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Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic time at Puddleducks."

    Lucinda couldn't have been more welcoming. It was in a perfect area for us to visit family and was near Sherborne, great for shopping. The village of Charleton Horethorne was charming and had a great village shop, and hotel with restaurant. We will definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lucinda was a very helpful host."

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Puddleducks and would not hesitate to return."

    We felt very welcome. Our border collie was relaxed and happy in and around the cottage. Meals out at the village pub were extremely enjoyable. Thank you to our hosts.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    One issue is the shower. It needs hand rails and optional seat. I am 85 and it was not safe for me. Another issue is the single bed!! It is more like a bunk. Too narrow. Suitable for a child/adolescent but not adult. This needs to be in the description. Generally Puddleducks was excellent. I would Go again.

    Reviewed by Judith4.1Sep 2023

  • "Our experience of Puddleducks was disappointing to say the least."

    Our initial impression when we arrived was that the property was tired and in need of some TLC. It could also have been cleaner. On the Monday morning we returned to find a significant flood of water from the bathroom extending through the entrance hall and into the lounge. The owner was summoned and all three of us mopped up the water. A plumber came during the afternoon and diagnosed that the basin mixer tap was faulty and well passed its usefulness. He was to return the following day to fit a replacement. He in fact came two days later. Meanwhile we suffered a further identical leak that same evening when going to bed, so at 11 o'clock at night we were both again clearing up our second flood. No we were not pleased nor impressed with this particular property and received little benefit from our stay.

    Reviewed by Harriet1.3Sep 2023

  • "Owner Lucinda very friendly and made sure we had everything we needed, including becoming our personal guidance system when we got lost once we got off the main road!"

    !.Lovely comfortable cottage with plenty of space, warm and cosy. Enjoyed the outside area in the sunshine after busy trips out. Peaceful and quiet and nightime starry skies a treat.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Puddleducks - plenty of peace, quiet and relaxation."

    The cottage is a beautiful, spacious and very well appointed but also has a really homely and cosy feel. It is well located, with plenty of places to visit reasonably near by (including Sherborne Castle, Yeovil country park, Montacute House) and there were plenty of dog friendly places to eat in. The size of the tv was a lovely surprise and the direct access to a secure garden was definitely an added bonus. Friendly, informative hosts. We would love to stay again - thank-you. Sent from my iPad

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect cottage for a holiday."

    All beds and furniture were comfy and the cottage is delightful. So well equipped too. We had such a lovely time - thank you.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really lovely place to stay and local pub served great food."

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was a lovely property in a peaceful setting with access to most local coasts in approximately an hour."

    We thought the hosts were great and not intrusive at all, thanks for the home made Victoria sponge, we would come back if in the area.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Jun 2023

  • "We struck gold with Puddleducks!"

    Completely idyllic for our short break but would also be wonderful for a longer stay. Really appreciated the secure garden and access to the two large paddocks. Puddleducks is comprehensively equipped with all anyone needs for a self catering stay but there are also very good restaurants (and the village shop) nearby. We look forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely warm welcome with a homemade cake to greet us."

    Beautiful place to stay with everything that we needed. Loved the field for the dog to run around in. Lots to do area the area as well.

    Reviewed by Beverley4.7Apr 2023

  • "Pandemic is over."

    Time for check out time to go back to 10am. 9am check out was introduced to facilitate extra time required for disinfecting. Please change this. This is for Sykes not the owners.

    Reviewed by Toby5.0Mar 2023

  • "We were very happy in Puddleducks it was comfotable and warm could not fault it, unfortunately we had to cut our stay short due to weather but would be happy to return in the future with better weather."

    Reviewed by Eunice5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a super time as we did the same time last year."


    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very comfortable property with very well equipped kitchen."

    My son and his wife said trundle bed worked well for them as they joined us for a weekend. Helpful, friendly hosts. A successful 2nd visit and I'm sure we'll come again.

    Reviewed by Erica4.4Jan 2023

  • "Thank you so much, puddle ducks was wonderful and just the short break we needed."

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Nov 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely getaway!"

    The place was exactly what we needed and the surrounding area good for walks with the dog. Very helpful hosts!

    Reviewed by Sonia5.0Nov 2022

  • "Puddleducks is an excellent well equipped, comfortable cottage."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2022

  • "Our second visit to Puddleducks was just as lovely as the first."

    We stay here to visit my mother-in-law who lives nearby in Wincanton and enjoy the peace, tranquility and beauty that we find in Charlton Hawthorne. Puddleducks provides a great base with lovely, friendly owners.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very comfortable property in a good location nice enclosed garden for dog ."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great property, greeted by a warm welcome from Lucinda when we arrived."

    Showed us around and left us to enjoy a great week at this well appointed property. Lola (Retriever) loved the paddock to stretch her legs . The cake on arrival , was well accepted and enjoyed with a cup of tea in the garden , which was nice and private . The property was clean and everything you needed was there . The Village shop is very handy and the walks around the area were lovely. Thanks Lucinda for a great week !

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Puddleducks."

    The owners went the extra mile when they added more dog proofing to the gate and fence to stop our Houdini dog from getting out.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful accommodation."

    Everything you need. Clean and tidy. The village was beautiful and very quiet. A local pub and Deli shop 5 minutes away. Lovely food. Especially liked the garden at the back which we made use of in the mornings and evenings. Fully recommended.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very nice place indeed, lovely facilities, only thing lady wasn,t there to greet us, as apparently she was away herself."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely quiet, comfortable, clean, newly refurbished cottage."

    Friendly hosts who provided a welcome cake. Useful table display with places of interest. Big paddock for dogs to enjoy at the back. Nicely equipped outdoor area. Small negative is dogs must be accompanied in paddock as road access not fenced off and garden not dog secure so we made a makeshift barrier to keep them in. Overall, though, we were very happy with the accommodation, it's location and facilities and would return.

    Reviewed by Lindsay4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had fantastic time ."

    It was Very clean and had everything we needed,. It was nice to open the fridge on arrival and find a pint of milk so we could have a cuppa with the beautiful Victoria sponge that had been left on the worktop. The weather was perfect and we made good use of the BBQ . Great location .

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a great time at Puddleducks."

    Our hosts were so friendly and we were really made to feel at home. We have already booked a return.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very good location for touring, clean, comfortable and cosy."

    Home from home. Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in a good location."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely return in the future .

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2022

  • "- Condiment set would be helpful, most properties have them."

    - Access step too high. - brilliant location - warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Jo3.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely time and thank you again for lending us the walking sticks!"

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Mar 2022

  • "We were delighted with the property which was perfect in every way."

    It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable.It was very quiet and peaceful so a wonderful nights sleep was possible There was a very useful folder in the lounge which gave details of the property and places to visit. The only criticism was that there was no indication of the name of the property and we were a little confused at the end of our journey but fortunately the owner saw us and came out to indicate that we had arrived .She had also left a cake and milk in the kitchen for us which was very welcome

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lucinda and John were really helpful."

    We had such a great relaxing time. The photo's don't do it justice. Good kitchen with everything you need. A very cozy comfy feel to the place. Great shower, lovely big bed, and great heating. If you want to relax and chill, this is the place for you. Would love to go back.

    Reviewed by David4.7Feb 2022

  • "Great stay at Puddleducks."

    Ideal for our two labradors with a paddock behind the bungalow for early morning and late night exercise, and lots of walks in and around the village. Very comfortable bed and cosy temperature. Lucinda and her son were very helpful and the cake was delicious.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Feb 2022

  • "The property was excellent both in condition and accessories"

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jan 2022

  • "Very easy and friendly place to stay, with our dog too."

    Modern, clean and comfortable inside within a lovely rural setting. We enjoyed some local runs and walks from the door, as well as some starting from a short drive away, including down at the coast.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great location, great accommodation, nice quiet place but still with plenty of places to visit and plenty of things to do."

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2021

  • "The most comfortable and peaceful accommodation and location."

    Lucinda and John very friendly but not in your face even though they live on site in the farmyard. Very enjoyable home made cakes waiting on arrival. This all set in a pretty village with a lovely welcoming eatery and village shop with a wonderful selection of goodies All this set in a glorious area for country walks..

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2021

  • "Puddleducks is a wonderful place."

    Great quiet beautiful location, paddock at the back for the dog to run around in, all amenities you could need and lovely hosts. I would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2021

  • "Excellent place to stay and explore Dorset/Devon coast."

    Puddle Ducks is a clean well equipped place with home comforts.On arrival we had milk and home made cake along with a treat for our dog too.Lucinda is always there if you need any help and very welcoming.This was our second visit and would go back in a heartbeat….

    Reviewed by Mandi5.0Jun 2021

  • "The gite type building was sited in a beautiful,peaceful village."

    The hosts were helpful but not intrusive.The accommodation was comfortable and well-equipped.The outdoor area was very relaxing,loungers were provided.The village also had a pub serving excellent food and a shop providing quality produce.A great week away in an attractive part of Somerset.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2021

  • "This cottage is lovely."

    Immaculately presented, well equipped and very comfortable. The owners are very welcoming and helpful. We had a lovely break here.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful converted buildings, very warm and comfortable and with everything (and we mean everything, we found nothing to be lacking) that you need in superb order."

    Couple that with a beautiful quiet location, easy parking by the front door, and warm and friendly hosts Lucinda and John and you have the ingredients for a perfect holiday/break. If I could make one small suggestion, then that would be a half step (a paving slab on a few bricks) outside the front door, as the threshold may be a little high for some! One of the best cottages we have been privileged to to stay in.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2021

  • "We loved the cottage,Charlton Horethorn is a little gem and Sherborne was wonderful."

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Puddleducks, would thoroughly recommend this lovely, comfortable cottage."

    The milk and cake which were waiting for us were a very welcome touch. It’s a great area to stay in, thanks for a great holiday

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Oct 2020

  • "A warm welcome when we arrive and a lovely place to stay."

    It's clean comfortable an has everything you need for a really nice get away. There area is peaceful and quiet and we enjoyed sitting out in the evenings, in the secluded garden.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Peaceful, perfect setting."

    My two basset hounds and myself had a relaxing and enjoyable break in this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Felicity5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was everything we expected and more."

    The owners, who live next door, were very helpful and met us on our arrival to explain everything and ensure there was nothing we needed. The home baked cake that was left for us was delicious. The cottage was clean and comfortable with everything we needed for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Found cottage clean."

    However when it rained the guttering at the back has a gap in it and it poured through on the Saturday and one night. Confusion over bins and where and what to put in. Could be labeled to make it easier. Otherwise a pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Janice4.7Jul 2020

  • "A lovely holiday home with every all the gadgets for a nice little break very friendly people would use puddleducks again ."

    The owners are very helpful a very nice family if you want a nice quiet break come here you will want to again . And the lemon drizzle cake was so nice I wanted to take one home

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jul 2020

  • "As we arrived last minute because our cottage had been trashed, the owner was helpful , friendly so did not actually choose Puddleducks but we were more than happy with it when we got there as were ready to go back home , would definitely stay again if we wanted that area ."

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Mar 2020

  • "We had a brilliant break at Puddleducks."

    The cottage was clean, tidy, warm and very cosy. The facilities were very good. We found the back garden sercure enought for our dog. We would highly recommend the cottage and we are thinking about going back soon. The Coleman Family.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Mar 2020

  • "Puddleducks, is warm and clean and has a lovely comfortable king size bed."

    Has most of what you need in the kitchen. Lovely large shower cubicle with plenty of hot water. Comfortable sofas in the lounge and a good size TV. Lucinda was warm and welcoming and greeted us with a lovely homemade Victoria sponge and a few treats for our dog. Lovely walks near the cottage with beautiful views of the countryside. The nearest town is Sherborn about 7 miles away. Can recommend the George for a great lunch at a reasonable price in Sherborne. Recommended for a countryside break. Possibly a little difficult to find unless you have a sat nav.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Feb 2020

  • "The accommodation was excellent."

    It would have helped if the directions you supplied did not assume that everyone has a satnav. Also it's worth pointing out that the cottage is in Somerset, not Dorset, as your "one week to Dorset" message assumes.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2019

  • "Cottage was so warm and cosy- really looked forward to coming back after a day out in the cold!"

    Loved how peaceful and quiet it was too but still a great base to travel from for days out. Would definitely stay again,

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Nov 2019

  • "Nice clean and comfortable cottage, with good quality pub and shop in village."

    Need good walking shoes on the local paths.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Oct 2019

  • "Great cottage, very well equipped and comfy -delightful and helpful owners"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2019

  • "We were met with a lovely welcome from Lucinda , she made us all feel extremely comfortable and had baked us a beautiful sponge ."

    The cottage was extremely well appointed with plenty of room and very pet friendly , great garden space that was total “safe” with a wire mesh fence around bottom half of wooden fence . The location was rural enough for a quite restful stay but also very easy to access the larger town like Sherborne , Yeovil and Dorchester . Plenty of local walks and rambles . We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at “ Puddleducks” and would love to think that we would return at sometime .

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a pretty village with a great pub and well stocked village shop with loads of goodies."

    Cottage owner very welcoming and informative. Lovely Victoria sponge on arrival. Unable to sit in pretty garden because of the weather. Very dog friendly. Lots to do in the area.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is so well equipped and comfortable."

    Everything has been thought out carefully. There was milk in the fridge and a lovely home made cake on our arrival. We had a very relaxing time and were lucky to be able to make the most of lying on the steamer beds in the garden. A short walk to a lovely pub and a superb village shop which stocks locally sourced food. We will definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by Renny5.0Sep 2019

  • "Loved the location of this cottage, perfect for the dogs, great walks."

    Everything was spot on, loved the brownies which were awaiting on arrival, great to have games provided, sun loungers and everything you could want in the kitchen. Lovely friendly family.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very peaceful, hosts welcoming and helpful without being intrusive."

    Superb property in lovely location.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x single with trundle bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting/dining room with gas-fired stove
  • Oil central heating and gas-fired stove
  • Fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine, oven and hob, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking
  • Rear garden with furniture
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop within 0.4 miles
  • Please note: due to the layout of the property it may not be suitable for those with limited mobility

The property

Sherborne 5 miles.

Puddleducks is a quaint barn conversion nestled in the village of Charlton Horethorne, which is within easy reach of the beautiful market town of Sherborne.

This heart-warming retreat is ideal for a couple or a small family seeking to explore an area boasting a majestic countryside, a wealth of historical landmarks, Jurassic coastline and plentiful activities to suit a group of all ages and tastes.

Puddleducks enjoys a refreshing interior, carefully selected furnishings and everything you could possibly need to enjoy a relaxing break.

Upon entering the all-ground-floor accommodation you are welcomed into the spacious hallway with all rooms leading off.

There is a well-equipped galley kitchen, which is certain to entice any budding chefs, and in here you will find all the quality amenities required to cater all of your delicious meals, which can be enjoyed within the spacious sitting/dining room.

The contemporary styling of the property is continued into this space, where after an action-packed afternoon, you can look forward to curling up on the plush sofas where the patio doors filter in natural light into the space to create a tranquil setting to relax into your evening.

The property is completed by two bedrooms, consisting of a king-size double and a single bedroom, which benefits from a truckle bed for any additional guests.

To the outside, you will find a superb rear patio garden which enjoys an elevated position so that you can soak up the sun and the picturesque surroundings as you enjoy a spot of alfresco dining and a refreshing beverage.

The award-winning village gastro pub, The Kings Arms is within walking distance to Puddleducks, as well as the most wonderful village shop and deli which can cater for all your needs.

For those wishing to explore further, Corton Denham is within easy reach for those lovely long walks by Cadbury Castle.

Venture into the town of Sherborne where you will find a superb selection of tempting pubs, restaurants and bistros to suit all tastes, in addition to a vast array specialist shops and Cheap Street’s open market which runs on a Thursday and Saturday.

Attractions within the town include the 8th century Abbey, a grand 16th century castle and the ruins of the old castle to explore.

Alternatively, head to the Cranborne Chase AONB, where you will find further attractions including Larmer Tree Gardens, the Old Wardour Castle and if you are visiting with any younger guests the Bush Farm Bison Centre is close by, where you will be delighted to find 30 acres of lakes and oak woodlands to explore.

Puddleducks is well situated to explore a large number of attractions and areas of outstanding natural beauty, and promises to be a wonderful retreat to this part of the countryside.

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About the location


Yeovil 6 miles.

The ancient town of Sherborne lies on the delightful banks of the River Yeo set amidst glorious unspoilt countryside and boasts many picturesque buildings, ancient Inns and quaint shops. Probably best known for its beautiful abbey and two stunning castles, one of which is relatively “new”, only dating back to 1594 and boasting superbly landscaped gardens, Sherborne makes an ideal place for a day of sightseeing or a quiet afternoon stroll. A short drive will take you to the stunning house and gardens at Stourhead and the sublime Dorset Heritage Coast, whilst just across the border in Somerset is the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, offering stunning displays of historic aircraft, including Concorde. A fantastic location for all the family.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas