products are also provided which is a bonus. The furniture was very comfortable and there is a smart TV with access to Netflix provided which was another bonus. There is also a lovely private garden with sun loungers provided and you can park easily right outside which in a village like Cerne is a massive bonus! The Owner is lovely and very helpful and provides lots of info on where to go, where to eat etc as well as all the usual instructions to make your stay enjoyable. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2021

  • "For the time of year the cottage was lovely and warm."

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage in a fabulous village."

    Perfect for 2 on a relaxing walking break.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2020

  • "This is a first class holiday cottage, in a fantastic location."

    Do not miss the experience, there’s plenty to see and do all within easy driving distance. Local hostelries were friendly and good food was on the menu. Little Thatch an experience not to be missed.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location ."

    Would highly recommend .

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Feb 2020

  • "Little Thatch was a extremely comfortable cosy cottage with all one needed."

    I would not hesitate to return and hope to do so. A great location with many places to visit. In a lovely village with 3 pubs, plenty of walks and a cafe.

    Reviewed by Trish5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely location."

    Just a few minutes walk from 2 pubs (soon to be three), a tea room and a well stocked village store. Cottage has been sympathetically renovated and extended and has all mod cons but retains its charm. Parking is very convenient on road just outside cottage but road is not busy. Very nice touches such as some milk, tea and coffee, fudge and even a bedside torch ! This was our first holiday cottage rental and the standard has been set very high indeed (and I'm a fussy old git !).

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was fabulous, spotlessly clean and had everything you could possibly wish for I am amazed the owners were able to think of so many things!"

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "Good location in a lovely picturesque village."

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a fabulous location."

    Looks better in person than in the photos, minutes walk from a couple of great pubs and a village shop selling tasty local produce. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Aug 2019

  • "We have stayed in little thatch for the last 4 years."

    We look forward to going because we know the standard is high and we just relax the moment we step through the door.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 2019

  • "Excellent cottage, clean, well appointed in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2019

  • "We absolutely loved Little Thatch."

    After a journey of more than 30 hours from Australia we arrived at a beautiful cottage in a lovely village in the heart of Dorset and it was worth all the hours of research that went into choosing something really special but authentically old English. Sophie, who lives nearby, is friendly, very helpful yet unobtrusive and had left us very welcome staples and rather special treats. She had emailed me comprehensive information and directions so our arrival was smooth and easy. The location is perfect being within the village and easy walking distance to the great pubs and shop and yet surrounded by beautiful walks in the countryside. There is a wealth of travel guides, maps and literature available. The cottage is extremely well equipped, especially the delightful kitchen and everything is very clean and fresh. With roses and wisteria climbing over the front of the cottage under the overhanging thatch and clematis along the wall in the cosy back garden, Little Thatch must surely be the quintessential English cottage. We are looking forward to returning as there are endless delights in the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage is in a lovely location."

    It has excellent facilities and so well equipped. It was such a pleasant stay and we hope to get back again soon

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2019

  • "Little Thatch was a perfect cottage."

    There were many extra touches like coffee, tea , bubble bath and dishwasher and laundry products available. Cerne Abbas has a very good village shop and three pubs, what more could you want! The cottage was super clean and does not allow pets so there were no nasty smells, stains or pet hair on the furniture or bedding that we have experienced in other cottages.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is brilliant."

    .everything you need is in the lovely house. The village is really nice and peaceful..people very friendly. Two good pubs with good selection of food. Would recommend this house good location for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Feb 2019

  • "We loved this little cottage, and the village of Cerne Abbas."

    A central spot for exploring Dorset, and all the local offerings. The cottage was very well fitted out, and a real bonus was having both a bathroom and a shower room. Would recommend Little Thatch to everyone, and the bonus of an excellent village shop can't be underestimated!

    Reviewed by Tess5.0Nov 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our week in Little Thatch in Cerne Abbas, Dorset in August."

    The cottage facilities exceeded all our expectations. It was beautifully restored and all facilities were of a very high standard - from bedding & comfortable beds to thick towels, and quality kitchen equipment. The hosts were welcoming and there was the added bonus of having the village round the corner with friendly shopkeepers and welcoming pubs (in two of which we sampled delicious food). We would not hesitate to stay in this cottage again.

    Reviewed by E5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage but very expensive."

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Everything one could want was to hand . Little touches , milk,tea,coffee,hot chocolate, biscuits all available on arrival. Our grandson loved it.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2018

  • "This was our third visit to this cottage, it is still the cleanest and most well equipped we have visited over the last 40 years."

    It is an advantage to have the housekeeper nearby in case of any problems. Another lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage we would stay there again Sophie was most helpful."

    I was recovering from eye operations so the rest & peace in the pretty village was most welcome.Plenty of places to eat within walking distance.Cottage was very clean well placed to see the area.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2018

  • "Cottage was beautiful."

    Felt comfortable as soon as we walked through the door. Have stayed in a lot of cottages but this has to be one of the best. Easy access to a lot of different places. If we ever come back to Dorset I would definitely book Little Thatch again

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Apr 2018

  • "We had a lovely time at Little Thatch but did find the bath plug upstairs did not work properly, or the cooker."

    Both looked very good but were not user friendly. Other than that couldn't find fault. A beautiful cottage in a beautiful little village even though when we were there, there was plenty of snow. Would thoroughly recommend it once these minor faults are ironed out. The microwave however was excellent.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Mar 2018

  • "A lovely cottage with everything that we required."

    There was a lovely touch by the owner of leaving us cake and biscuits for us to enjoy when we arrived and they were really appreciated. The cottage's location is idyllic.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely village with all the facilities you could need."

    Perfect location for exploring the coastline and inland Dorset.

    Reviewed by Ann4.4Nov 2016

  • "Lovely cottage everything we needed."

    Great pubs and everyone so friendly.will come again

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric range cooker with double oven, 5-ring induction hob (NOT suitable for guests with a pacemaker), microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, slimline dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Unrestricted roadside parking outside cottage
  • Enclosed lawned garden with raised, gravelled patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Babes-in-arms and children over 5 only
  • Note: Open tread staircase to first floor
  • Note: There are steps up to the garden and gravelled area
  • Note: Intermittent mobile reception, with exception of EE (which works very well in most parts of the village). Please Note: At this property we have a 'No naked flame Policy' and therefore there are no candles, BBQs, Fire pits or fireworks
  • Thank you.

The property

For a memorable holiday in an idyllic, Grade II listed semi-detached cottage, look no further than this very special former estate worker's cottage, set in historic Cerne Abbas, one of Dorset's most photographed villages.

Inside, you'll find plenty of modern creature comforts, together with the charming character of the original 1830 cob build, especially the exposed oak beams.

You'll enjoy preparing tasty treats in the impressive kitchen, which features rain-sensitive Velux windows, granite worktops, and a superb range cooker with induction hob.

Upstairs, there are two snug bedrooms nestling in the eaves, yet still with plenty of headroom for taller folk, and you've also the choice of a bathroom or shower room, as both are on offer.

Outside, you can spend time enjoying refreshments in the enclosed garden, a quiet place to relax after your day's adventures.

If you don't fancy cooking, take the short stroll into the village centre where plenty of local pubs, a tea room and general store await.

Cerne Abbas is probably best known for being home to the Cerne Giant, the much-admired iconic male figure crafted from the chalky earth.

The village features the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey, as well as several ancient picture-postcard cottages, some of which have been used as film sets.

For interesting days out, take the easy drive to the bustling market town of Dorchester, beloved by Thomas Hardy, and explore historic Sherborne, or enjoy Dorset's scenic Jurassic Coast.

This impressive thatched chocolate-box cottage offers visitors a special romantic holiday experience at any time of the year.

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About the location


Dorchester 8 miles; Sherborne 12 miles; Yeovil 16 miles; Weymouth 17 miles.

Cerne Abbas is a quintessential, picturesque village in Dorset, and oozing charm and character, it was once voted as Britain's most desirable village! Dating back to Medieval times, the remains of the Benedictine Abbey, around which the village grew, can still be seen today. Today, it's well known for the Cerne Giant, the 180-foot figure of a naked man cut into the steep chalk downlands, which dominates the surrounding landscape. Local facilities abound, including three pubs and a tea room, plus the surrounding countryside is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers superb views and great walks. A short drive takes you to Dorchester, Sherborne and the Dorset Jurassic Coast. A truly fascinating area close to many places of interest at any time of the year.

Note: Babes-in-arms and children over 5 only.

Please Note: At this property we have a 'No naked flame Policy' and therefore there are no candles, BBQs, Fire pits or fireworks. Thank you.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter