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Colly Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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61 Customer Reviews

  • "Cannot fault the cottage - it is beautiful."

    Well equipped, cozy and quietly situated down a country lane. Perfect for a relaxing break and near enough to Bridport for all amenities. Sue and John were excellent hosts and made us very welcome. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0May 2024

  • "Very enjoyable break."

    COttage had everything we needed (except DVD player ha! Ha!). Lovely comfortable bed and cosy home feeling to the cottage. You felt you were at home not a holiday rent. Loved the lambs a d peace at the property. Thank you. Brenda and Ray.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Apr 2024

  • "We have stayed at Colly Cottage many times."

    ..that speaks volumes! Cosy cottage, spectacular views, delightful hosts.

    Reviewed by Jeni5.0Apr 2024

  • "A beautiful location."

    Very comfy cottage with everything one needs. We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Apr 2024

  • "A fabulous cottage in a very peaceful and ideal location for exploring Bridport (about a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk) and walking the Dorset coast."

    Walks direct from the cottage to Symondsbury and around the area are fabulous, even on a wintery day. The cottage is very comfortable and wonderfully furnished and appointed, it has everything you need. The hosts John and Sue are very welcoming and will support with answers to any questions. Five Star!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jan 2024

  • "The cottage is set in beautiful countryside with stunning views of the surrounding hills."

    It is well kept and comfortable with the added joy of farm animals and poultry to watch. The welcome was friendly and the entire stay most enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2023

  • "Delightful cosy cottage, great hosts."

    Perfect for exploring Dorset and east Devon.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Colly Cottage."

    Very comfortable and cosy in a beautiful surrounds. Sue and John were very helpful and it could not have been better. Thoroughly recommend Colly Cottage to anyone touring in Dorset as it was centrally situated to many of the things we wanted to see.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2023

  • "None of the below comments would hinder our return, as the location was lovely, the owners very helpful and overall we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."

    However, we do think it is worth sharing out thoughts. Whilst the property is generally clean, there is an abundance of cobwebs (expected in rural location), but some have obviously been there for a very long time. It is also obvious that furniture isn't moved at all when cleaning takes place. The property is over furnished: 1) Many over-sized lamps, occupying tables that are too small for them. 2) Rugs that are a trip hazard, in such a small space. 3) So many cushions, that get in the way. 4) Far too many ornaments, leaving no room for the client to place their own items during their stay.

    Thank you for your helpful feedback. We will take note of your comments and rectify where necessary. We hope you will come and see us again in the future. With kind regards John Dean Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Aug 2023

  • "A delightful cottage and location."

    The owners were helpful but not intrusive. We would highly recommend this holiday accommodation to anyone looking for a really ideal stay in the Dorset countryside. We were not so enamoured with the beaches which were extremely over populated but found beautiful gardens to enjoy close at hand. We also loved seeing all the resident animals.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2023

  • "A great stay in lovely surroundings, access to the countryside on the doorstep."

    Reviewed by Eric4.4Jun 2023

  • "This is a most comfortable cottage, very well furnished, more a home than a holiday let."

    It is set in really beautiful surroundings, calm, peaceful and a delightful base for exploring. Dogs very welcome and mine was so at home she became a bit territorial after a couple of days. Owners very accessible and helpful, altogether no complaints at all. Thank you John and Sue.

    Shirley, thank you for your kind words. We were delighted that you and your sister enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again. best wishes John and Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely stay, peaceful surroundings, would stay again."

    Reviewed by Rachel Kate5.0May 2023

  • "Fabulous spot, fantastic hosts who are always very warm and welcoming."

    Superb spot as a base to enjoy in it's own right, and for exploring so many wonderful Dorset spots. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Apr 2023

  • "Most enjoyable weeks stay."

    Our hosts were most hospitable and we enjoyed seeing the farm animals especially the new born lambs!

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful location with very kind hosts."

    We will cerainly return. It was like staying in friends' house.

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic property for a peaceful break, walks from the doorstep and fantastic views."

    Lovely welcome from our hosts, thank you we will visit again.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have stayed at Colly Cottage several times."

    That speaks for itself! This time we were there for Christmas. A lovely cosy Christmas with all the trimmings. The delightful owners had set up a real Christmas tree for us and left a bottle of 'fizzy' in the fridge. There were Christmas events locally. The best event was the West Bay Boxing Day Swim, a bright sunny day without a cloud in the sky. It was a memorable stay.

    Reviewed by Jeni5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage and owners were lovely, however I would make the following constructive comments."

    Downstairs flush needs attention. Water pressure in kitchen sink is poor. Downstairs shower is very difficult to regulate. A few small items to look into but I would definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by Dave4.4Nov 2022

  • "We stayed here beginning of August."

    The cottage was well equipped and in a lovely peaceful location. Lots of places to visit nearby. The owners were lovely and checked we were happy and had everything we needed. Highly recommend staying here we hope to return soon

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage set in a stunning location a short hop from Bridport and the beach."

    Owners were very friendly and helpful. left us alone but were always available for a chat. A perfect location for us to explore the surrounding area. The kitchen is a little cozy but was no problem for us and would advise anyone sleeping upstairs to beware of the joists as a member of our party caught them with their head. All in all, excellent.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely cosy cottage nestled in beautiful countryside just a few minutes away from the town of Bridport and the beach at West Bay."

    A great place to stay while exploring the surrounding area. Have stayed here twice now, with my partner and again with my Mum and we all love it!

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0May 2022

  • "We could not have asked for anything more in a short break; the property was simply charming, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside with some amazing panoramic vistas to be found just a short, Jack Russell-sized dog-walk away from the front door!"

    Inside, the property was fully equipped so no worries there. What swung it for us at time of booking Colly Cottage was how comfortable it looked - and we were not disappointed! Our thanks to the wonderful owners, who were on hand in the background to answer any questions. If you want peace and tranquility, then Colly Cottage is where it's at. We'd stay there again like a shot!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely little property which was perfect for us during our short break in early May."

    Nice to spend time relaxing in beautiful countryside. Hosts were kind and helpful. Background noise from sheep & chickens added to the feeling of calm and peace, so lovely to be wrapped in nature! Local farm shop was wonderful too.

    Reviewed by Derek4.1May 2022

  • "Fabulous accommodation - very comfortable, warm and inviting."

    Everything we needed was provided. Hosts were very welcoming and helpful. Lovely to wake up in such peaceful surroundings, easy to find, and close to all that the Jurassic Coast has to offer. Thanks to John and Sue for a lovely week. :)

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very friendly, welcoming owners ."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the beautiful cottage surrounded by glorious scenery.

    Reviewed by Rose4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage very relaxing holiday great hosts will be going back"

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Really lovely situated, and decorated cottage."

    The beds were wonderful. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The owners were very friendly and helpful.bridport is a lovely little town. Will be going again

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful setting and very cosy."

    Sadly we didn’t get to meet the owners as they were away. We did have a couple of minor issues over the heating and electric log fire but after looking in the manual found the number of the housekeeper. She actually came to the cottage and kindly sorted everything out. My friend and I had a enjoyable relaxing weekend.

    Reviewed by Karin4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely country cottage."

    Warm and cosy. Beams in upper bedroom were a little difficult as one of our party banged head a couple of times. Views etc great, Arrival and departure arrangements (Sykes) assume that visitors all have smart phones, We don't. Absence of anyone on the site to ask questions of or report to provided a problem. Not having received email info with key lock number proved a problem and with no one on site we waited in the cold for 4o minutes or longer trying to obtain entrance to the cottage

    Reviewed by Marion4.4Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful cozy cottage lovely owners couldn't do enough had a great week evan tho weather was a bit rough"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2022

  • "The Cottage was very comfortable in a wonderful location."

    Sue and John were most helpful. The Cottage was very well equipped and cosy, and as the weather was very good we were able to sit in the small garden. Would recommend this cottage and hope to return next year

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Sep 2021

  • "Colly Cottage ticked all the boxes."

    It was a very hot week and we had my 94 year old father with us. He was cool in the house sitting by an open door and in the shade of the small courtyard, from which the views were STUPENDOUS. We had a happy week exploring Bridport, Charmouth, West Bay and admiring sunny views by day and moon lit skies at night. Washingpool Farmshop up the road was also very convenient for provisions. Sue and John were helpful and friendly and we will definitely return. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Lucy4.4Jul 2021

  • "We have stayed at Colly Cottage many times."

    The cottage has everything that we need for a cosy stay. The views and especially the view to Colmers Hill are superb. The owners are delightful. We highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Jeni5.0Jul 2021

  • "Was not until last day noticed the all pillows and duvets of both bedrooms were truly disgusting!"

    !!! Very stained some had pillow protectors others not, would not have them in my own house!! Lounge and kitchenette very small to accommodate 4 people. Needs repainting to freshen up. Only DVD player in one of bedrooms. Needs separate fridge and freezer. Not enough space in either! No air flow in pantry so fresh veg and bread went off within a day! Otherwise lovely location.

    Reviewed by Louise3.8Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was excellent."

    Very clean and fully equipped with everything we needed. Sue and John were great hosts and always on hand should we need anything. A lovely position in the glorious Dorset countryside on a small working sheep farm, although we were never disturbed. We would highly recommend staying in Colly Cottage.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2021

  • "Extremely comfortable and cosy cottage for our Christmas holiday"

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Dec 2020

  • "Cottage now has wi fi this is not stated in the current details."

    Warm and comfortable cottage in a lovely location. The only thing that would enhance the accommodation would be to update the kitchen and equipment.

    Reviewed by Vicky4.1Oct 2020

  • "A true home from home with everything needed at this property for a comfortable stay."

    The owners, John and Sue. We’re a delightful couple.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Oct 2020

  • "The photographs on the listing gave the impression that the interior was more spacious, and pristine."

    The property is an old cottage, which was expected, but we think it is in need of a fair bit of TLC and decoration: the kitchen area in particular. The hosts were absolutely charming however.

    Reviewed by Stephen3.1Oct 2020

  • "Enjoyed the farm like setting, sheep, cows and chickens also peaceful countryside."

    John and Susan were most welcoming and helpful, the cottage was comfortable and well laid out.

    Reviewed by Terence4.7Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was in a great rural setting, but close to all amenities."

    I would certainly stay here again. Sue the owner was really nice and most helpful.

    Reviewed by Jeffery5.0Oct 2019

  • "Met on arrival by Sue the owner who made us feel most welcome, showing us around and kindly making us a drink."

    Cottage is an ideal retreat to relax in with the gardens and grounds looking beautiful adding to the peace and quiet of the area which is wonderful. Cottage ideally situated for places to visit. We all highly recommend a stay at Colly cottage.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, very clean."

    And owners very friendly . Easy access to all local places of interest . Will definitely be booking again . Only negative was local pub was not walking distance and didn't seem to offer much

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2019

  • "Friendly and helpful owners - and pets - had made some alterations to the cottage so it was better than it looked online."

    Reviewed by Jillian4.7Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was very clean and tidy with all our every needs, lovely location with many places of interest to visit."

    Our hosts were very nice people where should we be back in the area would definitely book another stay

    Reviewed by Glynn5.0Sep 2018

  • "This cottage is a beautiful character cottage set in the countryside with stunning views."

    I have to say I was presently surprised as I didn’t feel the pictures did it justice (normally I find it the other way around with expectations being better than reality). Thoroughly enjoyed the cottage and the area - definitely will return.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2018

  • "Colly Cottage is in a lovely location."

    We found the location easily, and parking was not a problem. It is well placed in West Dorset close to Bridport and West Bay. It was clean and well presented. Having a bedroom with en-suite downstairs, was great for my mother, as she finds stairs a bit of a challenge. Sue our host was very friendly, and we loved her two dogs and cat who popped in most days to give us a look. My only gripes were, we found the kitchen area a bit cramped, and the sink in an ackward position. Due to the location most days, internet and mobile phone use is not possible. However, I guess most people would welcome that ? Overall though a really pleasant holiday, in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Jun 2018



    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2018

  • "Beautiful location and owners we had a really great weeks break thank you all concerned."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2018

  • "The main picture of the cottage is, in fact, a photo of the owners' cottage."

    Colly cottage is round the back - much less pretty and a very misleading picture. All of the other photos portray innacurately tidy, clean and ordered rooms - in fact, the living room was cluttered with further random pieces of furniture as was the upstairs bedroom. We were fascinated by the TV stand which was full of books and facing the wrong way. The stuff portrayed hanging on the walls has been replaced with tackier hangings. Everything was dusty round the edges and the oven stank of burnt meat juices whenever it was used. The owner, without letting us know, let himself in to adjust the shower while we were out leaving dirt and what I think was glue residue on the floor of the shower. His wife, at one point, simply tapped on the door and walked in with a 'hello.' To drive out of the gate was simply risky as in both directions, it was impossible to see traffic coming - had a couple of near misses with tractors. Worst for us was that it was situated on a working livestock farm, a fact that is not mentioned in the blurb about the cottage and a fact that would have meant we'd not have looked at the cottage as we are vegans.

    Reviewed by Clive2.2Apr 2018

  • "The owners, John and Sue Dean, are very welcoming and helpful."

    A superb place to use as a centre when exploring South Dorset and South East Devon.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2018

  • "A lovely cottage very well presented."

    However the picture above bears no relation to anything I saw, it must have been the other side of the building. Also I would have liked the shower in the upstairs bedroom to have been hotter. I suspect the temperature had been set low due to wretched H&S concerns. The above not withstanding I would happily book again.

    Reviewed by J D4.7Mar 2018

  • "4th time at colly cottage, as expected just as good as the previous visits ."

    Warm welcome , cosy cottage , beautiful scenery , 10 minutes drive to the beach . Perfect

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2017

  • "This is someone's loved home with beautiful pictures, furniture and decor."

    Sue and John's warm welcome added to our sense of comfort. It is an exceptional holiday home.

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Sep 2017

  • "Delightful cottage, charming hosts, and a wonderful location."

    Everything we needed for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2017

  • "Super cottage."

    Charming hosts. Wonderful scenery all around-looking out on to Colmers Hill is special. Shall definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jeni5.0Mar 2017

  • "Internet was also available at this property."

    Beautiful location and friendly owners.

    Reviewed by Judith4.6Feb 2017

  • "Beautiful location , third time at colly cottage and will be back again."

    Highly recommend . Perfect place if you have a dog. Hundreds of acres of land

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Oct 2016

  • "The cottage owners were extremely friendly & helpful."

    Lovely setting

    Reviewed by Kim4.8Aug 2016

  • "We spent a lovely week at this cosy and charming cottage, the beds especially comfy."

    The owners John and Sue were friendly and hospitable and we would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by Ali3.8Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms with TVs: 1 x ground floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area, sitting area and flame-effect electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, WiFi, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Small enclosed patio with furniture
  • Use of owner's tennis court by arrangement
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: there is a terrace at the side of the property.

The property

A self-contained wing of the owners' beautiful thatched, Grade II listed farmhouse, dating back to 1780, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the tiny hamlet of Dottery, 1.5 miles from Bridport.

Created from the former stable and hayloft of the farmhouse, this West Dorset cottage provides a wonderful and peaceful rural retreat for couples or a family.

The well-appointed interior of this Dottery holiday cottage benefits from a cosy open plan living area, and two stylish bedrooms, both of which boast en-suite facilities and one with zip/link beds.

Outside this Dottery holiday home is a private patio, or you may wish to take a scenic stroll along one of the nearby footpaths through the lush Marshwood Vale.

A short drive from this West Dorset holiday cottage is the thriving market town of Bridport, which is often featured in the River Cottage TV series, whilst nearby West Bay with its pretty harbour is well worth exploring.

The attractive seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its sandy beaches and historic harbour, is also within easy reach from this Dottery holiday cottage.

A charming West Dorset cottage providing a tranquil base for exploring all that this area has to offer.

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About the location


Bridport 1.5 miles; Dorchester 17 miles.

Dottery, a tiny hamlet nestling on the edge of West Dorset's Marshwood Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is set amongst a landscape dotted with picturesque villages, stunning scenery and glorious rural views. Only a short distance from the Jurassic Coast, with its dramatic cliffs, breathtaking views and lovely beaches, there is great walking on offer, with coastal trails and countryside paths to choose from. Enjoy one of Dottery's many visitor attractions, or visit the quaint harbours of Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis, with the bustling market town of Bridport, featured in TV's River Cottage series, less than 2 miles away. With plenty to offer visitors, this is a great coastal location, at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas